What is a “must see” in Australia?
The Great Barrier Reef, massive outback cut through by flat mountaintops, thousands of beaches, shores, big cities and small towns.
To fully understand the complex beauty of Australia one needs to see and experience all of the above.
Without it one simply cannot comprehend the beauty of this continent.
In Australia there are hundreds or even thousands of places worth visiting. The Great Barrier Reef – the biggest organic construction in the world – is just a beginning. There is a massive monolith The Ayers Rock (also known as Uluru), a saint mountain to indigenous Aboriginals. It takes 4 hours to go all the way around it – it is a long, intense and tiring trip but certainly an unforgettable one too.
Not far away from the saint rock you will find Kings Canyon that looks like straight out of a Western movie. Great Ocean Road will provide you with some breathtaking views like the iconic 12 Apostles – pointy rocks sticking straight out of the ocean, created by collapsing cliffs. You also shouldn’t miss The Wave – a massive wave shaped rock formation created by amazing forces of nature itself: wind and water. Mel Gibson’s fans need to see a town where the famous “Mad Max” was filmed. For Stacey Irwin’s followers there is Australia Zoo and it’s daily show involving giant crocodiles. We can keep going and going…
Exactly how big is Australia?
When travelling through the endless outback you will feel like you’re travelling back in time. In Central Australia you can go as far as 500, 1000, 2000 km or even further and not only would the landscape remain the same but you will only have passed a handful of cars on the way.
The enormous surface of 7.5km2 is inhabited by a population 40% smaller than that of Poland (23mln vs 38mln). The density of population is low enough (less than 3 people per km2) to grant Australia with a 3rd place on the list of world’s least populated countries.
Can anything kill me in Australia?
Australian flora and fauna are indeed very versatile boasting approximately 4000 species of fish, 400 species of mammals, 800 species of birds, 300 species of lizards, 140 types of snakes, 2 types of crocodiles and 50 marine mammals. And yes –some of those animals can be highly deadly for humans but are they all really trying to kill you? Wildlife will generally not hurt you if you understand the danger and act responsibly. But remember, even an innocent -at the first glance- paradise beach can be filled with highly poisonous jellyfish, sharks and crocodiles that visit the shores a lot and venomous spiders and snakes can appear literally anywhere when least expected.
However –despite all those stories you might’ve heard about pythons devouring crocodiles– don’t freak out. Most Australian travellers know how to stay alert but there is also much ado about nothing. Besides, did you know that in Australia there are around a million wild camels? Or that kangaroos can swim but cannot –just like Emus– walk backwards? For that reason, Kangaroos and Emus stay proudly on the Australian National Flag symbolizing a nation that moves forward.
What about culture and entertainment in Australia?
The cultural and entertainment offer in Australia is extensive. At night especially we will face a variety of options depending on our mood or preferences – Sydney and Melbourne are social hubs comparable to the European ones. The smallest continent can be really fun! Numerous events, parties and happenings make up the cities’ colourful nightlife while in the daylight we can admire the unusual architecture, visit museums, enjoy a great coffee or taste cuisines from all around the world. Larger cities provide us with hundreds of restaurants offering excellent quality fresh food. The offer gets less attractive in the outback where dominant cuisine is traditional Australian based on barbequed meats, fish & chips, hamburgers, vegemite toasts and VB (Australian beer that we really do not recommend!).
Majority of Australian lifestyle however is “the beach lifestyle” – a philosophy that extends onto Australian mentality as well as loose, comfortable and relaxed fashion choices made mostly of sunglasses, shorts and thongs.
What is an Australian lifestyle?
Australia is a country with the highly developed and very well prospering economy. The low inflation rate, high economic growth, dynamic labour market -all of that creates a country that works perfectly well and does not cause any drama to the citizens. A decision to move to Australia is the best time to leave all bad thoughts, frustrations and disappointments behind. Everyone who experiences a local attitude towards life will confirm that in a heartbeat. The society is young, open and relaxed. One can say that people here live long and happy lives – average life expectancy is 79,9 years for men and 84,15 years for women, much longer than along Vistula River.
What about the climate?
When travelling through the endless outback you will feel like you’re travelling back in time. In Central Australia you can go as far as 500km, 1000km, 2000km…and not only the landscape wouldn’t change one bit but you’d only have passed a handful of cars on the way.
The enormous surface of 7.5km sq is inhabited by a population 40% smaller than that of Poland (23mln vs 38mln). The density of population is low enough (less than 3 people per km sq) to grant Australia with a 3rd place on the list of world’s least populated countries.
What would you like to know about Australia but was always scared to ask?
- the summer here lasts from December to February and winter is from June to August
- Australians just LOVE to abbreviate every word they can – Kangaroo becomes a roo, an Australian is an Aussie, a barbeque is s barbie…
- the world’s biggest pastureland (24 000 km square) and the world’s longest fence ( 5 614km) are here, in Australia?
- Australia’s first Policemen were… the best behaving convicts?
- they have over 73 million sheep here?
- 25% of Australians were born overseas?
- you can bump into seals and penguins here?
- surfers only attract the sharks because when seen on the board from underneath they resemble seals?
- Do koalas sleep 18 hours per day?
- Does Tasmania boast the cleanest air in the world?
- almost 90% of the continent is completely inhabitable as due to its desert climate?
- Aboriginals are probably the oldest human culture in the world dated 50 000 years back?