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Old May 24th, 2008, 10:29 AM
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Still thinking about your itinerary. Taronga Zoo has probably the most spectacular view of any zoo; but you cannot get close to the koalas. You can walk through the kangaroo enclosure though.
Otherwise the animals are the same at any zoo in the U.S. The Wildlife Center at Darling Harbour charges to get close to a koala for a photo. So, given a choice, then go to one of the Wildlife parks around Sydney.
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Old May 25th, 2008, 05:06 AM
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On a recent trip report in may they said that at the koala park near sydney they saw a sheep being shorn and could get close to the koalas.
And I loved Luna Park which is free to go in and like stepping back in time-50s style with rides and fun.
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Hey two aussies you're forgetting about the rest of the native animals! Taronga has platypus, echnidas wombats, emu, brolgas and many, many other native birds and reptiles.

Plus there's the nocturnal house with bilbies, gliders and tons of other smaller native creatures. There's also the Wollemi enclosure with blue tongue lizards etc.
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Not sure what your intrests are so I just put in all the things that I think are fun to do in Sydney; you may choose to incorporate some of them in your activities - enjoy !

Watsons Bay (by ferry from Circular Quay or bus)You could go and lunch/dine at Doyles but it is massively expensive and to be honest not so great in terms of food. Instead bring your own picnic and have it on the grass or have a seafood roll at the Doyle’s Hotel. (Great picnic site - Green Point Reserve has sweeping 180-degree views across Sydney Harbour). If you want to take a wlak to Camp Cove – there is a nudist beach there.

Then take a walk and have a look at The Gap, South Head and Watson's Bay lookout.

Walk from Bondi Beach to Coogee Beach - It is iconic. Walk from Bondi to Coogee Beach ( approx 3 hours) – see amazing views, beaches, cliffs and an old cemetery (Waverley). Tamarama café is good for a break..

Spit Bridge to Manly Walk - umerous buses cross the Spit Bridge - check Sydney Ferries and public transport information for details. You can go further from the Spit Bridge to Beauty Point and beyond to Primrose Park, Folly Point, Tunks Parks and North Bridge.

Pylon - Sydney Harbour Bridge - If you do not want to do the Sydney Bridge Climb, and for small money in comparison, you can climb (around 200 steps) to the top of the southern pylon of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Government House - Botanic Gardens
You can't just walk around Government House on your own but tours run every half an hour so no great inconvenience and it costs nothing. See where the royals stay Government House is only open Friday to Sunday - 10am to 3pm but the grounds are open every day - 10am to 4pm.

Bradley Head -
To visit Bradley Head get off the ferry at Taronga wharf, climb up the hill taking the right fork into the Sydney Harbour National Park. There are several walks ( 30 mins) and each ends in a spectacular view extending from Sydney City to the Heads at the entrance of Sydney Harbour.( I think Mission Impossible was filmed there)

Ghost Tours - The Quarantine Station at North Head would appear to be the scariest (google it).

Balmoral Beach- Great spot for walking, swimming and wonderful views out to Sydney Heads. Plenty of cafes and restaurants from fine dining to great take out fish and chips!!. Balmoral has a regular bus service which means you don’t have to climb steep hills.

Nielsen Park - One of my favourites. Lovely walks, a kiosk, old trees nearby….

Milsons Point – McMahon’s Point -
Either by train or preferably catch a ferry from Circular Quay. Walk l under the Sydney Harbour Bridge and around the harbour foreshores. You can swim in the excellent Olympic sized pool close by. Nice cafes ( Ripples – great for breakfast) and Luna Park.

Riverboat Postman - Hawkesbury River - Hitch a ride on a boat that delivers mail and supplies to isolated residents along the Hawkesbury River. Departs weekdays from the ferry wharf at Brooklyn and lasts for approximately three hours. There are other Hawkesbury river cruises if this one is fully booked but try the Riverboat postman first up (unless you’re a mailman/postie in which case perhaps not).

Walk the Sydney Harbour Bridge - It takes about half an hour to cross the Sydney Harbour Bridge on foot. If you start from the city side of the Sydney Harbour Bridge you can catch a train back into the City when you finish your walk.

Art Gallery of New South Wales - The Art Gallery of New South Wales is nicely surrounded by parks (Botanical Gardens and Domain) yet close to the heart of Sydney town. Nice café over the road and not too far to walk to Woolloomooloo Wharf’s restaurants and cafes.

Sydney Fish Markets - Open 7am every day - the 'largest market of its kind in the southern hemisphere'

Other Markets
Glebe Market – Glebe Point Rd Glebe – Saturdays
Paddington (Paddo) Market.
Kirribbili Markets – cnr Alfred and Burton Sts Kirribilli – 4th Saturday of the month
Surry Hills Markets-cnr Crown and Little Collins 1st Saturday of the month 7 am to 4pm

Orpheum Cremorne Cinema

The Orpheum in Cremeorne is an old fashioned Cinema with multi-screens, art deco interior –love it!

Museum of Contemporary Art -
at Circular Quay http://www.mca.com.au/

Kayaking Middle Harbour
It is great fun – costs arounf $75AUD or so http://www.sydneyharbourkayaks.com.a...nstruction.asp

Vaucluse House survives as one of Sydney's only 19th century harbourside estates with house, kitchen wing, stables and outbuildings and is still surrounded by ten hectares of formal gardens and grounds.
Built in 1803, Vaucluse House was once owned by William Charles Wentworth, 'father' of the first Constitution for New South Wales, his wife Sarah and their immediate family of 10 children who lived in the house from 1827–1853 and again in 1861–1862.
Vaucluse House has 'tearooms' and you can take a stroll down to Nielsen Park when you’re done.

see at

Sydney Observatory
near the Rocks and Harbour Bridge


Interesting suburbs
Balmain - a short ferry ride from Circular Quay; Newtown –catch a train

Sydney Harbour National Park walks
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Old May 26th, 2008, 04:18 PM
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<<Taronga Zoo has probably the most spectacular view of any zoo; but you cannot get close to the koalas>>

Not really true, you can get your photo taken with them but I think you can't hold them, here's a link a showing the times of photos etc



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Susan: My apologies to all the other Australian animals at Taronga. I guess my main interest is in the koalas and kangaroos - love the zebras and giraffes. When we were there the koalas were not available for close up viewing; but we could walk among the kangaroos. I think the giraffes have the most incredible view, hope they appreciate it.
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Dear all,
Thanks for the tips and website links.
If any of ever wish to come to Kuala Lumpur e-mail me and I shall assist the same.
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