In this journey we will travel in Australia. The first days we will be in Brisbane, the capital of Queensland.
After a long flight, we finally arrive in Australia. We head to Brisbane. There, a schoolmate of Ursula's from several years ago is waiting for us. Her name is Alina. After renting the car at the airport, we put our friend's house on the navigator as our destination and on the way, our guide Ursula explains to us that the history of Brisbane dates back to the 19th century, when it was first colonized. Today, the city is the capital of Queensland. Brisbane's climate is subtropical. It has moderate temperatures throughout the year. So as soon as we arrived at our destination, we were invited to have a picnic on a beach of the Golden Coast. At the conclusion of the picnic, we try macadamia nuts for dessert.
Macadamia nuts are one of the most popular seeds in the world. Botanically, we find that they belong to the Proteaceae family. They are very difficult to open, but fortunately Alina offers us a package of already shelled nuts.
Near the beach we take a walk through a small mangrove forest. Mangrove forests are a group of tropical trees that grow along the coast, and are among the most biodiverse ecosystems on the planet. The trees are adapted to growing in harsh conditions, and are often found in places where other trees would not survive. Mangroves have underground roots, which help them withstand tidal changes. Franco decides to visit the city to see the life of the place.
On the way into town, we pass a couple of cricket grounds. Paolo, being a good sportsman, explains to us the rules of this discipline. Cricket has a rich history and is a very popular sport in many countries around the world. Cricket is a game (similar to baseball), which is played with a ball and bats and is played between two teams of eleven players.We are arrived in town and Paolo wanted to take some photos of the city. He decided to take one picture of the Skyline of the city and its river.
Our conversations deal with the animals of Australia, we have heard about kangaroos and koalas, but our friend explains some more information about the platypus, which is a unique creature in the world and is difficult to classify. Is it a mammal? Yes, but it lays eggs and has a beak. The truth is that the platypus is all this and much more and the mysteries that this creature presents are what make it so fascinating. At this point we decide to visit an Animal Conservation Center in Brisbane. At this center, it is possible to hold koalas and we manage to take a few pictures. Koalas are marsupials that live in the eucalyptus forests of Australia. They only eat the leaves of the eucalyptus tree, and because there are no other plants in their habitat, many Australian conservationists are concerned that the loss of these trees could threaten the survival of the koala. In the afternoon we decide to visit the Brisbane Golf Course. The course features kangaroos walking and jumping between holes. Kangaroos are marsupials native to Australia, and are the largest marsupials in existence in the world. It is evening and we return to the house, because the next day we expect a long journey.