Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Big grins and great people!

Cape York and the Torres Strait is an amazing part of Australia. The landscapes and the wildlife are worth the trip alone, but what I find most fascinating are both the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures. I am always impressed with how friendly and welcoming the people of the northern peninsula and islands are. It is such a unique area, with Aboriginal and islander communities side by side, and a way of life and culture so different to the rest of Australia. You could easily be mistaken for being in another country! Indeed, the islands stretch only 150km to Papua New Guinea and trade still occurs between the islanders and the new guineans. It is remarkable how distinctive the cultures are.
If you have never been to this part of the world, it is well worth the trip - I'm sure you will be welcome with open arms!

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