Sydney A Wild Town!-g227

Aviation Surely, most of us think about platypuses or is that platypi Tasmanian devils, koala bears, and kangaroos when we think of Australia, but considering that the country was once attached to the Asian mainland, the variety of other unusual flora and fauna will utterly astound you. Australia is home to over 25,000 different plant species, 800 varieties of birds, and enough mammals, lizards, and snakes to turn your vacation into a wild adventure! No trip to Sydney would be complete without a visit to some of the natural reserves, parks, and sanctuaries set aside to showcase the native plants and animals to be found on this island that covers an area about the same size as the contiguous United States. If youre interested in using Sydney as your home base for some daytrip jaunts, you mustnt miss the Australian Rainforest Sanctuary (.www.australianrainforest.com.au), located just 60 miles from town. Rent a car or even a motor home right in Sydney all the famous chains are available and head for this astounding experience just an hour or so away. Nestled in a quiet valley, this warm temperate rainforest was first opened to the public in 1985 and houses almost 200 different rainforest species within its Bungalow palms, guava trees, and climbing vines. If you do decided to head for the Australian Rainforest Sanctuary, its open Wednesdays through Sundays, and here are some tips for your trip: Make sure to take a raincoat, change of shoes, and perhaps even change of clothes. Remember, one of the natural features that allowed the rainforest to develop was the rainfall, which can range anywhere from 40 to 80 inches annually. Youre bound to get damp one way or the other! The park offers 5 km nature walks, a covered picnic area and barbeques, so dress properly. Nothing ruins a good nature trek faster than uncomfortable shoes. The entry fee is outrageously inexpensive, but check for current prices before you head out. And with an education center and a concession area for light refreshments, youre bound to find additional purchases you just need to make, so come prepared with cash. The park doesnt take charge cards. If you prefer staying closer to home, the local Sydney area (.www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au) offers some outstanding and educational nature itineraries of its own. No trip to Sydney is complete without a visit to the famed Royal Botanical Gardens, beginning just south of the Sydney Opera House, and wending its way down and around the shoreline of Sydney Harbor ( ..hotelssydney../Attractions ). Easily accessible from anywhere in town by bus, car, or train and from many locations, by foot the Garden offers everything from a relaxing peek at nature to a full day study in the native plant species of Australia. From Moreshead Fountain Gate, off the Cahill Expressway, or from the Palace Garden Gate, just off MacQuarie Street, a short walk takes you first to the Rose Garden. After 14 years of being one of the Royal Botanical Gardens most popular displays, the Rose Garden underwent renovation in 2005 to bring it more in line with modern horticultural practices. Featuring primarily Australian roses, the Rose Garden is imaginative and surprising, while still offering the tranquility so prized prior to the renovations. Next you might wander the Herb Garden: stop to read the sundial, relax to the sound of the sensory fountain, or smell the pungent aroma of the variety of herbs used for cooking and medicine around the world, even today. Then, onward to the HSBC Oriental Garden or take a detour to the Tropical Center, where for a small fee, you can see, smell and even touch unusual native plants from various regions of the Australian continent. If a rest is in order, you might choose to take a meal at the Garden Restaurant or doing some shopping in the Garden Shop, both close by, but if youre ready to keep going, its just a hop, skip, and a jump to the Fernery, the Rare and Threatened Plants Garden, and the Plant Sciences and Herbarium building, near the Administration and Reception Center. If you want to start out at Reception, then head for Woolloomooloo Gate at the corner of the Cahill Expressway and Art Gallery Road. Sometimes you just cant fit it all in, so if youre in Sydney on business or you have a tight schedule, at least try to stop by Sydney Park, St. Peters, located at the southwest tip of the City. Originally the location of the Citys brick kilns, the area later became a landfill. Determined to reclaim the region for the enjoyment of both locals and tourists, the Sydney Council has worked to develop Sydney Park into an ecologically sound park, with native gardens, lakes, and a system of wetlands showcasing native plant and animal species. A new 500-foot boardwalk, made from recycled timber, runs along the wetlands and includes a variety of seating locations where you can sit and enjoy the beauty of the Park and Sydney, itself. Think Australia is nothing but outback and kangaroos? Think again! Even downtown Sydney can provide you with a wild vacation, showcasing flora and fauna the likes of which youve probably never seen before! About the Author: 相关的主题文章: