It was Australia day here yesterday (Sunday 26th Jan) to commemorate the 1788 landing of the first fleet of British ships on Aussie soil.
On Friday at work they bought us pies and lamington cake, both so good!
Today it’s a bank holiday (monday) and lots of local celebrations. We spent the day on St. Kilda beach, having a few drinks and enjoying the sun and sea! In the evening we headed to the docklands for the night market (food and crafts) and fireworks. I was really impressed with the fireworks, they went on for 15 minutes and were very good. After we headed to Federation square to see the last of the Australian Open tennis and enjoy our lord of the fries dinner. Whilst queueing for our food a guy put a cockatoo on Pauls’ shoulder, as you do. Also on the train home we saw a guy pulling a rabbit home in a wheely case too. Not as crazy as Thailand but a fab weekend!
St. Kilda beach!
Docklands at night
And the cockatoo….
Healesville Sanctuary is an Australian Wildlife park about an hour and a half drive from Melbourne. We rented a car for the weekend and took it to the Sanctuary to celebrate Pauls’ 25th Birthday. The night before we also went out for Mexican food at the Fiesta restaurant in South Yarra. It was yum with big portions, enough for leftover dinner the next day!
En route to Healesville, our housemates Giuseppe and Manuel joined us for the day there too. Road trip!
The Sanctuary costs $30 for adults, $23 for students. We also paid $12 extra to play and feed the kangaroos and Paul also paid $12 extra for feeding an echidna. We were able to get close and see so many australian animals and this time it was nice that quite a few of the nocturnal ones were awake or being fed. My highlight was seeing Steve, the baby koala, and his mum run on the ground to get the fresh eucalyptus leaves. There was also a talk about tasmania devils. An animal I had never seen before was a platypus, they were so much smaller than what i expected but so cute. The trainer did a talk about them and tickled its belly and let it play in the water with them. Customers can pay an extra $195 to play with the platypus but I felt that although a great idea, it would break the budget! Scroll down to see photos of the cute wildlife.
Our “magic moment” with a roo named Crystal.
A koala caught mid-yawn
Mummy koala on the run.
Paul having a “magic moment” with the echidna.
Categories: Exploring Australia
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