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Royal Easter Show, Homebush, Australia - 7th April 2007

By: becka_kate

Then it was time to go back to the grandstand and get ready for the nighttime events. It rained and rained and rained while we watched the dog events and the rodeo and it got really cold. The rodeo was a lot of fun, even if the American team beat the Aussies tonight (by just 2 points!)  :(

I really enjoyed the precision driving team - loved the roar of the engines! Too bad they couldn't do their full show because it was too wet.

Now I'm home again and exhausted. Going to have a big long sleep once I've posted this and wait for the Easter bunny to come. Still hoping for a nice big Easter egg!
;)

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Sydney, Australia - 10th April 2007

By: becka_kate

Well, the Easter bunny came, and look what I found - just what I asked the Easter bunny for! - but Bec says that small koalas shouldn't eat large chocolate eggs and that the big egg belongs to her. She says that the small eggs are more likely to be belong to a small koala. I'm not sure I agree with that view.

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Darling Harbour, Australia - 15th April 2007

By: becka_kate

Another day out - and this time the sun was shining. Yippee!
Sadly, CK and I spent a lot of the day in a shoulder bag while Bec and her sister checked out the Bridal Expo for her sister's wedding. No photography allowed. Don't completely understand all the fuss about weddings - its not something that koalas really know a lot about!

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Darling Harbour, Australia - 15th April 2007

By: becka_kate

Finally however we were released from the captivity of the bag when it was time to go outside and into Darling Harbour  for lunch. It was a beautifully sunny day and many families were out having picnics and fun on the water.

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Darling Harbour, Australia - 15th April 2007

By: becka_kate

Then we walked down towards the Pyrmont Bridge which is a swing bridge that pivots in the centre. We were lucky enough to see it swinging around to let a boat through, but my official photographer managed to cut me out of the photo!

(She's asked me to explain that due to the sunny conditions it was extremely difficult to view the LCD screen and her sunglasses were causing problems with looking through the viewfinder!)

I enjoyed looking at all of the boats in the bay on our walk to the ferry wharf, but didn't want to get too close in case I fell into the water!

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Darling Harbour, Australia - 15th April 2007

By: becka_kate

We also went past the new Wildlife World which is like a zoo where they have Australian animals I begged to go and visit so I could see the koalas, but we didn't have enough time to go there. Maybe another time??

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Sydney Harbour / Circular Quay, Australia - 15th April 2007

By: becka_kate

We caught the ferry from Darling Harbour around to Circular Quay - a much nicer view and some time to rest the feet after all the walking we'd done already.


It was a beautiful day to be out on the Harbour. The sun was shining brightly, there was a nice breeze and we managed to get a seat on the upper outside deck to enjoy the views of the docks where the container ships come in, the Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House. Did you know that the Harbour Bridge turned 75 last month?

(Again, apologies for the poor photograph angles like nose shots!):thinking: :thinking:

When we got back to Circular Quay station we had time to enjoy the view from the platform before our train came in to take us home.


Note - for some reason the photos keep going in the wrong order.
1= view from station,
2= Opera House
3= view of Pyrmont Bay from ferry
4= Harbour Bridge

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Sydney, Australia - 16th April 2007

By: becka_kate

Kalli has gone very shy all of a sudden, but she would like to thank you for the honour of being made ToyVoyager of the Week.

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Kurnell, Australia - 5th May 2007

By: becka_kate

Cassiopeia has been visiting with us for a while and today the weather was so nice we decided that instead of going to the local park we'd take her for a drive to the coast.

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Bec was experimenting with the GPS navigator she was just given, so we went on a very interesting drive to get to the beach by following the way it wanted us to go, but finally we got there. Unfortunately you can't see it in this photo, but there was a beautiful sail boat crossing right in front of this road which runs almost right down to Cronulla beach.

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* Posted May 5, 2007, 11:14 am Last edited May 7, 2007, 11:14 am by becka_kate [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Kurnell, Australia - 5th May 2007

By: becka_kate

When we got to Kurnell we had to stop and pay for a ticket to pay for taking the car into the National Park.

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This is a very special place in Australian history as it was the landing place of Captain James Cook in 1770. He was
supposed to make astronomical observations, but Captain Cook also had secret orders from the British Admiralty to find the southern continent. Apparently European explorers had been looking for "Terra Australis Incognito" which means the  "Unknown Southern Land" for over 200 years.
(We found lots of information about Kurnell and Captain Cook here.)
We were a little confused when we got there as to how to find Captain Cook's landing place, which was what we really wanted to see. Luckily Stef (Bec's sister) had thought to pick up one of their dad's guide books so we were able to work out where we were and which way to go.

The first thing we found was the Solander monument.

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Can you see us?

The monument is in honour of a Swedish botanist who travelled with Captain Cook on the Endevour as an assistant to Sir Joseph Banks (who the area we live in is named after - Bankstown!!) Just off shore from here is a concrete pile marking where the ship was anchored (but you can't see it in this photo!)

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Right near this monument  is another one - this one is for a man named Forby Sutherland. The council area that Kurnell is in is called Sutherland Shire and is thought to be named after him. It's funny, how if he hadn't been the first European to die in Australia he probably would never have had his name in the history books because he was just a seaman on the ship! He died of tuberculosis

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* Posted May 5, 2007, 11:47 am Last edited May 7, 2007, 11:19 am by becka_kate [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Kurnell, Australia - 5th May 2007

By: becka_kate

We kept walking saw a number of ships in Botany Bay as there is a major shipping terminal here, as well as an oil refinery and other industrial terminals. Sydney Airport is also just alongside the bay.

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Eventually, we came to Sir Joseph Banks' monument. He was the head botanist on the ship and collected many plant specimens here. So many (over 800 never before seen specimens in fact!), that he thought it was such a great place for plants and he had Captain Cook change the name for the bay from Stingray Bay after the number of stingrays they’d caught there, to Botany Bay. When Banks rose to a position of power in England, he used his influence to send a settling fleet (of convicts and soldiers) to Botany Bay, ready to create a power base for Britain in the South Sea.


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Kurnell, Australia - 5th May 2007

By: becka_kate

Finally we made it to Captain Cook's landing place. A huge obelisk was built here in 1870 to mark 100 years since he landed here.

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Here's one where you can see us a bit better!

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But this is not Captain Cook's actual landing place! It is really out across some rock pools and surrounded by water.

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It is assumed that Cook landed at low tide, as when it is high tide this point is surrounded by water and Cook would have had to have been carried ashore by his men and there is no mention of this in any history books! Anyway, we bravely set out to cross to the landing point and saw tiny crabs scurrying deeper into their rock pools to hide. We had to step carefully as to not get our feet wet or fall off! But, here we are!!

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And this is what we had crossed to get here!

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According to the plaque, Cook's nephew, Isaac Smith, who was a mid-shipman is thought to have been the first Englishman to step ashore on April 29, 1770.

* Posted May 5, 2007, 12:39 pm Last edited May 7, 2007, 11:27 am by becka_kate [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Kurnell, Australia - 5th May 2007

By: becka_kate

We walked back to car and drove further into the National Park. We passed a sign for Yena Picnic Area so thought we'd have a look. Bec was glad that they were driving her 4WD and not her old little hatch as it might not have made it across the bumps!
When we got to the bottom there was a fantastic view of the sea.

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We drove a little further up to Cape Solander (you remember - the botanist with the monument?) where if you are lucky you can see whales on their way to Antarctica. The sign said that they pass between May and November, but it must still be too early for them as sadly, we didn't see any.

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The view was still beautiful to look at!

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The Cape marks the entrance to Botany Bay.

This was as far as we could drive. We would have liked to have seen the lighthouse, but it was a 1 hour walk and it was already 4 o'clock and too late to start, so we decided to head home.

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Cronulla, Australia - 5th May 2007

By: becka_kate

On the way home we made a slight detour to show Cassiopeia Cronulla Beach. We decided to stop at Wanda Beach because there was plenty of parking (sometimes you can't find anywhere to park in Cronulla that's close to the beach!)

Wanda is an Aboriginal word for beach or sand hills, but the sand hills aren't very big any more because of all the sand dredging they've done in the area.

We decided to sit and watch the waves come in for a little while, which was very relaxing, especially with the sun just beginning to set.

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All too soon it was time to start heading home before the traffic got too heavy, but we had a very enjoyable afternoon.

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Sublime Point, Australia - 6th May 2007

By: becka_kate

Another beautiful weekend day and time for a new adventure!

"Hmmmm. Where can we go today?" asked Cassiopeia.

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"Let's go visit Wollongong," I said after checking the guide book. So we got our driver (Bec - and her mum who wanted to come too) and headed off to the the third largest city in New South Wales.

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Our first stop was at the lookout at Sublime Point.

It was such a beautifully sunny day we could see all the way down to Wollongong and a long way out to the horizon. Don't worry - Bec's mum had a firm hold on my paw the whole time that I was taking in the view!

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Can you believe that in the time when they cut down trees for the timber industry around here, they hauled it up the steep mountain passes by bullock train?

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