Australian AnimalsPosted: February 26, 2011
This post is for everyone who went, “ZOMG take a picture of a kangaroo/koala/poisonous snake for me!” when I told them I was going to Australia. You know who you are. So here you go.
Today, a friend and I visited Sydney Wildlife World in Darling Harbour. I haven’t spent a lot of time in that part of town, and I probably won’t, because it’s pretty much a giant tourist trap. Anyway, Wildlife World is a zoo/museum that’s mostly indoors, but has exhibits of all kinds of Australian animals. I went there in lieu of the Taronga Zoo, because the zoo is more expensive and I didn’t feel the need to see animals from all over the world–I can do that in St. Louis. Wildlife World was a good introduction to Australia’s animals, and a good way to see species I’d rather not come across in their natural habitats (Sydney Funnel-web Spider, anyone?). I wouldn’t consider it a must-do for Sydney visitors, but it wasn’t a bad way to spend a few hours and several dollars. Eventually, of course, I’ll get some pictures of kangaroos in their natural habitats. And cuddle a koala.
Wildlife World is right next door to Sydney Aquarium on Darling Harbour (told you it was a tourist trap), so we went there as well. I would recommend it over Wildlife World–if only for the walk-through fish tanks. It’s difficult to take photos through glass in weird light with a point-and-shoot, but I tried.
Both museums were randomly and inexplicably taken over by exhibits of giant LEGO creations. Not that I’m complaining, because LEGOs are awesome.
After the aquarium, I put away my guidebook and took off my socks with sandals (kidding) and went to explore some less touristy parts of Sydney. But more about that later, after I get some homework done.