Today I met some Aussies who were no exception to the norm – very friendly. One of them worked closely with one of the ex-prime ministers of Australia. That explains why she was interested in hearing about my brother who lives in Washington D.C. The other is a cosmopolitan girl who introduced me to her friends and took me on a scenic walk from Bondi Beach to Coogee beach.
The walk from Bondi to Coogee is 6km long each way. For my American friends, that equals about 3.8 miles each way (go to www.onlineconversion.com to work out all sorts of conversions). Along the way, my new Aussie friend introduced me to a very interesting plant called the bansksia.
I was surprised to learn that the banksia plant relies at least somewhat on fire to reproduce. According to this wikipdia article, fire helps expose its seeds and creates a favourable environment for reproduction. Brush fires are common to Australia…and the fires serve a purpose; just ask the banksia. However, man’s presence has created too much of a good thing. Wikipedia goes on to say that man-made fires pose a threat to this genus of plant.
Although bears are not present in Australia (and no, koalas are not really bears), protection of the banksia sounds like a job for Smokey the Bear.
Smokey says natural fires only for the banksia, please.
Anyway, the walk was gorgeous. Along the way from Bondi to Coogee, we passed several beaches, all of them separated from each other by rock formations. For those of you familiar with the Carolina beaches, this was totally different. There were no miles long (oops, I mean kilometers long) stretches of beaches. Each was its own unique playground.
All of them ready for further exploration by this koalablogger…