On Walkabout At: The Taronga Zoo In Sydney, Australia

Basic Information

  •  Name: Taronga Zoo
  • Where: Sydney, Australia
  • Price: $44 for adults, $22 for children (more ticket info here)
  • More Info: Taronga Zoo website

Narrative

Whenever I travel somewhere I always like to stop and visit local zoos.  So I have been to quite a few zoos around the world, but the one I would say has the best view of all the zoos I have been to is the Taronga Zoo in Sydney Australia.  The zoo is located on a hillside on the north side of Sydney Harbor:


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This zoo is quite famous in Australia since it is located in the country’s largest and most well known city, Sydney.  However, what really made the zoo stand out from other zoos is the breathtaking views of Sydney Harbor that can be seen throughout the zoo:

As my wife and I walked around this zoo it seemed like we spent just as much time taking in the views of the harbor as we did looking at the animals.  In fact it is possible to take in views and watch the animals at the same time as we did during this show of wedge-tailed eagle that performed various tricks for the audience:

The wedge-tailed eagle is the largest bird in Australia and are actually quite common to see in the bush:

There are plenty of other Australian animals to be seen at the zoo such as Australia’s iconic koala:

There are of course wallabies to be seen as well:

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Picture of the Day: Spiders Take Over Australian Town

What appears to be snow is actually spider webs blanketing an Australian farm. (Daniel Munoz/Reuters)

Fortunately these spiders that are fleeing flood waters in Australia are not harmful to humans and are actually eating a lot of the mosquitoes caused by the rising water levels.  You can read more about this unique phenomenon at this link.

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Picture of the Day: Australia’s High Country Huts

The Australian high country was my favorite part of Australia and these huts were always a welcome sight when hiking around.  Check out this article for more information about these huts.

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Picture of the Day: Rainbow Over the Sydney Opera House

Picture From Sailing Around Sydney Harbor

I took this picture during a sailing trip around Sydney Harbor.  Sydney is without a doubt one of the world’s most beautiful harbor cities.

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Picture of the Day: Looking Down On Lord Howe Island

Edga Lookout Mt Gower, Lord Howe Island, NSW Photographer: Jack Shick

This beautiful picture from the remote Lord Howe Island comes via Australian Geographic. This is definitely an island I want to go and check out one day.

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Picture of the Day: Moon Over Mungo National Park

The hauntingly beautiful Great Walls of China at Mungo National Park, New South Wales.

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Picture of the Day: Christmas On Bondi Beach

Via National Geographic.

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Sydney Skies Turn Red Due to Dust Storm

I wonder who will be first to blame this unusual dust storm on global warming?:

sydney dust storm

SYDNEYSIDERS have woken to a massive dust storm that blanketed the city in thick red dust, leaving Sydney airport in chaos, ferry services suspended and health authorities worried.

Large areas have been shrouded in dust as the state experiences severe winds and unseasonably warm temperatures.

Bureau of Meteorology spokeswoman Jane Golding said dust had settled on much of the state, including Sydney.

“We’ve had reports of low visibility up out as far up as Moree, Dubbo, Canberra’s got some raised dust in the area and Wollongong, so it’s very widespread,” she said.

The blanket of red dust began to shroud Sydney just before dawn after a cold front moved in from central Australia and western NSW.

It came as the state was experiencing unseasonably warm temperatures and followed reports of visibility reduced to just 10m in Broken Hill.

A Sydney airport spokesman said 10 inbound international Sydney flights had been diverted to Melbourne and Brisbane.

“They may get back later in the day,” he said. “We’ve got departures, they are occurring, but it’s slow.”  [Daily Telegraph]

I have never seen a dust storm as severe as this one on Australia’s east coast but I once saw a wind storm in Victoria two years ago that brought dust from the Outback that caused the sky to have a red tint to it.  The amount of dust from this storm is absolutely incredible though.

Here is a photo gallery with a bunch of photographs from this dust storm.  Here is a sample:

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My Australian Wish List: Lord Howe Island

Here is a place in Australia that I absolutely want to go to one day:

Once upon a time, travelling responsibly meant taking only photographs and leaving only footprints. Now it’s about the size of those footprints, and one of the best places in Australia to keep them small without even trying is Lord Howe Island, 600 km northeast of Sydney. Unless you have access to a boat, the only way to get to Lord Howe is to fly. But arriving by air makes sure you’re properly acquainted with what is widely regarded as the most beautiful island in the entire Pacific, before you even step off the plane.

After gazing out at the featureless blue from my windowseat for two hours, Lord Howe suddenly appeared, like an aquatic oasis. The first things you notice are the twin peaks of Mt Lidgbird and Mt Gower, real mountains that dominate the island’s southern end. Then the 6 km-long blue lagoon encircled by the most southerly coral reef in the world. There, below you, are isolated beaches accessible only by sea kayak or on foot, and populated by hundreds of thousands of seabirds. And finally, like an afterthought amidst all this natural beauty, a settlement of 350 locals and just 400 visitors. Even David Attenborough once wrote that Lord Howe is “so extraordinary it is almost unbelievable…Few islands, surely, can be so accessible, so remarkable, yet so unspoilt.” But Lord Howe is not just a pretty face. Because of its isolation, the island is an important site for “in situ” conservation of many rare and endemic species – almost half its 241 native plant species are found nowhere else in the world; the same goes for both the island’s reptiles, a skink and a gecko, and almost a thousand insect species. According to Ian Hutton, Lord Howe’s resident naturalist and author of 10 books on the island, including A Guide to World Heritage Lord Howe Island. “People talk about the Galapagos Islands because of Darwin’s connection, but there’s more diversity on Lord Howe Island and it’s so intact – the island is very much as it was when it was first discovered.”  [Australian Geographic]

Make sure to click the link to read the rest because this island just looks to be an incredible place to visit.

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Picture of the Day: Celebrating A Cricket Victory

Via National Geographic.

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