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The world according to Kiwis and Aussies (written by a Pom!) This is about my life in the last 12 months, travelling and seeing the world- or more specifically seeing a small area of South Island NZ ( I'll tell you all about the adventures I've already had cos I've just about finished in NZ now!)and the locals that inhibit this beautiful part of the world...(Don't worry guys I'm talking about the dairy cows as a rule!)

Its all happenin' down at the zoo

AUSTRALIA | Sunday, 11 March 2007 | Views [764]

I wasn't gonna go to Taronga Zoo, I thought my imminent trip to Australia Zoo would make a trip to Sydney's Zoo a little unnecessary, however I've had an extra day cos my train doesn't leave till tonight, so thought, Bridge Climb or Zoo??? And at the end of the day the Bridge Climb scares me a bit, and is really expensive, whereas a whole day at the zoo, plus transport for $39, is a lot more reasonable, and I'm on a tight budget (Mainly due to all the starbucks I've been indulging in now I'm back in civilisation! As great as Fairlie and Timaru are, they are definately short of a starbucks!!).

A beautiful day to be running to ferry (I literally was the last person on before it left!), and alovely relaxing trip on the water, its definately one of the best parts of sydney, water water everywhere! A quick entry into zoo, no need to queue with my all in ticket! And then where to start, it was huge, and I can't possibly tell you all about all of it, safe to say as ever the big animals won me over, the elephants having a swim, the giraffes being fed, and the awesome bird show, wedge tailed eagles, cockatoos, galahs, owls, a Barn Owl called Howard, and something called a brolga ( agreat big stork thing). It turned out it was the bird keepers last day before she went back to Canada, so very sad, I had to go up to her at the end and tell her I knew how she felt, every so often I'll remember all the friends I've made in NZ and how far away they feel already and I'm only across the ditch...

My favourite had to be the seal show though, Mia the Australian Sealion and Mitchy the Californinan Sealion showed just how intelligent they are (although smelly!) watching the keepers to work out which trick to do when! Not enough of the little NZ fur seal though, he only made a very brief appearance.

Overall I had a blast, the cablecar that goes up and down is phenomenal, and I think It has to be the best placed zoo in the world. I mean which other zoo can boast one of the most beautiful harbours in the world as its backdrop? The giraffes sure have a good vantage point! And the Himalayan Thar had their own rocky outcrop, looking right out towards the bridge and opera house, amazing! ( I mention those because I think they're one of the only species in the zoo that I'd tasted, they make damn fine sausages!! I'm going to try ostrich, croc and roo before I leave though!)

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