I’ve been a bit remiss! My posts have not done justice to an Aussie Christmas. That’s not nice. I love this country, it’s expansive vistas and diversity. Here you can find everything from snow to desert heat and everything in between. It’s natural beauty is one of contrasts – arid and stark, lush and verdant. This first photo is taken on a recent trip from a clifftop at Kangaroo Island.
We have some pretty unique animals too, like koalas and kangaroos. Koalas are nocturnal. They sleep pretty much 20 hours a day in the wild. Their sole food is a species of eucalyptus which they munch on, leaving them in a slightly inebriated state. May be that’s why they sleep so much!
When we first moved here I can remember people warning us that it was wild, untamed, dangerous. That there would be kangaroos hopping down the main street. I’ve yet to see that. Although there was a video on Facebook recently showing a kangaroo on someone’s roof! I must say that is not a common sight. Personally, I have seen and fed many kangaroos, but never have I seen one on a roof.
This cute little fella I fed in a Wildlife Park on Kangaroo Island, just off the southern coast near Adelaide. We stayed a few days there with my husband’s relatives on their recent holiday here. All the photos in this post are from this trip courtesy of Heikki and Eeva-Liisa. Thankyou!
These are wild kangaroos grazing on the road side.
Wild life warning signs often warn drivers of potential dangers on the roads in Australia. If a kangaroo hits a car it’s bad news for both. If the kangaroo is a female there may be a baby joey in her pouch. Wildlife rescue organisations will hand rear them if they are not injured and old enough to survive. Joeys, when born, are teeny tiny fur-less little creatures. Like the size of a pea tiny. Their first challenge is to climb from the birth canal to their mother’s pouch. An epic trip, akin to climbing Mt Everest.
Dirt roads like this are very common on the island. And inland on the mainland too.
This one is in very good condition, having recently been graded.
One of the natural wonders Kangaroo Island is famous for are the Remarkable Rocks.
And they are remarkable!
And this is Admiral’s Arch where you can go to watch wild seals swim.
Australia is a great big melting pot of cultures and traditions. And because of that Christmas traditions vary as widely as our population. Many dinkum Aussies head for the outdoors and have a BBQ. There is a roaring trade still for the more traditional foods too. However, from what I have observed there seems to be a swing away from hot meals to lighter foods especially amongst the younger crowd. Seafood is big – oysters, prawns, lobster – with salads. Fresh fruit and pavlova for desert is easier to digest than Christmas pudding.
Nestled in the Adelaide Hills is a small country town called Lobethal. For the last sixty years the town has put on a Christmas Lights Display. It has evolved into the biggest in the Southern Hemisphere. People flock there by the thousands to see the lights and a live re-enactment of the nativity every night.
Many homes and entire streets in Adelaide join in with festive light displays. There are several competitions run for best displays. Every year a published list of addresses and maps is available on the internet.
Every city, and many organisations, have Carols by Candlelight events. The Adelaide City Council held it’s annual event just last week. We can hear the fireworks at the end of the show from where we live.
Some of the more well known Christmas songs have been “Australianised”. Here’s some links. I tried valiantly to insert the YouTube videos but I couldn’t get it to work –
This one is a true blue Aussie –
One more sleep !
© Raili Tanska