Posted on September 29, 2015

WANDER: Murray River

Lifestyle/ Wander

 

Last week we decided to go camping in the scrub of the Murray riverland in South Australia, which ended up being an amazing trip! I’ve never been to that area before so it was awesome to explore a new area.

Camping has long had a special place in my heart from when I was young. My father used to take us all out camping for several days at a time and the memories of floating down rivers on lilos and eating caramel apples fresh from the roaring fire have long held a special place in my heart. I have always looked forward to doing the same things with my kids, so now we try and go a few times every year.

Our boys love sitting around the campfire and searching for native wildlife. On this trip we were fortunate to see wild emus, kangaroos, lizards and snakes. And the boys, who are not surprisingly big fans of Bear Grylls, loved starting the fire with a flint and steel and gathering wood and setting up the campsite. They really enjoy these trips and they are a great opportunity to take time out of a busy schedule to bond over a wonderful shared experience.

But more importantly than that, is that I really want my kids (and myself!) used to getting out of their comfort zones and roughing it every now and then. It really is character building stuff.

Being a new place for us, a friend brought us to a wonderful campsite in the Lyrup Flats, part of Murray River National Park. It was fantastically situated right on the bank of the Murray River, which was especially magical in the early hours after dawn, when it was completely covered in mist. It was stunning subhanallah!

I do wish though that we can experience more often a place with a vastly different geography! Australia for the most part is very naturally homogenous. You have to go really far north to experience the desert, and even further for tropical environments – and mountains are for the most part non-existent here 🙁

But we’re in the middle of planning a New Zealand trip insha Allah, so I can’t wait to check out the natural beauty of that amazing country!

I’d love to hear where your favorite camping spot is – leave a message or a comment!

– Muneer

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