From endless sun-baked horizons to dense tropical rainforest and wild beaches, Australia`s greatest attraction is its natural beauty. The largest ‘island’ and the world`s smallest continent is a vivid country indeed. Harsh interior, covered with inhospitable deserts whose stark, red hues, contrasts dramatically with bright blue skies and crystalline waters that are filled with rainbow-coloured coral reefs.
Scattered along the coasts, its cities blend the European enthusiasm for art and food with the passion for the sport and outdoors. It is the sheer vastness that gives Australia, and the diverse population – much of its character.
In January 1788, when the British Captain`s Arthur Phillip and his ship Sirius first arrived in Port Jackson – today known as the Sydney Harbour, what greeted the crew can only be imagined. The first settlers were stunned by exotic flowers and palm trees and never seen animals. No wonder that the jaw-dropping scenery made them stay, take over the “nobody`s land” and make use of its unfolding kaleidoscope.
Much has been written about Australia, that place ‘Down Under’, and much of it is true. Yet, not many visitors know that the “Terra Nullius” had belonged to the indigenous people long before the English dropped anchor in Sydney. The Aboriginal people lived in Australia 30, 000 years prior to the European colonisation. Their ancient culture is still to appreciate through many preserved rock engravings and cave paintings. Sadly, even though their beautiful legacy will stay alive forever the Aboriginal nation is frozen in myth and legend and no one will ever give them their land back.