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Old 01-04-2012, 08:00 AM   #211
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Man, I knew there was a heat wave / drought going on there - but that's just ridiculous! Your poor dog! I guess you shouldn't have left him tied outside overnight.
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Love your mini TR! I'm sorry the heat made everyone cranky, I find that to be true more often than not! In your opinion, what is the best time to visit "down under"? Is that heat unusual for this time of year? I've always wanted to visit Australia but it will be a while before I am ready to take DS on that long of a plane ride
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I had, and still have some catching up to do.

But first, is the sea view room at DLH HK more expensive or less than a park view? Most sounds desirerable.
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We've stayed at that hotel! Just for one night for our anniversary one year. But it's only half an hour from us. It was lovely! On a separate occasion we took my parents there for high tea, and can highly recommend that too

We actually didn't notice the heat wave that much, but I'm from Perth so I like the heat And we basically stayed inside with the air con on all day (though we were renovating our kitchen). I'm sure if we were outside trying to do stuff we would have known about it!
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Very nice room. Beds look so comfy. So did your DS find everything on the list? Food looks yu mmy. You have so many places to visit that are very interesting. But you survived the heat.
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Man, I knew there was a heat wave / drought going on there - but that's just ridiculous! Your poor dog! I guess you shouldn't have left him tied outside overnight.



(Just don't report me to the RSPCA!)


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Love your mini TR! I'm sorry the heat made everyone cranky, I find that to be true more often than not! In your opinion, what is the best time to visit "down under"? Is that heat unusual for this time of year? I've always wanted to visit Australia but it will be a while before I am ready to take DS on that long of a plane ride

Best time to visit 'down under' depends on where you want to go. For Victoria and Tasmania, I think March/April is the best time. It's autumn and the weather is warm without being hot.
For Western Australia, springtime is best...to catch the wildflowers in bloom.

For Queensland and the Northern Territory, I think May/June is pretty good, after the wet season. This is the best time...dry but with everything lush and full of water and wildlife...lots to see.

NSW is generally good all year round.


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I had, and still have some catching up to do.

But first, is the sea view room at DLH HK more expensive or less than a park view? Most sounds desirerable.

The seaview room is more expensive than a garden view. The park view rooms are on the higher floors and are more like CL rooms. I didn't even ask about them....yet. My mother reminded me about them; so next time I speak to them, I'll find out.


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We've stayed at that hotel! Just for one night for our anniversary one year. But it's only half an hour from us. It was lovely! On a separate occasion we took my parents there for high tea, and can highly recommend that too

We actually didn't notice the heat wave that much, but I'm from Perth so I like the heat And we basically stayed inside with the air con on all day (though we were renovating our kitchen). I'm sure if we were outside trying to do stuff we would have known about it!
We. were. outside.

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Very nice room. Beds look so comfy. So did your DS find everything on the list? Food looks yu mmy. You have so many places to visit that are very interesting. But you survived the heat.
We didn't find one item on the list. The kids looked for over 20 minutes for that last item. By this time, all the adults decided to point out something that remotely looked like it and call it quits!
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OT - A Mini Victorian Getaway – Day 2 morning


Over dinner last night, the adults had a quick discussion about the plan for Day 2. Temperatures were forecasted to hit mid-100’s today and we debated the sanity of heading anywhere. Another check of the weather forecast indicated that Day 3 was not going to be much better weather-wise; so we decided that an early start would be wise…particularly given where we had planned to head to.

The other discussion point was what to do for breakfast. One of the families on this mini getaway was on a pretty tight budget. We had discovered that the rooms were equipped with kettle and toaster.

So, we opted to buy food to eat in our rooms instead of heading out for breakfast. Easier said than done…particularly on New Year’s Day in a country town. The supermarket was shut and out of desperation, we headed to the service station where we managed to get a small box of cereal, milk, bread and that Aussie staple of vegemite.

Why am I telling you this? Because there is no food porn for breakfast on Day 2.


Healesville Sanctuary

Zoos Victoria consists of 3 zoos and all 3 provide a different zoo experience:
  • There is the Melbourne Zoo, which is the really traditional zoo and is located about 2 km out of the city center.
  • The second zoo is Werribee Open Range Zoo. The zoo holds African animals and you can have the safari experience here if you want. The zoo is located about 20 minutes outside of the CBD.
  • The third zoo is Healesville Sanctuary, an hour out of town. This facility provides you with experiences of the Australiana kind.

Our excursion for the morning was Healesville Sanctuary.
Specifically for Skier_Pete…if you are looking for a guaranteed close encounter with Australian animals, check out the website and look at the Wild Encounters at this zoo. There is an offering for Magic Moments, which will give you 10 minutes up close and personal with an Aussie animal. They cost $10 per person for the 10 minutes and you can do as many of these as you like.



We got to the Sanctuary at about 9.20 am. It was already hot and humid; just bearably so. The sanctuary is not a big zoo, so there is really only ‘snack’ bar facilities there. We hadn’t planned on eating here…but you might want to bear that in mind, should you decide to visit. It does have enough water fountains around the zoo; so bring a bottle and just fill up along the way.

There is a creek that runs through the park..




..with one big circuit to cover.





And it really is bush setting that you are walking in.





You might find wild galahs in the trees.





There are trees on the property that are old.








And you might find signs around the place with a distinctively aboriginal theme.





I have a heap of pictures of the animals and have culled them down as best I can. But this morning’s update may go for a couple of posts.



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The Rat Pack

I’ve coined this collection of animals ‘The Rat Pack’. It all started with a Koala that the Lasters thought looked more like a rat than anything else.

Why don’t I just let the pictures of the animals do the talking, rather than filling in with canned creamed corn jokes?

This is the Koala bear.







Usually, you’d expect them to be sleeping. But I guess I was lucky enough to be there when this particular one had an itch on the bahookie.





Back to sleeping…





There was another koala….doing what they do best.





Did you notice that it looked a bit wet? Here’s how the park keeps them cool on days like this.








One of the rangers was doing a show and tell with the Echidna.





Notice that the face has been retracted right in? That’s for protecting the more vulnerable part of the echidna…the spines on the bahookie are the biggest and sharpest! Puts a whole new spin on ‘pointy end’, doesn’t it?






I have seen echidnas in their native environment; and there also is an echidna at the Melbourne Zoo. Somehow, the ones in the zoo seem so much more active than in the wild.








Kangaroos are kept in an enclosure that you walk into.





They know to leave us alone; providing we stay off the grass.




















The Emu and I had a difficult connection today….I kept missing them looking at me.





I had to go back for this shot just before we left! I guess it was so hot by this stage that the emu had decided that low and slow was the way to go.








The Platypus poses an extremely difficult subject to shoot for me. The enclosure is practically in total darkness and it swims extremely fast. These were the best I could do.
















The Quokka was also in another enclosure totally in the dark. I was lucky with this shot…this one was up high, closer to the night light and as soon as I snapped it, the quokka jumped down and started to run along the ground.






Which only leaves the Dingo, or Warrigul.









I was fascinated by this dog tree.






I missed the Tasmanian Devil and the Wombat...it really was too hot and they were located on the other side of the circuit. By this time, we'd all had enough!


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If it slithers, don’t touch it!

The sanctuary has a couple of displays for reptiles.

The goanna or lizard was having a nice old time in the heat. Really, really active!





I have a thing for tongues….





Particularly forked tongues!







The sanctuary has just opened a new enclosure for snakes and the like. So these are all indoor, dangerous and behind glass. Should you come across any of these in the wild, stay well clear!





















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Birds of a Feather

A lot of today’s pictures are birds. I wish I had taken more note of the bird varieties and have been staring at my pictures trying to remember the names of birds. I did take note…but of course can’t remember a single thing!

So, my apologies for not being able to provide info on some of the birds…what more can I say other than….bird brain strikes????

Most of the birds were caged or in aviaries. A fair few of the bird species were on the endangered list and the sanctuary is running a breeding program to build up the numbers.


Ibis…pretty much had free-range of the park.





This was one of the Lorikeets. I even think it might be the Scaly-breasted lorikeet. Any Aussies lurking that knows for sure?





From the Finch family…





Pretty yellow bellied bird…





…another pretty bird.





Guardian of the Ga’hoole…Tyto Alba




And the Frogmouth.




Watch out for the pelicans!





Kookaburra





This is the female Lyrebird…






The male was hiding behind bushes…





…but that distinctive tail was showing!





Why have I stated that a lot of today’s pictures are birds? Well…that’s because one of the attractions in the sanctuary is the Spirits of the Sky show.


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Spirits of the Sky


The Spirits of the Sky show is a bird show featuring parrots and birds of prey in flight. The show is held twice a day at noon and at 3.30 pm. We were told to catch the first show as when the temperature gets above 95 F, they cancel the show.

We made sure that we were at the Arena the requisite 10 minutes before the show commences. The sanctuary didn’t seem that busy that day; but we were all seeking shade.

We weren’t the only ones. Check out the empty chairs in the front….everyone was hanging round the back.






I have to thank Pea-n-me and my friends on the photo-board at this point in time for organising the photography scavenger hunts on the Disboard. Her lists are so diverse and the items are designed to help your understanding of your camera. And last year, she had an item called “bird in flight” on the summer list. I think the practise I got last year in shooting bird in flight helped me today.



Shooting at such shows is a lot easier than shooting in the wild. The birds are guaranteed to fly within the arena and are likely to be lower to the ground.

I started off with a slower shutter speed; because I like seeing ‘blur’ in the wings.

This is a sulphur crested cockatoo. Relatively common bird and can be found in the parks around Melbourne.




This is the Major Mitchell cockatoo. More common in the western part of Victoria.





Galah.






The birds of prey were up next and I decided to switch to a much faster shutter speed to freeze the action.

Barking Owl.








I think this was the Eagle.












More birds of prey.



























































The show goes for about 20 minutes or so. At the end, there is a ranger of aboriginal descent that comes on with a didgeridoo and his boomerang. He plays with both and then sets up 'shop' to see boomerangs. They do make a nice souvenir and all the kids scored one.

I do have pictures...but they seem relatively tame in comparison to the birds of prey.


By this stage, the day was getting ridiculously hot. A retreat into air conditioning was in order!



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Great pictures! I love seeing all the animals. The wing spans can be so wide.I love the kangaroo's tail they are huge. Sorry it was so hot. I dont function well in the heat.
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Isn't getting an Aussie kid a boomerang like me getting DS another baseball to add to his collection of them?

Great posts tomorrow after school I'm sharing the awesome "wild" life shots with DS.
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Healesville Sanctuary

Zoos Victoria consists of 3 zoos and all 3 provide a different zoo experience:
  • There is the Melbourne Zoo, which is the really traditional zoo and is located about 2 km out of the city center.
  • The second zoo is Werribee Open Range Zoo. The zoo holds African animals and you can have the safari experience here if you want. The zoo is located about 20 minutes outside of the CBD.
  • The third zoo is Healesville Sanctuary, an hour out of town. This facility provides you with experiences of the Australiana kind.

Our excursion for the morning was Healesville Sanctuary.
Specifically for Skier_Pete…if you are looking for a guaranteed close encounter with Australian animals, check out the website and look at the Wild Encounters at this zoo. There is an offering for Magic Moments, which will give you 10 minutes up close and personal with an Aussie animal. They cost $10 per person for the 10 minutes and you can do as many of these as you like.
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Thanks for the advice. Our Daughter loves zoos/aquariums and we will definitely hit a few while there. Since we will probably be in Melbourne 5-7 days, we would likely fit in one of the three. The idea of having animal encounters would definitely be a plus and would also be more interested in seeing the native species, and $10 each isn't bad either!
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Loved seeing your pics of the Sanctuary - that's where we're getting married! Even though we've been several times for meetings with the function coordinator, the only area I've seen is between the front entrance and the function room. I hope it's nice weather on the day so we can enjoy all the Sanctuary has to offer.

Is that pretty yellow bird a helmeted honeyeater?

And how cute that they have sprinklers for the koalas! You guys probably could have used a sprinkler of your own

Stephie - end of December/January/early February is generally the hottest time of the year for much of Australia. And yes, we have been known to get heatwaves over New Year.
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