Drive three hours south of Sydney to New South Wales’ Jervis Bay and tucked away on preserved land you’ll find Paperbark Camp. Founded in 1998 by Irena and Jeremy Hutching, the eco-friendly glamping upscale camping lodge touts everything from white-sand beaches with secret coves to pre-breakfast kangaroo spotting. Canoeing and torch-lit night hikes through eucalyptus forest are also on the docket. At the site’s epicenter is The Gunyah, a high-stilted house built of iron and timber, which houses a restaurant and reception, but if you’re not into socializing or adventure you’re more than welcome to kick back with a drink and relax in one of the 12 solar-powered treehouse-inspired canvas tents. Just don’t go expecting 3AM room service. It is camping after all. Starting at just $325, check out the site found here for more information.
Australia’s Westfield ultramarathon had a surprise entrant in 1983: a 61-year-old potato farmer named Cliff Young. He arrived wearing overalls and gumboots and took a place among a field of 150 elite 20-somethings for the 543-mile run from Sydney to Melbourne. Everyone looked around at each other and quietly asked ” Is that your grandpa?” No one really thought he was there to actually run.
Young ran with a peculiar shuffling gait that soon left him far behind the leaders. This was most likely due to the fact that the guy was running in OVERALLS and BOOTS. As the race wore on he gained ground rapidly. Like a machine from the future, his strategy was simple. Do not sleep, do not stop. This sounds like it is something out of a movie, but there actually is an explanation for it. He had routinely rounded up sheep on his family’s 2,000-acre ranch in Victoria, where he often ran two or three days without rest, and this preternatural endurance carried him easily into first place in the Westfield race, beating the record time by nearly two days. 2 damn DAYS!
At the finish Young said he’d been unaware there was a $10,000 prize, and being that he was a futuristic machine with no use for money, he gave it away to five other runners and returned quietly to his ranch. Asked what advice he’d give to other elderly runners, he said,
No matter what you do, you have to keep moving. If you don’t wear out, you rust out.