Our last day of the Australian trip would be spent in Sydney. We arrived early in the day and went to rent a car. We had no idea how hard it would be to get one! Finally we were able to drive away from the airport and explore the Royal National Park south of Sydney. What a beautiful area!
We had lunch at The Dance Hall in the park. We ate our hamburgers and chips outside while we watched Sulphur-crested Cockatoos, Black Ducks, kookaburras, Little Wattlebirds and so many more birds.
|Flock of Sulphur-crested Cockatoos in trees|
We spent all afternoon exploring and enjoying the area.
|Gymea Lily at a lookout|
Since our plane left early the next day, we had checked the car back in with the rental company, grabbed a panini at the airport for dinner and walk to the Ibis Budget Hotel. Since we spent our first night here we knew what to expect - a bed, a desk and chair. No coffee pot or cups and just enough space to walk at the end of the bed – all for $95 a night! But it was within walking distance of the airport.
The next day turned out to be the longest day! We left Oct 4 and flew 1 ½ hours to Brisbane. We had an hour layover and changed planes. The flight to Los Angeles airport was 13 hours. We arrived Oct 4 at 6:40 a.m. Still not sure I really understand the international dateline! But sunrise was spectacular!
Our plane from LAX to Phoenix was delayed due to maintenance issues and after an hour or so, we boarded, taxied out and taxied back in due to maintenance issues! Eventually we arrived in Phoenix and had a 2 hour shuttle ride home! See why I said Oct 4 turned out to be the longest day?
We had a great trip and are very glad to be home! And we have over 100 new bird species for our birdlist. Thank you Australia!
|Home Sweet Home in Prescott AZ|