In continuation from: http://sachindixit.blogspot.in/2014/05/SydneynSkydive.html
|View of Sydney Harbor from Taronga Zoo|
|Emu: These birds can weigh upto 60 kgs|
|An Orangutan sits high in the trees|
|The oldest predator: Salt Water Crocodile|
|A tree frog. I thought it was made of plastic until I saw its eyes move.|
|Himalayan Tahrs confronting each other on who has the right to pass!!|
|One of the most interesting wild cat: Snow Leopard|
|Just a glass separates this hungry tiger from us visitors|
Hungry Tigers getting restless for food
|A fox. These were smaller than I thought they would be.|
|This one was jumping off the wall every few minutes|
|And he decided to take rest midway while moving to the other end of the ropeway|
Totally fun these guys are
|The Seal Show|
|Koala. They aren't bears!! They are just Koalas.|
|Giraffes being afforded a great view of Sydney CBD|
|Opera House from the ferry|
|Harbor Bridge from the waters|
|Panoramic view of the beach|
There are a number of popular cafes, restaurants and bars near the beach. However, there is just one bar right at the beach and this one bar had a long queue for getting in as could have been expected one day before the New Year. For those who don't like sand sticking onto them after a swim in the sea, there is a shower/changing room for both males and females right at the beach. We had to take a taxi to get back to the hostel as there were just too many people at the bus stand.
The fireworks over the Sydney Harbor to welcome the New Year is a huge event that attracts over a million visitors to the harbor and is seen by over a billion people worldwide. A number of Vantage point sites are set up around the harbor for these million visitors. While most of these have free entry, a few of them have a entry fee. Some of the free entry vantage points also allow visitors to bring their alcohol while most don't. We decided to go to Mrs. Macquaries point on the Yurong peninsula. This is one of the biggest vantage point having a capacity of 17000 and offers unbeatable views of the fireworks over the Harbor bridge and the Opera House.
|In the queue to get into the Vantage Point Site. Covered myself totally with this sheet after the sunburn!!|
|Finally we are inside and doing what we do best..making NOISE|
|So so many people here enjoying themselves|
|Fire Tug Water Display. This threw tonnes of water into the air|
|Matt Hall performing some crazy aerial stunts|
|Readying for the 9pm fireworks|
Though, we had tried to be as quick as possible in reaching the queue, we couldn't find and spot with clear views of the harbor by the time we got in. We set up base under a tree hoping to make a move when the time for fireworks comes close. The programs started at 6 in the evening with aerial acrobatics and continued until the family fireworks at 9 pm. These are slightly smaller compared to the midnight fireworks and are for people with small kids who want to go home early. I had hoped for lesser crowds after these fireworks but that was surely not the case. As I couldn't get a clear view of the Opera House in these fireworks, I picked my spot just after these fireworks when people made some space and stayed glued to the same point for next 2-3 hours.
Check out this short video of the fireworks
We took a taxi to our hotel next to the airport as we were to fly to SUNSHINE COAST next morning.
|All of us together post fireworks|
Read onto the final post: Fraser Island & Gold Coast