Australia is definitely an animal loving country. This adage rings true, whether you're from the bush, or you live in the city. Then again, in Australia TV shows such as Talk to the Animals and Bondi Vet are ever so popular .
Below are some of the great ways to see and appreciate animals in Australia.
1. Animal Shows
Every capital city is host to an animal show on an annual basis. The Royal Agricultural Society (RAS) has brought the Sydney Royal Easter Show to Sydney's siders to both Moore Park (where the entertainment quarter is today) and Olympic Park, where this annual event is held today. Melbourne Showgrounds at Ascot Vale is also home to the Royal Melbourne Show, where an annual opportunity presents itself for some lucky Melburnians to pat sheep and other farm animals.
Great opportunities arise to watch sheep being sheared, as well as get up close and personal to some other farm animals without needing to leave the city in order to do so.
Many of Australia's bustling country towns such as Tamworth and Deniliquin are also home to Rodeo and other animal events.
Many states in Australia are home to at least one zoo, while Australian states such as New South Wales and Victoria are home to at least two different zoos. Australian children become oriented to, and begin to appreciate animal life with school excursions to such animal encounters. Wildlife parks are also surging in popularity.
3. Whale Watching
Whale watching cruises are popular on Sydney Harbour, and with some patience you'll actually get to see and appreciate a few whales while out at sea. Stay on the lower decks if you have a tendency to get sea sick.
Visiting and staying at a farm is something special. Not only do you get to ride horses, and watch sheep dogs in action; but spending time at an Australian farm is a fantastic way to milk some cows, as well as feeding the horses to name. The beauty about living in an Australian capital city is that it does not take long to drive away from the city to suddenly find yourself in the bush. For example, many Sydney sider can easily drive two hours there and back to Mittagong, a real country town, and therefore make a weekend day out of it. Better to drive a 4WD than a Toyota Echo (for instance) to cope with those steep, sandy and rocky hills in open paddocks.
In respect to the farmers and their animals, you need to honour the gates rules when getting out of your car to open any closed gates. If you find a gate closed prior to you opening it, you must close the gate behind you, and vice versa. Sometimes, city slickers break this rule.
5. Live Sculptures
Although not quite the real thing, colourful animal sculptures that have appeared in Sydney, Dubbo, The Blue Mountains and Melbourne to name are the next best thing. A number of animal sculptures occupied Melbourne's streets in 2012 to celebrate Melbourne Zoo's 150th year anniversary.
Furthermore, until the end of April 2014, Sydney's streets are armed with various colourful Rhino sculptures, as well as a fair few inside Taronga Zoo. These sculptures will be auctioned off at Sydney's The Star in mid-May 2014. The proceeds of the auction of all of these Rhino sculptures will go towards saving the Rhinos from becoming extinct.