Australia is known for its vast, diverse and ruggedly beautiful landscapes, beaches, deserts, strange and beautiful animals, spiders, snakes and don’t forget Vegemite! I was fortunate to have captured photos of a few of these amazing sites ten years ago this month on my one trip down under, which I will share today.
The photos above were taken in the state of Victoria.
The photos above were taken on Green Island, off the coast of Cairns, Queensland. TheTravelsketcher and I did some snorkeling there and took a walk through the jungle. I was terrified of seeing snakes, but managed to walk a short distance without panicking.
The two photos above were taken at the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens in Hobart, Tasmania.
The other thing Australia is known for is its extremely friendly and helpful residents, which I noticed the moment I stepped onto the Qantas flight in LA, bound for Sydney. Everywhere I went the people were friendly, helpful and outgoing. I was blown away by their smiles, benevolence and genuine desire to connect.
One example of this amazing openness happened in Hobart; my husband and I had dinner at Cargo Bar Pizza Lounge where I had the most delicious Caesar Salad – ever. The next day I was on my own for lunch since my husband was working, so I went back to Cargo. I told the waiter that I returned for the salad, and a few minutes later he came out of the kitchen with my salad and a copy of the recipe for the dressing. I never expected to be given the recipe, but this is the type of helpfulness and generosity that comes naturally to many Australians.
I don’t know if I’ll ever get back to Australia, but thankfully I have enough memories of this amazing place to last a lifetime.
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