Australia Day, 26 January, is the anniversary of the arrival of the First Fleet of 11 convict ships from Great Britain, and the raising of the Union Jack at Sydney Cove by its commander Captain Arthur Phillip, in 1788 (you can read a comprehensive history of the evolution of Australia Day here).
On Australia Day we come together as a nation to celebrate what’s great about Australia and being Australian. It’s the day to reflect on what we have achieved and what we can be proud of in our great nation. It’s the day for us to re-commit to making Australia an even better place for the future. – Courtesy of The Australia Day Council
I live in a unique and truly magnificent part of this world. I am a very proud Australian and have always felt incredibly blessed to have been born and raised in such a gorgeous place.
Early in my twenties I decided to see as much of this grand, and huge, land mass as possible before exploring the rest of the world. I am proud to say I have visited every state and territory and every capital city. There is still so much more for me to see and do, and Ayers Rock still eludes me.
Today I am celebrating this remarkable place, I call home, by sharing a few of my own photos showcasing the unique animals and the incredible natural beauty I get to delight in. So much beauty a picture is often hard to resist.
It was approaching dusk and we were all walking back to the car when we heard the noise. I still remember my Mum scooping up my youngest brother as she protectively herded us together. “What is it?” she yelled to my father, “A wild pig?”
Trust me Koalas are the cutest looking creatures ever and they make a very distinct husky growl, nothing like the sweet Care Bear voice you would expect.
Koalas are also one of the more difficult animals to see in the wild. They love to sleep all day and are well camouflaged high up in the trees. One of my fondest memories happened on a day 20 years ago. A dear friend and I sat reading under the shade of a tree, when a koala went scurrying down the track in front of us. Hot on his heels was his very own paparazzi, a gaggle of Japanese tourists frantically clicking away with their cameras.
These magestic guys are much easier to see in the wild. It is very common to see hundreds of them bounding across paddocks at dusk. Sadly they can cause a lot of damage to your car,and themselves, if they come bounding out of the bush while you race by down the highway.
This little bird does not sing, tweet, chirp or whistle either. This handsome dude is a Kookaburra and he laughs, and he laughs. His distinctive chuckle a true Aussie bush sound and one I absolutely love.
It was hard for me to choose only a few beach photos because we have so many amazing beaches and spend so much of our time at the beach. This is one of Western Australia’s stunning beaches with incredible clean sand and tranquil appealing water.
If you follow me on Instagram you will see many more photos taken on the Victorian beaches close to home.
This park is typical of the many amazing parks lining the coast of Queensland. You can see the beautiful, sparkling water behind us and that tree, wow the shade it offered as we sat and enjoyed our lunch.
As a child we spent many hours in the car touring around and to pass the time my Nanna would ask us to count windmills. To this day windmills like this one remind me of those family car trips, and yes I do still count them.
This is the very stunning Hamilton Island, located off the coast of Northern Queensland.
Typical of the many tropical islands spread all along the Queensland coast.
This is island life at its best.
No cars at all, bikes are the only mode of transport on many of our islands.
Incredibly this is only a very small taste of the exquisite beauty of to be found on my doorstep.
Unfortunately I have no outback photos as they were all taken with film and are yet to be digitalized.
If you live in Australia or have ever visited I hope this generates some fond memories for you.
Everyone else I dearly hope one day you get to experience the natural wonders to be found in my beloved and fabulous sunburnt country.