For the second time ever I found my self with some free time to myself! So I packed my bags and car and headed south to Kangaroo Valley for four nights.
( The first time I camped solo was here)
After my first time camping by myself I felt alot more confident in trying it again, but this time I wanted to go for longer than one night. I was so excited that a period of 5 days suddenly appeared where I had no little kids or commitments, so it was a no brainer… I was going solo camping! Up until two days before I left I was convinced that I was going to head to Mount Koziousko to hike the mountains and sit around the fire. But as the week progressed, my thoughts changed to Kangaroo Valley, to Bendeela Recreation reserve, as camp ground that I had camped at before. The reserve, I presumed, would have enough campers that I wouldn’t be completely alone, but also hopefully it wasn’t going to be too busy. I also knew that it did have some security present, guards manned the gate and patrolled the grounds of a night time so I would feel safe.
Packing the car was super easy, collecting and chucking all I needed was much quicker then having to remember everything for everybody else! Travelling by myself meant listening to my “type” of music and stopping when I needed to, not when someone “suddenly” had to go to the bathroom or was hungry! Arriving at the camp ground I found a spot I was happy with, close enough to the bathrooms but also near to other campers,( but not on top of them), that I felt safe and secure. I happened to camp near a single mum and her young daughter ( pity I didn’t have my youngest they would have got along well), and that was pretty cool, its not often I come across many other single mums out camping! Setting up camp was a breeze, I literally had the tent up and my bed made within 15 mins and a cup of tea and dinner cooking not much longer after that, and was ready to wander around the campground in search of the resident wombats!
Camping by myself meant freedom. Freedom to sleep till I wanted, eat when and what I wanted and to explore everything I felt the need to. Exploring the area included taking in a couple of bushwalks at Fitzroy Falls, exploring the Pioneer day at Kangaroo Valley Pioneer Museum, attending the Anzac march, going for morning walks and laying around reading two books! Can’t get better then that! Overall I loved camping by myself, I felt safe,I loved the independence, the peace and the chance to relax and recharge ready to go back to the real world! This type of travel will definitely continue to be part of my life.
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