The kids disappeared not long after we arrived, and over the next three days we didn’t see a lot of them. There was just too much to explore. They were ‘surfing’ Big Red on boogie boards, or playing ‘beach’ volleyball, or just making new friends. Sporadic Wi-Fi and mobile phone coverage offered a welcome break from screen time.
The grown-ups also made the most of their surroundings. Every day started with a cold desert sunrise, and ended with a sunset to the sound of great Australian music. The performances finish early enough for precious family time by the campfire.
There’s plenty to do before the shows start. We’d climb to the top of Big Red to take in the view, have a walk in the desert or check out the camping set-ups. And for those so inclined, there are camel and helicopter rides.
We met people from all walks of life and all corners of the country, but we all had one thing in common: the feel-good vibe that comes with travelling thousands of dusty kilometres for a truly unique experience.
When showtime arrived, we’d load our drinks and snacks into the esky and stroll up to the concert area. Most people watched the gigs on their camping chairs, but there’s a family-friendly mosh pit below the stage for the more energetic. There was even an area for spectators with dogs.
And that brings us back to ‘The Voice’. Between songs, John Farnham shared his amazement at the desert setting. He wasn’t the only one. It was an astounding place for
music, set under the biggest of skies. As we walked back to our campsite after his show, we vowed we’d be back.