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Maiala: Quiet place


Sometimes ‘getting away’ can be as basic as taking a drive to the edge of town, and very bloody lucky for us, the edge of town is a scrubby bushland at the end of our street. It’s the start of a stunning drive that winds some thirty kilometres West of Brisbane’s inner city, all the way to the lush ‘mountain’ region of Mount Glorious. I’ve been using this drive as a stress release, a wind down; hitting the curves of the road every few weeks this past university semester – windows down, music up, singing without shame – all necessary. It’s like the time-poor student’s answer to an express nature hit, without actually needing to leave your car.


Now I’m on semester break it was time to get out, stretch the essay writing back and breathe in the smells of the sweet, soggy rainforest. The park is so close to home, and a dear friend lives there, but lately I’d forgotten how important it was to make real time for nature, in a way that somehow also leads to the most happily intense conversations.


The main national park area at Mount Glorious is known as Maiala, meaning ‘quiet place’ in the language of the Kamilaroi people, the traditional owners of the region. It’s a name that feels perfect to me. With quiet in mind, I wanted to share a little visual slice of the calm, green space that is D’aguilar National Park (below).

Thanks for the insider perspective, Jack! x


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