Featherdale Wildlife Park & Canberra

After leaving Sydney’s CBD, we took a short detour to the Featherdale Wildlife Park. It’s a privately funded and operated park with dozens of animal species, many of which¬†you can pet and feed like a petting zoo. Here are some highlights:

Featherdale Wildlife Park
Featherdale Wildlife Park (that’s a real koala…what a model!)

Entrance to Featherdale Wildlife Park
Entrance to Featherdale Wildlife Park
Jini feeding a small kangaroo
Jini feeding a small kangaroo
Drew feeding a sm
Drew feeding a small kangaroo
Wombats
Wombats
Cassowary
Cassowary
Pademelon
Pademelon
Exotic stork
Exotic stork
Giant Kangaroo Island kangaroo
Giant Kangaroo Island kangaroo
Sleepy dingoes
Sleepy dingoes
The unusual echidna
The unusual echidna

The wildlife park was one of our favorite stops so far. It’s a must-do if you’re in Sydney!

Then we headed inland toward Canberra. As you can see from the pictures below, the landscape began to change as we headed further away from the coast. Canberra, like D.C., is its own state/territory called the Australian Capital Territory, or ACT.

Watch out!
Watch out!
Changing landscape as we head inland toward Canberra
Changing landscape as we head inland toward Canberra
Almost to the capital
Almost to the capital

Most people discourage tourists from visiting because there isn’t much to do besides museums, monuments and legislative building tours, but since we were headed to Melbourne anyway, and because¬†we had enough points for a free night at the historic Hyatt Hotel Canberra, we decided to stop in for an evening.

We checked in just in time to have high tea at the hotel. It was a neat experience. Then we headed out for a visit to the Australian War Memorial, Parliament House, Old Parliament House, national roses gardens and Mount Ainslie, which has spectacular views of the city.

Hyatt Hotel Canberra
Hyatt Hotel Canberra
Enjoying high tea at our historic hotel
Enjoying high tea at our historic hotel
Australian War Memorial
Australian War Memorial
Parliament House
Parliament House
Old Parliament House
Old Parliament House
View of Australian War Memorial and Parliament House from Mount Ainslie
View of Australian War Memorial and Parliament House from Mount Ainslie

Tomorrow morning we set out on a 7 hour drive to Melbourne.

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