Manly and marsupials

Sunday 19th October – Monday 20th October
Sydney, Australia

On Sunday and Monday we took a couple of ferries to discover some places outside central Sydney.

Exploring Manly
On Sunday we joined the Sydneysiders and hit the beach! Manly is a seaside suburb of Sydney, an attractive 30 minute ferry ride from Circular Quay, alongside the Opera House.

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We spent an enjoyable day watching the volleyball players, browsing the surf shops and eating at Hugo’s, recently named as the best pizza restaurant in Sydney.

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…and took the ferry back to Sydney at sundown.

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Taronga Zoo, Sydney
Another beautiful ferry ride from Circular Quay on Monday took us to Taronga Zoo. The zoo is divided between Australian and African/Asian animals. We were most interested in seeing the various marsupials and, as the zoo was fairly quiet (on a wet Monday in early Spring), we were able to get some close-up views of animals who were not particularly concerned by our presence, for example this adorable Brush-Tailed Rock Wallaby.

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The koalas and kangaroos were also fantastic…

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Though some were more awake than others!

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Apparently this sleeping koala is not an unusual sight. They sleep for 18 to 22 hours a day to conserve energy, as their diet of eucalyptus leaves requires so much energy to digest. Still, it’s quite impressive to be able to get comfortable in a tree like that!

Abbreviations of the day
Australians love to abbreviate words. For example:
“breaky” – breakfast
“sanger” – sandwich
“reggo” – car registration
“shrappers” – shrapnel, i.e. small change
“super” – superannuation fund, i.e. pension
“GFC” – global financial crisis

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3 responses to “Manly and marsupials

  1. I loved Manly and the Taronga Zoo when I was there. Sleepy Koala looks really cute. Did you see a Red Panda? I can see why Simon spent so long with his lens trained on the Beach Volleyball. X

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  2. to continue this list:
    arvo – afternoon
    bevvie – beverage
    barbie – BBQ
    chewy – chewing gum
    BYO – bring your own (alcohol, mostly wine) to restaurants
    esky – icebox
    muso – musician
    your vocabulary magically increases in this country 🙂 ….

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