Most of my blog friends from the UK will know a bit about Australia, after all we were an English colony and are part of the British Commonwealth, but those of you from Canada and USA may not know too much about us.
I live in Brisbane, capital of the state of Queensland. Our city has a population of about 2 million and sits on the Brisbane River about 60 miles inland and not far from the border with New South Wales.
Our city has grown up in the last 20 years. In 1988 we hosted EXPO 88 and since then our city has really developed. The centre of the city, or "town " as we call it, is now a thriving centre with a growing number of tall buildings and the suburbs radiate out from there in all directions for quite a long way a - a big sprawling city.
I live in one of those outer suburbs about 40 minutes from the city (town )...
... in a newish housing development so there is still house building going on all around us which, in our climate, means we live with lots of DUST!
Where the EXPO was, is now a busy parkland along the river right in the centre of town. We call it Southbank. There are restaurants, public BBQs , picnic areas and a beautiful purpose built beach where anyone can go for the day to swim, picnic and laze in the sun.
Open to all and right in the heart of the city.
About 60 miles away on the coast we have the lovely beaches of our Gold Coast where Surfers Paradise is the best known resort beach.
We are famous for our beaches and surf and I think you would be hard pressed to find better beaches anywhere in the world. Our sand is white and fine and squeeks when you walk in it. It gets so hot you can burn your feet on a hot day and the water is blue and clean and never goes below 20 degrees - usually its about 26 - 27 in the Summer. Surfing and going to the beach is a very large part of our way of life because on the whole our weather is fine and warm to hot.
Well that's a little about where I live. Hope I haven't droned on too much.
I'd love to hear more about where you live.