Australia is a country that offers more than just the usual holiday trappings expected by tourists. As a nation steeped in history and one that has experienced a multitude of social, economical and architectural change, there’s more on offer and available to travelers. Why not experience Australia’s development by visiting some of the sports where Australia’s history was written. Re-walk the paths taken by the forefathers of Australia and architects of Australian history and heritage by seeing the Springbrook National Park, going to the Cape York Peninsula, Explore New South Wales and witness change taking place at the High Court of Australia.
All are landmarks for Australian change and milestones for the History of Australia.
Springbrook National Park
Located just 100km south of Brisbane, the Springbrook national park is one of Australia’s largest nature reserves. This is the closest you can get to seeing what pre-inhabited Australia looked like. Where nature took was all you could see and the land was only walked by dingoes and crocodiles. Experience the environments which indigenous people had to cope with, the forests that faced explorers in the 1700’s and see spectacular views of mountains, forests and cascading canyons in every possible direction.
Cape York Peninsula
Having seen what pre-inhabited Australia looked like, a visit to Cape York Peninsula will allow you to see where the first European inhabitants landed. Relatively remote, the Cape York Peninsula is located in the Far North tip of Queensland, is the largest unspool wilderness in Australia and one of the last remaining wilderness areas on Earth. This was the place that Dutch explorer and traveler, Willem Jansson, first landed in 1606 and 400 years later, the land is just as wild as it was that day. Visiting the Peninsula brings you face to face with some of the challenges faced by early explorers and gives you an appreciation for the history of Australia.
New South Wales
In William Dampier, a British explorer landed in New South Wales and in James Cook, also a British Explorer, sailed around the East Coast of Australia and constructed a map of the area. This map later became the area that the new British inhabitants of Australia claimed as their own and was renamed ‘The British Crown Colony of New South Wales’. Thus began Australia’s link to the commonwealth and the British monarchy. A visit to New South Wales, is a walk into the past as the air of reformation, change and development still fills the lungs of who ever takes it in. Such a visit is an important step in understanding the forces at play that led to the development of Australia, as a nation.
High court of Australia
Finally, a visit to the High Court of Australia, shall bring any history lovers back to the modern day. Located in the Eastern Canberra area of Australia, this is the location where the Australia Act took form and where Australia began to not only break away from British rule, but also rebuild bridges with the indigenous tribes with cases like Mabo v Queensland (no 2), which explored how Australia could give back to those who had lost so much. All of these locations give any history lover, traveler or tourist a firm first hand experience of the milestones that Australia has been through in its history and evolution. As an added bonus, you can take advantage of gold card rewards during your trip to historical Australia. Any purchases you make with a gold card can earn you rewards points, which can be spent on a wide range of benefits throughout Australia.