Living in the city can really get to you sometimes - the hustle, bustle and shadowing light pollution at night. Luckily in Australia beautiful, remote locations can be just an hours drive away. Microadventure travelling is the recent-grads way to cope and escape working life, while waiting for that end of year big overseas trip.
This weekend we chose to pay a visit to the easily-accessible Moogerah Dam, just south west of Ipswich. We arrived in the afternoon and were disappointed to see (and hear) the noisy machines of jet skiis and boats out on the water. Knowing we would be battling waves and noise from boats if we tried to paddle out then, we decided to wait until the early hours of sunrise the next morning to make the most of the water.
Waking up at 5am, we crawled out of our tents and dragged the c-kayaks out onto the pristine, calm waters. The morning birds were just rising, and there was not one machine out on the water yet. Rounding the corner from our camping spot to head across the dam to a hidden waterfall (that place is a story in itself), the sun peaked over the hill behind us and cast a dim pink light over the cliffs ahead.
For a few minutes we forgot about our destination and watched the morning clouds roll over the peaks of the mountains, glistening pink and yellow as the new sun helped thaw out our hands. Usually hesitant of bringing my camera out near water, I couldn't help but get a shot of the calm pastel mountains. This serenity is what we came here for - escape to another world, only an hour away.