When I used to hear ‘Australia,’ I used to think of a land comprised of desert and beaches. I’ve lived here for nearly two months and I’ve learned that not only is Australia diverse in its fauna, but also in its landscapes.
I’d like to share some pictures that capture a bit of the beautiful ecosystems that the land down under has to offer.
Let’s start with the beautiful beaches.
Soft sand, blue water, and awesome waves. Add in a clear, blue sky and a beach day can’t get anymore perfect. But wait! It can. Unlike the Jersey Shore, you don’t have to pay to go on beaches in Australia. Each beautiful beach is open to public for free.
It’s not rare to see mini forests–full of trees, bushes, and palms–right up against the sand.
Down the beaches into the water, there is a wonderful world waiting to be explored. The Great Barrier Reef up near North Queensland near Cairns is incredible. There are many different kinds of coral and fish that peacefully exist under the sea. I love how the sunlight dances underwater on the coral.
Near the coast in Cairns are mountains covered in rainforests.
Because water is such an important resource–supporting both animals and humans, many cities are built along their banks. Here, I’m posing with the Sydney Opera House behind me, the Harbor Bridge behind that, and the river to my left.
Traveling further inland to the center of Australia is the Outback — the red desert.
While you may think that the Outback is a barren wasteland, it is actually full of low-lying bushes and grasses, as well as the occasional tree here and there.
Camels, initially introduced to Australia, have increased in numbers.
Australia is home to many endemic species, some being the most deadly of their species in the world. Here are some pictures with the most well known Australian animals.
A white dingo visited us at a dinner BBQ near Uluru:
I hope you enjoyed looking at some of my pictures–there are more to come in another post. Perhaps they even inspired you to think about traveling to this amazing island on the other side of the world!