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Old Jan 13th, 2004, 02:38 PM
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We visited Featherdale in January and were told that it is against the law in NSW to hold a koala. We took pictures standing beside them. We enjoyed the park very much, and after reading Alan's post, I realize it's because we were the first ones there that day. We only had 4 days in Sydney so we could not fit the zoo in as well.
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Old Jan 14th, 2004, 04:54 AM
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It's against the law in NSW to hold a koala???? Crumbs, I'd better tell my nine-year-old to get out of town quickly, before Mucky's police escort loses interest in him and starts in on her! Should I burn the photographic evidence? Somebody, I think, is pulling your leg.... maybe the attendant just couldn't be bothered that morning!
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This is what we have been told too.
Queensland is ok to hold them and we did do just that in 2001.
But NSW it is not allowed !
Don't know why, perhaps the Koalas in NSW have put a complaint in about being woken up twice a day.
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After reading this thread I felt I owed it to you to feed you more questions since this seems to be your sole occupation. You may recognize my screen name "michi" since I'm asking quite a few questions. I won't keep telling you we're from Toronto, Canada, and are seniors in our 70s.

We are spending six or seven days in Sydney (as well as Cairns and Tasmania) in April and will be making day trips or just relaxing. Due to some minor physical limitations of getting about, we are considering a day tour to the Blue Mountains instead of doing it on our own. But would be pleased to hear suggestions.

What you think of the following day trip by Goway. Could we do better as far as places of interest go? We're not interested in champagne and don't need to go the heavily touristy routes. We can ride the ferry and see the Olympic site on our own.

Blue Mountains Wildlife Discovery.
Experience Sydney's back-country on an unfogettable tour to the Blue Mountains. First stop is breakfast with kangaroos, koalas, emus, wombats and dingoes at Sydney's premier wildlife park. Continue to Blue Mountains National Park and see the majestic sandstone pillars of the Three Sisters and visit Govett's Leap, the so-called "Grand Cayon" of Australia. Enjoy a gourmet picnic lunch and later in the afternoon sip champagne amongst the kangaroos. Returning to Sydney visit the Olympic site and ride the Rivercat ferry to Darling Harbour.

Depart: Join any day. Price per person: CAD$181. Prince includes full day Blue Mountains tour including breakfast and lunch.
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Old Jan 16th, 2004, 02:54 AM
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Hi, Michi!

The tour is expensive for what you get, but if you want the convenience which a guided tour allows and are prepared to pay for it, then at least this one takes in some nice places. The "breakfast with the kangaroos, etc" will, unfortunately, not be at Euroka, where the wild life is wild, but at Featherdale Park, which is just a small zoo. The Olympic Village trip on the way back is a bit of a rum go, as it's so very easy to do on your own for just a few dollars, and it will rob you of time that might have been spent in the Blue Mountains; so, if you can locate a company that doesn't do this first and last stop, but just gets you to the mountains quickly and for a full day, take it in preference. For the kind of money you are talking about, you know, you could catch the early morning train to Katoomba, be there by 10 a.m., and catch a series of buses or even taxis to take you on a guided tour of everything in the area you could wish to see, finishing up in the nearby village of Leura, which is a nice place to eat dinner. The you hop back on the evening train
having had more time seeing what you came to see and less time doing the inevitable tour-bus-at-souvenir-shops bit.

Either way, check the weather before you commit yourself. A dull or rainy day in Sydney often means a day full of thick mist at Katoomba, and in that case you will not see a thing at Echo Point, which would be a great pity, as it's lovely (see Mucky's report -- his day was unseasonally hot, but at least it was clear and great for photography).
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