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  • Australia from the air

    Posted by EDrury46 January 17, 2013 - 881 views - 0 comments - 1 like

    Australia is one big country - if you hadn't already noticed by merely looking at a map and realising that there are different time zones within Australia itself. As someone from Britain this immediately made me sit up a think about how small England really is. In fact, if we were to 'fit' England into Australia, it would go approximately 59 times. Another dramatic size fact is that Victoria is the same size as England. And another one: if you were to drive from East Coast to West, it would be about a six day drive.



    It is precisely this reason (the driving reason that is) why I chose to fly from Sydney to Ayres Rock when I went to Australia. I had only a short amount of time in the country and unfortunately just didn't have the time to drive from A to B. Having said that I did go on a few bus tours, which was a lot of fun. I also flew from Alice Springs to Brisbane, and then Brisbane to Cairns. What was great about flying, apart from allowing me to have extra time to pack my travels with more Aussie activities, is that for the most part of the flights, I could look out the window at the passing land below.



    It was mesmerizing to see the changes in landscape and colours. The city landscape of Sydney, followed by lots of green land merged into the famous reddish soil of the southern regions of the Northern Territory. The opposite occurred in going from Alice to Brisbane. I still think the flight from Brisbane to Cairns has to be my favourite though. Flying over the Great Barrier Reef, following the sweeping and swirling coastline, catching glimpses of funny little islands, shaped so strangely, yet with some magical, attractive appeal to them. It was fascinating to watch.