WELCOME TO AUSTRALIA!
March, 2011 and I'm off on another crazy trip - this time down to Australia for 10 days of sightseeing, coasters, and kangaroos
Seriously....Australia is full of kangaroos and a million different kinds of animals that can kill you.
First stop - the Featherdale Wildlife Park
Why? So that I can go and play with a bunch of kangaroos!
This is exactly what it would look like if you were handfeeding a kangaroo!
WAKE UP Kangaroo! Time to Play!
Dan is either going to scare the crap out of this kangaroo - or he is going to eat it!
There were also a bunch of koalas there that you could annoy.
Koalas sleep pretty much the whole day. When they are awake - their massive claws can rip your face off in a second. Pretty much like every other kind of animal in Australia.
This bird looks pissed - I guess you would be too if you had a gigantic piece of cartilage coming out of his head
The bird can kick your ass. He is looking at you. He hates you
Also wants to kill you
This is a skink
They are carniverous
One can eat your finger off
An entire army of them can rip you to shreds
I might be making the last two points up - but since this is an Australian skink, it most likely is true
Australia turtles in their natural habitat
If you are ever in Australia and open your eyes to see something like this - then you better have a big 'ol knife with you
Tasmanian Devils kick ass. More specifically, YOUR ass.
Next stop was Australia's Blue Mountain National Park - way up in the hills about 2 hours outside of Sydney
Cable cars, waterfalls, sandstone cliffs - really great stuff up in the mountains!
Another look down in the valley before we drop down to the bottom!
How did we get down to the bottom?
We took the steepest inclined railway in the world. Dropping at 52 degrees between 2 cliffs!
At the bottom of the valley was a temperate rain forest - in fact, it was 10 to 15 degrees COOLER at the bottom of the mountain!
The contraption looked old and dangerous - and scared the crap out of everyone on board!
The "three sisters" rocks
They are formed from sandstone - so I probably don't think they'll be around forever
How did we get back up to the top of the mountain? Easy! Cable car!
Heading on up from the valley - you can see one of the waterfalls dropping down into the temperate rainforest below
Heading back to Sydney we drove past this little oasis in the Outback!
Liquorland isn't a theme park
But some times I really wish it was - 'cause that would be awesome
Arriving back in downtown Sydney
PROOF that I was in Sydney, Australia and making sure that the "typicaly tourist shot" was SOMEWHERE in this photo album!
A great shot of the Sydney Opera House from across the harbour
I'm not 100% certain what the guy on the high reach is doing to the bridge....
...but one thing is certain - he has a LOT more work to do!