Mountains and Animals

Yesterday I joined a small tour by Blue Diamond Tours at 7am and headed up to The Blue Mountains for the day. We stopped at a cafe for scones and tea/coffee. I think I have this coffee thing figured out …. almost. Then we headed off to The Senic Park for a trip across a sky car, and then down the world’s steepest railway. It decends at an angle of 52 degrees, but you can adjust you seat so it feels like it is 64 degrees. That was an experience, especially as I really don’t like roller coasters. But the speed on this was nothing compared to a roller  coaster so I managed. Then there is a nice board walk through the bush and the different species of gum trees. The visit to the park was concluded by a cable car ride back jp to the top.  After leaving the park, we attended a show but on by the Aboriginals explaining their culture and traditions. We then headed for a wonderful lunch in a resturant in a small town in the Blue Mountains. Then it was off to Featherdale Wildlife Park. Here you walk right in amongst the wallabies and kangaroos and can feed them and pet them. Here in New South Wales and most of Australia you are not allowed to hold koalas,  but they do have them available so that you can pose with them and pet them  while having your picture taken.
After heading back along the river via a ferry to Circular Quay,  I wandered around for awhile taking in the events and festivities that were happening in town. Yesterday was Melbourne Cup day, and basically the bars fill up at noon with people in suits and women in hats and they drink and watch the race. Judging by the number of stumblers i saw, there will be many people working today with hangovers.

The pictures of the tour will be posted in the next post.

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