With world populations encroaching more and more on our beautiful nature, I find the Australian outback holds more and more magic for me. These wild, endless landscapes simply lure one to a quiet , simple way of life that is become more attractive in the 21st century. Outback Australia surely offers an unforgettable experience, whether you opt for a getaway on a sheep station or a 4WD camping safari. I’ve been enthralled attending sheep and wool shows and watching lean and mean sheep shearers competing with each other to get the best out of their gear and get as many sheep sheared as possible.
The amazing Australian outback stretches across several states and you’ll find some pretty diverse habitats in it. In southern central Queensland, the Carnarvon Gorge is a steep sandstone chasm within the Carnarvon National Park. The Gorge is about 30km long and 600 metres deep at the mouth. You can understand why this would be such a visited feature.
Don’t get me wrong…the Australian Outback isn’t all about big, diverse landscapes however, beautiful and stark though this is. Some of the quaint Australian outback times are full of amazing treasures. Old-time activities such as sitting in country pubs, watching camel races, eating mutton and lamb cooked on an open fire, gleaning ancient information on the rich mining history are all dished up with warm country Aussie hospitality.
I’ve collected this information from personal experience and am looking forward to adding exciting information and images about my travels in the awesome outback but also other parts of this amazing continent known as the land down under.
Until very recently I did not know Koalas are not bears. They look very much like the teddy bears. So, we invariably categorise them as bears. There are many other facts about koalas which are not known. It is a very shy animal.
Koalas are marsupials – They are not bears, and are born immature just like kangaroos. They are carried in pouch just like kangaroos before they become fully developed.
Sleepy Creatures – Koalas sleep for 18 hour in a day. Just like the Panda the diet that take is low on nutrition and they sleep to conserve energy.
Different sizes – Koalas in South have thick coats and larger as compared to their northern counterparts. This is due to natural adaptation.
Living in one place – Koalas love their home the tree they live in. They will only go to other places for mating only. After the courtship they are always back in their home trees. Homesickness of the koalas.
Tiny when born – Koalas are only 2 centimeters when born. They are underdeveloped, cannot see, is hairless and even do not have hearing ability.
Food – The Koala lives on fibre. It can only digest 25% of ingested fibre. They have a special organ called cecum to digest fibre. They have to eat large amount of leaves to survive.
Do not drink water – In normal circumstances the koalas never drink water. Only in extreme cases will they drink water.
One of their kind – Koalas have only one living relative the wombats. And they are burrowing animals only similarity being their pouches.
Natural habitat – The koalas natural habitat is being destroyed for houses. Soon we may find them only in protected areas or zoos.
There are many things about Australia which attracts the tourists. The nice beaches, water ways, flora and fauna, Vineyards or the Great Barrier Reef are some of the attractions.
Australian Waters Ways
The Sydney harbor with its azure water is one of the many attractions. The scenery is often like wallpaper. Rose Bay looks thrilling when you are on a plane. You can never miss the color of water.
Flora and Fauna
The country has a unique blend of flora and fauna. Since it is an island most of the plants and animals are unique and endemic. The only thing missing is a large carnivore. Dingoes are the largest carnivores. Different colors of parrots and cockatoos really are a visual delight. Then you have Koalas (Teddy Bears), kangaroos and the emu which are famous. Even the sea fauna is unique. There are around 140 species of Marsupials alone.
Renowned for its award-winning wines, Australia is a heaven for wine lovers. Walking through a vineyard is a life changing experience.
The wineries here produce high quality white, red and sparkling wines. The Hunter Valley Vineyard is home to oldest surviving grapevines.
The Great Barrier Reef
One of the most unique ecosystems is the Great Barrier Reef. With close to 100,000 species it is the largest local collection of flora and fauna.
You can go snorkeling and see the wide range of colors here. So, come to Australia and enjoy the Wild Life here.