MY ONE DREAM DESTINATION IS STILL
Southern Africa (Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Zambia, Malawi), for the spaces, wildlife, the people. I first visited there in 1987 and have returned several times. The last trip I took in Ethiopia was wonderful - the rock-hewn churches, the art, the history and the people make this a must visit. Special memories include hitchhiking along the Caprivi Strip in 1988, hearing landmines going off in neighbouring Angola, drinking sweet tea with truck drivers, meeting peacekeeping forces in Namibia and borrowing their rafts to navigate the Popa River. The complete absence of responsibility and the liberty that brings. We were nuts.
WHEN THIS IS ALL OVER I'M DREAMING OF VISITING
India for its ever-changing vibrancy – the colours, movement, people, history and evolution. I've made two trips 30 years apart and was staggered by the changes. I love how you see the latest technology butting up against centuries-old practice.
MY DREAM TRAVEL BUBBLE DESTINATION IS
New Zealand would be just fine but the truth is I love my own country best. I never tire of it and have camped across a fair chunk of it.
MY DREAM DOMESTIC DESTINATION IS
The Pilbara - it is probably the only region I haven't touched on. Raw colours, gorges and the remoteness. Nothing like camping on your own.
MY DREAM DOMESTIC TRIP SO FAR HAS BEEN
Oh, where to start? Lake Mungo, Horizontal Falls, Mutawintje – all special places. Spiritual, visual knockouts. In my own patch, our sunsets near Gunnedah are hard to beat. Mt Kaputar National Park isn't far to drive and it even snows up there.
Pip Murray is president of the Dorothea Mackellar Memorial Society. Kurrumbede Homestead, the poet's home near Gunnedah, NSW, will open to the public for the first time on Saturday, June 12, 10am – 3pm. See dorothea.com.au