Australia is the oldest and driest continent on Earth. Much of our environment has been fashioned by the forces of nature... including fire.
A famous Australian poet, Dorothea McKellar, wrote in her poem "I love a sunburnt country":
I love a sunburnt country,
A land of sweeping plains,
of ragged mountain ranges,
of drought and flooding rains.
I love her far horizons,
I love her jewel sea,
her beauty and her terror -
The wide brown land for me.
The recent bushfires in SE Australia are a natural disaster that has cost many (hundreds at this stage) of lives in and around the outer suburbs of Melbourne.
Please do not let this put anyone off visiting/touring/backpacking this wide brown land.
I know this is an unusual tip for ' Been there' but there is still lots to see/lots to do in and around Melbourne... please see the other tips on this great place to visit.
Us aussies would appreciate your company.
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