With my husband still sick with a bad case of flu, I decided to still venture out to Brisbane. My cousin, Robyn, dropped me off at Apollo Wharf ferry terminal and I caught a ferry to the city centre. Going along the river you can see some amazing houses and with the sun shining and the blue skies, despite it being winter, it makes Brisbane seem a very desirable place to live. But it would be way too hot for me in the summer.
We had seen a programme, back in the UK, about two tiger cubs called Spot and Stripe. They lived at Australia Zoo so we were keen to include a visit to the zoo in the hope of seeing them. Unfortunately we didn’t get to see those particular tigers but we did see some of their other tigers who they go into the enclosures with and they treat them like they are house cats. Stroking them, giving them milk, and you can pay extra to either go on a walk with the tigers or to have a photo taken stroking one. We didn’t pay the extra money for those experiences, I was nervous enough stroking the kangaroo!!
I really enjoyed our day there with my husband, cousin and her family. The boys were really well behaved, despite it being a long day and we pretty much had got there when it opened and left just before closing. It was during half term but it didn’t feel too busy, it seemed like there was plenty of space and lots to see. We got to stroke a koala bear and kangaroos, so definitely a more hands on experience than I have had at other zoos.
We decided to do the Hop On/Hop Off bus tour around Sydney, which included a separate bus tour of Bondi Beach. Each tour takes around 90 minutes, although there isn’t much commentary but it is in quite a few languages.
I spotted this really cool building which I think is a lovely idea.
I am not sure why people rave so much about Bondi Beach, we have seen much nicer beaches around Sydney.
It was about a 130km drive up to the Blue Mountains to see the three sisters and visit the National Park. There was a cable car that took us down into the rain forest and we did a walk around the wooden footpaths and then walked down to a waterfall. We then took the scary train back up and Allistar took the other cable car that went across vertically and came back. It was a lot cooler temperatures in this area, but at least it was a sunny day.
We visited Palm Beach area and saw them filming a Home and Away scene! We walked up the hill/steps and made our way up to the lighthouse. It was a bit of a trek uphill for my unfit legs but I was pleased I made it. The view was pretty great from the top.
Today I learnt that Southern Hemisphere humpback whales tend to have white(ish) sides/undersides, unlike the Northern Hemisphere ones. I have seen humpbacks in Hawaii and Cape Cod and I never tire of seeing them. This is the first time we have gone watching and not seen a series of breaches. There was an adult and juvenile whale that kept coming up beside our boat. We took a trip from Manly and it wasn’t too choppy.