THE TARONGA ZOO TO BALMORAL BEACH WALK

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

Blue mountains travel guide

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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PREPARING FOR MY NEXT TRIP | HELLO HOLLAND

PREPARING FOR MY NEXT TRIP | HELLO HOLLAND

If you have been following me for a while now then you know that I am originally from the Netherlands and I have been living in Australia for 7 years now. Once a year I hop on a never-ending plane trip back home to spend some time with my friends and family.

Today is again that day where I am about to get on a flight home.

In today’s post I will show you what my plans are for my 4-week visit to the Netherlands and what blog posts you can expect whilst I am away and from my trip.

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CUDDLE A KANGAROO AT FEATHERDALE WILDLIFE PARK, SYDNEY

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 REAL BODIES | A CONTROVERSIAL EXHIBITION

THE REAL BODIES | A CONTROVERSIAL EXHIBITION

Viewer discretion is advised, the below is dealing with sensitive materials related to real human exhibits – muscles, organs, skin, bodies etc.

Wow! when I heard/saw (on every billboard known to man lol!) that “Real Bodies” the exhibit was in Sydney, boy was I excited.

As I personally love learning about all things to do with the human anatomy and physiology, I was quite curious as to what exactly this exhibit is about? I mean they’ve called it “Real Bodies” but surely that’s just the name, right? Ahh Nope… SHOCK! “Real Bodies” means Real Bodies! As in real humans who once roamed the earth! Ahhhhhh!

Real Bodies the Exhibit presents the artful display of 20 REAL, perfectly preserved human bodies and 200 anatomical specimens – fancy wording for human organs (don’t worry I’ve got your back 😉), so strap in and prepare to be amazed and intrigued, because below are some pretty incredible pictures and some fascinating information. This one will knock your socks off, I guarantee it!

I know that there is quite a bit of controversy around this exhibition, but after doing some research I decided I still wanted to go ahead with posting it. I was unsure if you guys would be interested in seeing a post on this, so on my twitter account, I ran a quick poll. The voting was unanimous, even though only 7 people voted lol. But nonetheless, I have decided to write a post for this exhibition.

I will also dive into why this exhibition is so controversial so that you can make a well thought out decision if you wish to go or not.  Again, if you don’t like to see bodies, organs etc then please don’t click on this post.  
Another quick disclaimer: I have taken the pictures with my iPhone so the quality is not as good as it is normally. But somehow I found it a tad strange and disrespectful to be taking pictures with my DSLR camera. So my apologies for that.

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MINI ISLAND GUIDE | LANZAROTE, SPAIN

MINI ISLAND GUIDE | LANZAROTE, SPAIN

The island’s major sights have been aesthetically developed by the late César Manrique, a Lanzarote native, and artist. Houses must be painted white, other than wooden windows and door frames or wooden shutters which can be any one of two shades of green. There’s no billboard advertising, no highrise buildings, giving the island a unique atmosphere. 

So, in today’s blog post, I will show you some of the best things to see and do while on this amazing island, in my second mini island guide.

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THE ZOO WITH A MILLION DOLLAR VIEW

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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PALM BEACH AND BARRENJOEY LIGHTHOUSE WALK

Palm beach and the Barrenjoey lighthouse walk

Palm Beach is the place where some of Sydney’s wealthiest and most famous people escape on their holidays. It’s isolated, tranquil, charming and absolutely beautiful. In Palmy you could walk right by someone like Mick Jagger and not even know it. Celebrities such as Kelly Slater, Guy Sebastian, and Nicole Kidman and hubby Keith Urban also regularly visit Palm Beach during summer.

Palm Beach is located 41 kilometers north of the Sydney CBD and is home to one of Australias most famous tv shows, Home and Away. The golden sands of Palm Beach curve 2.3km, from Little Head to Barrenjoey Point and is an excellent place to surf. You can also follow a trail to heritage-listed Barrenjoey Lighthouse which also offers splendid views of the coast, Pittwater and Kur-ring-gai Chase National Park.

In this post, I will show you these amazing sights and why you should take the plunge and get over to Palm Beach as soon as possible.

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SPIT BRIDGE TO MANLY COASTAL WALK

SPIT BRIDGE TO MANLY COASTAL WALK

Probably one of the most popular walking trails in Sydney, the Spit to Manly walk. This walk has some of the most stunning views imaginable: Crystal blue water, secluded bays and beaches, bushland and stunning cliff views. This walk is 10 kilometers long and is not super simple. The track, however, is so stunning that it will entice you to keep going.

This walk has been on my bucket list since last summer. I attempted to do it, but I could not find that start of the walk, so I gave up. My friend the other day told me exactly where to go and what to do, so I did another attempt last weekend. If you follow me on Instagram, then you have already seen some of my pictures of this walk.  I had such a good time, bringing me back to the time I lived in the mountains. I was so happy and  I wish I had done it sooner. 

In today’s blog post I will show you some of the amazing sights that you will see during this walk.

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THINGS TO DO IN BONDI

THINGS TO DO IN BONDI

Ahh Bondi Beach. If you are Australian or just someone who likes Australia, then you have definitely heard of this world famous beach. The suburb where the beach is located is only 7 kilometers from Sydney CBD and in summers gets run over by tourists and locals.

The other day I did the Bondi to Coogee walk. But before I set off I wandered around for a bit. It had been a while since I had been to this famous beach, and I enjoyed it a lot more then I anticipated.

This famous hipster suburb is home to some amazing shops, restaurants, walking tracks and swimming pools. So if you are planning to go to Sydney and want to know the ins and outs of Bondi then read on…

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