Sydney

Four days in Sydney is not enough! 2 weeks is probably more like it, but we have limited time.

 We have managed to take an Nightly Australian animal tour outside Sydney that started at midday and ended midnight. We have walked around Sydney and seen the parks, The Sydney Opera house, the Sydney Harbour Bridge and a few shops. And we have also managed to see the Zoo.  

The Animal tour was great! We got picked up in a mini bus and taken about 1,5 hours south of Sydney where we went for a walk to find some Koalas. A couple of days ago they saw a sick one and they were trying to catch it to take it to the vet. But sadly, we couldn’t find it.

We saw one koala but not the right one. After that we saw Kangaroos, platypus, wombats, bats, some birds, possums, dear and wallabies.

The most exciting was platypus! It is so rare to see in the wild that most Aussies have not seen one.

Henry did very well and did not fall asleep until we were on our way home.

That was the best tour we have done so far on our adventures. The people taking us were very knowledgeable, we got fed afternoon tea and they took us to the oldest pub in Australia for a meal and they were very helpful.

 On our last full day we went to the Zoo, it was Henrys idea. It was a big zoo, they had all the cool animals but the areas where they kept the animals were quite small and the animals looked sad.

We took a boat there in the morning and we had been told that they left 9.45, unfortunately they had told us the wrong time and we had to take one boat around the corner and then wait nearly an hour until the next one that would take us to the zoo.

 All in all, it was a good day, but I wouldn’t recommend to go there, there are so many other nice things to do in Sydney. We finished the day of by having a play in the park. They have put a water play area right next to the playpark and it is great, so Henry stripped of and had about an hour play.

We flew to Bali last night and I can’t wait to have some proper heat again, beach and pool time and the best of it all some friends time! Our friends are coming to stay with us and it will be lovely to see some friendly faces.

vSydney opera house, Henry was so excited to see this because he has seen it on one of his shows on TV.
Sydney opera house, Henry was so excited to see this because he has seen it on one of his shows on TV.
Koala
Koala
Platypus
Platypus
Kangaroos, theses guys took of and jumped a fence like it was nothing.
Kangaroos, theses guys took of and jumped a fence like it was nothing.
Possum
Possum
All you could see was eyes in the trees.
All you could see was eyes in the trees.
We walked around in the dark shining our torches at the trees.
We walked around in the dark shining our torches at the trees.
Wombat. There were so many of these guys running around but they only come out at night.
Wombat. There were so many of these guys running around but they only come out at night.
The day after we went to the Zoo and Henry was on the map duty.
The day after we went to the Zoo and Henry was on the map duty.
And we saw one of these again! This one was out in the day, but I guess when you are in a zoo it is a bit different.
And we saw one of these again! This one was out in the day, but I guess when you are in a zoo it is a bit different.
Henry is obsessed with taking his pictures in these sort of cardboar
Henry is obsessed with taking his pictures in these sort of cardboards,
Yeah we finally saw an echidna.
Yeah we finally saw an echidna.
cocoberra
cocoberra
cassowary
cassowary
I said to Henry "you can see the whole city from here " Henry answered "no mum you can only see parts of it " ....
I said to Henry “you can see the whole city from here ” Henry answered “no mum you can only see parts of it ” ….
The giraffe with the best view ever.
The giraffe with the best view ever.
Stephen with a gorilla daddy!
Stephen with a gorilla daddy!
A real gorilla family.
A real gorilla family.
A pygmie hippo. The cutest thing you will ever see. This is the mum and her baby was in the water
A pygmie hippo. The cutest thing you will ever see. This is the mum and her baby was in the water.

Henry loved the water. He hates having a shower because his face and hair gets wet but he loves jumping around in a fountain.
Henry loved the water. He hates having a shower because his face and hair gets wet but he loves jumping around in a fountain.

 

 

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Blue Mountains and swinging in the trees.

In the Blue mountains we did two really cool things, one was swinging in the trees and the second one was visiting the Scenicworld.

First time we tried taking Henry to one of these swinging in the trees things he was too young, just 3 days before his birthday. Now he is 4 he could do it and he loved it! Unfortunately, he was a bit short and couldn’t reach the clips properly, so I had to do it with him. But that was ok, I just walked behind him and moved his clip around. He did all the climbing, swinging and jumping by himself. On some of them he thought he was funny though and flew between the trees and then swung back to the middle so I then had to swing to the middle, get him and me to the other side.

Henry and I just did the kid track while Stephen was up doing the proper tracks. Climbing and flying about 25 meters up in the air. He also jumped down from a platform about 15 meters up in the air holding on to I wire.  

We all had so much fun and will definitely do it again. And boy did we all ache the day after!

 Scenic world was a bit calmer than that. We took a cable car down from the top of the mountain, walked through the rainforest and then took the steepest train in the world back up the mountain.

We walked around for about 40 minutes playing hide and seek on the walkway and trying to find some snakes to scare Stephen with.

Then we waited for the train and was lucky enough to get the front seats on the way up again. I say lucky, but I didn’t know what to expect so when the doors closed, and Stephen said, “lets tilt the seats” I was a bit confused. But then the train went straight up the cliff and through the mountain so in the end all you saw was a tiny little light at the end of the tunnel. All I’m saying is thank god, we didn’t do it on the way down because then I think I would be scared stupid! Great day.

We are in Sydney at the moment and will move to Bali tomorrow.

I will do another post tomorrow what we have seen and done here. Sydney has been good. It’s a huge city and has lots to offer.

Henry getting his gear on so he wouldn't fall.
Henry getting his gear on so he wouldn’t fall.
Flying through the air.
Flying through the air.

Henry did well on the whole track and it was pretty difficult.
Henry did well on the whole track and it was pretty difficult.

This is Stephens track up in the trees.
This is Stephens track up in the trees.
Flying through the trees.
Flying through the trees.

Going down in our cable car.
Going down in our cable car.

Cheeky chops!
Cheeky chops!
This is a special type of monkey, it is very rare.
This is a special type of monkey, it is very rare.
Playing hide and seek.
Playing hide and seek.
Blue Mountains
Blue Mountains
Me and my boy.
Me and my boy.

These is the tracks we went up , not down.
These are the tracks we went up , not down.

Riding through the wine country.

This morning we left Hunter Valley. There were fields and fields of grapes that they turn into wine.

We tried some local wine yesterday evening for dinner with a nice steak in one of the pubs out in the countryside. It was a great dinner. 

We also did some riding yesterday morning. All three of us had our own horse, well Henry had a pony and we went out for a ride around the area. Henry did so well. It was only a half an hour walk but he sat there the whole time talking to the lady leading his pony- Georgie. I was very proud of him. We saw both wallabies and Kangaroos along the way, but the horses didn’t even care.

Henry really loved it and I hope we can do that again because it is a lovely way to see an area.

We did say that maybe me and Henry start riding in Stavanger when we move back.

 After that we went to have lunch in a little café and then went and played crazy golf. It is not a great idea to do these things because we are all very competitive and love to win. Even Henry.

But in the end Stephen won, then me and Henry did it all by himself and he actually managed most holes with three hits. We also tried hitting the balls into nets in a pond for prices but no luck there.

 Today we had a long drive to the Blue Mountains and have had a few stops on the way.

Here we are after our little ride. Henry loved it and it would be great to do it again.
Here we are after our little ride. Henry loved it and it would be great to do it again.
Me riding Zak.
Me riding Zak.
Henry riding Georgy.
Henry riding Georgie.
And Stephen on Teddy
And Stephen on Teddy
Henry found a soldier.
Henry found a soldier.
Henry trying to hit the net to win a price. Didn't get far, althought, he got as far as me!
Henry trying to hit the net to win a prize. Didn’t get far, Although, he got as far as me!
There were only a few disagreements on the course.
There were only a few disagreements on the course.
Hunter Valley.
Hunter Valley.
A big eagle, I didn't see it at first but Stephen was flapping next to me to hurry up to take a picture so only got it when it was flying.
A big eagle, I didn’t see it at first but Stephen was flapping next to me to hurry up to take a picture so only got it when it was flying.
A kangaroo.
A kangaroo.

Brisbane 8 years later.

8 years ago Stephen and I visited Brisbane. Stephen went there for work and I tagged along for a little holiday during my Uni summer break. It was great!

 

This time it was slightly different. First of all, we had Henry with us. It was so exciting showing him all the places me and Stephen went to. And second of all it had changed so much, I know it has been 8 years, but still. There was a whole new area now that was amazing. They had so many cool restaurants! We went out for some Spanish Paella and Sangria last night, but we could have had Greek, Turkish, Italian, Lebanese or American!

Oh I love Brisbane!

I have always said that I want to live there at some point in my life. Hopefully that will happen.

 

8 years ago, Stephen and I went to a restaurant along the river. We didn’t know anything about it and just picked it because they had a free table. I was still in my beach clothes and Stephen was in his shorts and T-shirt. We got a table at the front and ordered some food. The food came and it was cold soup as a starter, little did I know then but it was supposed to be cold.

We looked around us and everyone was dressed up to their teeth and we found out it was the opening night for one of the famous Australian celebrity chefs! People at Stephens work didn’t know how we managed to get a table as it has been booked out for months!

We laughed so much thinking about it, the state we were in, they had even asked to take our jackets, but we said no we can hang them on our chairs! Ha ha ha

 

We walked past it last night and it was empty. But apparently still very popular.

 

This morning we got on a flight to Newcastle. We are now in Hunter Valley working our way down towards Sydney.

Yes we are finally here.
8 years later and we are finally here.

Brisbane
Brisbane
You will find these sort of walkways all over Brisbane.
You will find these sort of walkways all over Brisbane.
Paella and Sangria time.
Paella and Sangria time.
Henry is not too good at smiling when there is a camera around, so we have practiced to smile and actually look into the camera.
Henry is not too good at smiling when there is a camera around, so we have practiced to smile and actually look into the camera.
Babbab had too much Sangria.
Babbab had too much Sangria.

Brisbane by night
Brisbane by night
Pretty Please can we live here at one point?!
Pretty Please can we live here at one point?!

Golf buggy tour around Hamilton Island.

Yesterday we decided to take a tour around Hamilton Island and as everyone else we hired a golf buggy.

Henry is calling them Jet cars! Because they were so fast… He loved it, Stephen and he were sitting in the front and I had to sit in the back, he thought that was so much fun! 

We set off with our car up the hill and looked at the view and then realized that we had done half the island already. So, we drove around wherever we could, took photos and an hour later we returned the car.

Our Jet car was the highlight of this island for Henry at least 😊

 Today we had another cruise to the Great Barrier Reef. It was a bit further than last time and a bit bumpier. People were being sick all over the place. Luckily none of us suffer from sea sickness.

It was better today than last time, there were more fish, bigger fish and Henry went in to the water three times this time. It was great though, we saw so many different fish and he was so excited.

 The last couple of days have been good, we had breakfast with Koalas, played in the pools and had lots of ice-creams. The Koalas live in the wildlife park here and they take them to the café that they serve breakfast at. They have two different pens for them, so they sit on trees right next to you. You can’t touch them or anything, but they are there, and it is lovely. There was a mum and a baby Koala there the other day and the little one was playing, climbing and eating, it was lovely to see.

 Here are some pictures of our last couple of days.

Henry in the Great Barrier Reef.
Henry in the Great Barrier Reef.
Stephen swimming with a Mauri Rass.
Stephen swimming with a Maori wrasse.
Team Wines under water.
Team Wines under water.
Turtle
Turtle
Mauri Rass
Maori wrasse
Turtle
Turtle
There were so many different fish in the water today.
There were so many different fish in the water today.
Baby and mum Koala.
Baby and mum Koala.
Joey
Joey

The view at the top of the island
The view at the top of the island
Here they are, the boys in the front and the mummy at the back.
Here they are, the boys in the front and the mummy at the back.
Our Hotel, "The Reef View Hotel"
Our Hotel, “The Reef View Hotel”
Stephen held Freddy, a German speaking, dancing bird
Stephen held Freddy, a German speaking, dancing bird
Freddy
Freddy