Koala, kangaroo, emu, wombat, Tasmanian devil
05.11.2012 - 05.11.2012 30 °C
When we landed in Sydney we were greeted by a very friendly chap driving one of those 'beep beep' buggies around the airport. He helped us move a very tired pair of kids along to baggage reclaim, in fact he took Nat and the kids right the way through on the 'beep beep' leaving me to race them. Great! He advised us to take the kids to a place called Featherdale Wildlife Park, in Blacktown, about 30 kms West of Sydney, rather than Taronga Zoo which is the obvious choice right in the city. So today we though we'd do just that.
The day was promising to be a real hot one, with 27 degrees forecast. We head from Tamarama through the city and over the Anzac Bridge.
The park is well known for a large collection of koalas, they must have some 40 odd in total including some babies. We are at the koala sanctuary as they are taking each of the koala out for their weekly weigh in health check. They cling to the staff just like babies. We have the pleasure of meeting Kane who is out and available for stroking and pictures.
The whole park is very open, with wallabies just hopping past, koalas in the trees above us and various birds and chickens just strolling around. We take the chance to feed the baby emu.
Dottie is in her element. She loves all the animals and is very comfortable approaching and touching them. We feed kangaroos next.
And Dottie poses for the camera giving us her very best photo smile, that looks more like a grimace.
It's hot and we make sure the kids are well creamed up, drink lots and we wet Finns head to keep him cool. He seems to like the animals too. In the farmyard section we are surrounded by goats, sheep, chickens and pigs and the goats attack our biggie for anything they can eat, including Finns toes.
There are loads of birds here, particularly birds of prey, hawks, falcon, eagles, owls, lots of them. I rather hope they are rescue ones as I hate to see them caged like they are, they should be out soaring through the skies. Shame. My favourites are the Macaws
It was actually 30 degrees, it felt hot, and on our drive back we were all keen to find some other ways to cool down. We found some courtesy of our pool
A lemon, lime and bitters ice lolly
And an ice cold VB.
I'm surprised to discover the advertising strapline for Victoria Bitter remains the same as it was 24 years ago......."a hard earned thirst....needs a big cold beer.....and the best beer is Vic.......Victoria Bitter". I certainly feel I've earned it today