Spread the love
Do you have a favourite place that you like to escape to relax and unwind or simply block out all the noise in your life? I think most of us do enjoy some quietness and stillness in our lives. Our lives are busy, fulfilling the demands of others, trying to make money to make ends meet, all in the vain hope that one day we might be able to retire some place quiet and finally relax. I have come up with my very own perfect places to escape and contemplate, some of which may surprise you.
In some cases you don’t need to go very far for a total escape. I can just find a patch of uncrowded beach on the Gold Coast some days, or sit atop Burleigh Headland and perch myself to be still for a while. Otherwise I can drive into the Gold Coast Hinterland to the green and lush rainforested mountain ranges or find a deserted beach within half an hour’s drive of where I live.
Looking at beauty in the world, is the first step of purifying the mind. – Amit Ray
Taking in natural beauty around you can be very therapeutic. Sit for a while in your garden, take a stroll around your neighbourhood and notice the trees and flowers, amble through the park, walk along the beach or sit quietly and notice nature’s sounds – bird’s chirping, running water, crashing waves or the breeze rustling in the trees.
I love going camping for a few days with nothing more than a tent, a sleeping bag, some food and provisions either on the beach or in the bush. The last time we did this was on the beach at North Stradbroke Island, that is an hour’s drive and a 45 minute ferry trip from where we live. We set up our camp under the casuarina trees amongst the sand dunes just off the beach at Cylinder Beach.
Of an evening you can light a campfire and star gaze at the night sky taking in the peacefulness of the bush with only the sound being the waves crashing on the shore nearby. Awake the next morning to the sound of laughing Kookaburras and a variety of other birds – no alarm clock is necessary.
During our travels in our caravan we have encountered many beaches on the Australian coastline that we’ve had entirely to ourselves. There is something special about finding a secluded beach that you can stroll along, take a swim (clothing optional) and not encounter one other person.
There’s something euphoric about climbing to the apex of a mountain and then sitting still for a few moments taking in the panorama set before your eyes. It’s even better if you’re the only person sitting atop the mountain, which was the case on several mountains or hilltops that we scaled during our trip around Australia.
Whether it’s a cascading waterfall, a trickling stream, a vast expanse of lake, a duck pond, the seaside or a flowing river – there really is something tranquil about sitting by the water. During a trip down the Murray River, I found sitting alongside the river at the end of the day to be extremely relaxing.
Hiking in the bush or rainforest is one of my favourite things to do, particularly if it leads to a scenic spot like a lookout, viewpoint or a waterfall. There are several hiking options in the Gold Coast Hinterland that I occasionally like to experience, such as the hike to Purling Brook Falls in Springbrook National Park or Natural Bridge.
Escaping to a wonderful 5-star resort either in Australia or in an Asian country is just what the doctor ordered. We’ve taken advantage of great online deals and booked ourselves into luxury accommodation in Thailand, Vietnam or Bali to completely unwind and rejuvenate. Most resorts offer the ultimate in luxury with comfortable sun lounges, bures, day spas and some of the best sunset views.
I don’t mind a stroll through a botanic garden, particularly if there are beautiful plants and flowers to observe. I enjoy pretty rose gardens as they have a certain romance about them and the scent from the flowers is divine.
I like to indulge in a frothy cappuccino or cup of fragrant tea at a cafe and just sit quietly to relax and watch the world go by. It’s even more enjoyable if the cafe has a lovely outlook over the beach or on the waterfront some place.
I will leave you with this very pertinent quote:
The heart at rest sees a feast in everything. ~Hindi proverb
Where do you like to go to escape and contemplate?
This post is part of the Lovin’ Life Linky with a Lovin’ Life Team of the “ageing positively” kind who are as keen as I am to promote the Lovin’ Life mindset.
The Lovin’ Life Team includes:
Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.
Comments are closed.