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Some Coastal Walks

Coogee - Bondi and a walk in the Royal National Park

This weekend we got up early and took the train an hour south of the center of Sydney to Otford, where we headed into the Royal National Park for a walk along the coast and the palm jungle. From the coast you're able to watch for whales, but the weather was incredibly windy so we headed straight for the track for the shelter of the palms and eucalyptus trees.

The walk we chose was a 13km loop that went along the coast, mostly in the shelter of the trees, but part was exposed to the elements along the aptly named Burning Palms beach - perhaps named to discourage people from heading down there, as you'll see from this sign - it's a treacherous place.

We also lost the track on part of the walk for a short time and were wading through long grass, as you can see here. What you can't tell is that I am stamping as loudly as possible to hopefully scare away any snakes!

Fortunately we didn't come across any snakes, we did see a parrot and this little guy. It's an echidna (kind of like an Australian Porcupine).

We also took the time the other weekend to finally walk the Coogee to Bondi walk. A fairly short walk from Coogee beach to Bondi beach along the coast and through the beach suburbs of Bronte and Clovelly. The beaches are beautiful and the summer here in Australia is going to be awesome!

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Taronga Zoo

Last weekend we headed over on the ferry to Taronga to visit the zoo! Despite not planning well enough to avoid the school holidays (it was packed with kids and we were outnumbered) it was a brilliant way to spend the morning. Our highlights were: the giraffes, as their enclosure has the backdrop of the city, which is stunning and such a strange back drop for giraffes; the penguins (obviously), seeing a fully grown gorilla poop in its hand and eat it; a duck-bill platypus; an elephant who was determined to turn over a log, despite it being pinned down; kangaroos, that you can go into the enclosure and just walk around with; and the koala enclosure - we were able to get right up next to a Koala named Darwin - all he did was sleep, but as you can see from the picture he was super cute.


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Sydney so far

Some snaps of Sydney

Here are just a few pictures from our time spent in Sydney so far, which includes visiting some nice cocktail bars, walking around in the sunshine (yes, they have that here!), visiting the infamous Bondi beach and exploring the Vivid Sydney festival, a light show around the CBD, the center piece being the sails of the Opera House. Enjoy.

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Sydney - we've arrived!


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Bay of Islands and Goodbye New Zealand

We picked up another car in Auckland and headed north to Bay of Islands. Here we had hoped to get the chance to swim with some dolphins, but unfortunately on the day we headed out on the boat they were otherwise engaged and we didn't see so much as a flipper.

The boat trip took however was a great experience in itself and took us around the bay and for a short stop on one of the islands where we walked to the top for a viewpoint across the bays, which was pretty spectacular.


We stayed in Paihia a nice little seaside town, with some excellent fish and chips at the local chippy, a boat, called the Shippey. In Paihia we went for a walk around the beautiful bays climbing up and over headlands and across the rocks.


Sadly this was our last stop in New Zealand and as per usual we were off to the airport with plenty of time to spare before our flight across the Tasman to Australia!

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