My passion for traveling and seeing animals in their natural environment and my constant desire to discover and taste all the amazing food different countries and cultures have to offer have both been satisfied with my recent journey to the Australian land. I went there to explore some of the many National Parks and to catch a glimpse of the wonderful and various fauna.
Of course, because I chose not to plan my trip to the minute, I started with the Kakadu National Park in the Northern Territory, which is the largest of them all and is listed as a World Heritage site. This extensive, preserved area is one full load of archaeological treasures, rich in landscape varieties and, most importantly for me, has one of the greatest preservation indexes for a considerable number of habitats and species. From Leichardt’s colorful grasshopper to the delicate quoll, I’ve had the honor to witness a lot of animals in their natural surroundings. It also gave me the chance to eat a perfectly cooked Barramundi, and that was one of the best fish dishes I’ve ever had.
After Kakadu, I went south to Brisbane and took a Bushwalking tour in Springbrook National Park, where I saw the glow-worms of Natural Bridge, a beauty of rock and water itself. I also scouted for rosellas and bowerbirds, but out of the rare bird category, I only saw Albert’s Lyrebird, which is very cool, since you can’t see it anywhere else in the world. I returned to Brisbane in a couple of days and I had to meet some old colleagues, who insisted on going to this Italian restaurant called Bella Tiarnie. I was frankly irritated by their choice, since I wanted to eat as many local dishes as I could in my short trip and I kind of pouted until the lame pizza that I had ordered out of spite was placed in front of me, and this is the story of how I met the best pizza in the world.
Next, I traveled to the Simpson Desert and then to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, a place where the aboriginal keep their culture alive and where the desert still dictates the laws of living. I went there with a tour guide that I knew, who was very helpful and introduced me to the people. I had the chance to look for Mai and Tjuratja food together with the women and participate in this old, fascinating way of living.
Unfortunately, I had to come back home after the Uluru exploration, so I had to take the first flight to Sydney from the Ayers Airport. I had to move fast, but I still managed to try the blue swimmer crab in a nice carrot and tarragon yummy assembly.
I warmly recommend you to visit Australia too, and maybe you even get to take a boat to Tasmania, which I couldn’t see this time. And while you’re in the city, make sure you try the meat pie and the sausage sizzle, which I grabbed every time I walked the streets and had to eat while walking.