'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 holiday 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.
In the picturesque pearling port of Broome, Rie soaked up local history and relished a dish of fresh oysters kilpatrick. She then took a coach tour across the continent, travelling from Broome through Uluru in Australia’s Red Centre, to Cairns in Queensland’s tropical north.
From Cairns, Rie and three travelers from the Netherlands and Germany teamed up to explore more of the country. They travelled together for six months, sharing in some unforgettable adventures.
"I fulfilled my ambition of skydiving at Mission Beach, and was treated to the fantastic view from the air." Rie said
Their action-packed trip also allowed Rie to bond with people from different cultures against Australia’s stunning backdrops.
"More than anything, Australia for me is all about its natural beauty. The night sky holds countless stars, and the Southern Cross is something we cannot see in Japan.”
Rie is already planning her Australian next trip, on which she’d like to explore the west coast again.
“I'd like once more to immerse myself in the 360-degree view of the horizon at sunset, enjoying the mystery of the colours and sensing that time has stood still,” she said.