We Lucky Aussies

Jul 4, 2013 | Nature | 0 comments

Diamond Head

Diamond Head

I’m a 37-year resident and naturalised citizen of Australia and I still never cease to be amazed by the long, sweeping and inviting beaches that often remain completely empty.
It’s the height of the school holidays here and still, as you can see, Kylie’s beach (above) was deserted today. I might add that it has been a weather-perfect day, windless and 22 degrees.
I’m not complaining. Being solitary a bushwalker in the vastness of Crowdy Bay National Park is much preferable to fighting for parking at Bondi Beach.
I’m just telling you this so you might put this coastal hideaway on your bucket list. It has much more going for it than this short list: dramatic views, extensive wetlands, rainforest pockets, heathlands with beautiful vegetation, over a hundred bird species, and the tourists’ favourite – wallabies and grey kangaroos and koalas.
What’s not to like?
Littoral Rain Forest

Littoral Rain Forest

At the same time, we can’t be complacent about the extraordinary natural beauty of Australian environments. A recent news report on the health of marine life on the Great Barrier Reef states that all the coral there will have dissolved within the next 100 years unless something is done. The ecological ripples from such an occurrence are unfathomable.
In the meantime, we’re back in the bush today to enjoy Nature’s beneficence.


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