Back in June 2006, I wrote in a newsletter “We took a lonely dirt track … finally arriving at a litle “boutique” pub where — as the only guests — we enjoyed a gourmet meal. [Note: I am omitting some details to prevent my favourite spots from being overrun by eager tourist mobs.]”
Earlier today, “pompeii epic” — who’s been on a Bobby Dazzler trip — raised the question in a comment on the “Welcome” post of this blog as to “whether some of these absolutely wonderful experiences should not be kept as powerful secrets, to cherish and gorge on like a private supply of truffles.”
Of course, a fundamental aspect of the Outback’s appeal is its isolation, its loneliness, the absence of crowds. To my mind, arriving at a much-anticipated camping spot, and finding there are no other people there is a bonus. So pompeii epic asks us to consider the issue of “secrets and sharing”. Should we keep our treasured Outback experiences as secrets, so as not to spoil the very thing that makes them so special, or should we share them, so as to give others a chance of enjoying the same pleasure? Is there enough for everyone? Is it possible that the very appeal of the Outback could be destroyed by popularity?
What do you think?