Australian White Ibis – in the regional areas is sometimes called ‘the farmers’ friend’ due to its habit of flocking into areas afflicted by plagues of locusts and gorging on the ravaging hoards of insects. However, in urban areas where many Ibis scavenge on rubbish tips and in city parks, and their plumage becomes soiled by refuse, it is sometimes referred to as ‘tip turkeys’ or ‘bin chickens’.
We recently visited one of the biggest sites with Aboriginal engravings – Moon Rock in Garigal National Park in Sydney, Australia. The place offers a beautiful vantage point with views of the ocean. Some sources say Moon Rock has about 50 engravings depicting Aboriginal astronomical knowledge, lunar phases, and Baiame, the creator-spirit. The Moon Rock loop hike is an easy one that will take you less than an hour. And the trailhead… Read More
Pros: close to Sydney (basically it’s a Sydney suburb), great walks, close to water, aboriginal engravings, Austrian Club, you can do it with kids Cons: too close to the city (roads, noise, people) for people seeking more solitude And below are some photos and directions of the loops we took, which started at Seaforth Oval, then following Timber Getters Track to The Bluff Track, Austrian Club to refuel, and back to the… Read More
Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park is a wildlife sanctuary located in Calga, New South Wales, Australia about 1-hour drive from Sydney. The wildlife park is home to Australian native birds, mammals and reptiles as well as some farm animals (goats, pigs, ducks, chickens…). A great way to see a kangaroo, dingo, emu or koala up close. For an additional fee, you can get up close with your favourite animals (we saw and touched a lovely koala). The park offers research and education programs, with visitors able to spend day and night tours.
Pros: the whitest sand in the world, beautiful beaches worth visiting anytime of the year, Hyams Beach, Booderee National Park, Honeymoon Bay, Point Perpendicular, and few other interesting places to visit nearby including Pigeon Mountain in Morton National Park Cons: busy during public holidays
While far away from everything else (about 500 km from Sydney), Warrumbungle National Park in New South Wales, Australia has more to offer than many other parks, including great hiking, fantastic landscapes, and lots of stargazing opportunities.