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Trip to sydney, Australia - 2007
 
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Michelle in the Quantas
Airplane
  Stroller inside the
hotel room
  City from Kings Cross
where the hotel was
  Inside the Monorail
 
 
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Inside a mall in Sydney   Hotel Casino where tour
buses depart from
       
 
 
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Sydney's Bondi Beach   Sydney's Circular Quay
where ships depart from
  Sydney's Harbour
Bridge Landmark
  Sydney's Royal
Botanic Gardens
 
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Sydney Tower and
Monorail
  Sydney's Taronga Zoo   Giraffes at the
Taronga Zoo
  Entrance to the
Taronga Zoo
 

Tour of the Blue Mountains and Katoomba

The mountains get their name because they appear to have a bluish haze when viewed from a distance. From certain vantage points in Sydney, their blueness appears to rival that of a clear sky. The mountains are densely populated by oil-bearing Eucalyptus rees, which fills the air with finely dispersed droplets. This oil combines with the water vapor in the air to scatter blue light in the same way that Earth's atmosphere does.

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The Blue Mountains   The Blue Mountains
Skyway Tour
  Blue Mountains -
World's Steepest
Railway
  Blue Mountains -
Katoomba Coal
Mine
 
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Blue Mountains -
Scenic Way
  The three sisters    
 
Tour of the Australian Reptile Park
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Australian Reptile
Park Entrance
  Close up of the big
reptile at the top
of the entrance
  Enormous crocodile's
mouth inside the the
park.
  Koala sleeping on the
job.
 
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Touching the sleeping
koala
 

Michelle and Russ
feeding the kangaroo
-Take 1

  Michelle and Russ
feeding the kangaroo
-Take 2
 
 
 

Tour of Nelson Bay ( North of Sydney ) from a cruise ship

Port Stephens "Blue Water Paradise" and the "Dolphin and Whale Watching Capital of Australia" is located 50km north of Newcastle on the NSW North Coast of Australia and is a leisurely 2 1/2 drive along the F3 Freeway from Sydney.

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View from the
cruise ship
  View of islands   Lush vegetation   More islands around
the bay
 
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dolphins swim around
the cruise ship as well,
but I didn't see any.
  Picture with just the
right lighting at noon.
It was HOT but with
a nice breeze going.
       
 

Tour of Stockton Bight with its large moving sand dunes

Our tour guide took a 4WD drive tour with along Stockton Sand Dunes on the NSW North Coast.The dunes along Stockton Bight are wind swept and devoid of vegetation and create a sand mass that is in constant movement. The dunes are currently moving inland at a rate of 10m/year.The Stockton Dunes area contains many Aboriginal sites that are extremely important to the
local Aboriginal community. The Stockton Dunes are also home to many threatened bird species, including the the Oystercatcher.Stockton Beach is an awe inspiring 32 kilometre stretch of beach and sand dunes between Birubi Point at Anna Bay in the north of Port Stephens, and the town of Stockton near Newcastle in the south. This almost surreal dune system is up to 1 kilometre wide in places and covers an area of over 2,500 hectares. It is reputedly the largest 'moving' sand dune system in NSW Australia.
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Tour bus to the
Sand dunes
  Stockton Bight
Largest Moving
Sand Dunes in
the world.
  Russ getting ready to
sandsurf and listening
closely to the guide's
instructions.
  Russ sand surfing

 

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Russ after walking
all the way up the
sand dune.
  Michelle getting ready
to sand surf
  Michelle sandsurfing   Michelle and our tour
guide
 
 
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Michelle at the beach
with daddy
           
 

Tour of the Jenolan Caves - Lucas Cave

The Lucas is the cave that most people visit at Jenolan because it has both the highest and widest chambers at Jenolan as well as a glimpse of the underground river. It is home to the most photographed formation at Jenolan, the Broken Column and displays a wide range of beautiful cave formations. The highest chamber is the Cathedral (54 metres) , scene of many weddings and Concerts in the Caves. The Cathedral Chamber has arguably the best acoustics of any performance space in the world. The acoustical properties of this chamber have been utilised by Dame Joan Sutherland and The Vienna Boys Choir.

Average inspection time: 1½ hour
Length: 860 metres
Number of stair steps: 910

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      The Broken Column    
 
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Another view of the
Broken Column
      Natural miniature
fall
  Stalactite
 
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Entrance to the Lucas
Cave
  View at the exit point of
the Lucas Cave