As many of these photos suggest, Australians seem to have a great sense of humor about themselves and their country–making a visit seem even more enticing. Especially when you combine that with the unique animals and natural wonders. Did you know Australia has camels and penguins as well as its most famous and beloved cuties?
FIRST, SOME AMUSING SIGNS
I have no idea what this sign means. No walking your sheep on the road?
O.K. Before we move away from signs, I have to add this one even though it’s from New Zealand, not Australia (because there are no wild kiwis in Australia.)
An albino kiwi. Too cute.
Though the unique, interesting and often cute animals of Australia could easily fill an entire post, these images are picked mostly because they highlight the interaction of the animals with their human neighbors.
Camping hazard, like raccoons and bears in the US?
A tourist attraction?
I believe this is a frilled lizard.
An estimated 10,000 to 12,000 Camels, imported into Australia between 1860 and 1907, were used as draft and riding animals by people pioneering the dry interior. With the introduction of motorised transport in the 1920’s, large herds of Camels were released and they have established “Free-range” herds in the semi-arid desert areas of Australia. The estimated population of camels is 150,000 and 200,000.
Called fairy penguins or little penguins found in S. Australia and New Zealand.
Of course Australia’s Great Barrier Reef deserves it’s own post, so here’s a taste. Stretching over an area of approximately 133,000 square miles (344,400 kilometers) the Great Barrier Reef can be seen from outer space and is the world’s biggest single structure made by living organisms. It is composed of over 2900 individual reefs and 900 islands.
Uluru, or Ayers Rock, is a massive sandstone monolith in the heart of the Northern Territory’s Red Centre desert, 450km from the nearest large town, Alice Springs. It’s sacred to indigenous Australians and believed to be about 700 million years old.
The unique orange, grey and black stripes of the Bungle Bungle range are the result of alternating bands of sediment, each with different clay content. Deposited in the Ord Basin 375 – 350 million years ago, the effects of wind from the desert and rainfall over millions of year shaped the domes. Photo by Paddy Ryan.
Kennedy Range National Park, honeycomb rocks.
King George Falls, The Kimberley region in Australia’s west.
More Kimberly region
Cockburn Range, El Questro, Kimberley
Eroded Rock Formations, the Pinnacle Desert, Nambung National Park, Western Australia
Kakadu National Park in the Northern Territory.
From the wetlands of Kakadu.
Magpie Geese at the freshwater wetlands, Kakadu National Park. Image by Simon O’Dwyer.
Aboriginal rock art found in rocky outcrops that have afforded shelter to Aboriginal inhabitants for thousands of years, Kakadu.
Image by Dustin M. Ramsey (Kralizec!)
Image by Toursim NT, Image by: gallery Tourism NT. Via Wikimedia Commons
A river in Kakadu National Park, Australia
More Kakadu from the air.
Cape Crawford in the Northern Territory.
Cape Crawford. Picture by Vanessa Hunter
Murphy’s Haystacks are ancient, wind-worn pillars and boulders of pink granite estimated to be over 1,500 million years old set in the middle of a wheat field.
Murphy’s Haystacks again.
Wave-Rock by Christof In Oz
“The 12 apostles”rock formations in Southern Australia named that even though there were never more than 10.
Apostles at sunset.
The Pinnacles are limestone formations contained within Nambung National Park in Western Australia. The raw material for the limestone came from seashells in an earlier era that was rich in marine life. These shells were broken down into lime-rich sands that were blown inland to form high mobile dunes.
The following are a few random images where I lack most info except to know it is Australia.
Thanks to John and Howard.