Just a little background info here… my sister, Caroline, came to visit us for 9 days during March. She is a senior (less than a month from graduation- you should hire her) at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. She has done quite a bit of traveling but had never been to Australia. During her visit she fell in love with this beautiful country and culture and wanted to share her top ten favorites things. You can read more about our time together here, here and here.
Coming from the UK, I was so unused to being cheerfully greeted as soon as I entered a shop and it took a little getting used to. I loved it though, I didn’t meet a single person in Australia that seemed like they weren’t loving life!
2. Diversity of Wildlife
Look out Instagram… here comes Newman! This baby #echidna puggle has been hand reared at @tarongazoo in Sydney since February and has made a remarkable recovery after being found seriously injured. Due to around-the-clock care this little creature has grown from 390 to 750 grams in two months and is now feeding confidently.
//platform.instagram.com/en_US/embeds.jsI completely loved being able to see so many different types of animals that I had never seen before. Even just the common birds on the street were unusual looking!
3. Cutest Animals
7. Natural Beauty
Everywhere you go in Australia is gorgeous. Even just driving down the highway to get to Byron Bay was some of the prettiest scenery I’ve ever seen.
8. The Cities
Just another perfect day cruising along the #BrisbaneRiver! This scenic, serene waterway is the backdrop for a whole range of exhilarating outdoor adventure – you can kayak the Brisbane River, abseil Kangaroo Point cliffs or even scale the Story Bridge. Pick one or all when you next visit! (Photo: @lady_brisbane) A photo posted by Australia (@australia) on
Not only is the wildlife amazing, the cities were pretty great as well. I enjoyed Sydney for the hustle and bustle but Brisbane was also great as it was a bit more calm.
The warm weather was so nice (especially coming from Scotland) and I enjoyed that the sun was out and shining every day!
At first Caroline was like…
10. Coffee Culture
I also think some of the best lattes I’ve ever had were in Australia and the coffee culture seems to be a pretty big deal.
I’m sooo glad Caroline got to come visit and I loved hearing her observations of our new home, now it’s time to plan her next trip!