Happy Australia Day

Australia Day
Australia Day

 

January 26th is Australia Day. It marks the anniversary of settlement in 1788 – the arrival of the First Fleet from Britain into Port Jackson in New South Wales.

Australia is a relatively young country. I remember visiting places like Salzburg in Europe and feeling such rich history and heritage there. We don’t have that here, but I still love my country dearly.

On the whole, it is a beautiful country with good people. Where I’ve come from, we are quick to offer you a cuppa and always keen for a chat. We love home and we love our backyards and most of us have a barbecue out back. I love my backyard so much that I no longer have a dining room inside the house!

We are the 6th largest country in the world, by geographical area. England fits into Australia about 58 times. It takes about 5 hours to fly across the country from Brisbane to Perth (south-west). However, more than 85% of us live within 50km of the coast – the inland areas are much less inhabited.

For some amazing shots of Australia’s beautiful landscapes, pop over and see Kaz at Days and Months, just gorgeous. And here are some of MY favourite Australians:

Happy Australia Day!

x desleyjane

 

PS Apparently Australians swallow about 3 spiders each year – eek!!!

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36 Comments Add yours

  1. gfchopstix says:

    Happy Australia Day, DesleyJane! 😀

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  2. Norm 2.0 says:

    Well Happy Australia Day to you! Your beautiful country has been on my list of places to visit for a long time, you’re just too far away 😦
    But I will get there one day.
    Enjoy the festivities and have a spider or two on me!

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Thanks Norm. Yes, it’s a bit of a hike! But I think it will be worth the trip.
      Yes thankyou – almost time for a BBQ and a chilled sauvignon blanc!

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  3. tildy1 says:

    Happy Australia Day, Desleyjane! Hope you had time to celebrate! Love the pictures of the animals!

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Thanks Tildy. It’s a public holiday for Australia Day so BBQ with friends in the air conditioning!!!

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  4. trablog says:

    Happy Straya day mate 😀
    That shark picture was scary!

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    1. desleyjane says:

      LOL thanks, I took that photo at the Neptune Islands out of Adelaide in South Australia.

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      1. trablog says:

        Cool.. Were you shooting for ‘Jaws’ latest part?! 😉

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        1. desleyjane says:

          LOL yes!!!
          I did a tour with Rodney Fox to see great whites. It was amazing!!!!

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  5. Happy Australia Day, dj!

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  6. Andy Townend says:

    The part about swallowing spiders is a little worrying….(although I did swallow a fly). Great photos, love dropping by for all the happy memories of my time back there!

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Thanks Andy, yes it is worrying, I’m hoping it’s an urban legend!

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      1. Andy Townend says:

        Best not to sleep on your back with your mouth open I guess?

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        1. desleyjane says:

          Yah! Horrifying thought.

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        2. desleyjane says:

          I had two friends have two separate spider incidents in the last 3 days. I think they are taking over!!

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          1. Andy Townend says:

            Invasion of australian arachnids…

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            1. desleyjane says:

              Oooo, shall we write the script?

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  7. Sam Rappaz says:

    Happy Australia Day! It’s also the Indian Republic Day 🙂

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Thank you! Yes I read that somewhere today, celebrations all round!! X

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  8. Happy Australia Day! I want to visit your beautiful country some day soon!!
    Have a great holiday and thanks for sharing those interesting facts!
    Ps: the quokka is soooo cute and eeek indeed about swallowing 3 spiders a year!!!???

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Thank you Lia! He’s adorable, isn’t he?? So cuuuuute! The spider thing is still creaking me out. I keep checking my room and go to sleep with a sheet over my head 😝

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      1. Omg yes, i wonder how big a spider people ingest?? Yes I would sleep with a mosquito net over me:) lol, nah just kidding… What a gorgeous country Australia is!!!!

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        1. desleyjane says:

          Haha it’s tempting, and if I had one, I probably would!!

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  9. Loretta says:

    Happy Australia Day Desley, your pictures invoke happy memories of our trip to Australia :). How will you be celebrating?

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Thank you Loretta! Australia Day is almost over, we had a great day with friends – a barbeque, cold wine, excellent friendship, great conversation. And their dog had puppies a few days ago, so we got to cuddle them!

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  10. kazg10 says:

    Happy Straya Day Desley to you too. Thanks for the shout out – I’m chuffed 🙂

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    1. desleyjane says:

      LOL! And no worries mate 😉 I am constantly thrilled by your photographs of our gorgeous country, they are inspiring!

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      1. kazg10 says:

        Thanks so much Desley it means a lot. I really appreciate your kind words and it inspires me to keep clicking 🙂

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  11. Happy Australia Day! Btw, love the new look of the blog! Very chic!!

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Thank you! And excellent, I’m glad you like it, lots of hours went in to choosing themes and colours and fonts! 😉

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  12. pommepal says:

    It was a perfect day for a BBQ and spending time with friends, pleased you had a good one DJ

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  13. remelyndr says:

    Happy australia day desleyjanr! Its my last day in brisbane and i can say that you have the most kind and helpful people!! Hoping i could go back and explore sydney, melbourne, adelaide, perth and many more places!!

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    1. desleyjane says:

      I’m so glad you had a good time. Good luck with the rest of your travels!!

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