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15 Nov 2006 - Blue Mountains
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Wallabies Sleepy koala More sleepy ones - maybe they should be called a "dorm" of koalas 
Our last tour today. We were picked up at about 7.40 by the coach and taken to the Featherdale Wildlife Centre. It was ok - there were lots of koalas, kangaroos and other Aussie animals, but we didn't like it as much as the Healesville Sanctuary because we felt the tourists were bothering the animals too much - especially in the "have your photos taken with a koala" area. However we did get to actually see a Tasmanian Devil - he was asleep but his head was poking out of his burrow. Very considerate. Justin saw another jumping wombat - known to most people as a wallaby. They also had some albino kangaroos which just look like big mice.

Next was a lunch stop, then the blue mountains scenic area. We started off on the cable car with a glass floor. We stood on the glass bit, which was fun. The glass started off frosted then as you left the station the frosting disappeared and you could see the canyon below. Not for those scared of heights. Then we rode the steepest railway - you are almost face down in the carriage going down the mountain. Then after a walk around the woods we took the cable car back up to the top. We could also see the famous "Three sisters" formations.

On the way back we stopped off at a couple of lookouts - one of which was called "Govett's Leap" (people at work will appreciate that) from which you could see the forest fires in the surrounding area. Well, only the smoke really, but it was close enough. It was even colder than it had been earlier so we didn't spend too long there. After this we drove through the Olympic site and caught the ferry back to Circular Quay. Had a fantastic dinner at "Wolfie's Grill" on the waterfront - highly recommended.

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