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NEW SOUTH WALES: The Land of Divesrity




 
Published on: July 11, 2015
 
 

“The Land Down Under” has a great diversity from animals to human kinds, from places to experiences. Considered as the sixth largest country in the world, this land has many things to offer: rare animals such as kangaroos and koalas; famous Aussie celebrities like Hugh Jackman and Nicole Kidman; and places such as beaches and ski resorts.

Though, we only visited few places in Australia, it didn’t make our trip less exciting. We spent most of our stay in New South Wales, where the nation’s most populous Sydney is located.

NSW is about 10% of Australian continental land mass with an area of 800, 642 sq kms. Also considered to have the longest border among the all other Australian state and territory, measuring 4,635 km.

THE CITY

One of the highlights of our travel is, of course, going around Sydney—the capital of New South Wales.

 

A trip to Australia is never complete without visiting the two iconic structures in Sydney: The Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge, and if you are seeking for an extra thrill, you can climb the Harbour Bridge. (See my previous post Sydney Opera House for more photos)

 

The Sydney Opera House.

 

The Sydney Opera House upclose.

 

The sister landmark, the Sydney Harbour Bridge

 

There are many ways to get around the local area: through public transportation, by cycling, or simply just by walking.

 

 

Saint Mary’s Cathedral

 

Sydney Tower Eye

 

We had a great lunch at the Sydney Fish Market located at Bank Street & Pyrmont Bridge Road. Make sure to try their cold seafood platter.

 

Sydney Fish Market

 

View of the Aznac bridge from Sydney Fish Market

 

 
 



 
 

THE NATURE
 

Aside from the massive iconic structures, Australia is also known for its nature reserves.

 

The Kiama, a 90-minute drive south of Sydney, is known for its unspoiled picturesque setting. It has the world’s largest Blowhole, a hole where a spout of water shoots up into the air.

 

 

 

Kiama Harbor Light

 

 

Kiama Blowhole

 

The Three Sisters, an unusual rock formation is the most spectacular attraction of Bluemoutains. Located at Echo Point Katoomba, the formation represents the three sisters turned into stone according to Aboriginal legend.

 

View of Blue Mountains

 

Tourists at viewing deck

 

The Three Sisters

 
THE WILDLIFE

When we hear the words “animals” and “Australia” in one sentence, the first thing we think of is either the late Steve Irwin or a “nope creature”. We might hear terrifying stories about their wild life, but what makes Australia unique is it boasts a variety of rare species. Currently, they have a count of 379 species of mammal, more than 750 species of birds and some 800 species of reptiles.

 

Koala bear

 

A smaller kind of kangaroos

 

A majestic peacock

 

Dingo

THE FUN
 

When was the last time you did something for the first time?
 
On our last day in NSW, we spent it by trying out snowboarding—September was a bit late for winter but snow was still good in Perisher Valley. Perisher is a ski resort in Snowy Mountains, a 5 to 6 hour drive South East of Sydney. Snowy Mountains is the highest point in Australia’s Great Dividing Range with an average temperature of – 6 degrees Celsius in July, and 21 degrees Celsius in January. The mountain weather can be unpredictable and it is advisable to check the weather forecast first before heading there.
 

Snowboard gears. Thanks cousins!

 

There are gear rentals along the way, so do not worry if you do not have any equipment with you. Lockers can also be rented if you need to store your stuff.

 

The lift

 

Cousins. Photo from Ray Balitactac

 

 

at the top! Photo from Perisher Valley

 

‘Snow’ trooper

 

You don’t need skills to enjoy this activity, the experience of trying it is fun enough. Snowboarding is absolutely a bucketlist crusher

 
 
 
 

Photos taken: September 2013

 
 
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