'Until I came to Australia, where the energy of the earth beats so powerfully, I had known only civilisation . . .'
I arrived in Australia in February 1987. I came straight from London to Tamborine Mountain. Half my luck, as they say here.
I was bowled over by the natural abundance of the place – the brilliant colours of the birds and the size and profuse growth of the vegetation.
I had not long been in the country when I visited nearby Lamington National Park and went for a walk on one of its many trails. Someone I happened to tell of my visit, remarked that there were gorges and gullies in the park that no human foot had trodden.
This had an enormous impact on me.
Also in those early days, I took my five year -old son on a car trip north along the coast and then west into the interior. The look of the land impressed me deeply, particularly the immense flat expanses where the appearance of a solitary tree became a notable event.
As you fly for hour after hour over Australia’s… Read Complete Text