One of the most enjoyable things to do with your significant other or friends, in my opinion, is to travel. Experiencing new things and places with your loved ones creates lasting memories and deepens bonds. There are many spiritual locations located all throughout the world for lovers and friends alike. Each week, I will introduce a spiritual destination that would make a perfect romantic getaway or a fun trip with your girl or guy friends.
This week’s featured travel destination is Australia.
Australia is a very unique place in being both a country and a continent. It is well known for amazing coral reefs, the outback, opera, UGG Boots, and the Hemsworth brothers, but it also has many spiritual destinations located within it as well.
Uluru is one of the oldest rock formations on earth. It stands at roughly 350 meters high and 3.6 kilometers long. The sandstone rock formation is known to change colors throughout the day and the areas around it are sacred to the Aboriginal (Anangu) people of the area. It is believed to have been formed by ancestral beings in “Dreamtime”. The Anangu do not climb Uluru as it is sacred, but visitors are welcome to climb Uluru and explore the base as well. It has been said that the best time to view Ayers Rock is during sunrise or sunset as the terracotta color morphs into a blue/violet color.
The Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest coral reef system. It is the largest single structure made by living organisms and can even be seen from outer space. The Great Barrier Reef is known to be sacred to the Aboriginal people as it was a crucial part of their culture, existence and spirituality.
There are several spiritual retreats offered in Australia. Some of the most well known are Quest for Life, Beyond Suffering, and the Gawler Foundation. All retreats provide a safe space for wellness education, spiritual and personal development, and inner peace. Beyond Suffering in particular is held at Temple Byron and offers many beautiful tranquil spaces for quiet meditation
Gariwerd Grampians National Park is a place where visitors can experience Aboriginal life first hand. There are many cultural activities including painting, boomerang throwing lessons, didgeridoo workshops, native food tastings, and listening to Aboriginal people tell their ‘dreaming’ stories.
Australia is place that has a whole lot to offer. It has many sacred sites, as well as numerous tourist locations to relax and have fun. While it is a pretty long plane ride for those located in the western hemisphere of the world, it seems to be a trip that is well worth the wait.