Discovering Australian Wildlife Without Leaving Sydney

Wildlife is abundant throughout the entire continent of Australia, many of which can be seen when you visit Sydney. From crustaceans to fish to birds to reptiles to stingrays and more, there’s no shortage of wildlife you’ll see, and your chances of seeing Australian wildlife are quite high. Whether you’re outside exploring nature in a national park or taking an marine journey through Sydney’s aquarium, you can see all the wildlife living and roaming in Australia right from the comforts of its most populous city.

SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium

Hours: 9:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., 365 days a year

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Image Source: SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium Facebook

Begin your discovery of Australian wildlife in the heart of Sydney at Darling Harbour at SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium. Dive deep into the intriguing underwater world to learn about and get up close and personal with some of Australia’s water wildlife. Venture through numerous themed zones, including Streams and Billabongs, Sydney Harbour, Bay of Rays and Rocky Shores. A famous Sydney Aquarium attraction is Dugong Island, which is home to two of these beautiful animals — the only two displayed in Australia and two of just five on display throughout the world. When you want to do more than just look and admire these creatures, feed the fish and sharks on the Glass Bottom Boat ride.

WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo

Hours: 9:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. daily (Spring and Summer), 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Autumn and Winter)

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Image Source: WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo

 

Right next to the aquarium is WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo. It’s the only way to see various Aussie habitats and the animals that make their homes in those habitats from one central location. You’ll meet Australia’s most well-known and loved animal — the koala — but that’s not all. Also residing inside Sydney’s zoo are wallabies, cassowaries, kangaroos, crocodiles and Tasmanian Devils. Besides exploring on your wildlife adventure in the city, you can also attend one of the zoo’s daily shows or take part in an animal’s favorite time of day, their feeding session. 

Featherdale Wildlife Park

Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. daily

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Image Source: Featherdale Wildlife Park Facebook

If a complete hands-on wildlife experience is what you desire, then get yourself to Featherdale Wildlife Park. Feed an emu, kangaroo or wallaby and get face to face with a friendly, furry koala. Other animals that call Featherdale home are penguins, pelicans, snakes, echidnas and dingoes. It’s a great way to see and interact with Australia’s unique wildlife in a natural setting. 

Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park

Open sunrise to sunset, but sometimes closes due to bad weather or fire danger.

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Image Source: Dave Keeshan

Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park has some of the best hiking paths in Sydney that provide amazing views of Sydney’s northern beaches and coast. But there’s even more to enjoy. This national park is also the place to see some of Australia’s wildlife. The go-to area for wildlife spotting is West Head lookout. The Barrenjoey Lighthouse peninsula in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park is ideal for whale watching. Whale season is May to July and September to November, and the best times to see humpback or Southern Right whales migrating are early in the morning or later in the afternoon.

Sydney Harbour National Park

Open sunrise to sunset, but sometimes closes due to bad weather or fire danger.

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Image Source: Rupert Ganzer 

When you visit Sydney Harbour National Park, get ready to swim, hike, learn about the park’s cultural history and see some of the park’s native wildlife. You’re likely to come across a variety of lizards, snakes and birds, as well as water rats, echidnas, bats and grey-headed flying foxes. Most of the latter animals are nocturnal, so if those are the ones you want to see, then go on a Discovery spotlighting tour. The lookouts in Sydney Harbour National Park are also known as other good Sydney whale watching areas.

There are several reasons why you should vacation in Sydney, but the fact that you can see and interact with all kinds of exotic Australian wildlife right inside the city should be one of your top reasons to venture to the land Down Under.

BIO: This post was written and provided by IHG Hotels. IHG offers hotels for every type of occasion and has 4,700 properties in nearly 100 countries.

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How Did This Month’s Budget Changes Impact You?

There’s nothing politicians like more than balancing the books to make themselves look better. But what most average Aussies are interested in most at budget time isn’t the affect on the leading party’s popularity; but the more immediate impact on their pockets.

So, without further ado, here’s a summary of how last week’s number-crunching from Joe Hockey and Co could hit you where it hurts – or if you’re lucky, give you a big sloppy kiss to make everything seem just that little bit better.

Are you a pensioner? Then this was not the year for you. Not only will you need to pay a $7 co-payment to see your GP and find it harder to get your Seniors Health Card, but you’ve also been hit with various cuts to Commonwealth benefits. If you’re not a pensioner, stop sniggering; the age at which you’ll qualify for a pension and be able to put your feet up has been raised to 70.

Families have also been hit hard, with the cut-off for Family Tax Benefit B being reduced from $100,000 from $150,000, changes to the qualifying age of children, plus a hold on family tax benefit announced until 2017 at the latest.

If you earn a low income, you need every dollar you can get. Unfortunately, there’s more bad news as not only will you have to pay up to see your GP, but you’ll also be charged for visits to hospital emergency rooms that aren’t deemed to be that much of an emergency.

Rather not work at all? You may change that decision after last week’s budget from the Abbott Government’s chief bean counter that’s raised the age of eligibility for Newstart from 22 to 25, plus will make people under 30 who become unemployed wait six months to be eligible for it.

Okay then, why not go to college and improve yourself? The 2014 budget can teach you a lesson in economy here, too. Not only will you be looking at higher university costs and uncapped fees, but also a hike in interest rates on FEE-HELP loans.

If all this is enough to give you a serious case of “austerityitis”, then there may just be light at the end of the tunnel. Medical research is set to get a massive boost with the establishment of a $20 billion future fund so there could well be a cure for your debilitating ailment before it gets too uncomfortable.

Or if this belt-tightening in Parliament House is enough to make you want to throw in the towel and do something drastic – like run away and join the army, for example – then you could be on to a winner.

The Government announced one of the few groups to come out of the budget better off would be our armed forces, with a proposed $1.5 billion cash injection for our army, navy and air forces being brought forward from 2017-18. 

Author Bio

Rachel Maher is an experienced financial content writer from Western Australia, she writes on behalf of Fairgo Finance

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Aussie Alert: Win a Trip for Two to Australia from Kay Jewelers

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The folks over at Kay Jewelers are offering up the chance to win a dream trip to Australia.

Here are the prize details (there are TWO grand prizes):

Grand Prizes (2): Two (2) Grand Prizes will be awarded from among all eligible Entries received.  Each Grand Prize is an 8-day/7-night trip for (2) to Australia. Trip includes coach class air transportation between major airport nearest winner’s residence to Sydney, Australia and from Perth, Australia back to major airport nearest winner’s residence; all domestic flights in Australia; hotel accommodations based on availability and double occupancy in each city; round/trip ground transfers between all hotels and airports; a guided tour of the Argyle Diamond Mine; breakfast daily; and $1,500 spending money, awarded as a check for winner only. The approximate retail value (“ARV”) of each Grand Prize is $20,000. Weekly Prizes (75 total):Twenty-five prizes will be awarded each week, as follows: ten (10) from among all Registration entries received each week; ten (10) from among all Facebook® entries received each week; and five (5) from among all Twitter® entries received each week.  Week 1 Prizes (25): A Shades of Wonder 1/6 Carat Total Weight Natural Brown and White Diamond Pendant in Sterling Silver and 10K Rose Gold (ARV $299 each).  Week 2 Prizes (25): A Shades of Wonder Silver 1/4 Carat Total Weight Natural Champagne and Brown Diamond Pendant (ARV $399 each).  Week 3 Prizes (25): A Shades of Wonder 1/4 Carat Total Weight Natural Brown, White and Champagne Diamonds set in a Sterling Silver and 10K Rose Gold Pendant (ARV $399 each). All prizes are Sponsor-specified. Availability of chain lengths vary by style.

Sounds totally amazing!

This sweepstakes is open to legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia who are 18 years of age or older as of date of entry.

Limit: Multiple entries allowed, see rules for details.

Deadline: You must enter by April 11th, 2014 so get your entries in right away!

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