Because it is Australia Day this weekend I thought it was necessary to do a post on why I love Australia. Even though I want to go out and visit all this beautiful world has to offer, I will always call Australia home. So thanks Australia, here is why I love you oh so much, and why tourists keep coming back for more.
I love that as you make your journey from state to territory to state, the landscape changes completely before your eyes. Firstly, there is Western Australia with its red dirt up high, pristine beaches down low and its wildflowers all over. Queensland has the surf beaches, glorious mountain ranges and the tropical rainforests where I am from. Melbourne is a melting pot of culture, cute cafes and perfect seaside suburbs. As for the rest of Victoria? I love the rolling green hills of the countryside. There is always a new town to discover, a new city to experience and new landscapes to see.
Australia is home to some of the cutest animals in the world. Yes, I said that. If you go into the country you are bound to see a kangaroo or wallaby hopping around. But they aren’t the cutest. Oh no, that honour goes to this guy: the koala. I mean, just look at that fluffy face. Don’t you just want one as a pet?
An honourable mentions must go to the wombats (not only the name of one of my favourite bands), who are actually related to koalas. Platypuses also seem like pretty interesting creatures.
People may stop reading my blog when I write this, but when I say the food, I do not mean Vegemite. I am actually part of the one percent of the population who despises the spread. I have Promite on my toast every day. I am dreading the day I take off overseas and will need to find a new breakfast spread! Tim Tams and pavlova are the bomb-diggity, believe me. The chocolate goodness, the meringue = heaven in a mouthful. I also favour our barbecuing lifestyle. There truly is nothing better than a roast, a steak, a sausage cooked on the barbecue on the weekend.
Now, I am not the sportiest Aussie, but I do enjoy watching some of our best sports. I enjoy attending games even more, as the atmosphere is electric. I follow the rugby league religiously and my team is North Queensland Cowboys. AFL is the sport to watch in Western Australia, South Australia and Victoria. I know the basic rules, but ladies, the men wear singlets and short shorts #nuffsaid. I also love when the Olympics is on purely to enjoy the swimming. Finally, there is the cricket. You can’t spend a summer in Australia and not watch a least one game. It is a plague that takes over our television.
When you visit Australia, do yourself a favour and tune into Triple J. You can find the station all over Australia and it focuses on independent bands and musicians, so you can discover some incredible homegrown talent. I am a very big supporter of Australian music, and try to get out and see acts perform live as often as possible. Some of the favourites: Josh Pyke, Ben Lee, The Temper Trap, The Rubens, John Butler Trio, Grinspoon, Little Birdy, Eskimo Joe, the list goes on.
So there it is: the top reasons I love Australia. I know people will say that it is too expensive here, too isolated, which I get. But when you have lived here your entire life, those cons become second nature, and you learn to work your way around them and love what you are given.