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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Australia Travelog Archive

Below is a list of all my postings that I have completed from the various locations in Australia I visited during the years I spent living there.  I actually have pictures of many other locations in the country that I have not had the time to type up postings on and will eventually do so.  In the mean time there is plenty of postings here in the archives for people to read about the great places I visited while living Down Under.

Australia

Australian Capitol Territory

Melbourne

New South Wales

Northern Territory

South Australia

Sydney

Tasmania

Victoria

Western Australia

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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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Rescue of Cliff Climbing Drunk Man Costs Taypayers $10,000

Here is another example of wasted taxpayer money:

A NIGHT of drunken skylarking has left a Ukrainian tourist with a hangover he will always remember – and taxpayers with a huge bill.

After a night on the drink, the 19-year-old man scaled down a cliff at Sydney’s northern beaches suburb of Manly but got stuck half way and passed out, The Daily Telegraph reports.

After being alerted by a fisherman, rescue workers found him asleep on his back on a ledge 30m above sea level at North Head early yesterday morning.

The rescue operation will cost taxpayers at least $10,000.

But the man will only be charged the cost of the road trip to hospital – likely to be as little as $700.  [The Daily Telegraph]

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Great White Sharks Seen Near Bondi Beach

Here is are some incredible Google Earth images of Great White Sharks being seen near beach goers at Sydney’s famous Bondi Beach.

Click the image to go to the link.

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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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Picture of the Day: Jogging By Sydney’s Harbour Bridge

Via National Geographic.

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Picture of the Day: Old Meets New In Sydney

Via National Geographic.

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Picture of the Day: The Sydney Marathon

Via National Geographic.

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