'Rejuvenate' – my Outback adventure.

There is something so soul quenching, so invigorating and so relaxing about being back in nature. Removing ourselves from the pressures of the city, it's persistent noises and the grey monotone urbanisation really makes you feel alive again.

I love being out in the nature and seeing beautiful landscapes, trees, sunsets and sunrises. Capturing this on camera and having this eye opening experience feels so magical.

Did you know there is a very similar looking monolith just like Uluru? On the drive there we came across such a sight and it is colloquially known as Fooluru! It has a flat top just like tabletop mountain in South Africa. From a distance as you are driving it really does resemble Uluru. Funnily enough some unsuspecting tourists only drive this far thinking they had arrived at the most photographed rock in the world, but no they would have to drive another 100km for this opportunity.

There were three main walks that we did on the outback tour. First we walked around Uluru. This was an amazing experience. Uluru was a very mesmerising monolith; with her Jarlsberg holes, undulating wave pockets and earthy redness.You could feel her power and intensity as we walked around her and you could feel the spiritual significance. I could see in my third eye aboriginal women and children looking at me inquisitively. 'Why are you here? This is our playground', they said to me. I just looked back and thanked them quietly in my mind.

The holes in the rock apparently are caused by lightning strikes. It has an overall sandy impression and is amazing in all different lights. It changes colours all through out the day. It really is an amazing place to visit.

35 people have died climbing this unbelievably huge rock. According to my guide, his source coming from the local Rangers, a further 100 people have died in hospital afterwards and perhaps up to 200 had suffered serious injuries for their ascending efforts. It is heavily advised not to climb the rock and to do so causes spiritual offence to the aboriginal people. No one in our group climbed it but people still do apparently. It looked very difficult to me. There was a sharp steep ascent then a chain you could use to help lurch you the remaining 1.1km. Not for the faint hearted honestly, and again very disrespectful so instead I took a photo. A picture lasts longer right? Maybe not in this circumstance. My guide saids Uluru is around 400 millions years old. Now that's pretty old! I don't imagine it will be going away anytime soon. Couldn't say the same for the photo!

Surprisingly this turned out to be my third favourite walk. On the second day, we travelled to the Olgas also known as Kata Tjuta. Now this was an incredible place and just so beautiful. Again you could feel the power and intensity radiating from her; and the sheer size of the cliff faces were truly breathtaking. This walk felt more interesting and more interactive and varied in scenic views.

The second night we camped out under the stars. Sadly the night was mostly cloudy so we didn't get to see the amazing remote country night sky. But it was still so refreshing to lie under the open canopy of sky in the fresh air to see the moon and shifting clouds with the occasional bright spark of star. Our whole group slept in swags with our feet pointing inwards towards a central slow burning fire. It was a great way to enjoy our last night in the outback

On the third day we rose super early around 430am and made our way out to Kings Canyon. We made it just in time to see the sun rise over the canyon wall which was very impressive. This walk took us up a steep incline to start called Heart Attack Hill, quite appropriate considering how breathless we all were. The path then meandered around to the edge of the sheer canyon walls. We ventured down an epic jarrah staircase into the pit of the Garden of Eden, a beautiful little water hole where we found baby frogs and a picturesque spring.

Overall the walk was amazing and well worth doing. I love the Australian outback. The history is incredible and just so beautiful and unique in colour and history. Unbelievably at the highest point of Kings canyon, there are remnants of the inland sea that used to be there millions of years ago. You can see in the sediment ripples proving so. It is hard to imagine that this area could be under water so far inland from the sea but it is true. I learnt another fact, not far from Uluru there once was a mountain that was twice the size of Mount Everest around 16km. This was called Peterman's Range. This mountain then collapsed or eroded over many years and then formed the other mountain ranges in the area namely Uluru, Kata Tjuta and the Kings Canyon.

It is so fascinating travelling in your own country and learning more about the history and geography. I love Australia and will always be a huge advocate for touring around in your own natural environment.

As for the spiritual experience of travelling, being back in nature brings a feeling of renewal. Three days in nature and I feel recharged and rejuvenated and have a renewed appreciation for sleeping outdoors again. I forget how fun it is! It reminds me how much I love being in nature. I am already planning my next camping trip and which swag I will of buy.

I really would encourage you to get out to the countryside when you next can. It's so great to remove oneself from the pressures of every day urban life. If anything it makes you appreciate the simple things in life again.

Where will your next adventure be?

Best wishes to you, and happy camping!

Anita xx



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