The Memories That Matter comp is open for another week, so there’s still time to enter. Need inspiration? These are our favourite story submissions so far.
Memories That Matter
From first trips with family, to hilarious nights around the campfire with mates, the memories we share in the outdoors are often some of the best we have and a big part of what keeps us going back to nature.
We’ve teamed up with our good mates at BlackWolf to dig deep into the archives and find the best outdoor memories out there. And let me tell you, there’s some wild stuff that goes on out there.
The entries we’ve had so far have had the office in hysterics one minute and on the verge of tears the next.
The Memories That Matter comp is still open for another week, so start reminiscing on your adventures and pluck out the most magical moment to submit!
In the meantime, here are a few of our favourite stories that might help jog your own memory, perhaps literally.
Julie Ho – Sydney, NSW
‘My mates and I rocked up at Lincoln’s Rock in the Blue Mountains during an early spring sunset and clambered up into this small cave carved into the rock face perched up above Jamison Valley. The cave was almost like nature’s amphitheatre for the sunset overlooking Jamison Valley.
We sat in awed silence as we soaked in the glorious glow of the setting sun and admired the sun’s rays filtered through the clouds lighting up the valley. We were without words, sitting in reverential silence in that moment – totally awestruck by the atmosphere of serenity and sheer grandeur of this place.
We befriended a couple who had just climbed up into the cave before us – they kindly took this candid snap of us on their phone. The timing could not have been more perfect.’
Troy Simpson – Canberra, ACT
‘The smell of the kerosene cooker; the sound of the crackling fire; the sight of the flathead jumping onto my Dad’s fishing line; the bounce of the rubber mattresses; the warmth of the sleeping bags. And the friends I made – oh, the friends I made!
All these memories come flooding back when I think of our family camping trips to Narooma. Things were so much simpler then. And I took it all for granted.’
Caroline Coquet-Smith – Sydney, NSW
‘My son’s 10th birthday where we took his besties on their first overnight hike! What an adventure it was – which the inner city kids all loved. We’ve now created a whole little community who want to come with us on all future overnight hikes.’
Julia Titmuss – Sydney, NSW
‘Father’s weekend away in Glenbrook National Park with the children – wild and free in the early ‘70s.’
Bradley Whale – Sydney, NSW
‘I had the privilege of taking a bunch of youths on their first camping experience. Not only were we blessed with great weather, many had never experienced toasting marshmallows on a campfire or watching the sunrise, to which we had a couple of stellar mornings to see.
Being able to upskill some city-based kids with some basic life-skills, leadership opportunities, memories and friendships that will last forever was pretty rewarding!’
Thor Harrison – Brisbane, QLD
‘The ship stern hike was advised to us as a real challenge, with bub on the back we just went for it! Amazing. Worth it.’
Nikita Isabeth – Brisbane, QLD
‘In July my partner and I packed up the Troopy and set off to Double Island Point for a fun-filled day trip. After a day of kayaking, sun and surf, we got so caught up watching the most incredible sunset from the sand dunes that we didn’t realise the tides came up too high and blocked off our exit back to Rainbow Beach and town.
Our phones died soon after and we were stuck, but I can definitely think of plenty of worse places to be forced to camp overnight.
We fully embraced the opportunity to unplug from technology and news of the global pandemic, and instead just focus on each other and one of the most beautiful settings Australia has to offer. I have never slept so peacefully than I did that night.’