The native Australian’s name for the Steel Arch Bridge is The Coathanger and after looking at it for a few seconds, it is easy to see why. The distinctive shape of the Sydney Harbour Bridge is one of the country’s most common symbols and together with the astonishing opera house, it is one of the most iconic symbols of the world.
It is the world’s tallest steel bridge and if you ever thought of climbing it (to be honest, we’ve never), then you would have to walk up a little over 1330 steps. The panoramic view is worth it, and besides, you only get to travel to Australia once in a lifetime, so you better make the most out of it.
This animal is definitely one of a kind. They have been distinct from the rest of the mammal kingdom and are considered monotremes (a new word for Scrabble). The platypus lives in freshwater and until this day has not been found in any other part of the world.
Unlike most mammals, this mammal lays eggs, and a large number of related more common species, appear in the respectable fossil record. The platypus has also been named duck-billed platypus (and it's not hard to see why) and we feel kind of sorry for it. How would you feel having a duck face stuck to yours all day?
No no, we are not referring to the British marmite, we are talking about the marmite relative, vegimite. The Australians absolutely love it and they eat it anytime and with everything. They use it in sandwiches, straight out of the jar and we have even heard of some who use it in cake recipes. Go figure.
To this day, there is an unspoken war that goes on between the UK and Australia, each claiming that their yeast delight tastes better and most importantly, was invented first. Is vegemite the Australian answer to the British marmite? Or is marmite the colder version of the down-under vegemite? Who cares...
The Underground Town...
If you live in a cold country or suffer severely during the winter months, then Australia might be the best place for you. It is hot almost all year round. Now some people love the warm and sunny days, and some literally burrow into the ground to avoid this kind of weather.
Coober Pedy is established in the southern part of the continent, where the temperatures in this part of the land can reach up to 40C, so therefore it was built almost entirely, underground. This underground oasis has a church and even an art gallery. Many people there have built their homes down under (!!!) and it even has a hotel for visitors and tourists. The most important thing this place has is low temperatures.
The Cliff Art Gallery
The southern continent is rich in many things, and art is a significant part of its wealth. There is more to the Australians than just koalas and barbeques, and it is home to two of the most prestigious art galleries in the world. In Brisbane, you can find The Queensland Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA).
This magnificent place has hosted exclusive and exciting exhibitions, including one by Andy Warhol. The Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) is located in Tasmania and is known for its unique and controversial style. It was carved into a cliff and therefore provides the most spectacular location too.