australia

Top Places to Visit in Sydney

From the view of a backpacker that stayed in Sydney for 9 months, I thought that I would compile a little list on my Top Places to Visit in Sydney, Australia.

Want a great atmosphere in an old school, american diner with a retro feel to it? Soda Factory is where you can get some of the best gourmet hot dogs ($1 dogs night every tuesday – they even have a desert hot dog!) and you will have some of the best nights out in Sydney here! They play a huge compilation of music, from a few chart pieces, to some classics, motown and funk, 50s jive and even some hip hop constantly on rotate, so there’s definitely music for everyone here! http://www.sodafactory.com.au

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Feeling a little homesick when travelling around? Sydney has a place in The Rocks called Tea Cosy that sell tea and scones and it’s safe to say, that it is heavenly! I went for a Girls day out and this was such a good choice to catch up over! http://theteacosy.com.au


Many people will tell you that you have to go to Blue Mountains National Park when you are in Sydney, and you do! I took the tourist route at first, saw the Three Sisters and all of the other breathtaking views but the second time I went for a non touristy route with a local friend of mine and it did not disappoint either! You really get to see so many different sides to the Blue Mountains – rainforest trails, waterfalls, rivers, more mountains, observation points, the sunsets.. http://www.bluemts.com.au

Blue Mountain, NSW, Australia
A very quick and simple post, but there will be another post featuring more ‘Top Places to Visit in Sydney’.
*these are not my images*

Zoe
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Hobbiton Footage!

It turns out that I have only got a small amount of footage from Hobbiton, so I just combined everything into this one video!

I will be posting more New Zealand footage up this week, and already have some Australia ones up so check them out at: youtube.com/nuggetstumpblog!

Enjoy!
Zoe
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NEW VIDEO: I DID A SKYDIVE!

I will be having a NZone Skydive post up soon with all of the details on what I did and what it was like – so look out for that!
In the meantime, go and check out: nzoneskydive.co.nz
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NEW VIDEO: G Adventures Part Two: Whitsundays & Cairns!

Here is Part Two to my G Adventures Trip that I did last month, I have wrote several other posts on this trip so feel free to have a browse at those and ask me questions!
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NEW VIDEO: G Adventures Part Two: Whitsundays & Cairns!

Here is Part Two to my G Adventures Trip that I did last month, I have wrote several other posts on this trip so feel free to have a browse at those and ask me questions!
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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

NEW YOUTUBE VIDEO: G Adventures Trip: Part One (Fraser Island)


I have FINALLY managed to upload my YouTube video of Fraser Island and it’s already so nice to watch this back!
I have had to upload it at lower quality, just so that it uploads but I will save the original and hopefully get a better quality one up in the future!

I thoroughly enjoyed this trip, and thought that I would love to share my experience with other people incase they wanted to do a G Adventures tour!
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