Walkabout refers to a rite of passage during which male Australian Aborigines would undergo a journey during adolescence and live in the wilderness for a period as long as six months.

In this practice they would trace the paths, or “songlines”, that their ancestors took, and imitate, in a fashion, their heroic deeds. Merriam-Webster, however, identifies the noun as a 1908 coinage referring to “a short period of wandering bush life engaged in by an Australian Aborigine as an occasional interruption of regular work”, with the only mention of “spiritual journey” coming in a usage example from a latter-day travel writer. (ref)

I am not an indigenous Australian nor male, however I do tend to go “Walkabout” now and then. This phenomenon usually occurs when I have a lot of work to do. Sometime I wander off for a few hours, perhaps a day or even a few weeks.

I took these photographs on my “walkabout”

Brisbane City Click images for larger view

Brisbane City River





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9 Responses to Walkabout

  1. Reblogged this on ' Ace Friends News ' and commented:
    Also posted your great post here as well Ian http://flip.it/f0nxm


  2. Haha how timely! I’m about to take my walkabout in the wilderness of the Greek islands… It will be a merger of your and Merriam-Webster’s definitions, I hope πŸ™‚


  3. Beautiful walkabout images! I am not sure if I would like to be in wilderness for days but to get away from hectic city and profession life is always sounding awesome to me πŸ˜€


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