Across cultures, across centuries, mangroves have been perceived as the ethereal roots of the sea. The small trees and shrubs date back to prehistoric times and are present in two realms at once, conglomerating and thriving in swampy lagoons on the boundary of land and sea. They are thought to have originated in Asia, before … More Roots of the sea
G’day! Here in Brizzy we are on the verge of winter, the sun is shining, the locals are complaining that it’s cold and the shops are full of winter clothes… last time I checked it was 26 degrees. If this is an Australian, sorry ‘Stralyan, winter, I could definitely get used to it. ‘Straya is the … More G’day mate! How ya going? A guide to Australian English
To read part 1 click here. The next stop was Sydney! The capital of New South Wales and home to just over 4 million people, the thriving metropolis surrounds the world’s largest natural harbour and sprawls inland towards the Blue Mountains in the West (which are AMAZING, separate blog post to follow). James Cook and his crew … More The Great Melbourne/Sydney Debate Part 2
When we were little, and we played in the sand pit with diggers and dumpers, we used to joke that if we kept digging we would get to Australia. Sadly we never did, the bottom of the sandpit proving an impenetrable barrier to the magical land of strange creatures and endless sunshine. However on Fraser … More Life’s a beach
From planting young saplings to walking through ancient rainforest, this week has revolved around trees. We spent a morning volunteering with the UQ Sustainability Team planting trees at UQ Gatton campus. This campus is located about an hour away from the St Lucia campus and is Australia’s leading provider in the field of Animals, Agriculture, … More Trees Galore
No trip to Brisbane is complete without a trip to the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary – the world’s oldest and largest koala sanctuary – and it certainly didn’t disappoint! Aside from the main attraction, the kangaroos, wombats and tasmanian devils proved to be pretty entertaining… But back to the Koalas. While I could write … More Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Despite a somewhat similar culture over here to the UK a few major differences are apparent, one of these being the ability to host a successful BBQ. The British BBQ experience, usually triggered by a glimmer of sun through the ominous clouds and cries of “Sunshine! Excellent! Let’s have a BBQ!,” has, in my experience, … More Why the Brits can’t BBQ
… or in the words of Adele, hello from the other side (of the world). The only island that’s a country, the only country that’s a continent and the only continent that’s an island; make no mistake about it, Australia is one big place. The long second flight certainly made me appreciate this. After landing in … More G’day from Brizzy!