Pearl Lugger, Cable Beach, Broome, WA
'There's nothing like a sense of wonder at the natural beauty of the Remarkable Rocks, while bathing in the southerly breeze.'
Japanese traveler Rie visited lots of amazing places during her stint in Australia. But some of her fondest memories were of South Australia's Kangaroo Island, with its abundant wildlife and diverse natural beauty.
"Kangaroo Island seemed to me to be a condensed version of Australia itself. I was able to see a great range of animals, including kangaroos, koalas, seals, penguins, dolphins, and possums. I was amazed that I could get so close to the seals. I found myself in the midst of these beautiful creatures, and was astonished at how quickly they move,” Rie said.
Rie also loved the island's ancient landscapes, including the “hugely impressive” Remarkable Rocks.
“I wondered how they had formed over thousands of years to stand along the shoreline. The four of us had great fun playing hide and seek among the rocks," she laughed.
Fun and adventure were key parts of Rie's Australian experience, which began as a three-month working vacation in Perth. She then headed north along the Western Australian coast, past Ningaloo Reef to Broome.
"I wondered at the beauty of the sea at Coral Bay during the tour from Perth to Broome. I had never seen such clear sea water, interwoven with the gradations of natural colour. If I close my eyes I can recall it even now," Rie said.