Hunter Valley Zoo – Feeding Kangaroos

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Hunter Valley Zoo is such a unique zoo!!  It is privately owned and the owners sound like the nicest people ever.  The cost of entry is totally reasonable and a lot of the fun extra activities are free.  The owner believes that everyone should be able to experience the animals up close.  So cool!  You can even pat a wombat or koala at no cost!  We missed the wombat one but I did get to pat a koala!  Man, they are adorable!  Of course feeding the kangaroos was a total blast!  They even have a few albino kangaroos!  I was really surprised how soft these little guys were!  Of course, it was instant love for the little Joey in its mom’s pouch (photo above).

I also really love how open the animal enclosures are.  You feel like you’re right up next to all the creatures.  You can even get decently close to the alligators!  I could have stayed here all day but we needed to get to the wine tasting portion of our road trip.

For a fun day experiencing Australian Wildlife up close and personal, definitely head to the Hunter Valley Zoo!

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Dorrigo National Park

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After we left beautiful Fiji for our Australian Adventure, we embarked on a road trip from Byron Bay down to Sydney.  We made several stops along the way and I will start to share those amazing places with you over a series of posts.  One of our first destinations was to visit the Dorrigo National Park.  The Skywalk is an absolute must-visit!!  You literally walk out on a pier OVER the rainforest!  It’s incredibly high up!  I kept telling Tyler, “Don’t drop the camera!” because that thing would have exploded from a drop like that!  The views are simply mind blowing.  It feels like you can see to the other side of Australia!

From the visitor’s center, we did a hike (well more like a nice walk since the trail is really well maintained) down to Crystal Shower Falls.  It has a bridge to view the falls and a trail down to walk behind it.  It feels so weird to be behind a waterfall!  It is a really beautiful National Park and definitely worth the windy drive.  Plan a lunch or dinner in Bellingen on your way there.  It’s a small town I was really surprised how much I enjoyed visiting!  Keep your eyes peeled at night when their famous Flying Foxes take over the sky!

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