You gotta love Australia! It’s big, it’s beautiful, and it has so much to see and do that you could quite possibly spend the rest of your life uncovering this magnificent country/continent that combines white beaches with red deserts, big cities with endless bush lands, humongous rainforests with barren canyons, and just about every creepy crawly one could possibly imagine!
Trying to cram as much as possible into our six-week journey through Oz, we managed to tick off many places and activities on our “to do” list, but the more you see, the more you want to see, and our Australian bucket list is now longer than a didgeridoo, so we will inevitably return – and soon!
As we planned our trip around the world, I was a little apprehensive about visiting Australia due to the amount of wildlife residing amongst its shores. Growing up in the UK, the scariest creature we had to deal with was a caterpillar or woodlice, and so the thought of coming up close and personal with a black widow or snake was something I struggled to deal with!
However, despite my initial fears I found every spider (yes there were plenty), every snake (plenty too!), and every other wild creature living on this island quite fascinating, and Australia simply wouldn’t be Australia with its Kangaroos, Koalas, Crocs and Irukandji!
Visiting during the months of December and January, we were advised to wear Stinger Suits whenever we entered the water to avoid a potentially deadly jelly fish sting, and despite looking like a pair of neon coloured jelly babies, we had the time of our lives swimming the Whitsunday’s and the Great Barrier Reef in our full-body Lycra suits!
There are sharks in the sea, there are snakes at the side of the road, and if you look hard enough you will definitely find spiders, but there are also magnificent reefs to swim in, windswept islands to trek, Gum trees to climb and city adventures to be had. So, Australia ‘bugs an all’ is well worth a visit, and I personally cannot wait to return!