Winter is calling, and a lot of your mates literally won’t shut up about their imminent plans to find themselves in Mykonos, Prague and Berlin. While you nod your head politely and act enthusiastic about their wanderlust journeys, you pray to the high heavens that you can get through one day without Janice mentioning her plans to get into Berghain.
You’re going to wear black? Love that for you Janice.
When thinking about your next trip, though, it’s worthwhile to consider what we have to offer in our own backyard… before peaking over the neighbour’s fence to snoop on their new patio.
But in all seriousness, our great land of Oz has a lot to offer. Anyone who says they’ve explored every possible Australian venture is lying and shouldn’t be trusted… especially at parties.
So here’s why it’s worth backpacking around places like the Northern Territory, and subsequently learning more about our own country, rather than running to Bali, chucking on a Bintang and calling that culture.
Don’t embarrass yourself
You know when someone who isn’t from Australia starts talking to you about various famous landmarks (à la Uluru, Kakadu and Kata Tjuta) but you literally can’t relate nor provide any insight because you haven’t taken the time to learn about our very own national gems? Well don’t put yourself in those scenarios anymore. Get to learnin’!
It’s important to learn
I think it’s safe to say we live in a pretty divisive time. There’s some political and cultural dissonance at play across Australia, arguably based on the fact that we aren’t able to empathise with those whose experiences and lives we haven’t been exposed to.
Sorry the ramble. In other words, we should always be looking to take a walk in the shoes of all Australians in order to appreciate the diverse lives that exist in this country. It’s important to travel to places other than the major cities to avoid becoming too complacent.
There’s always something to see
I can guarantee there’ll always be something for you to learn and discover. I mean, for one, don’t you want to check out these hefty dinosaur balls below (AKA. Devil’s Marbles / Karlu Karlu) and learn about how their big and ball-like presences came into existence? The NT is stacked with options to get your adventurous tongues wagging.
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The #DevilsMarbles are one of the most impressive places in the world to stargaze. With no artificial light in the area to interfere, the night skies are unbelievably bright here ???? These large granite boulders are located an hour south of #TennantCreek in the traditional country of the Warumungu, Kaytetye, Alyawarra and Warlpiri people They call the Devils Marbles 'Karlu Karlu', which literally translates as ‘round boulders'. The only accommodation in the conservation reserve is bush camping ????️ Campers should be well equipped and carry their own water. Alternatively, you'll find the Devils Marbles Hotel nine kilometres down the road ???? Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @we_who_roam! #SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT
Speaking of ~learning~ and ~discovering~, we’ve compiled some NT itineraries in the below article that can be personalised to your very own wants and desires. Whether you’re a nature enthusiast, event aficionado, adrenalin junkie or culture lover, we’ve got you covered.
Now what are you waiting for? Dive into those group chats and suggest a lil’ homegrown backyard adventure. Happy discoverin’, you patriotic explorer.Image: Instagram / @elisecook & @ausoutbacknt