Kangaroos and Koalas and Blue Mountains! Oh my!

Kangaroos and Koalas and Blue Mountains! Oh my!

This weekend I finally ventured away from Sydney to visit The Blue Mountains and Featherdale Wildlife Park. My friends and I found an organized trip through a travel agency called Peterpans. This travel agency approached us on campus and groups together college student to take them on guided tours all around Australia, New Zealand and Tasmania! I must say the trip was fantastic. Our tour guide, Greg, was full of life and excitement. He made the trip enjoyable and told us fun facts and things we otherwise wouldn’t know as tourists. I feel like the pictures don’t even do it justice, but I will definitely remember this trip forever!

We were able to buy food to feed the kangaroos and wallaby’s for $2 before we walked into the park.

The animals roamed free around the park and weren’t scared to approach you for food and attention.

Cockatoos fly freely around Australia. Back home, cockatoos are only really found as pets. But here in Australia you can hear them talking and squacking to each other outside our window.

Here I am feeding a little wallaby. Wallabys are basically small versions of a kangaroo. They grab onto your hands and jump up when you fed them.

Koalas hung in the trees at the wildlife park. Fun fact: koalas sleep 20 hours a day and only wake up to eat and have sex!! They also don’t drink water, but get all their nutrients from the food they eat.

Something beautiful happened. I peaked. I could die happy because I got to pet and take a photo with a koala. They were so soft and friendly. I wish I could’ve held him, but don’t worry…. I will before I leave Australia.

Here is Tia feeding a kangaroo!

After we finished our time at the Featherdale Wildlife Park, we made our way to the Blue Mountains. It is called the Blue Mountains because of the blue haze that lines the cliffs! No that is not a filter!

In these moments at the Blue Mountains, I felt so at peace. The wind was blowing in our faces and the sun was shining bright. I wished for my family and friends to be able to come experience this with me.

This is my beautiful and hilarious housemate, Bridget. She definitely has helped make this trip a bit more enjoyable.

Probably the most famous location at the Blue Mountains is the Three Sisters. Our tour guide told us the legend behind the mountains, so here is a splurge I found online that explains the history.

“The Aboriginal dream-time legend has it that three sisters, ‘Meehni’, ‘Wimlah’ and Gunnedoo’ lived in the Jamison Valley as members of the Katoomba tribe.

These beautiful young ladies had fallen in love with three brothers from the Nepean tribe, yet tribal law forbade them to marry.

The brothers were not happy to accept this law and so decided to use force to capture the three sisters causing a major tribal battle.

As the lives of the three sisters were seriously in danger, a witchdoctor from the Katoomba tribe took it upon himself to turn the three sisters into stone to protect them from any harm. While he had intended to reverse the spell when the battle was over, the witchdoctor himself was killed. As only he could reverse the spell to return the ladies to their former beauty, the sisters remain in their magnificent rock formation as a reminder of this battle for generations to come.” – https://www.bluemts.com.au/info/thingstodo/threesisters/ 

Can you see the face in the mountain? This is the face of the witchdoctor!

This trip was amazing! I can’t wait to explore Australia more during the duration of my trip here. I hope you liked the picture! Make sure to follow me on Instagram for more @rileyedixon!

 

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6 Comments

  1. Craig
    August 7, 2017 / 2:40 am

    Sounds so fun

  2. Tia
    August 7, 2017 / 2:45 am

    So happy to be featured in this(;

  3. August 7, 2017 / 1:38 pm

    I am so glad to see you are taking advantage of tours and trips like this. I love you and am SO proud of you! Thank you for sharing!

  4. Bob McCloskey
    August 7, 2017 / 9:49 pm

    It’s so awesome that you’re taking the time to share your experiences as they happen, like this! Thank you!

    • August 8, 2017 / 1:46 am

      Thank you for reading! I wish you all could be here to experience it with me! It truly is amazing!

  5. Aunt Lo
    August 28, 2017 / 7:19 pm

    Before I even read your comments I could see how at peace you were just gazing off at that magnificent Vista. Your photographs have been really spot on and your commentary so informative. Can’t keep track of what your career goals are, but maybe a job as a photographer for National Geographic would be a good one for you. We are all so very happy you are doing well and following your bliss. I think of you every day, and I miss you lots! Always in my prayers, Aunt Lo

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