Sydney … !

Such a beautiful city! We’ve spent the last three days walking around Sydney, and enjoying every minute of it – very pedestrian friendly, and lots to see.

Sydney Botanical Garden

First day in Sydney, Miranda and I wander into the botanical garden downtown. Everything seems normal, we’re walking along… then we decide to pop into this “rainforest trail” – assuming that the signs would point out interesting plants and such. A few meters in and Miranda is tugging on my sweater and pointing up to the tops of the trees. I THINK she may have said something, but it’s all a blur because we were both turned around and running for our lives in a split second.

Bats. BIG bats! “Flying Foxes” – like that’s supposed to make them sound nicer or something. They were soo big, we could practically make out their fangs!

A nice woman saw us sprint out from the forest and burst into a laughter as we gawked from the safety of the grassy knoll. As she walked by, she shared a few interesting facts. These bats give birth while flying! A “midwife” bat follows the mommy bat, and catches the newborn, then brings it back to the mommy bat once she’s settled on a branch. Crazy! Also, the bats leave on mass every night when the sun sets, and they don’t come back until the morning. The woman wasn’t sure where they went, but she said it’s pretty cool to watch them all fly away. Despite daytime being they’re sleep time – they were quite active. We even saw some flying around, and lots were hanging from the branches stretching their wings.

Big big bats!

Big big bats!

They're trying to get rid of some of the bat population because they hurt the trees - you can see they strip away all the foliage where they roost

They're trying to get rid of some of the bat population because they hurt the trees - you can see they strip away all the foliage where they roost

Would you guess that those are coconuts.... or MASSIVE BATS!!???

Would you guess that those are coconuts.... or MASSIVE BATS!!???

Miranda after recovering from bat-shock

Miranda after recovering from bat-shock

After the somewhat traumatic bat expereince, we continued our wander through the park, down to the harbour, and to the iconic Opera House.

opera

Next Up:

I got a hold of the farm near Brisbane where the Permaculture Research Institute is based out of, and they had just had a cancellation for the design course! YAY! By good luck I was able to snag that last spot, and I’ll be starting on June 27th. Now I’m on the hunt for some cheap camping gear. We’re going to stick around in Sydney for a few more days, and then head to the Blue Mountains. After that Miranda will head to Melbourne to visit a friend, and I’ll head up to Brisbane for the course.

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