Australia

MUST SEE PLACES, FOOD, CULTURE, and HISTORY

Introducing.... Australia!

“There’s an ease that I have living in Australia. The best things about Sydney are free: the sunshine’s free, the harbour’s free, and the beach is free.” - Russell Crowe a famous actor and producer once said. Australia, land of amazing natural sights, human creations, and so much more food-wise and culture-wise. Most tourists that come here will explore the Great Barrier Reef, the famous Opera Bar, eat a Tim Tam, and just view the culture in their own way. There is absolutely no end to what you can find in Australia no matter if it is the food, hotspots, culture, and the many historical events. Australia is the eye opener to a land where nature and man-made structure come together and become something remarkable.

MUST SEE PLACES!!!

There are many places to visit in Australia, human created or nature’s artwork. The Great Barrier Reef is one of the most stunning creations that the Earth has to offer. The geometric-defying Sydney Opera House/Bar is just one of the most popular human made sites that you can go to when visiting Australia. Whether you prefer seeing nature’s creations or the mind-blowing man made creations Australia has all that and more.

The Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef is something that all who come to Australia should see. This is some of nature’s most beautiful creations and one that is not easily forgotten. Known to us as the largest living formation in the world and stretching to half the size of Texas. It is visited by at least 2 million people per year. The Great Barrier Reef has 1625 different types of fish and 133 varieties of sharks and rays. Although you might be able to see some of these in an aquarium, there are many endangered or exotic species that you won’t find anywhere else but here. Some of these creatures are; Dugongs (related to manatees), the Red Throat Emperor fish, and Coral trout. Not to mention the many activities that you can do as well! In fact, the Great Barrier Reef is divided into different sections, and those sections have different rules and activities that you can do. Examples of these activities are watching/swimming with the whales (and hopefully not getting crushed or capsized depending on which one you’re doing), motorized water sports, or even just lounging around on the beaches. The Great Barrier Reef will weave magic around you and make you want to stay the entire length of your visit.
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The Sydney Opera House

In comparison, the Sydney Opera House/Bar may seem mundane as it doesn’t hold the complete natural aesthetic feel of the Great Barrier Reef, however, you would be surprised at the effect that this structure can have on you. This is one of Australia’s most iconic human-made structures known to the world and also hosts a mind-blowing average of two million people yearly. Located on the Sydney Harbour, this eye-catching building looks as if it is rising above the harbour itself. The breathtaking view, however, cannot rival the shows that are presented in this Opera House. The Boy from Oz represents discovering yourself in ways you can’t yet imagine possible and also opens a world where if you are blind to what you want you will end up with regrets. This is just one of the many shows that occur in the Opera House. Although, the amount of activities does not surpass the amount of activities the Great Barrier Reef has, the Opera House’s shows give tourists a taste of a lesson they would have otherwise completely bypassed or discovered in a later time in which, it is too late to undo what has happened. Hopefully, you will be prescient and include a visit to this stunning Opera House.

Australian Cuisine

Culture

When you visit a country don’t you want to know what the people or culture will be like? Or when you plan to go, will there be a festival you can attend and have an enjoyable time? There are many things you may want to check out before visiting a country, and to prepare for the visit one must understand the culture. A polemicist would argue and say that Australia’s culture can be found anywhere, but no one can argue against the fact that seeing Australia for yourself is bound to make you speechless rather than seeing an ersatz copy.


The People

The people of Australia are the prime example of all people. They believe that no one should be excluded because of their race, having an amicable relationship with others, showing compassion to anyone who needs it, and so much more. Australians are generally known to have a carefree attitude, individuality, and are open and direct to others. Visiting this wonderful country that is filled with such prime examples of who people should grow to be, is a welcoming notion to those who visit.

Festivals

There are many different festivals in Australia that make up Australia’s culture. One for instance, is suitably called the National Multicultural Festival, that takes place in February. In this 4 day extravaganza, it showcases all sorts of the very best cultural music (nationally and internationally), food, dancing, and creativity in the arts. This festival inspires many aspiring artists that are looking for a chance to break through to the world and show off their talent. Another festival, known as the Melbourne International Arts Festival, takes place in October. Over the course of 13 days this festival is known to bring in a wide range of dancing, theatre, music, multiple different styles of arts, and free outdoor activities. Planning your visit around these festival times will allow you to take in the full experience of these remarkable occasions.

Historical Events

Although when one thinks of Australia their mind doesn’t automatically head towards the historical events, it is important to know what happened to create such a beautiful country/continent’s culture. The past always has a way of coming back around, and in this case it is vital to be able to understand the hardships of others and the important events that led to the creation of this thriving continent.


Let’s start with the year of 1770. Captain James Cook discovered Australia and claimed it for Britain which began Australia’s history. The 1800’s was the era of settlement for Australia, the British began sending criminals to this land as punishment to be away from the civilized world and a means to an end of their reign of terror in Britain. They did this to control these criminals and put in their hearts a seed of terror to influence the criminal population in the cities. Due to this, a Navy Captain by the name of Arthur Phillip, transferred over 800 convicts in 11 eleven ships to Australia. At the time the Aboriginals of Australia were numbered several hundred thousand which over the decades would alter drastically because of this movement.


In the 1850s, there were multiple gold rushes in Australia sending flocks of people from all different countries to Australia adding to the population. However, the number of Chinese people that came to Australia to seek gold and make their fortune were immense and the allowance of them would be hindered in the next 10 years. These gold rushes affected the natives, who had always lived in Australia, negatively and their numbers declined over the decades of inhumane treatment.


Moving onto the start of the 20th century, Australia came into being as its own country on January 1st, 1901 and was recognized as its own unified country. Only a decade later the capital of Australia was established in Canberra. During 1939, Australia followed in suit of Britain, declaring war on Germany and supported the Allies when attacking Nazi Germany. Eventually they were on the brink of terror as a menace, known at the time as the Japanese Navy, came closer to country. However, World War II came to an end in 1945 and Australia was once again safe. Although most may not agree that Australia wasn’t in turmoil for a number of years, the economic status and government eventually pulled through to become the Australia we know and love today

Glossary

Aboriginal- the native people of Australia; 5 syllables

Aesthetic- artistic,creative, beautiful; adjective; 3 syllables

Amicable- friendly without any serious disagreement; adjective; 4 syllables

Egregious- outstanding, extraordinary (in a bad way); adjective; 3 syllables

Endangered- seriously at the risk of extinction; adjective; 3 syllables

Ersatz- poor/inferior substitute; adjective; 2 syllables

Exotic- Originating/Coming from a foreign country or having characteristics from that country; noun/adjective; 3 syllables

Hubris- excessive pride; noun; 2 syllables

Incendiary- something designed to set something on fire literally or figuratively, flaming object; adjective; 3 syllables

Mundane- ordinary, not original; adjective; 2 syllables

Polemicist- someone who argues forcefully, and/or is skilled in the art of writing/speaking; noun; 4 syllables

Prescient- appearing to know/knowing what will happen in the future; adjective; 3 syllables

Tentative- hesitant, not certain; adjective; 3 syllables

Unified- become whole (Australia became a unified country not separate states/countries); verb; 3 syllables

Voracious- wanting or devouring; adjective; 3 syllables

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