A day at Australia Zoo

 

Well here we are again. It’s great to be out and about after 7 months of thinning and picking apples. It’s been a hard season, not so much for us but the Stanthorpe area is in drought and all the dams on our farm ran dry so as you can imagine it’s not good when farmers have to cart water to keep their fruit or crops alive. We are hoping it does rain up there so we will have jobs to go back to in November. Everyone has been extreme water restrictions since around Xmas time so there was no washing of the truck or van for quite some time. We also had some record low temperatures for May, one morning being minus 8 degrees, I can tell you we really don’t like the cold and we’re so glad to finally finish the picking and escape to somewhere with water.

So our first stop as usual was Toowoomba which was great for getting things cleaned up and it’s only a two hour run from Stanthorpe. Things always feel a bit strange when we haven’t moved for so long so we try to do a short trip for our first in a while.

Chloe ( our rescued cat) settled straight back into travelling too which is fantastic, she has come along so well, we still give her spirulina everyday and she is super healthy now.

Madagascan Ringtailed Lemur
Sumatran Tiger chewing on a bone
Meerkat on alert (as always)
A (cheeky) young Giraffe
Southern White Rhinoceros
Red Kangaroo

 

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More Mammal images

We have now made it to the Sunshine Coast to visit family and friends…..Anthony has bought himself a new Tamron 150-600mm lens that he was super keen to try out. We were short on time with all the family and friends catch ups so decided to visit the Australia Zoo this afternoon. We thought we at least would get a chance at seeing a few birds etc and Wowsers we absolutely walked our socks off. That place is enormous and so much to see. We didn’t even see any of the shows as we just wanted to get some photos but it’s so worth a visit and the animal enclosures are fantastic, we could have easily spent the whole day there.

Rose-crowned Fruitdove
Green-winged Macaw
Glossy Ibis (adult breeding)
Emerald Dove.
Eclectus Parrot

 

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More Bird images

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A short video clip of our visit

 

As you can see by the photos and video there are some amazing animals , a lot from Australia of course but plenty from other countries too, it’s fantastic.

Some fantastic statues around the Park

 

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A Wild Azure Kingfisher visiting the Zoo
And another wild visitor – Great Egret

We now feel like our holiday has started at last and the next few months we will be heading north, tomorrow only up to the Pomona Showgrounds but there’s some nice wetlands to explore and maybe a little mountain to climb…..not sure how our legs would cope having been shaken to bits on the cherry picker machines for the last seven months, but would be nice to see if we are still fit enough. So we will see how things progress and hope to get some more great photos coming your way soon, bye for now Steph and Anthony.

Scrub Turkey Photo Bomb