Australia. Outback. Full Outback
Each state of Australia has its own unofficial name. Queensland, the fourth part of the country, is called “sunny state.” A subtropical climate, many kilometers of beaches, the lights of luxury hotels and the noise of the ocean tide – this is what they say about Queensled in …
Each state of Australia has its own unofficial name. Queensland, the fourth part of the country, is called “sunny state.” A subtropical climate, many kilometers of beaches, the lights of luxury hotels and the noise of the ocean tide – this is how they write about Queensled in advertising booklets. But the advertisement does not lie, here you can really have a great rest. Surfers Pardise, the main resort of the Gold Coast coast – the best place for surfing, sailing, fishing. After dark, a pleasure boat departs for a night walk. The program includes a dinner with an unlimited number of dishes and drinks, an exotic show and a panorama of the lights of a rugged lagoon.
Everyone who has been here knows this. Or who heard about these places from those who had fallen. And that Queensland is very different – few people know. To understand this, you need to visit the outback, the Australian outback, a semi-desert territory where farmers live, cowboys and sheared sheep. These are special people overcoming dusty land, winds blowing for weeks, and huge distances between settlements.
A typical town, lying inside the Australian continent, does not at all look like a seaside resort with its noisy entertainment. Three or four streets intersect in the square where the main buildings are located: hotel-pub, supermarket, bank branch and fire brigade. In a country with a dry climate, it is not easy to put out a fire. For several days, the fire overcomes tens of miles, the business is not limited to one farm – the bush burns to the ground.
However, there is a special kind of moisture-bearing palm trees in Queensland, which do not ignite even in the worst fire. They are a man’s height and have a curly black top – that’s why the first white settlers mistook these trees for Aborigines dumbfounded by surprise and called them “black boys”. In our time, such a phrase is politically incorrect, now they say: “grass palms.” They grow only one centimeter per year, and by height you can determine how old each tree is – at the same time, three hundred years old is considered very young.
On the roads of Queensland, there are a variety of cars – from convertibles a la antiques to streamlined sports cars. But classic jeeps prevail with good cross and a steel grill on the hood – in case of a collision with a kangaroo. A shy marsupial creature can jump in front of a rushing car and fly into the cabin through the windshield.
Outback is full of animals – have time to turn your head. An ostrich emu walks on high stilts. And here is a two-meter bungarra lizard, or “race lizard.” And over there, on a branch, a pretty fluffy koala curled up. How not to take a picture with a typical Australian beast? Click-click, closer-to-far, click-click, vertically-horizontal. Wow, a real koala in wildlife! It’s not known to tourists that it’s not a koala at all, but a termite mound of fluff, built on a tree by hardworking ants.
In the more often primitive tropics, existing for millions of years, you can see the most incredible animals: a luminous green frog, a marsupial cat, a flying fox, a tree possum. Do you know that two hundred years ago in Europe there were no less possums than rabbits? When Captain Cook traveled along the coast of Queensland, he saw a creature that looked like a muzzle on a possum – and wrote about this in a report. By chance, he missed the first letter. And so they began to call Posum a marsupial animal, which has no relationship with the possum.
In the first half of the last century, posum was ruthlessly destroyed. For a long time, the most fashionable in the West were fur coats from chinchilla fur – the so-called furriers Possum fur. If it were not for the ban on shooting, we would never have seen a living possum, they simply would not have remained, just as there were no marsupial wolves. Rather, only one living marsupial wolf has survived, and now they want to clone it.
It is not so easy to see Australian animals walking in the forest. But there is a The Rainforest Habitat nature reserve in Queensland, a giant outdoor mesh tent. Under the grid is a restaurant serving breakfast with birds – a stunning table with tropical fruits and champagne. While you enjoy your meal, thousands of parrots are sitting around. If lured, they sit on their shoulders, on their heads, on their hands. The pictures go awesome.
In the reserve you can see how the Australian hut builds a house for the female – collects bunches of straw, fallen leaves, pieces of bark, then weaves it all together and decorates it with shell ornaments. He leads his bride to the palace, dancing in front of her back and forth, posing as an artistic and quite worthy bird to build a home with her.