There seems to be no end to the incredibly positive impact nature can have on us all. For newly arrived immigrants, a few days on the Bibbulmun Track is an opportunity to transform their sense of belonging and connection to their new home.
Neil McCulloch and a few volunteers have been taking immigrants and refugee kids out into the bush as part of the First Hike Project and the results have been life changing.
One of the First Hike volunteers Caroline Marshall said some immigrants and refugees have come from war torn areas, so to be in Australia is a relief but also very confronting and the bush takes them away from all of that.
“The first kilometre is a real leveller,” said Caroline. “Everyone is the same amount of tired; everyone is the same amount of hungry, so all of our differences fall away.”