Featherdale Wildlife Park and Blue Mountains
02.01.2010 - 04.01.2010 23 °C
Hello again all, we havent forgotten about the blog it's just been a bit trickier finding somewhere here in Thailand to sit down and write it! More about Thailand shortly, but first we'll fill you in on our last couple of days in Sydney.
The day after new years day we got the train out of Sydney to Featherdale Wildlife Park in hope of a few close encounters with the famous aussie animals! We chose this particular place as it's out of the City so large enough to let some of the animals roam around and lets you into their enclosures to stroke and feed them. On our way in we came across a cute little wallaby and some very lazy wombats! We also saw a cassowary which is an enormous bizarre looking bird which looks like it should have been extinct with the dinosaurs! They had a big koala enclosure with lots of little fuzzy bears hugging trees, as they spend about 18 hours a day sleeping. They make the branches look extremely comfy as some of our pictures should show.
After quite a long time checking out the super cool koalas we headed into the kangaroo area to see if they might be peckish for a bit of the food we'd bought. Turns out there were far more visitors with food than there were hungry kangaroos, so instead we fed the emus that were also strutting around. We felt a bit sorry for the poor kangaroos, who were constantly being pestered by children shoving food cups into their faces!
We saw too many types of bird to mention, some dingos, a big crocodile and a tasmanian devil (which was a lot cuter than it's name suggests!). We meant to spend a couple of hours here but ended up being there all day, it was awesome!
The next day we got the train to the Blue Mountains, which are about 2 hours away, to do some bush walking and see the famous 'Three Sisters' rock formation. On our way the weather was awful - really misty and drizzley (bad news for good views of the valleys). The next morning the weather was pretty much the same so we weren't expecting to see what we'd wanted, but as the day went on the cloud disappeared and the sun came out for us! We hadn't come all the way for nothing after all, we were so lucky! The views into the rainforest covered valley were amazing and the haze from the eucalyptus trees gave off the blue tint that the mountains are named after.
We had a bit of a panic on the way back as we thought we had missed the last train back to Sydney (due to a wrongly printed leaflet!) and needed to get our flight to Bangkok first thing in the morning! It all turned out ok though, and by the following afternoon we had arrived! No time now to write about Thailand though as the internet cafe shut 5 mins ago!! Write soon! xxxx
p.s The internet in Thailand seems to be the fastest internet in the world so we've managed to upload the new year fireworks video below!