Day 36 – January 10, 2015 – Tuesday – Sydney, Australia

Today is day 36 and we are in Sydney, Australia. The past two days were sea days and nothing interesting transpired that I haven’t already posted, thus I will be skipping these days. We were up at early in order to see the sail in. We were on deck by 6:00 because we didn’t want to miss anything. We then had breakfast, got our packs ready for the day and waited to be called for immigrations. The entire ship must present themselves with passports and other required documents to officials. No one may reenter the ship until everyone has gone through this procedure. We were called in the 4th group around 8AM and thankfully it took only about 15 minutes before we were able to exit the terminal building.

Sydney Harbor, early morning.

The Opera house just at daybreak.

The Opera House as we came along side.

We had booked a full day tour with “Tours by Locals” an online service which matches travelers to local guides who provide the type of tour they desire. We have used them several times and have always been pleased with our guide. This trip was no exception. We wanted to get out of the city and after some research thought the Blue Mountains would be a good trip. The only problem they are 2.5 hours away. Our guide, Wolfie, picked us up promptly at 8:30 as planned. After quick introductions we began to make our way out of the city with commentary as we went. The great thing about having a private guide is the ability to learn, really learn, about the area, its customs, politics, taxes and anything else you are interested in. During our drive we covered a lot of territory!

I don’t have much commentary about the following photos other than they are photos you usually don’t see when you think of Australia. These are not beautiful beaches, arid outback, or sheep or cattle stations. These are mountains and canyons which would remind me sometimes of our own Appalachians, and at others of the Grand Canyon. This is just another example of the extremes of this country. After the landscapes are some of the many animals we were able to view at the Featherdale Wildlife Park. Again not much commentary mainly because in many cases I have no idea what the animals are!

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Kay in front of the “Three Sisters” formation.

We enjoyed an exhibition by Aboriginals which was informative about their history and culture.

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Another view of “The Three Sisters”

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Wolfie (Wolfgang) Hess, our driver and guide for the day.

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Southern Cassowary, they grow up to 6 feet tall and are the heaviest of all Australian birds.

So cute they don’t look real…

Kay petting a Koala Bear, and yes it’s real and alive.

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Yellow Footed Rock Wallaby

Sleeping Wombat

Dingo

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Coming back to the city.

The Opera House as the sun sets. This was taken from the ship, we are docked directly across from the facility.

Also taken from the ship. We are in an ideal location.

We didn’t arrive back to the ship until almost 7:00 PM. We were tired and hungry. After a bite at the Lido and writing this blog, it’s bedtime for me…

Goodnight…

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