THE BEST OF AUSTRALIA’S RED CENTRE

There’s something magical about Australia’s red centre. Maybe it is the jaw-dropping landscapes, the inspiring history or the spiritual significance. It’s also probably because the Australian outback is a unique place on earth.  The red center is where the heart of the outback beats and home of the aboriginals. It has been a while since I have been to the red center, but I would love to go back soon. So I decided to dig up some old memories and write a post on this special place in Australia. In this blog post, I will show you some of the center’s best places to go to, whether you want to travel on your own or with a tour group. (If you are not interested in the upcoming information, I suggest you click on read more just for the pictures, they are epic) 

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THE TARONGA ZOO TO BALMORAL BEACH WALK

I am so sorry, but yet again I have wandered the trails of Sydney. This time I did the 6.5-kilometer medium difficulty Taronga zoo to Balmoral beach trail. During this walk, I encountered stunning harbor views, nature at its best, while exploring quiet beaches and beautiful luscious bushland. After finally doing the Spit Bridge to Manly Walk a few weeks ago and the amazing Bondi to Coogee walk before that, I forced myself to do one final walk before I headed out to Europe for my yearly holiday. I have heard about this walk from a friend of mine who recommended it and told me the city views are absolutely stunning and not to be missed. So when the weather was nice and the sun was out, I hoped on the bus towards Taronga zoo to do another walking trail.

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EVERYTHING YOU WANT TO SEE AND DO IN THE BLUE MOUNTAINS

The blue mountains are located about a 2-hour drive from Sydney and offer a dramatic scenery with steep cliffs, eucalyptus forests, waterfalls and charming villages.  The mountains are densely populated with oil-bearing Eucalyptus trees. They give off a fine mist of eucalyptus oil from their leaves, the mist (combined with water vapor and dust) plays with the light and creates a haze which looks blue – hence the name blue mountains  The mountains are Australia’s 14th World Heritage Area and are part of the Great Dividing Range which runs down the East Coast of Australia. For over a year I lived in the mountains largest town Katoomba. Every opportunity I got I went out to do a bush walk. I was skinny, healthy and loving life. So in this blog post, I will show you some of the amazing towns, bush walks, and scenic points that you should stop when traveling to the mountains. 

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CUDDLE A KANGAROO AT FEATHERDALE WILDLIFE PARK, SYDNEY

If you are looking for a hands-on Australian wildlife experience then I advise you to go to Featherdale Wildlife Park in western Sydney. Pat a Koala, hand feed a kangaroo and meet all your favorite Australian animals in an outdoor bush setting. It’s amazing. I arrived at the park soon as it opened so it was nice and quiet, with most of the animals all awake(woohoo)! Favorite part was the different walkthroughs; Pademelons, Kangaroos, and Koalas. the park is very interactive and allows you to feed the kangaroos, touch the Koala’s and learn about lots of different species through keeper talks. In this blog post, I am taking you with me during my little trip to this park.

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THE ZOO WITH A MILLION DOLLAR VIEW

Taronga Zoo is a wonderful Animal park in a stunning location, located at a 15-minute ferry ride from Circular Quay in Sydney. It boasts stunning views, gorgeous animals and a free Gondola ride (Winning!).  The zoo cares for 4000 animals from over 350 species, many of which are threatened. Elephants, giraffes, meerkats, bongos (yes bongos), Komodo dragons (truly awesome), seals, sea lions, penguins, lemurs and many Australian natives – crocodiles, snakes, kangaroos, emus, wallabies, koalas, echidna, wombats, and platypuses are just some of the animals you can encounter up close. A special feature is the new exhibit of Sumatran tigers. This is an amazing new exhibit and set up so well, but go early. The queues are long (very long). The keeper talks given throughout the day and with different animals are a great way to learn more about them and their habitats. Taronga Zoo has stunning views over the harbor back towards the Opera House and Harbour Bridge. Which I think is almost worth the price of admission alone. Taronga Zoo is one of the best places to visit in Sydney, especially if you have kids or if you are an animal enthusiast. Read on for more information and lots of pictures.

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