Seal Rocks, Australia

CAMPING / SURFING / EXPLORING

Sometimes you don’t realize that you need to get away from your day to day life until an event or an invitation calls upon you to do so, and when you do, you realize just how much you needed it,

This past weekend my partner and I went up the NSW Coast to Seal Rocks for a friend’s birthday party, with a herd of around 25 people. We arrived at night and found a beautiful patch of land in what used to be a swamp but was dried out and habitable. There was plenty of dry flat ground where we could set up camp and we were surrounded by gorgeous eucalypts, frogs, kookaburras, bush turkeys and other native flora and fauna.

The first morning consisted of a fire-brewed breakfast, which took twice as long to make but tasted twice as good. We then journeyed a few meters behind our campsite over the sand dune to the beautiful ocean we could hear rumbling from our tents. We ran down the dune, zipping up our wet-suits and plunging ourselves deep into the winter waters.

When back in the camping commune, minutes would blend into hours as we cooked up some tea on our fire, dug into some of the home-baked slices that were being shared around the campsite and shared stories about nothing in particular.

Soon we headed off in search of the perfect wave. There are stunning beaches that wrap all around the NSW Coastline and the ones that are in driving distance of Seal Rocks, each serve up a special recipe for a special kind of wave. When we are all beached out and darkness descends we go out on missions for food, beverages and firewood; cooking, drinking, laughing, singing, strumming and humming the night away.

To my advantage my phone conveniently decided not to work all weekend, so the respite I had from busy city life was wholesome. The days we spent at Seal Rocks were filled with sunshine, ocean, communal fires and smokey food and its only now when I walk in my front door (my hair salty, my skin sun-kissed and my jumper smelling of fire smoke) that I realize how important a weekend getaway is, and how much we sometimes need to disconnect with the world, in order to really reconnect with ourselves and friends.

Cant wait for the next weekend adventure!

The G.H.

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