Visiting Australia: Lesser Known Australian Attractions

This past Christmas I took my wife to visit Australia where I grew up, specifically the city of Melbourne and the surrounding area. Christmas was the perfect time to travel, we had a lot of time off from work and school, and rather than staying in the cold Utah weather, we went a warm, enjoyable, location. The flight was pretty difficult for my wife; sitting for 22 hours on a plane was not her ideal way of kicking off her vacation. But once we landed in Melbourne she felt that it was worth it.

Santa paddling off the Australian coast

Santa paddling off the Australian coast

We wanted to make this Christmas a bit more romantic, so instead of staying with family we decided to stay in a hotel and have plenty of time to ourselves. Once we got our stuff unpacked, our vacation was underway and I decided to show her the beautiful landscape and sights that most tourists don’t know about.

The first place I took her was to feed the Rainbow Lorikeets and the Red Rosellas up in the forest areas. My wife was absolutely amazed at not only the quantity of birds that were there, but how beautiful they were. The Red Rosellas would flap around with their bright crimson wings, and the Rainbow Lorikeets were infinitely bolder and would fly directly onto your shoulders, head, and arms hoping for a treat. My wife laughed loudly when she realized that I was right in buying the full pound of bird seed. We spent close to two hours filling our hands with birdseed, and holding them out while dozens of brightly colored birds would fly right on to our hands and eat the seed out of them.

Australian birds eating seed

Australian birds eating seed

Our next stop on this trip was to see the twelve apostles beach. We drove to the coast, and I got to see her eyes light up and marvel at this amazing beach and the enormous stone pillars. I explained that there were unfortunately several missing apostles, but that this beach was a major landmark in Australia that not many people knew about.

The Twelve Apostles in Victoria, Australia

The Twelve Apostles

Her favorite stop though, had to be watching the fairy penguins. The fairy penguins have a nightly parade, which is extremely fun to watch. Every night, these small blue colored penguins come back from a long day of hunting for food. Once they arrive on the beach they form big marching parties and seemingly storm the beach in large groups. Once they reach the main part of the beach they split up, and find their individual nests to feed their young.

Penguins on the Australian Beach

Penguins on the beach

Visiting my home was an absolutely amazing experience. However, what was even better was showing my home country to my wife, and seeing her reactions to all the beauty that was there.

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