All posts tagged: victoria

Johanna Beach

Why is it that people like us – with roofs over our heads and ready-to-drink water flowing from our indoor taps – find returning to the wilderness so appealing? This was the question I found myself asking over and over again before my recent three-day camping trip to Johanna Beach. Now, let me be clear – I am not the biggest fan of camping, but this is certainly not due to inexperience. I attended one of those annoying high schools that thought the greatest way to build up resilience in a girl was to throw her into the Australian bush for 12 days with no showers, toilets or fresh drinking water. And yes, resilience I did attain – but passion for the great outdoors? That one was sort of lost on me. Johanna Beach is approximately 230km, or 3 hours and 16 minutes, from my house in Melbourne. On my way to Jayโ€™s house (the convoy meeting point) at a delightful 7am in the morning, I was enlightened with a collection of fun facts from …

Rain & Regeneration

As the car snaked along a slippery, paved path, an army of myrtle beech trees watched attentively on either side like ladders extending into the clouds. The misty day engulfed the car so it felt like we were driving inside a cloud, leaving layers of dew dripping from every overhanging branch, leaf and flower. It was hard to believe this place had ever been on fire. But on the 7th of February 2009, as I sat in my air-conditioned house one scorching summerโ€™s day, Marysville was in flames. Located 97 kilometres north-east of Melbourne, the small Victorian town lost 90% of its land to the Murrindindi Mill fire of Black Saturday. As Steph and I drove into Marysville that Tuesday morning, it was both difficult to imagine and impossible to forget the tragedy of Black Saturday. The entrance to the town was flagged with a fire danger rating scale. The words โ€œPREPARE. ACT. SURVIVEโ€ painted below the scale sat inflated against the low-moderate rating of the day. We pulled up at a parking bay and …