Our Home: A Short Adventure Film

RESPONSIBLE ADVENTURING SHORT FILM! What is it about the great outdoors that makes us feel connected and wild? There's been a boom in local travel, camping, 4WD and simply exploring our own backyard post-COVID but it has come at a cost. Social media has revealed many hidden gems that are getting flooded with more visitors than the land is equipped to handle. We've embarked on a mission to understand what it is that drives people to find adventure through exploring the Australian bush and how we can continue to do so responsibly. Our film showcases a variety of perspectives from people who have a deep connection to the land and a love for adventure.

Karen Yoshimura

4 months ago

This place feels like home. What makes it so special is that it's always here. The change in seasons brings new faces, some go, some stay but the land is constant. It's the gums that never seem to age, the salt that's always in the air. The bush is always willing to provide incredible experiences for those adventurous enough to find them. It can be difficult to articulate what exactly it is that draws us to the bush, to the outdoors, to adventuring in our own backyard. To understand is to learn,
and the best places to find knowledge is from the land itself and the people who love it deeply. We wanted to get new perspectives on what it is that draws people to connect with these beautiful places. So we reached out to Bushie to guide us through the Blue Mountains, a place that so strongly informs his own identity. His passion is rooted here, to protect, preserve and share its beauty. We are in the depths of the Wollemi National Park, in a declared wilderness area. It contains quite a lot
of energy. Energy transcends this area like a tuning fork, and we all need to come here and respect it. And places like this really do command respect to the highest order. I am the founder and director of Back-to-the-Bush Fund. Back-to-the-Bush is an Indigenous-backed and led environmental and social charity. We're about getting out there into the bush, helping protect it, preserve it, advocating for the sensible management of the bush. But social media is ruining and continues to ruin areas l
ike this, which have only really been known to locals and experts and that- that know how to navigate these areas. Once something goes online, on Instagram, it can never be taken down again. It will never- it'll go viral. It just it just cannot be managed. You will ruin this place, you will destroy this place completely. There'll be rubbish everywhere. There'll be erosion occurring everywhere. There’ll be toilet everywhere. So it's very important that places like this are kept sacred. So we've b
een writing to Google Maps, we've been writing to All Trails and some of the other mapping companies, as rangers of the Treaty Council and Sacred Sites Preservation Project. We're seeking to protect these areas for them only to be available to those who know how to get there, who know it, who know about it, who are experienced enough to get here. You know, it's unfortunate but by having them removed off the map. It's better for them to be removed off the map than be locked up by the National Pa
rk Service and restricted in many other ways. The environment's going to start to struggle to support any more foot traffic through this area. It's a very difficult, difficult situation, actually. It's very hard to address these these problems. Our time with Bushie gave us a glimpse into how we can continue to explore the land whilst appreciating its energy. He made it clear the importance of experience when adventuring in the bush. His message was to start small and build your way up. To keep
our impact on the environment minimal, Bushie suggests going to established trails or exploring with people who know the local area well. Our actions in the bush can be unforgiving, and Bushie showed us that if the land doesn't get the respect it deserves, we may not get to experience it at all. But we wanted to get another perspective from someone who enjoys sharing their adventures through social media and hear what they have to say about how we can experience and appreciate the land. His name
is Outback Tom. Cheers Grandad. Cheers. There we go. How good’s that! How good is that? Alright, let's come back when this is cooked. Alright sounds good. Sam! Hey Tom! Hey brother nice to meet you. How you're going. Absolutely. Thanks for having me. I appreciate it. No problem. So my name's Tom Forrest. I'm a 24 year old Yorta Yorta man, but I grew up in the East Kimberley region of Western Australia. I grew up in a really small town called Wyndham. I work as a journo covering Indigenous stor
ies from across the country. And I also run a social media account called Outback Tom, where I make films with my grandfather cooking and showing off outback Australia. This is how to make hamburgers. Bush style. This is how to make a stove. Gourmet pizza. Snake egg and chips. Zinger burgers. Bush style. And so in recent years, like social media's come about, how do you think that has just impacted the area you're from, but just the Bush in general? A lot of the towns in the Kimberley are essent
ially built off tourists and the tourist season. It's locally owned, family owned businesses. Even myself, showing off that part of the world through- through social media, you know, I hope that it invites the kind and respectful people to that region and to the Kimberley. And then other businesses can benefit off that essentially. I understand keeping some spots a secret. People have done it for decades. But, you know, I think it's it's nice to be able to celebrate moments together and celebrat
e places together. I think everyone at some point should definitely get out of the comfort zone and and and go and find their own sense of adventure and that that may be anything. It could be from from hiking. It could be from a big five night camp, could be from a morning bushwalk. Adventure, to me, is heading out of town. It's seeing something I've never seen before. Hearing a call from a bird I've never heard in my life. Maybe meeting someone new. It's experiencing something I haven't experie
nced before. And it's going out to learn something new about your environment, but also learn something new about yourself. Tom spoke about the connection and clarity he feels being out bush. And how special it is that he's able to share that with his grandpa. And now also to a wider audience through social media channels. I was inspired to share somewhere special to me. Somewhere that over the years has come to feel like home. So we packed the cars and headed up the coast. Adventure for me is
being courageous I reckon. Uh, and putting yourself outside of your comfort zone and, uh, doing something new for the first time. Actually it doesn’t have to be new. But, putting yourself in a position where you’re gonna learn something. Some vulnerability is needed for true adventure. Yeah, I mean, I mean it definitely changed my perspective on how, you know, how you can enjoy moments like these with your mates. I don’t know. It's pretty special. Yeah. To be present, open and receptive to the
energy around you and just soaking it up. I think coming out here, the point is it necessarily to have some profound realisation. But what makes it enjoyable is problem solving over the little things, like how are you going to wash your dishes in the morning, or where are you going to sleep that's sheltered from the wind. So when you're planning your next adventure, be prepared to learn about your environment so that you can tread lightly and we can continue to celebrate the undisturbed beauty o
ur land has to offer. From exploring the Blue Mountains with Bushie, talking to Tom about his home in the Kimberley, and having our own experiences on the East Coast. It's clear what connects these places is the respect they command from both the people who call them home and visitors alike. And maybe there is an element of secrecy that makes the place so special. The magic comes from taking the time to share it with others.