Australia is an incredibly diverse island, continent, and country- both culturally and geographically speaking. The widely recognized “Outback” takes up the center of the giant island, but most other areas contain everything from rainforests, to mountains and canyons, to world-famous beaches. Nearly all of Australia’s population lives within 50 miles of the coastline. The cities of Perth, Melbourne, and Sydney are scenic and thriving melting pots. 

The Sydney Opera House is one of the most-photographed buildings in the world, known for its unique use of a series of gleaming white sail-shaped shells as its roof structure. The iconic performing arts facility is Sydney’s best-known landmark.

Australia has very different species to other continents because it became isolated from all the other continents 99 million years ago. … Eventually the Kangaroos evolved, unable to leave the continent. So this is why kangaroos only live (in the wild) in Australia.

Did you know that Australia is a day ahead of us in Louisiana? We began our day at the iconic Opera House in Sydney. The shape is so uniqueand we just had to climb up as high as we could to get a cool photo! As we were on the top, we could hear an angelic sound echoing from inside. My guess is that an opera singer was warming up her voice. We climbed down and walked over to the harbor where we took a little swim. We met this super cool sea turtle named Tobias. He gave us a tour around the harbor where we got to see colorful fish of all sizes!

As we jumped back on the dock, we saw a tour jeep. We jumped on in and headed to our next adventure. In no time we were in the great outback and surrounded by kangaroos! One momma kangaroo let Cletus Jr. in her pouch for a ride with her joey. We thought that was her son’s name, but she explained that it’s what all baby kangaroos are called. It means “small animal”. His real name was Simon. The day was ending so we said our goodbyes and invited Tobias, Simon and his mom to visit us sometime in the Louisiana bayou.