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Oct 22, 2017 18:17 |  #16

Wilt wrote in post #18478515 (external link)
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.

Thanks- I'm looking at tours to the Blue Mountains that include a stop at Featherdale. Looking at flickr maps, it seems there is a chance for wild 'roos there. I read that they like golf courses.




  
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Oct 23, 2017 04:23 |  #17

I much prefer Symbio than Featherdale. I have recommended it to several overseas visitors and they were all happy. Of course they did not experience the other options.

Sydney CBD to Featherdale:
42 min (45.6 km) via M2

Sydney CBD to Symbio:
54 min (62.3 km) via M1

It's a much more scenic and pleasant drive to Symbio.

5 minutes drive from Symbio you arrive here, Stanwell Tops.

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At the time of year you are going about 4 days a week average the wind is good for hangliders. If not, just enjoy the view.
That's Sea Cliff Bridge in the background. Nice coastal drive down to Wollongong.
Below Stanwell Tops, Stanwell Park Beach:

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Alternative to continuing South to Wollongong is return to Sydney via The Royal National Park. .

It's a much nicer drive than Featherdale, and you will very likely have a Sea breeze. Featherdale is West, away from the ocean, typically much hotter than the coast.

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Oct 23, 2017 04:43 |  #18

Symbio (Tawny Frogmouth)

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Symbio (Albino Kookaburra)
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Yours truly at a barbie in The Royal National Park

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Oct 23, 2017 16:52 |  #19

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Thanks for the information and nice shots. Nice goanna lizard. I note that isn't a Foster's on your barbie ;-)a




  
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Oct 23, 2017 16:55 |  #20

Capn Jack wrote in post #18479292 (external link)
I note that isn't a Foster's on your barbie ;-)a

Ha! No-one drinks Fosters in Australia!


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Oct 23, 2017 17:08 |  #21

Pippan wrote in post #18479295 (external link)
Ha! No-one drinks Fosters in Australia!

I've heard that Foster's is for export and the good stuff stays down there in Australia.

As for driving, y'all drive on the left, like UK and India? I have enough trouble walking in those places and looking the wrong direction for traffic. I'm sure you wouldn't want me driving there :eek:




  
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Oct 23, 2017 20:10 |  #22

Capn Jack wrote in post #18479302 (external link)
I've heard that Foster's is for export and the good stuff stays down there in Australia.

As for driving, y'all drive on the left, like UK and India? I have enough trouble walking in those places and looking the wrong direction for traffic. I'm sure you wouldn't want me driving there :eek:

In Australia, the locals usually drink the standard beer for their state for a first preference, followed by anything else, provided it isn't Fosters. ;-)a Here in Queensland, we drink XXXX (pronounced "four-ex"). But the Mexican Corona is quite popular, as are Cascade (from Tasmania), James Boag (also from Tassie) and Heineken (brewed under licence).

The Victorians prefer VB (for Victoria Bitter, which is actually a lager), while the preference in New South Wales is Tooheys and in WA (Western Australia) is Swan. I don't know what the preference in South Australia is but, given the fact that the magnificent wines of the Barossa Valley are only about 60km from Adelaide, they could be forgiven for just drinking wine. ;-)a

Regarding driving on the left. - Now there's a challenge. We do have quite a few cases each year of tourists crashing into locals because they forget what side of the road they should be driving on. Considering my experience driving in France and Belgium last year, I have some sympathy. - I kept clobbering kerbs while trying to park.

Seriously though, if you just concentrate, you should be fine.


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Oct 24, 2017 00:07 as a reply to  @ griffljg's post |  #23

Coopers in South Australia whenever I have been there.


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Oct 24, 2017 03:50 |  #24

Capn Jack wrote in post #18478592 (external link)
Thanks- I'm looking at tours to the Blue Mountains that include a stop at Featherdale. Looking at flickr maps, it seems there is a chance for wild 'roos there. I read that they like golf courses.

If your after wild roos that are relatively relaxed, enough that you can walk among them and hand feed them, then about 1.5hrs north of Sydney at the old Morisset mental hospital there is a great spot for them, no fences completely free to do as you wish there are usually large groups of roo's spread out over the grounds there. Probably a hundred all up last time I drove around the grounds there.

Plus there's quite a few birds, like kookaburra's, willy wag tales, cockatoo's, Aussie water birds etc there as well.


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Oct 24, 2017 18:20 as a reply to  @ graham121's post |  #25

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In Australia, the locals usually drink the standard beer for their state for a first preference, followed by anything else, provided it isn't Fosters. ;-)a Here in Queensland, we drink XXXX (pronounced "four-ex"). But the Mexican Corona is quite popular, as are Cascade (from Tasmania), James Boag (also from Tassie) and Heineken (brewed under licence).

The Victorians prefer VB (for Victoria Bitter, which is actually a lager), while the preference in New South Wales is Tooheys and in WA (Western Australia) is Swan. I don't know what the preference in South Australia is but, given the fact that the magnificent wines of the Barossa Valley are only about 60km from Adelaide, they could be forgiven for just drinking wine. ;-)a

Regarding driving on the left. - Now there's a challenge. We do have quite a few cases each year of tourists crashing into locals because they forget what side of the road they should be driving on. Considering my experience driving in France and Belgium last year, I have some sympathy. - I kept clobbering kerbs while trying to park.

Seriously though, if you just concentrate, you should be fine.

Thanks for the advice. I shall surely try at least some of them.

Looking at the Cole's flyer, it seems you have most of the same food we do here (https://www.coles.com.​au …ogue2&saleId=18​740&page=1 (external link) )




  
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Oct 24, 2017 18:21 |  #26

Aus.Morgo wrote in post #18479583 (external link)
If your after wild roos that are relatively relaxed, enough that you can walk among them and hand feed them, then about 1.5hrs north of Sydney at the old Morisset mental hospital there is a great spot for them, no fences completely free to do as you wish there are usually large groups of roo's spread out over the grounds there. Probably a hundred all up last time I drove around the grounds there.

Plus there's quite a few birds, like kookaburra's, willy wag tales, cockatoo's, Aussie water birds etc there as well.

Thanks for the information. All good stuff!




  
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Oct 27, 2017 18:55 as a reply to  @ Capn Jack's post |  #27

Capn Jack, shame you have limited time in 'Oz'
Looks like you've done your google research, be mindful of the size of Australia and travel distances.
To compare flying distance yours to ours, New York to LA is 3,944 km
(we went metric many years ago, don't often talk miles)
Brisbane to Perth (state capitals centre east to west) is 3600km
Cape York to Melbourne (east coast northern point to southern mainland capital. [Apologies Tasmania, is our island state and a delightful place to visit]) is 3000km.
In Sydney, Taronga Zoo would be a definite.
For your nautical interest, Australian National Maritime Museum at Darling Harbour ditto.
If you're interested in things mechanical or Australian history, a Powerhouse Museum visit would be time well spent.
There are many good suggestions in previous posts, plenty of good photo ops at all places.
Hope you can put a shrimp on the barbie while you're here!


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Oct 27, 2017 20:27 |  #28

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Capn Jack, shame you have limited time in 'Oz'
Looks like you've done your google research, be mindful of the size of Australia and travel distances.
To compare flying distance yours to ours, New York to LA is 3,944 km
(we went metric many years ago, don't often talk miles)
Brisbane to Perth (state capitals centre east to west) is 3600km
Cape York to Melbourne (east coast northern point to southern mainland capital. [Apologies Tasmania, is our island state and a delightful place to visit]) is 3000km.
In Sydney, Taronga Zoo would be a definite.
For your nautical interest, Australian National Maritime Museum at Darling Harbour ditto.
If you're interested in things mechanical or Australian history, a Powerhouse Museum visit would be time well spent.
There are many good suggestions in previous posts, plenty of good photo ops at all places.
Hope you can put a shrimp on the barbie while you're here!
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Thanks...I've been looking on Google, but the internet isn't the same as what people there like. Google needs to make money for its services, and so may well push items that help their profits and agenda (whatever it might be).

I am fluent in metric, and as vast as Australia is, I know I'm barely looking at it in the time I have. I'll probably run myself ragged trying to take it all in.

I'll even try to get shots of the night sky, insofar as I can in the urban environments where I'll be visiting.




  
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Nov 07, 2017 05:07 |  #29

Just to add a few ideas:

The Otways are a fantastic place to see Koalas in the wild. A few hours drive from Melbourne to get there. It's a great drive through the coast though.

In Hobart, there's a whole bunch to see. Boats, buildings, Mount Wellington. You never know, you might get snow at that time of year.

There's plenty of bird life around the Derwent River. One thing Tasmania has going for it is the great food.
My brother lives over the back of Bonorong wildlife sanctuary. Occasionally, there are Cape Barren Geese
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Nov 07, 2017 17:08 |  #30

lewisc wrote in post #18490608 (external link)
Just to add a few ideas:

The Otways are a fantastic place to see Koalas in the wild. A few hours drive from Melbourne to get there. It's a great drive through the coast though.

In Hobart, there's a whole bunch to see. Boats, buildings, Mount Wellington. You never know, you might get snow at that time of year.

There's plenty of bird life around the Derwent River. One thing Tasmania has going for it is the great food.
My brother lives over the back of Bonorong wildlife sanctuary. Occasionally, there are Cape Barren Geese
that fly over to his dam that I've taken some shots of. https://www.bonorong.c​om.au/our-animals/ (external link)


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It seems that the east coast is getting a lot of rain this year?




  
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