Surviving a Natural Disaster: Alone in the Australian Rainforest

Published on September 24, 2022 by

This week, we survived the largest flood disaster in recorded history here in the Australian rainforest. It has been tough, and in our life off grid, we have never been so scared. But, in this time completely cut off from the world – we have learnt the power of community and the strength of humans coming together.

Direct and local organisations needing donations now:

Brunswick Valley Landcare:
Local landcare groups come together through community to regenerate the land. They collect waste, protect native trees and plant trees alongside banks to work against erosion and degradation.

Koori Mail:
The Koori Mail are an indigenous owned and run organisation. Their flood relief donations will go directly and wholly to the community and will be used for temporary accomodation, medical supplies, baby supplies, food vouchers, access to clean drinking water, clothing and dry linen, camping gear and sanitary items.

Wires Rescue:
A not for profit that provide rescue and care for injured wildlife.

Broader Australian wide organisations working for climate action:

Seed Mob:
Seed Mob is a movement of Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander young people for climate justice with the Australian Youth Climate Coalition. Their vision is for a just and sustainable future with string cultures and communities, powered by renewable energy.

Standing our Ground:
Wangan & Jagalingou Nagana Yarrbayn Cultural Custodians are a group of self determined W&J Traditional Owners who speak for Country and uphold the resolutions of their family council to protect their country from extractive industries. They need support to continue asserting their human rights as Wangan and Jagalingou People to practice culture opposite Adani’s mine.

Firesticks Alliance:
Firesticks Alliance Indigenous Corpotaion is an Indigenous led network that aims to re-invigorate the use of cultural burning by facilitating cultural learning pathways to fire and land management.

Young Farmers Connect:
Young Farmers Connect are a national not for profit organisation committed to cultivating networks, resources and community for young farmers, supporting the use of regenerative, holistic & sustainable agriculture practices.
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We are sisters, Julia and Anastasia — caring for a regenerative farm on Bundjalung Country on the East Coast of Australia. We have a dream to build a self sustainable future and regenerate the land for generations to come. Join us as we learn to build, farm, garden, and care for the animals and land.

We live and farm on the land of the Arakwal and Minjungbal people of the Bundjalung Nation and these practices of regenerative living, agriculture and permaculture owe their roots and theories to Indigenous knowledge — they have been practiced by Indigenous People around the world for so many years. We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the Country we live on, and recognise their continuing connection to the land and waters. We thank them for protecting this rainforest and its ecosystems since time immemorial.

Amarante: “Dancing in the Dying Light (Instrumental)” and “Alone (Instrumental)”
Georgina Grimshaw: “Nothing To Hide (Instrumental)”
Land of Trees: “From These Ashes (Instrumental)”

A big thank you to all of the incredible artists who share their music in each episode! All of the music included can be found here: />
0:00 Surviving a flood disaster and landslides
3:42 Off grid and alone, caring for our community
9:14 Caring for lost animals
13:31 Hiking food through landslides and finding hope


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