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