Australia is the sixth largest country in the in world, only slightly smaller than the continental US. To think that visiting Sydney means you have “seen” Australia is like visiting San Francisco and saying you’ve seen the US, or even visiting Panama City and saying you’ve seen Panama.
Gradually I’m chipping away at Australia. I’ve been to Sydney and environs several times, and gotten to Cairns, Port Douglas, snorkeled on the Great Barrier Reef, visited Lizard Island, Darwin, and now have gotten to Adelaide, Bunbury, Fremantle and Perth. Although I’ve got a lot of ground still to cover . . . slowly I’m getting to see this amazing land.
Adelaide is a charming city and the capital of South Australia. Unlike Sydney, Adelaide was settled not by convicts, but by tradesmen and craftsmen from England, middle class folks who paid to purchase land in Australia. And it is pronounced Adelaide as in “laid back”. Sections of the city have beautifully preserved 18th century cottages and buildings. The Adelaide Arcade, a beautiful building, was saved from the wrecking ball and developed into the center of a four block, open mall area without vehicular traffic.
I was able to do a tour that got us away from the city, up into the “bush.” Bush in Australian just refers to what we call in the US the woods or forest. We were able to visit a national park with all kinds of “gum” trees, Australian for the many species of eucalyptus trees that grow in Australia. We visited a national park where we saw loads of koalas and kangaroos and wallabies.