A unique world of its own, Australia has always been a dream destination of mine. This beautiful land is teeming with a variety of rare creatures, seen nowhere else in the world. Though the culture has been highly influenced by western civilization, the natives, or Aborigine, have maintained a significant presence in this region for hundreds of years. Raw and unbridled, Australia presents endless adventures for anyone seeking to take on a land like no other.
Falling within the top 10 of my bucket list, the Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest coral reef… and probably the most beautiful. It is made up of nearly 3,000 different types of coral systems, and can spread for miles along the northeastern coast. Wildlife is plentiful here, and each visit is guaranteed to be a different experience, but don’t take my word for it… have a look for yourself:
Other than aquatic life, Australia is home to many members the marsupial family. Kangaroos, Koalas, Wallabies, Wombats, and Tasmanian Devils have always been a staple of this country to outsiders. This continent is also home to some strange creatures, like the Platypus and Echidna (both are egg-laying mammals). Though there are no large mammal predators, well other than the baby-eating Dingo, Australia is home to a few crocodile species–one of the oldest and largest reptiles in the present world.
So, I’ll be honest, I really didn’t know what a wallaby looked like up until this point. It’s literally a mini kangaroo, and the cuteness is excruciating:
If you’re not looking to go check out animals, and looking for more of an urban experience, Australia has a variety of options. Sydney, Perth, Melbourne, and Brisbane are all the largest urban centers in the country. The most famous of the four, Sydney, is labeled by their Opera House on the coast next to the Habour Bridge. The city is a cultural center, made up of art and religious museums, botanical gardens, and beaches. At night, the locals visit local bars, and breweries to spend time with friends, and meet new ones. Dance clubs, theaters, and cafes are hotspots on weekends. As I stated before, plenty of western influence is found here in the eastern hemisphere.
Before I wrap up this blog post, there is another event I wish to cross off from my bucket list while in Australia. Many of you may remember Steve Irwin, the Crocodile Hunter, and you may recall his conservation efforts while working at the Australian Zoo. As I child, I remember watching this man on TV, risking his life because of his love for every creature. I had always looked up to him, and was saddened to hear about his passing. If you’re ever given the opportunity to visit Australia, honor this man by visiting his zoo.