Found on Australia’s island state of Tasmania is the Bay of Fires. The northeastern bay was so named by Tobias Ferneaux in 1773 when he spotted the beaches flecked with fires lit by the Aboriginals. Beginning in the south at Binalong Bay, this stretch of coastline reaches north to Eddystone Point. Unique orange lichen-stained rocks, pristine white sand beaches and clear waters beckon people from both near and far. Camping, hiking (including a 4-day guided walk), fishing, boating, surfing and birdwatching are just a few of the activities visitors can get involved in.
Want surfing, sun and excitement? Then head to Australia’s Gold Coast in the state of Queensland. A 40km (24.85 mile) stretch of beach, it became famous in the 1920s and 30s with the rise in popularity of Surfer’s Paradise and riding the waves. A glittering city, Gold Coast has been compared to many world renown coastal cities like Miami. With a plentitude of activities, festivals and sunshine there little time to be bored.
Surfer’s Paradise, Gold Coast, Australia
Photo credit: Flickr – Stan Paczkowski
For those who celebrate it (as I do) the Christmas season fast approaches. Often touted as a ‘season of giving’ it seems that the modern holiday season is more apt to be the ‘season of buying’. Enticing commercials give proclamations of need for this product or that. Stores boldly announce that they carry items for everyone on your list. The list they announce includes everyone you may possibly encounter in your daily life. It truly is the ‘season of buying’ even with the intention of giving. I find this time of year a bit overwhelming in that aspect. I prefer to make memories, share laughs, break bread and partake in merriment with my friends and loved ones.
On the western coast of Australia,1200 km (800 miles) north of the city of Perth, lies an incredible “W” shaped bay that is home to hundreds of bird, reptile, amphibian and marine life. Its geology ranges from stunning cliffs to beautiful lagoons all along a 1,500 km (932 miles) coastline. This extraordinary locale is Shark Bay.
A sensational sunset at Hamelin Pool in Shark Bay. In the 1990s this unique 10,000 km area became a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A spectacular area it is.
Photo credit: Flickr. Owned by Rosalia C