A Holiday in Sydney

We recently went on a trip to Sydney. This was partly to see friends, and partly to give Conor some new experiences. We wanted him to experience a different country, and to see some of the sights that Sydney has to offer that you can’t see in New Zealand. Conor is very keen on animals, and dinosaurs, so we wanted him to see:

I was also keen to see the Francis Bacon exhibition at the Sydney Art Gallery, and once I had seen that it wsa on, the Alexander the Great exhibition at the Australian Museum.

We spent a weekend in Kiama, a nice holiday town south of Sydney. Unfortunately a huge storm hit the east coast of Australia while we were there, and swept down to Kiama our second night, causing much consternation.

One of the things that Australia has in abundance is bird-life, and we saw plenty of it around Kiama and Sydney. We saw:

Sulfur-crested cockatoos. We saw these at Kiama – where there were a whole lot sitting in a tree near Easts beach.

Sulfur-crested Cockatoo

Galahs. We saw these wandering around Easts beach near Kiama and also in Centennial Park, Sydney.


Hooded Robins at Kiama

Hooded Robin

A Pelican which I saw flying while running around Kiama.


A Nankeen Kestrel which came and landed outside the back door of the house we were staying at in Kiama.

Nankeen Kestrel

Little Lorikeets which we saw in Kiama and in the botanic gardens in Sydney.

Little Lorikeet

White Ibis (these infest the Sydney Botanic Gardens)

White Ibis

A Heron – I think it was a white-faced heron

White-faced Heron

Dusky Moorhens which are very common in the Sydney Botanic Gardens.

Dusky Moorhen

Crows (or Australian Ravens). We saw these in Kiama mainly.


We saw plenty of masked plovers at Kiama near the beaches.

Masked Plover

~ by Doug Newdick on March 4, 2013.

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