Australia: Scenes from Down Under

Australia Charmain

Australia has a lot to offer from great food to beautiful sights. In November, I spent  a considerable amount of time exploring Australia and New Zealand. The weather in Australia was absolutely amazing for that time of year. Since Australia is in the southern hemisphere, the seasons are the opposite of the northern hemisphere December to February is summer; March to May is autumn; June to August is winter; and September to November is spring. I went to Australia during the perfect time of the year, because tourism hits its peak during the summer months of December to February. However, going right before Australia's summer season made all the difference in the world, which allowed me to enjoy the sights without being bombarded by large crowds and extremely hot weather.

First stop was the Sydney Opera House, which offers great entertainment and wonderful shops surrounding the area. If you are staying in the downtown area you can easily catch a cab or ferry to the Sydney Opera House. If you have time I would definitely recommend the Opera House tour, which gives an in-depth history of the creation of this masterpiece, and a glimpse of some of the amazing shows performed at the Opera House. If you want to take amazing pictures of the iconic Harbour Bridge and Opera House I suggest you visit the botanical gardens, which provides stunning views.

Next stop, the Rocks, which is in the middle of city center and has beautiful historic buildings, cozy restaurants, and great markets for shopping. The Rocks is located on the southern shore of Sydney Harbour, immediately north-west of the Sydney central business district. Also, there are stunning views of the crystal blue water. There are wonderful options for walking tours, so you can immerse yourself in the rich history of this area.

 

I was pleasantly surprised to find out there is beach in Sydney Australia. Turns out Bondi beach is one of Australia's most famous beaches. Bondi Beach is located on the east coast of Australia and is a suburb of the city of Sydney. Bondi is an aboriginal word meaning water breaking over rocks. This beach has everything to offer - white sand, blue water, and big waves. There are also tons of hip shops near the boardwalk that offer great food selections and shopping. And if you are daring enough, there are a few cool tatoo parlors nearby!

Of course, the food in Australia was truly amazing. The Aussies love their barbecue - from the pork to beef to seafood, you name it they can barbecue it!  The food is rich with wonderful flavors that are clearly inspired by the Southeast Asia region.  A new favorite dish of mine is definitely a meat pie - every chance I could get I would order one to go. Also, I did not realize that Australia has so many gelato and chocolate shops to offer. This was one trip where I never had to worry about food selections or going hungry!

Last stop, the Featherdale Wildlife Park, which provides you a great way to see the Aussie wildlife all in one central location. I was able to experience every Aussie animal from kangaroos to koalas to crocodiles. You are able to get up close and personal with the animals to feed some of the animals, or take great pictures. It was a worthwhile experience!

 

There is truly something to do for everyone in Australia.

Would you take a trip to Australia?