First up was Wildlife World. They have all sort of creatures here, including butterflies, insects, snakes, lizards, crocodiles, birds and marsupials. This venue is distinct from the Taronga Zoo, which is much larger. Nonetheless, I was pleased with the breadth of animals Wildlife World had to offer. Plus, it is conveniently located in the city.
The first habitat was for butterflies. Hundreds of them were flying about but a few of them landed on these platforms which made for an easier photo op.
After being sufficiently creeped out by the spiders, I found little solace in the next habitat: snakes. Wildlife World has many highly venomous snakes, as well as the most venomous snake in the world, the inland taipan.
|He's got his eye on me|
On my way over to the kangaroos, I spotted a huge bird. Reading the signage, I learned that he was a Southern Cassowary. Also hanging out were a bunch of Yellow-footed Rock Wallabys and two Laughing Kookaburras. They are known for their call, which is famously displayed in the Tarzan movies.
|Yellow-footed Rock Wallaby|
The koala habitat was the final one and also the clear highlight for me. These little guys are adorable. A few things I learned about them is that the have a special lining in their digestive tract that allows them to digest eucalyptus leaves that are actually toxic. Eucalyptus leaves are also not very nutritious, so koalas' "sluggish, dopey nature is a survival mechanism, as the koala cannot afford to waste precious energy on a big brain or active lifestyle". They also don't really have a natural predator. I seriously loved these guys. I spent an inordinate amount of time watching them, even though they were mostly just sleeping. At one point, one woke up and stared right at me. How cute?!!
Putting my Explore 4 Pass to good use, I next headed to the Aquarium. Although there were a myriad of fish and shark habitats all unique to the oceans surrounding Australia, I was a little annoyed at the crowd. The Aquarium is a linchpin in the Sydney tourism industry so I'm not surprised it was so crowded even though it was only a Wednesday. However, I found myself making my way around more quickly than I did in Wildlife World. Here are a few of the highlights:
Completing my Explore 4 Pass, was my trip to SydneyTower. SydneyTower is the highest point in the city. One level is the circular, wall to wall glass observatory. Obviously, GREAT panoramic shots. Also on the observatory level is an attraction called Oztrek, which is a virtual tour of Australia. I wanted to do this but it was closed because of renovations. Not pleased. You can also upgrade your ticket to include something called SkyWalk. In the SkyWalk, they harness you in and then you're able to actually step out on a clear platform high above the city. There is also a restaurant below the observatory if you are interested in dining amidst beautiful views of Sydney. Here are the best shots I took this day.
After the tower, I decided to walk back to the hotel. I took a route that led me up George Street, which is very well known because of all its good shopping. I purchased a few souvenirs and also got myself some jewelry from a store called Diva. I was so beat after all of my adventures that I found myself ordering room service once I got back. The next day would be my last in Sydney. I had an 8am meeting and was free for a few hours before I needed to head back to the airport. You better bet that I made the most of those few hours. Stay tuned for my last post on Sydney, where I explore the Sydney Opera House and Botanical Gardens.