We have just returned from a visit to Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park. It is a most magical place and I wish we had had more time there, to explore and immerse deeper. It is a semi-arid zone filled with space, rugged mountain ranges, peaceful tree-lined gorges, deep red rocks, and a plethora of wild creatures.
The Adnyamathanha people (meaning hills or rock people) are the traditional custodians of the Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park. Today the park is co-managed by a board consisting of Adnyamathanha and the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources representatives. They work together to protect and nurture this special place.
We were blessed with warm weather, it was around 30 degrees celsius each day, and a full moon whilst there. I was also blessed to participate in two overnight hikes with the boys. This is the first time I have been able to physically hike such a distance, and camp, in 7-8 years. It was hard going for me, and I had quite a few rest stops along the way, but I did it! I experienced tears of relief, accomplishment, and joy once I reached Wilcolo campsite. I also had a long rest in the boys hammock, which they had already set up by the time I arrived, along with a magnesium supplement and plenty more water 😘.
We shared Wilcolo campsite site with ants, birds, lizards, beetles, spiders, kangaroos and a feral goat (that we were aware of). The feeling of space and the surrounding nature was calming and comforting. The beauty of the place filled me with wonder and awe. It provided us with a magical nature recharge.
I share this in the hope that it may help and inspire others. I wish you all the best with your practice.