#GLAadventure’s Best Moments In The Great Australia
Aussie Aussie Aussie, Oi Oi Oi! The drive gets underway in the continent cum country Down Under, from Brisbane with Siddharth Vinayak Patankar and Sirish Chandra as the drivers.
After exploring four continents of this wide world – Europe, Africa, North America, Central America it’s time for #GLAadventure to explore another big continent – Australia.
In case you are planning to visit Australia sometime soon, then this list might come handy. These 10 moments made #GLAadventure’s trip in Australia a memorable affair!
In pictures: Top 20 Famous Landmarks of #GLAadventure’s Journey So Far
Koalas are an Australian icon! Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is recognised by the Guinness Book of World Records and is the world's first and largest koala sanctuary with over 85 years of experience and 130 koalas plus kangaroos, possums, wombats, birds and other Aussie critters to name a few.
In pictures: #GLAadventure’s day out at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
On day three and day four, team #GLAadventure decided to explore places Australia is best known for – the mighty Gold Coast and Sydney.
Just for the records – These two places are Australia's leading tourist destination with an average of 11 million tourists per annum. While the Gold Coast is famous for its beaches, 300 sunny days and the hearty breakfast options, for team #GLAadventure the highlight here is definitely the surfer’s paradise beach, one of Australia’s most famous beaches.
Moving on to Sydney. There is absolutely nothing here not to love – From the widely known Sydney Opera House to spectacular piece of architecture – The Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney boasts of some of the world’s best known landmarks.
In Pictures: Explore the best of Gold Coast with #GLAadventure
| Explore the best of Sydney with #GLAadventure
In Bathurst, #GLAadventure explores the National Motor Racing museum which celebrates the history, personalities and achievements of Australian Motor Sports. It is only here that the history of speedway, solar, drag, rallying, open wheeler, sports car as well as touring cars, is told.
The highlight for the team here is definitely meeting the ‘King of the Mountains' - Peter Brock and checking out some Australian beauties like 1938 Triumph Tiger 80 and Wayne Gardner's 1987 Honda NSR500.
Watch: #GLAadventure's first museum outing in Aussieland!
Cricket fan or not, you cannot afford to miss going out to an iconic place like The Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). It is the 10th-largest stadium in the world, the largest in Australia, and the largest in the Southern Hemisphere. One will also spot an amazing pic of the great Sir Don Bradman with Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar here. #GLAadventure also meets John Hastings, who made his first-class debut in 2007 for Victoria against the touring Indians.
From sports to food - Melbourne’s other important landmark that #GLAadventure visits is the famous MasterChef restaurant – Gazi. #GLAadventure tries out their specialty - Grain salad, soft shell crab souvlaki, Gazi chips and a seafood dip.
In Pictures: #GLAadventure’s Journey In Melbourne
Regarded as one of the best drives on the planet – The Great Ocean Road is not only a place of some of nature’s best wonders but also the world's largest war memorial. It was built by soldiers, who returned between 1919 and 1932 and is dedicated to soldiers killed during World War I.
#GLAadventure explores some of the world’s prominent landmarks here like Twelve Apostles, London Arch and the Arch. These landmarks are famous because of their history - Twelve Apostles are basically the massive limestone structures tower 45 metres above the ocean, formed some 20 million years ago. Now only eight remain as the rest have fallen. The naturally sculptured arch stands some 8 metres high, and is located 6km west of Port Campbell. Over to London Arch. It was formed by a gradual process of erosion, and originally was a complete double-span and attached to the mainland. It was formerly called the London Bridge before its freak collapse that left two tourists stranded until they were rescued by the helicopter.
In Pictures: The Best Of The Great Ocean Road
When in Australia, there is nothing quite like seeing the Australian Outback. #GLAadventure's first stop in the Outback is at the Uluru National Park which is better known as Ayers Rock and is named by William Gosse in 1873 after Sir Henry Ayers. This rock was created over 600 million years ago, and the Aborigines have been in the area for the last 10,000 years.
“Uluru will give you a sense of meditation and will make you pause and think despite of all the craziness in the outside world.” #GLAadventure - feeling lucky to be here!
Pictures: Things You Should Know About Uluru National Park
While for all the tourists out there, the favourite spot at Alice Spring is the Desert Park but for team #GLAadventure the highlight is checking out the famous ‘Ghan Railway Museum here.’
‘The Old Ghan Railway' museum is regarded as one of the world's greatest rail journeys. The Ghan is not only known to provide access to the best parts of Australian Outbacks but also it also claims to give experiences that no other holiday can ever come close to. The Australian Outback journey is not like any other road trip – It’s hard, lonely and tough. But it’s all worth it.
In Pics: #GLAadventure’s Alice Springs Journey
Third famous Australian Outback place that #GLAadventure travelled to is Coober Pedy. This underground town was established in 1915 following the discovery of opal there. It might be fascinating to know that ninety five per cent of the world's opal comes from this area.
The town can be well defined as a place that looks pretty deserted, with only a few hotels. If you are wondering why people live underground here – Well, that’s because life above ground is pretty tough because of the scorching temperatures. In the summer, the temperature often exceeds 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit). So more than half of the town's families live underground as the temperatures are maintained at a pleasant 23-25 degrees C throughout the year.
In Pics: Explore The Best Dugouts Of Coober Pedy
Just imagine a drive which is a thousand miles long with no turns or bends, across a vast featureless plain with repetitive landscape.
On the way to Nullarbor, team #GAadventure stops at the Head of Bight, a spot famous for whale watching. #GLAadventure is lucky to spot few! And the capital of Western Australia – Perth is #GLAadventure’s final destination! It is here where the team says goodbye to the Aussieland. Almost 20 days, 9736 kms, and innumerable wonderful moments, the team ends this leg of the drive.
In Pictures: #GLAadventure's Top 10 Places in Australia