Featherdale Wildlife park, Botanic Gardens and North Head
16.10.2008 - 16.11.2008 28 °C
Sorry I vanished for a while, but after uploading too many photos I used up our internet allowance and had to wait for a new month before I risked doing anything else. So its been a while which means I have actually done a few trips since the last update.
The first was a trip to Featherdale Wildlife Park in Blacktown. Had to take the train out there and I know nothing about the area but after being there for about 5 minutes had decided it wasn't a great area. A drunk guy was kicking and punching the front of a Muffin stand and the guy sat next to us (Me and Hayley my housemate) at the bus stop explained how he was on his way home after getting out of prison. But the Wildlife park was a lovely day out. There were lots of Koalas (not bears - must remember that Gemma) sleeping and you even got to touch one - they felt like a sheep with matted wool, but were very cute
There were Kangaroos everywhere which you could feed, the little ones were very cute indeed. The bigger ones seemed more interested in eating my camera which resulted in some funny photos
There were lots of other native animals around, but as hard as I looked I couldn't see the Tasmanian Devils. Wombats on the other hand were nothing like I thought they'd be. Rather like a large potato.
There were some flying foxes there too, but to see them in the wild you just need to go to the Botanic Gardens. They are everywhere and really loud. There are about 20000 of them in a really small area next to the harbour front and they annoy each other by hitting their neighbour when they stretch their wings in their sleep.
The trees have started to flower and the purple one is particularly stunning, I just don't know what its called
I have also walked over the bridge (not the bridge climb thats a tad expensive) so just over to the north side. I only mention this because the views back to the city were pretty cool, but also because the photo show how windy it is.
The weather here is lovely during the week, really hot and I get to sit in a lab with a broken air con, then the weekend comes and the clouds come over the wind picks up and the rain falls, just like the UK.
So with this weekends rather dismal weather I decided to drag Tim (friend from undergrad days) and Hayley to North Head. I thought I'd learn about the convict past of Australia. So off we went to Manly on the ferry and then walked along the coast. It was all a bit stormy and we walked through precious scrub (only 3% of it still exsists) land to reach the Military Museum. On the way we found gun pits numbers 3 and 4. They were well holes in the ground with cubby holes where I guess weapons were kept, but there was a lack of info
Finally we found the gatehouse and behind that a parade ground and a gun park (well what else do you do with all those guns??). There were signs everywhere telling us to watch out for Bandicoots but we saw none so I suspect they have stolen all the guns and are planning an invasion somewhere
So I still haven't found a hockey team, so just have to stick with running for now. All the honours students have now finished and so the lab is even quieter. So I have introduced the lab to lablablabbylablab. Still no radios allowed so we used a laptop and I hoped to convert them to the world of cheese. Would you believe that it went down quite well. Chesney Hawkes didn't make it this far but they seemed to quite like "I am the one and only", who ever doubted the universal appeal of the worlds greated CD should reconsider.
So what else has happened? Worked lots, oh yeah there was a fire alarm last friday which resulted in us being evacuated at 5.45 and not being able to get back in until nearly 7pm. There actually was a fire and the hazmat team had to be called. Most people upped and left, but me being me I had left my keys in the lab and therefore had to wait. Moral of the story is that I will be keeping my keys with me at all times from now on. Oh and once this Sydney blog finishes in March I'll be able to keep it going in Singapore.