Photogallery: Australia - Melbourne
Australia - Melbourne
heading (paragraph): Cities
No. of pictures: 29 pictures
Melbourne is the second biggest town of Australia (Sydney is the first one). The city has nearly four millions of inhabitants. Local people name it „Australian Garden Town“ - owing to extended green areas.
In past, Melbourne was Australian capital. The city is famous, first of all, thanks to its Australian Open Tennis Tournament. Melbourne is also an important economical as well as industrial centre of the whole continent.
Photo: Dean da Lanca
Fifth year in a row has Melbourne become the best place to live. Last time I guided you through its modern and busy downtown. However, not many people live in downtown- many travel there for culture and to work there. Let's take a look how other districts look like, districts where people actually live and dwell in.
Great Ocean Road. One of the most popular trips from Melbourne to the east. 275 kilometers from the city, there is one of the most iconic places in all Australia. 12 Apostles standstone rocky towers.
Australia is a continent of opposites. The densely populated east coast contrasts with the barren red center, the snowy mountains with the desert, and the white skin of immigrant Europeans contrasts with the dark skin of the Aboriginals. Someone is attracted to Australia because it is so far away from us, someone just because of its incredible contrasts, but one thing is certain - it is definitely worth coming here.
In the reddish central Australia lies a very interesting city - Coober Pedy. It is famous for opal mining, which has been mined here since 1905. Before we arrive at Coober Peda on our way from Port Augusta, we also stop in Glendambo. Right from the beginning, we are welcomed by a sign saying that there are about 30 inhabitants and 2 million flies. We are also warned that the next gas station will be up to 253 kilometers away.
Alice Springs is the most famous city in the red center of Australia. All tours that take place on the sacred mountain of Uluru (also called Ayers Rock) start right here. If you go to Alice Springs from the south, you will cross the border of South Australia and Northern Territory. Although you are heading straight north, there is an hour shift between these states.
In the mountainous center of Australia you can visit the mysterious grouping of stones. The Australians named them Devils Marbles or Devil's Marbles. According to Aboriginal legends, they are the eggs of the Rainbow Snake. On the way from Alice Springs to the north, it appears next to you quite unexpectedly (after about 400 kilometers). These unusual formations can be found in the protected reservation of Karel Karel, which has a total area of 1802 hectares.
To the west and east of Alice Springs is the highest mountain formation in Central Australia, the Macdonnell Mountain Range with Mt. Zeil, which reaches an altitude of 1531 m. The red center of Australia is therefore one large red badge. There are several places to stay. Often it is fully equipped with no facilities.
When you turn west from the village of Erldunda from Stuart Highway, you get to the Lasseter Highway, which leads under other names to Western Australia. From there, you can take road 3 north to Watarrka National Park. If you would like to continue from here to MacDonnell Park, you can, but entry is on license and only for 4x4 cars.
Uluru is an icon of Australia. This majestic red monolith rises to a height of 348 meters and its highest point is located at an altitude of 863 meters above sea level. It is the largest single rock monolith in the world.
If you really appreciate something about the fact that you visited Uluru in the Australian summer, that is, out of high season, then it is a minimum of people who had a similar idea to you. There are enough places in the parking lots, you do not push with the mass of tourists anywhere and you have your space in all sightseeing places.
The rock formation of Kata Tjuta lies about 50 kilometers west of Uluru. Both places fall under one national park and have a single ticket. The Australian name for this group of stones is The Olgas - after one of the rocks called Mount Olga. Along the way, Uluru shows us all the way again. Kata Tjuta is a group of 36 rocks, the highest of which reaches a height of 546 meters and its peak is at an altitude of 1066 meters above sea level.
Had I let go of my travelling job and choose a place to settle, Melbourne would be my choice. Why? The city is built and developed for the people. Not for buildings, industry, developers, and not even for tourists. It is built for the people who live there. Thus it is also one of the best cities to live in in the world. Don't worry. You can still enjoy it and leave with unforgettable memories even as mere visitors.
The state of Queensland in the northeast of Australia is known for its Great Barrier Reef. Therefore, there are also a large number of tourists, especially diving and snorkeling lovers. Its southern part around Brisbane is a bit neglected by tourists but very popular with Australians.
In the last part (for now) of our series on Tasmania we take a look to the Bay of Fires or climb Cradle Mountain.
After the tour de Wine Valley which we visited last time, today we take a look at other activities one can do while in Tasmania.
Today we leave Bruny Island for another destination on the island of inspiration, another nickname for Tasmania. We are going to Launceston.
We left Hobart for Port Arthur, a small town, and then got on the Huon trail. Today we continue in this journey.
Today we leave Hobart and see the surroundings of the Tasmanian capital.
Last week we visited Tasmania’s capital for the first time. Today we continue in our trip in the world’s other end.
Welcome to the new series of articles. This time we move to distant lands as we like to say to the antipodes. Our destination is the island of Tasmania which is located near Australia’s southeastern coast.
Today we visit a truly exotic destination – southwest Pacific – the Salomon Sea where you can find the Salomon Islands which cover an area of 28 thousand square kilometers. Only half a million people live there.
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