May 16, 2011

A day at the National Park - Sydney scenery and wildlife


I thought I'd share a few photos with you from last Friday when my partner and I spent the day at the Ku-ring-gai National Park less than an hour's drive from where we live. It was a beautiful, sunny autumn's day and since we rarely get a chance to have a day off like this, we decided to spend time outdoors and do some light trekking and enjoying the nature and the scenery.


Sydney is surrounded by gorgeous beaches and large green areas and it is not hard to see why I fell in love with this city in the first place. On a sunny day like this one, Sydney is really showing off its best assets and the scenery takes my breath away every time. I think in Sydney you get a perfect balance of the city and the country. The countryside is a mere hour's drive away - you can visit farms, national parks and really get away from all the hustle and bustle of the city-life. On the other hand, Sydney also has all the benefits of a big city - museums, restaurants, speciality shops, and so on.




We were so lucky to be able to see so much wildlife on our day out. I always think it's a good sign to see the native flora and fauna  so close to a big city and surely as we entered the national park we saw swamp wallabies, one of them with a little joey in her pouch, kookaburras and even a young diamond python. It was so fascinating to see all these wild animals roaming free in their natural inhabitant.


I couldn't stop taking photos of the scenery and the animals. I took some video too which I've uploaded on VIMEO - so please go and have a look if you want to see more! In the mean time, I'm already planning my next mini-trip :-)


39 comments:

  1. Those marsupial photos are beyond cute.

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  2. Just gorgeous, it is so spirit lifting to have a day like this and fresh air. I think i may just be due for one too :)

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  3. So beautiful! Thanks for sharing your pictures with us.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  4. ahh the little kangaroo looks so cute and dopey! i wanna bring it home with me

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  5. my parents have a place in Margaret River (West Australia) and when we were little the kangaroos used to come right up to the balcony and we'd throw them some stale bread... seeing kangaroos and hearing kookaburrus with their loud and cheeky laugh makes me think of those fabulous times, just as seeing them here in your photos does the same - I love Australia :)

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  6. Hi Maria! Yay Kangaroo! It's beautiful there and I wish I can visit Australia one day... Thanks for sharing nice pictures!

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  7. Oooh, beautiful-cute photos! Bring back so many memories. Thanks for sharing :)

    Great shots!

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  8. Wow, your photos are just beautiful and I love the blog. I've just subscribed and can't wait to see some more posts. I have a real love of scandinavian food as my best friend is half swedish and I have always loved visiting and eating the food her mother cooks. So fresh and simple.

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  9. I'm a new reader, but lived in Sydney for several years. Always trying to find a way back to Oz. Such a lovely place to hike and relax. Also, the park just south of Sydney as well. Nice pictures!

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  10. wow! as always, your photos are GORGEOUS!!

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  11. Such cool photos of the wild life and gorgeous landscapes too! I would love to go back to Australia for another visit some time!

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  12. Wonderful tour in Sydney. We enjoyed Sydney years ago. I surprised my husband with a trip to Tasmania for a 4 day hike. It was stunning scenery. I'll never forget the wallabies that sat outside out window. I still hang my little gumnut Christmas ornament on my tree as a reminder of that fabulous trip.

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  13. Oh my goodness, this is absolutely beautiful! I am even more excited to visit my relatives out there hopefully within the next year or two.

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  14. ahhh i am pretty sure sydney is my place in this world :) such a lovely balance!

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  15. gorgeous photos! Looks like a wonderful day :)

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  16. Looks like such a fun day! The scenery is really breathtaking!

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  17. These are beautiful pictures. I hope I can visit to Australia one day!

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  18. Wow! Sydney and its wildlife is so exotic and beautiful. I love these photos, Maria. Thank you so much for sharing your fun adventures with your foodie and travel-loving readers, myself included! :)

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  19. Beautiful, I'd love to travel there some day. And those shots of the bird and kangaroo are so cute!

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  20. What a shame that I never visited Ku-Ring-Gai National Park even though I used to live in Sydney myself for around 10 years...;)!. Love the photo of the wallaby, it's just too adorable!! By the way, I am Chinese/Indonesian, but I am Australian by nationality and my husband is German, so quite a mix here too ;).

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  21. Love you photos, especially of the handsome kangaroo :-) I'd love to get back to Sydney (I was there over 20 years ago /w my parents) Hopefully I can take my husband and kids there sometime soon!

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  22. Sounds like such a fun day ~ thanks for sharing the gorgeous photos :)
    US Masala

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  23. These photos put me in a good mood, despite a trying day!

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  24. The kangaroo just sat there and looked at you! So cute!

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  25. Cute animals! The pictures are beautiful

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  26. Thanks so much for sharing these awesome pictures!

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  27. I grew up right next to this place! Your photos are beautiful and make it look so special.

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  28. Very Cute! How cool is Australian Wildlife.

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  29. What a beautiful day out!! Awesome shots..I wish to visit Australia some day in my life!

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  30. Such lovely photos! You are so lucky to have all this nearby. I love these moments when you can escape the city and recharge with some nature :)

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  31. Hehe that wallaby is so cute! :)

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  32. Maria,
    thanks for this post. On the 7th photo the wallaby looks absolutely cute! :)

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  33. Oh my god I am in awe Maria! The photos are gorgeous and I can't believe that you just have wallabies wandering around like that!

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  34. That's the beauty of living in a big continent like Australia. There is just so much to explore. I am envious.

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  35. One of my very closest friends is from Sydney, I know she misses it. I'm going to share this with her :), Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

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  36. OMG this looks so amazing! I want to be there right now. Especially the kangaroo...I pretty much awwed out loud when I saw that pic =D.

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  37. I haven't been to Kuringai NP for years! I remember there was a cafe or restaurant at the bottom of the park with some good meat pies on offer :)

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  38. What gorgeous photos. It reminds me of how much I need a vacation :)

    Love your blog!

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