Welcome to Australia
I would like think that everyone knows a little bit about this big island continent, way down at the bottom of the bottom of the planet. You may have seen a movie called Australia or even remember that great cliche Aussie from Crocodile Dundee, but how much do you really know about Australia?
Australia, Aussie, Oz, Down Under, it has many names and faces but apart from Russell Crowe, Steve Irwin and Crocodile Dundee this big dry Island in the middle of the ocean still remains somewhat of a mystery to many of those across the waters in other countries. So, I would like to try and enlighten everyone a little more if possible.
Lets take a super quick trip around this big, sunny and beautiful land and find a bit more about our history and the culture of Australia and learn about what makes the place tick!! Its not all beer, sunshine and bbq's (not everyday anyway)!
Well before the first Europeans even knew a thing about Australia, it was home to the local Aboriginal Tribes that settled right across the continent. With their nomadic lifestyle these resourceful people lived off the land, hunting the wildlife and foreging for survival. They had a unique language, culture and weapons, namely the Boomerang that is still used today for hunting. These days the Aborigines, are largely urbanised and spread across Australia but still have large communities and villages in the dry harsh and hot outback desert. They are happy and content though to live as their ancestors have done for thousands of years before them.
Captain James Cook is recorded as the first man to discover and navigate Australia first in 1688, but he is not the first European to set foot here. That honour goes to another European, a Dutchman by the name of Willem Janszoon, who in 1606 actually thought Australia was a part of New Guinea!! Settlement of Australia began in 1788 with the first ships came from England in January of that year. Australia started her life as a penal colony, with convicts from across the United Kingdom shipped there for some of the most frivilous and petty of crimes.
From those humble beginnings as a harsh and dangerous convict settlement long forgotten and miles from the motherland, flourished a self supporting nation with a pride to rival any others. Nowadays, Australia boasts a population of over 21 million, and is growing every year. With world class cities, like Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth, it is a tourist mecca that boasts facilities attractions and beaches that are the best in the world. Our lifestyle in Australia is relaxed, easy paced and friendly, where a slap on the back, a cold beer and a friendly G'day mate is common place.
If your planning a visit to this beautiful island of ours, make sure you read all you can about us, and feel free to ask a local, we love to brag about our about how great the country is.
Sydney is iconic with its Opera House the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Harbour itself is breathtaking. Take a walk up the bridge, go up the Sydney tower or cruise the harbour. If you time it right, you can catch the opera or ballet at the Opera house or a free concert in the outer gardens.
Melbourne is the sporting, arts and cultural centre of Australia. Its a melting pot of nationalities, has state of the art sports arenas and events and not to mention the shopping!!! They say Melbourne is a mecca for shop a holics.With the largest Greek community outside of Greece, somedays you will wonder which city you are actually in.
Brisbane is the sunshine city with over 300 days of sunshine every year, she is set on the river, has a magnificent skyline and the most perfect year round weather you can imagine. Just a 40 minute drive south is the Gold Coast with its stretches of golden surf beaches, cafes and all the theme parks and sky scrapers too. Thrills and entertainment are all packed into this little corner of south east Queensland.
So, that is just a brief taste of our land and a little about us. I will continue to post more about a land that I am passionate about and love so much.
I hope you come visit us one day and can enjoy the lifestyle that we are accustomed too