Before I came to Australia, I always knew it was the land of beaches. After all, every cricket tour to Australia highlighted the sparkling blue waters in Sydney, Brisbane, Perth and even Melbourne. It was only after moving here, I realised that Australia is also known for it’s bush.
Through my numerous hikes, I have explored a lot of the Aussie bush particularly in the Blue Mountains but also down the south coast, Sydney, Tassie and Victoria. The Aussie bush is varied and filled with the sounds of birds and sights of trees and scrubs I don’t even know the names of. When I’m in the bush, it’s therapeutic as I’m away from the maddening crowds and all the hustle and bustle of the city.
Having said that, the beach is, in the end, my happy place.
The beach is where I go to relax. The sound of the waves, the smell of the sea and the feel of the sand all keep me grounded and take me away from the stressors of life. The beach is why I chose to move to the Shire after my university. The beach is what makes me love my spirit place, the South Coast. The beach is why I was okay with moving up to the Central Coast.
It’s at the beach where I enjoy solitude. Where I enjoy reading in the sunshine while listening to the waves crash. Where I go to de-stress after a crazy day. Where I feel rejuvenated.
I could live without the bush but I couldn’t live without the beach.
What about you? Bush or beach?
Until next time,