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Australia, Melbourne – Free Life Outside Downtown – VIDEO
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.
Hop on one of many trams, open your newspapers and make yourself comfortable. It will take a while. Melbourne is one of the largest cities in the world. Once you leave downtown you would hardly see a building larger than 2 storeys high. There are many small houses decorated with columns, there are gardens, quiet streets and easy life. This is how you can pretty much sum up every district in the city.
Locals mostly agree that the three districts in the north are best for living – Brunswick, Fitzroy and Northcote. And then, of course, near the beach in St. Klida which is in the south. We begin, however, in the north.
Fitzroy district seems even more vibrant than downtown itself. Therea re many cafes, restaurants, bars, small stores selling everything you can think of. Moreover, streets here are partly galleries. There are hundreds of amazing graffiti drawn across entire houses, funny facades, statues, mosaic benches, decorated display windows etc. People themselves display art sort of. Nobody is affraid to show whats in him. An old lady with bright blue head? No problem. Behind her there goes a typical "hippie" like in Milos Forman movies. He hold hands with a Japanese women with crazy tatoos. Morever, there are all kinds of nationalities dressed in the latest fashion or just like they want to. Everything but average.
Brunswick district became famous for its cafes and food. The life is at much slower pace here. And there are less people as well. Most restaurants are situated in Sydney Street. There are mostly residential houses. Unlike in post-industrial district of Fitzroy, here you can enjoy beautiful houses and greenery. Every house is different. Put down your map and just wander around. I kept doing it for several hours and it was great fun.
In Brunswick district it gets the most lively in the main streets. In Northcote district everything happens in one street – High Street. People shop there, eat there, drink coffee, beer, or wine there, go to movie theaters, theater... You don't feel like you were in the second largest city in Australia at all. It rather seems that you are stucked in some small town somewhere on the countryside. And this is what is most beautiful about this city. Moreover, it is from here where you get the best vista over the skyscrapers in Melbourne's downtown.
Let's visit the beach we promised. Without it Melbourne wouldn't be Melbourn. To spare some time we take a train which takes us to downtown in about 15 minuts – two times faster than tram. We get off in Flinders Street. Most tram lines go from here to St Kilda, the maritime district.
What to say about the beach? It is long, clean and crowded in the summer months. Many locals visit it to run, do sports, or have a picnic with friends. In case you don't want to take a swim, have a glass of wine at some local bar. Join people of Melbourn in their joy of life full of smiles. Believe me, it will want to stay.
South of Brisbane, Queensland, is the sixth largest city on the continent - Gold Coast. You'll feel a bit like in Las Vegas, USA. In translation Golden Coast is a very popular destination especially among young people. This vibrant city is full of fun, laughter and of course golden sunrays.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
It is 9 p.m. Streets are almost empty yet you are in Tasmania's largest city which is home to almost quarter of million people. The reason is simple - the city is so vast nobody stays in downtown in the evening. However, it is quite lively and busy during the day. Still, this is a noise and business of a quiet harbor city where is no reason to hurry. Apart from rising number of tourists, there are no radiant tomorrows for the city iteslf.
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.
I thought that I would not find a country which is more diverse than Scotland or Iceland. I was wrong. Tasmanie is an island south from Australia. It is almost as large as the Czech Republic. However, it seems like Scotland, Portugal, New Zealand all at once. Moreover, there are all kinds of animals you have seen only in documentaries about nature.
When I tought Hobart there was absolutely nothing going on in Hobart, Launceston at first seemed even worse. Soon I found out this sleepy town has many interesting nooks and can be quite interesting. Nice houses, brick factories, churches, brewery, a river full of pelicans, and a large city park which holds Japanese macaques. Moreover, Tamar Valley, a vineyard area, is just around the corner.
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.