Australia > Wherever I Lay My Pack

Australia is a country so vast, most other countries and continents will fit quite snugly in to it. To put it into perspective, there is a cattle ranch in Australia which s larger than Israel, and a property bigger than Belgium! Within this gigantic landscape are a huge array of climates, flora and fauna. From coastal cities to the excessive heat of the unforgiving Outback, primeval rainforests to acres of desert, Australia has something to offer every traveller.

Packed with natural wonders – Uluru, the Great Barrier Reef, the Devils Marbles, to name but a few – this gigantic playground is also a deadly landmass. Venomous creatures from snakes to spiders lurk on the land, velociraptor style birds stalk the northern forests and sharks patrol the ocean. Bizarre animals found nowhere else on the planet – such as the duck billed platypus – reside here, along with cuter critters like koalas. In the interior, herds of marauding camels dominate the desert, while kangaroos have hopped their way to top the population – there are more ‘roos than people in Oz.

Oz is also famed for silly things; they have a fish called the ‘blue bastard’, a former Prime Minister who holds the Guinness World Record for drinking two and a half pints of beer in 11 seconds, and a pig who also drank excessively and got in to a fight with a cow (I’m not sure who won).

Australia is a majestic country full of exciting places to discover (600 of which are called ‘Emu’). You could have many adventures travelling to all these tiny Emu towns, but it would take a very long time. Crossing Australia is no mean feat; whether by foot, bike or motorised transport, it’s a pretty daunting country to cover. It’s also home to the world’s longest highway, Highway 1. This highway circumnavigates the whole country, with 9,000 miles (14,500 km) of record breaking road.

With so much to discover (10,000 beaches, the longest fence in the world, and 60 wine regions), isn’t it time you spent a month or few in the land down under?


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