An Exquisite Road Trip Through Australia

Ayers rock

So here I was, looking at the majestic Uluru, or Ayers Rock, an imposing red rock formation in the Uluru – Kata Tjuta National Park. Yep, this was Australia, and I was near Alice Springs, a little city in the North of the sixth largest country in the world. I had the curiosity to explore the many wonders of Australia since I was a kid, so, once again, there I was: I decided to start the journey by arriving to Sydney, and working my way down south. But first things first, I had to find a budget rent a car for this wonderful escapade.

There is no shortage of sights, starting by how the Pacific Ocean embraces Jackson Harbor, the heart of the city, where the view of the Sydney Opera House is the prelude to a lot of discoveries, like the Victorian – style architecture on many places throughout the walk, in coexistence with the modern buildings of the city, founded in 1842. There are a lot of options for your budget when having a drink or trying Australia’s exotic gastronomy, which includes armadillo or crocodile, so, it was a must. Sydney has more than 100 beaches, where you can practice a variety of aquatic sports or, as in my case, just rest and enjoy the ever glowing sun.Canberra

My next destination was Canberra, the Capital city of Australia, about 170 miles away from Sydney. I decided to rent a car since I wanted the full experience of the amazing landscape. By the way, the temperature is about 107F all year long, so, you better stay hydrated. After a 4 hour trip, I arrived to Canberra in the afternoon, ready to take a break and stretch my legs on the surroundings of Lake Burley Griffin, a beautiful artificial lake built after the construction of the Molonglo River dam.Lake Burley Griffin

Canberra is a city full of trees and public parks, where vegetation is everywhere, carefully groomed. If you want to enjoy it, you can take a variety of hiking tours on the lake’s shoreline, which I took next day. I was a little tired, so I decided to crash in a hostel near Northbourne Avenue and start fresh in the morning. If you like History, you gotta visit the Australian War Memorial, a great museum where Aussies remember and pay respect to all Australians who have sacrificed their lives at war.

I took the long road the next day. You know when you really, REALLY feel the need of a long road trip? Well, the travel to my next destination was everything I expected and more; for two days on my way to Alice Springs, I was able to see a lot of different animals like armadillos, enormous spiders and birds of all kind, besides enjoying the landscape as it waved in the heat of the air. Again: stay hydrated!Australia Sunrise

Looking at Ayers Rock as the sun went down in the horizon, hearing the sound of wind alternate with a deeply moving silence was a shivering experience, one that made me remember the days that just passed. Days filled with the kindness and smiles of lots of nice people. Sometimes you just know that you will comeback. Just be sure to bring a lot of water bottles with you.

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