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Going to Australia! Looking for advice!

 
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Oct 14, 2017 15:02 |  #1

Visiting several places-
I like landscapes & critters, ships. I'll have a 7D2, XSi, Sigma 50-500, 18-55 Canon kit. The Sigma will mainly be on the 7D2, except at night.

I'll have a couple of days in Sydney.
I'll be staying by Chinatown, looks like I can see the usual sights (bridge, opera house)
Thoughts on the WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo? SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium?
How about the blue mountain tours?

Any thoughts on Melbourne? I'll have 1 day there.

Hobart, Tasmania? 1 day there.

All in late November.

Thanks in advance. I look forward to seeing the unique wildlife there myself!


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Oct 14, 2017 20:41 |  #2

you will mostly need the wider angle lens with exception of the Zoo. I traveled over to Sydney in 2013 and found myself mainly using the 24-70 on my 5DIII but I used a 100-400 at the zoo. Take a look around the Darling harbour area. The Blue mountains are nice but again you really could get away with the 18-55. Ive never been to Melbourne or Tassie so cant help you there. I prefer wildlife in its own environment more than the zoo and Australia has plenty of that. I live in the best state, the one you are not visiting, Western Australia :-P


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Oct 14, 2017 21:01 as a reply to aladyforty's post |  #3

Thanks for the information. Any chance of seeing the birds? Cockatoos, lorikeets, kookaburras, and other birds are all new and unique to me. I'd hope some of them would be seen in the parks.


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Oct 14, 2017 21:12 |  #4

Capn Jack wrote in post #18472818 (external link)
Thanks for the information. Any chance of seeing the birds? Cockatoos, lorikeets, kookaburras, and other birds are all new and unique to me. I'd hope some of them would be seen in the parks.

I saw a lot of the white corellas (white cockatto) around Sydney, plenty of birds in parks, Im sure you will find some parks Ive never been to that would be helpful

this may be helpful

http://www.australiang​eographic.com.au ...o-bird-watching-in-sydney (external link)


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Oct 14, 2017 21:16 as a reply to Capn Jack's post |  #5

I agree with "aladyforty". You'll probably only need the 50-500 for taking photos of birds and distant animals. For touring around the cities, the 18-55 will probably be sufficient. I usually use my 24-70 on my 6D, and only very occasionally find myself needing something wider and very seldom something longer.

One day is very definitely not enough for Melbourne. - I lived there for nearly 10 years. If you had longer and wanted to see birds and animals, I would suggest that you visit the Healesville Sanctuary to the east of the city. See here: https://www.zoo.org.au​/healesville (external link)

You'll need both the 18-55 and the 50-500 if you go there, although you won't really have to use more than 200mm of zoom.


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Oct 14, 2017 21:27 |  #6

Which airline will you be flying on, to get to Australia? I have found that carry-on weight/size limits are much more strictly enforced by the Australian and New Zealand flag carriers than US flag carriers. 7kg weight limit for Air New Zealand, for example.


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Oct 14, 2017 21:32 |  #7

Come and see the real Australia. Come to the Northern Territory. :)




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Oct 15, 2017 06:19 |  #8

aladyforty wrote in post #18472823 (external link)
I saw a lot of the white corellas (white cockatto) around Sydney, plenty of birds in parks, Im sure you will find some parks Ive never been to that would be helpful

this may be helpful

http://www.australiang​eographic.com.au ...o-bird-watching-in-sydney (external link)

Thank you; that link is helpful!

griffljg wrote in post #18472826 (external link)
I agree with "aladyforty". You'll probably only need the 50-500 for taking photos of birds and distant animals. For touring around the cities, the 18-55 will probably be sufficient. I usually use my 24-70 on my 6D, and only very occasionally find myself needing something wider and very seldom something longer.

One day is very definitely not enough for Melbourne. - I lived there for nearly 10 years. If you had longer and wanted to see birds and animals, I would suggest that you visit the Healesville Sanctuary to the east of the city. See here: https://www.zoo.org.au​/healesville (external link)

You'll need both the 18-55 and the 50-500 if you go there, although you won't really have to use more than 200mm of zoom.

I'll see if I can get to the sanctuary

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Which airline will you be flying on, to get to Australia? I have found that carry-on weight/size limits are much more strictly enforced by the Australian and New Zealand flag carriers than US flag carriers. 7kg weight limit for Air New Zealand, for example.

Thanks for the information. I'll be flying United Airlines.


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Oct 15, 2017 17:57 |  #9

I'd suggest the much larger Taronga Zoo instead of the one in Darling Harbour. The views alone make the visit worthwhile, and their bird show is pretty spectacular, if the birds are behaving!

As well, plenty of native birds frequent the area, so I'm sure you'll tick most of the species you mentioned off you're list. As well there are plenty of native Australian animals there too

Walking around to the botanical gardens from the Opera house is a nice walk with plenty of bird life normally too.

I'd also suggest catching the ferry from circular quay to the zoo; its a great way to experience & view Sydney from the harbour.

https://taronga.org.au ...etting-taronga-zoo-sydney (external link)


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Capn Jack wrote in post #18472620 (external link)
Any thoughts on Melbourne? I'll have 1 day there.

Too bad you only have one day there, as taking a half day bus tour to visiting Sherbrooke Forest (and some other stops) is truly a novel experience!

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WaterBoy2090 wrote in post #18473438 (external link)
I'd suggest the much larger Taronga Zoo instead of the one in Darling Harbour. The views alone make the visit worthwhile, and their bird show is pretty spectacular, if the birds are behaving!

As well, plenty of native birds frequent the area, so I'm sure you'll tick most of the species you mentioned off you're list. As well there are plenty of native Australian animals there too

Walking around to the botanical gardens from the Opera house is a nice walk with plenty of bird life normally too.

I'd also suggest catching the ferry from circular quay to the zoo; its a great way to experience & view Sydney from the harbour.

https://taronga.org.au ...etting-taronga-zoo-sydney (external link)

Thanks much...so much to see, so little time. I'm grateful to have the opportunity to go.

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Oct 22, 2017 03:47 |  #12

Went to Taronga zoo today, as my daughter wanted to see the new tiger trek!

The Australian animal enclosure is being renovated, basically no kangaroos & wallabies, not sure when it'll be finished.

The walk through bird aviary is still open though, and the bird show fantastic, with this low level expert 'wowing' the crowd!

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WaterBoy2090 wrote in post #18478095 (external link)
Went to Taronga zoo today, as my daughter wanted to see the new tiger trek!

The Australian animal enclosure is being renovated, basically no kangaroos & wallabies, not sure when it'll be finished.

The walk through bird aviary is still open though, and the bird show fantastic, with this low level expert 'wowing' the crowd!
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Oct 22, 2017 16:18 |  #14

Capn Jack wrote in post #18472818 (external link)
Thanks for the information. Any chance of seeing the birds? Cockatoos, lorikeets, kookaburras, and other birds are all new and unique to me. I'd hope some of them would be seen in the parks.

These birds are everywhere, the kookaburras though you may need to get out of the major cities to see more often.


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WaterBoy2090 wrote in post #18478095 (external link)
Went to Taronga zoo today, as my daughter wanted to see the new tiger trek!

The Australian animal enclosure is being renovated, basically no kangaroos & wallabies, not sure when it'll be finished.

You could take a bus tour that includes time at Featherdale, to get reeeaaal close to Koala, close enough to touch the fur and smell the eucalyptus scent of the fur. And lots of other (not quite so) close encounters with many other native animals.
When I went there in 1981, one could actually HOLD a baby koala. But that has changed and holding is no longer permitted at Featherdale. When I went back with my wife in 2006, the holding has stopped.

As an alternative to a bus tour, getting to Featherdale isn't hard using public transport,
Getting to Featherdale by public transport is easy.

From the city, take the North Shore and Western line to Blacktown Station.
Bus stand 9 is located just outside the station.
Take the number 725 bus for a 10 minute ride which will drop you right outside Featherdale’s gates.

but certainly easier if you have your own car.


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