THE AUSTRALIAN OUTBACK TO DO LIST THIS YEAR
Before and after New Year’s, most of the population are scribbling down New Year’s resolutions. Rather than vow to join a gym, eat more veggies, or stop drinking, I take the New Year to come up with a ‘to do’ list. I’ve compiled a list of backcountry adventures and places I want to have and visit in the coming year. I am sure I won’t complete them all, after all, all resolutions are made to be broken. By putting pen to paper and compiling a list of adventures I have something to aim for.
MARY RIVER WETLANDS, NORTHERN TERRITORY
I have still not seen the wetlands in Northern Territory in all their glory. Ideally, a trip up north would involve a stop off at the wetlands for some camping and airboat propelled fun. The wetlands are home to lily fields, a sunken forest, and some of the biggest crocs Australia has on offer. Definitely, something to seek out this year.
KAYAK THE NOOSA RIVER
Noosa may be more famous for its celebrities and swanky bars than for its backcountry vibe, but there are several stretches of the Noosa River that make for great overnight kayak trips. The Cooloola section of Great Sandy National Park and the Noosa Everglades make for some great kayaking and has camping facilities.
WADJEMUP TRAIL, ROTTNEST ISLAND
The 45km Wadjemup trail has five distinct sections which take in different ecological habitats. The first section takes in coastal views, which then give way to lakes, the WWII guns in the middle of the island, before reaching long sandy beaches and clifftop views. Part of the reason I want to do this hike is the wildlife you can spot. Dolphins, humpback whales and seals can be seen from the cliffs, and the cute quokkas make for an adorable selfie.
THE EYRE HIGHWAY, NULLARBOR, WESTERN AUSTRALIA
For my annual campervan trip, I want to drive the Eyre Highway and explore the area between Perth and Ceduna. There are plenty of bushwalks around Mt. Pleasant, Dead Dog Cave to explore, the sand dunes of Eucla National Park, and the Bunda Cliffs to see. I’ll bring the surfboards for some strategic surfing stops as well.
EXPLORE HANCOCK GORGE, WESTERN AUSTRALIA
With ladders bolted into the rock walls, Hancock Gorge is accessible even to gorging and canyoneering novices. I have been interested in taking a canyoneering course and getting a little more adventurous with my exploring. This would be a good place to start. A guide takes you across the chest-deep water, pebble beaches, narrow crevices and emerald pools. What better way to explore Australia’s 2.5 billion-year-old history.
This is just my list, but thinking about the places I want to see this year and committing it to this post has whet my appetite for some backcountry exploring. I couldn’t recommend it enough. Leave the New Year’s resolutions to the unadventurous. Those who like to explore make New Year’s ‘to do’ lists.
What’s on your ‘to do’ list year and what have you done so far? Share them in the comments section.