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This is it! I've given up work -retired from the rat race and am about to start on a 10 year adventure, doing all those things I've been meaning to do but never had the time to do them. I've offloaded my responsibilities and it is now my time. So follow my adventures and see whether I actually manage anything!

Thursday, 4 October 2012

Whale watching and the zoo

Today is my last full day in Sydney so I needed to make the most of it. I decided to go whale watching. Not an easy decision as I get very sea sick. But armed with travel bands and tablets off I went.

Just look at the colour of that sky - perfect.

 It was a 3 hour trip and within the first half-hour we saw a group of 4 hump-backed whales, one of which was a calf. We were able to watch them for over 2 hours as they dived and splashed their tales and even leapt out of the water. I was captivated by the sight.

I gave up trying to get a decent photo but at least you can see there was something in the water.
Also spotted some dolphins but as we were following the whales we didn't stop to observe them.

As the water was reasonably calm, on the way back to Sydney I decided to get the ferry over to Taronga zoo as I wanted to see some Australian wild life. I wasn't disappointed. I was fascinated by the platypus and the equidna,  animals I had read about and seen pictures of but had never seen them up close. Would love to show you pictures but after just a few the battery in my camera ran out probably because I took so many rubbish ones of the whales. Here are the few photos I managed to take.



Pied cormorant

Tomorrow I leave before 10am to catch a flight to Townsville. At least there won't be any jet lag involved. When I returned to this hotel in Sydney after my first outing, I remembered my floor number but not the room number which of course is not on the key card. After trying 2 different rooms I had to sheepishly go down to reception and ask which was my room. That was after only the second hotel. What I'll be like after the eighteenth I've no idea.


  1. Lovely photos from the zoo! Getting decent shots of whales is very hard, I've tried myself and usually gotten 1 decent one for dozens of bad ones!

    Whalewatching and humpbacks?! I'm jealous!

    You've definitely had a great time in Sydney! Can't wait to hear about Townsville! (what's there?)

    Bon voyage!

  2. That must be à wonderful trip. You visit the most beautiful places. Your photo' s are great.

  3. Hi There, We have a VERY busy weekend since my son is getting married..... Should be TERRIFIC.

    What a fabulous trip you are having... I'd love to go whale watching sometime... Glad you saw some humpbacks...

  4. Mum!! Just seeing if at long last I am able to leave a comment. x

  5. Amazing that your sea legs held out! I'm impressed, although as you say those pics are pretty poor Mum . . . you certainly made up for it though with the others! Keep em comin!Look forward to your next email. Stay safe, flat shoes at all times as you promised! xx

  6. All those strange animals there, it amazed me so much. To make a picture of a whale is so difficult ha,ha, I had lots of photos of just sea and a splah!

  7. They are right about getting photos of whales, even taking anything from amoving boat is pot luck....never mind, I'll fix the horizons for you whwn you get back

  8. Isn't the Harbour beautiful. We had lunch at Shark Bay overlooking the blue Harbour and sky today. Glad you saw some whales.


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