I grew up in a ‘middle of the road’ East Coast New South Wales household. Two adults, two kids, a small three bedroom home located not far from the ocean or the aroma of eucalyptus and the morning sounds of birdsong.
And in the essence of being quintessentially Australian, we spent time, most days ‘Out There’.
The weekends arrived, and we would pack up the family car and head off on our adventures. Boating, fishing, swimming, surfing, and camping. If the weather wasn’t so good, then we'd go 4WD driving, bushwalking and exploring the off the beaten tracks just a few hours from home. School holidays involved the more the same.
We were ‘Out There’ people.
We had family-sized massive canvas tents, which weighed a tonne, blow up air mattresses and cold outdoor showers.
No mobile phones. No Netflix. No computers.
Our campsites were often shared with kangaroos, goannas and other local wildlife that visited, and held our undivided attention for as long as they hang around.
Early mornings we checked the surf.
Hot sunny days we explored the beaches and wandered the trails that traced the headlands until dark filled the hours.
Evenings were spent around the campfire, under the stars, playing charades, singing songs or with a deck of cards and the neighbouring campers.
All of us ‘Out There’ people.
Fast forward 30 years and our weekend trips look a bit different.
They are better equipped, with all the mod cons of camping and much there’s more ‘tech’ (much to the delight of our teens). It’s undeniable, and our kids wouldn’t be quite as keen to leave the house if they couldn't at least bring their mobile phone.
We also have more choice of locations, accommodations, and experiences.
So with the opportunity to experience one of our regions Youcamp properties for a recent photo shoot we ventured out this past weekend and met our hosts from Stoney Creek Permaculture Farm.
If you are unfamiliar with Youcamp, it’s a property listing website and as they state one that is ‘opening up unique frontiers of the Australian outdoors and providing people with access to the best and most exciting, interesting places to stay.’
With fond memories of simpler times and an unquestioned connection to nature that has never left me, it’s not hard to see why this property and the Youcamp idea delights my senses.
I won't deny, I’m now a fan.
This camping experience was unique.
It wasn’t quite as simple as bygone days, but there were all the moments reminiscent of my childhood and plenty of opportunities to create new and cherished memories - all ’Out There’ close to home with my tribe of ‘Out There’ people.