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Australia Zoo

I recently visited Australia Zoo and I literally could not wait to go here! It was such an amazing day and was one of the biggest things to tick off my Australia list.
Australia Zoo is an hours drive from Brisbane, so I decided to go with Greyhound that do packages of the bus and the entrance fee. (I’ll insert a link at the bottom of the post).
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As soon as I got into the park, I saw that they had so many animals there and within 5 minutes I was allowed to hold a Blue Tongued Lizard, who was way too adorable! And no, they didn’t charge me for it!
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They had so many great experiences at this zoo, as it was a lot more interactive and the animals had a lot more room to roam around in. For example, I went to the kangaroo area where you can buy Kangaroo food for $2 a bag which is very cheap compared to other places I have been to! So, it was great fun to be able to feed all of the kanagaroos and watch the kids reactions. They were completely loving the experience!
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They then had a more serious and heart felt section of the park as obviously, this is the zoo that Steve Irwin and his family founded. As people know, he loved animals and put so much into this zoo that it was so sad to see all of the memorial parts of the zoo. I almost shed a tear!
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I then got the opportunity to hold a koala bear, as you cannot do this in New South Wales (where I had been for the past 8 months). I had such an amazing time, it was $40 (I think) and you get a lot of time with them. You go in groups of 4 and she will tell you all about them, as you’re holding them. There is also a professional photographer there, so you can purchase photos of you with the koala or even get somebody else to take photos on your own camera. They aren’t too fussy here, as long as you’re having a great time. (And the koala bears were amazing, so soft, I wanted to keep one!)
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They had plenty of shows to watch at the zoo, like the famous crocodile and bird shows in the well-known arena. I really enjoyed their shows and talks, there was a lot of interaction with the guests, although I wasn’t too sure on the crocodile show. I know that it was a show, but I felt like they just tease the crocodile (and then feed them, of course) but I just felt a little weird about this and sorry for the crocodiles! I know that they need to do this for show purposes though..
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They also had some bird sanctuaries that had all sorts of tropical birds, an Asia themed place that had tigers, Africa that had giraffes and rhinos, and so many more places..
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Here is another example of guest interaction, they like to bring the animals out for show so you can touch and ask questions about each species!
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 little brief, but that was my experience at Australia Zoo! I had such an amazing day, although it was raining. I loved every minute of it, especially the gift shop! But I would highly recommend going to this zoo, no matter what age or even if you’re on your own (like I was!).

Have you been here?
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LINKS:
Greyhound Australia Zoo Packages
Australia Zoo

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G Adventures Trip: Part Two (The Whitsundays)

Wahoo! Here’s the second part of my G Adventures Trip, The Whitsundays!
The Whitsundays was so much fun, it could be one of my favourite times from the trip, possibly..
So, before we headed off to The Whitsundays, we had a 4 hour train journey which was actually really enjoyable with films, great customer service and food. Then, we stopped at a Cattle Ranch in Rockhampton to sleep under the stars in a swag. I had a slight idea of what we were going to be sleeping like, but I have no idea what the cattle ranch would be like!
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It was really cute, very remote and give us a completely new experience and we had a blast there!
We immediately got served this amazing beef stew and some ‘beer bread’ and then got stuck into some campfire games that our guide knew – we ended up playing for hours in the end!
Finally, we got our swags and sleeping bags out and all slept around the campfire, looking at the stars until we fell asleep. Luckily, it was a lot warmer than at the Outback when I slept in a swag!!DSC02754 IMG_0850
Anyway, the next day we got up bright and early, saw the sunrise over the ranch and went to feed lots of animals on their farm, which was on another property. It was so much fun, I am a huge lover of animals and definitely got stuck in there by feeding every single animal a massive wad of bread! Pesky had to be one of the cutest animals too, as he was a pig that thought he was a dog! He was constantly chasing the dog around trying to tackle him, kept playing and shaking his head into my scarf and even rolled over for a belly rub!
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We arrived at Mackay, where we were suggested to find a costume as we were going to have a party on the boat, so we all did that whilst rummaging around for food before the boat, which was Boomerang (a well known, competitive sail boat). We got to stay in these really cute cabins with everyone, too! (and it was pretty relaxing, falling asleep whilst being rocked!).
As we got on the boat, we sailed for 4 hours until we docked in the Whitsundays, luckily nobody was sea sick!
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The next morning, we were up bright and early, had some amazing breakfast and were off to see Whitehaven Beach which has the most gorgeous ‘swirly sands‘. It was pretty chilly on the beach because of the wind, but we all still burnt our legs as we underestimated the sun rays! Damn it!
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After this, we got the chance to go Scuba Diving in the Whitsundays, which was amazing! Although, I must say I had such a panic attack for the first 15 minutes of it, due to the thought of having to breathe through the oxygen tank! Other than that, it was such an amazing experience and I would love to do it again – we got to touch the coral and see so many different colourful fish but sadly we couldn’t take our cameras as we weren’t qualified divers.
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We then headed back to the boat to have our costume party, which was so much fun! We docked again, had the music blasting and a mini food fight with the other boats (although the seagulls ate 80% of it, mid air).
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We got up the next morning to go snorkelling, before having to head to Airlie Beach where we’ll finish the Whitsundays trip. Snorkelling was great though, we loved every minute of it although we were a little cold, but the sites we saw were breathtaking! SO MUCH FUN!
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That quickly sums up our Whitsundays trip, before we started heading to Cairns – but feel free to ask me more, if you want some more information on anything, I am more than happy to answer any questions!
Look out for my next post on Cairns! It’ll be a short one!
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LINKS:
G Adventures Brisbane – Cairns Tour
Boomerang Sailing, Whitsundays

Small Brief: My Last Adventure in Australia!

That’s right, it’s my last adventure in Australia.
I have been travelling from Brisbane up to Cairns for the last 10 days, and my my, it has been amazing!
I thought that I would quickly write a brief on this trip for you all, and then when I have more time in the next few days, I will write a few posts on the specific places, where I went, what company I went with, what to expect, bla bla bla..

So, I am going to paste in my travel log here as I don’t want to give every small detail away.
Here it goes:
14th June
Today I have just been packing my backpack for my Brisbane>Cairns trip! I then ended up going for my last Harrys pie with Fiona, Constanze and Kristin.

15th June
I am finally here! I am in Brisbane, in Starbucks at the moment trying to catch up on this updating business! I just booked my Australia Zoo tickets and I cannot wait to hold a Koala Bear tomorrow! EEEEEE!

16th June
Today I went to Australia Zoo and it was such an amazing day! I loved it there! Firstly, I held a Blue Tongue Lizard, then I went to see all of the animals, fed kangaroos and then held a Koala! It was such a great zoo, and it was also really touching seeing all of the Steve Irwin tributes!
I then came back to the hostel for our G Adventures meeting, so we all went down to the bar downstairs and got to meet each other, before heading to a japanese restaurant.
Then we had to pack our overnight bags for Fraser Island!
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17th June
Today is the day that we leave! Woo!
We were all up and in the bus by 8am, then started to head off to Rainbow Beach, so we could catch the ferry to Fraser Island and drive the 4X4!
When we got to Fraser Island, it was pouring down with rain, but it still didn’t dampen our spirits. We went for a swim in Lake Mackenzie before setting up camp and having a barbecue in the evening!
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18th June
We got up early again today and went for a morning swim in Eli Creek which was so much fun! We floated down the creek in rubber dinghies and chilled out for a while. We then went back for lunch, before heading off for a scenic flight of Fraser Island which was incredible! Definitely worth the $50!
After that, we went to Champagne Pools for a swim and a hike around the edge of the island.
We then went back, had a few drinks after food (which turned a little too much for some people!) and then we headed to bed to get up early again!
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19th June
We left Fraser Island today, we all got back in the 4X4 and headed to the ferry. We had such a blast on the journey, playing some great music to sing along to and joking around with each other.
When we got back to Rainbow Beach, we waited an hour until we had to leave for the train station, so we ended up charging our phones incase we need them and then went on a 5 hour train journey to Rockhampton.
We stayed at a Cattle Farm in Rockhampton which was really cool and got to sleep out under the stars in a swag! We had a campfire, marshmallows, beef stew and decided to play the werewolf game for a few hours!
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20th June
This morning, we went to see all of the animals on the farm and fed them which was really nice. We are now on the bus, so we can board our boat for the Whitsundays later!

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21st June
After a great nights sleep on the boat, we are up and ready! We went to Whitehaven Beach today which was chilly, but still so sunny. We didn’t even realise how sunny it was, and all burnt our legs from the reflections off the sand! I also saw the biggest spider that I have ever seen, too!
We then went Scuba Diving in the afternoon, which made me freak out at first but then it was one of the best experiences I have ever done, too! We also had a costume party on the boat in the night too! Too much fun!
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22nd June
This morning, we went snorkelling which was so much fun! We saw absolutely stunning fish and coral and we had the whole place to ourselves! We then stopped at Airlie Beach and stayed at Base Backpackers for the night, so we decided to have a meal together and a small night out before a 4.30am wake up call the next day!
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23rd June
4.30am wake up call, so we can catch a 10 hour train ride to Cairns! It was actually really relaxing on the train and most of us just slept most of the way through. Not forgetting, the trains are pretty incredible in Queensland, they are very similar to the service and facilities you’d get on a plane and so much room, too!
We then got to Cairns and straight away, we went to do a A J Hackett Minjin Swing (some of the boys did a bungee jump, too).
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All of this was way too fun, and I can’t wait to talk to you all more in depth about each day and some activities!
Keep an eye out for my next few posts, I will fill them with useful links for you all!
x

NEW VIDEO: Feeding A Kangaroo

Some old footage that I couldn’t get off my camera before, from Featherdale Wildlife Park.
Expect a backlog of video footage soon! 🙂
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Featherdale Wildlife Park!

So on Friday, I went to Featherdale Wildlife Park which was such a great experience!
It’s about an hour out of Sydney, but it’s really nice to visit as it’s less touristy and the prices are lower! Not forgetting that you can touch the koala bears and kangaroos!

It’s smaller than I thought, but it’s still so enjoyable. They have a wide range of different animals here and even the food and gift shop are reasonably priced!

Here are a few photos from when I went:

Have you visited Featherdale or somewhere similar? Let me know!
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Hello again!

So, I’m currently on my way back from Featherdale Wildlife Park and thought is write a post to let you all know that I’ll be posting more stuff soon! And hopefully getting around to uploading my YouTube videos!

I will be catching up this evening and upload my Featherdale Wildlife Park photos from today!
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Taronga Zoo!

We went to Taronga Zoo on Thursday! It was such a nice zoo to visit – you have to get a ferry bus to the island, then either a bus or cable car to the zoo.

They had loads of different animals such as elephants, koala bears, lions, Tasmanian devils, kangaroos, giraffes, monkeys..

I got to have a photo with a koala bear (usually $30ish, but we were in a group, so $6 each instead). You also get to keep a printed photo, in the price.

It was freezing on the day we went! It was sunny at first, but so bitterly windy and then finally rain.

Although most of the animals are within an enclosure, there are loose emus and kangaroos! (Which frightened the life out of us at the time).

All in all, it was such a good zoo! Such an amazing day out, I’d definitely go again! x

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