Places To Visit in Sydney, Australia
Rating: 3 kangaroos - Hop on to this immediately
The first place we visited in Sydney was Wonderland, a wildlife park and themepark in one. Kids below 4 years old get in for free while adults are charged AU$78 each (roughly P1,950). This amount already allows you to enter the wildlife park and themepark.
We particularly liked the wildlife park. We enjoyed seeing the penguins, the laughing kookabura, an echidna, and of course, the koalas and the kangaroos. I must have been a koala in a past life. Koalas hardly move and just appear so sleepy and lethargic from munching on all those eucalyptus leaves. They appear not to want to do anything. What a life!
We also had the chance to see kangaroos "with pouch young." I always thought kangaroos were big (there are such types, standing about 5 feet tall, I am told) but the ones we saw were very small (they looked like big rats) and yet they had joeys peeking out of their pouches. It was so entertaining to see!
The other part of Wonderland is a themepark where they have all sorts of rides and roller coasters. Adi particularly enjoyed Hanna Barbera Land, with attractions suited to kids his age. He rode the carousel, drove the stone age cars at Dinos' Derby, and amused himself with the Hall of Mirrors where you can see yourself upside down, super-thin. There was also a lunchtime show called "Yogi Bear's Picnic." Adi saw characters like Yogi Bear, Fred Flintstone, Snagglepuss, and CaveMan dancing, singing and appearing in a 20-minute presentation.
During your visit to Wonderland, also be on the look-out for characters walking around for a photo opportunity. Adi had the chance to be photographed with Muttley (from Wacky Races).
We had lunch at The Outback. Our meal cost us AU$42.50 or roughly P354 per person. This already included one order and drink per individual. The place serves very good strawberry shakes.
The servings are not too large. A three-year old kid, though, can get by just sharing his parents' meals instead of ordering something for himself separately. We had spinach fetuccine, Australian seafood platter, and the Gold Rush Kiddy Meal.
My husband enjoyed the sour cream and salmon combination of his spinach fetuccine. It had a lightly spicy, tomato-based sauce and al dente green fetuccine pasta. My seafood platter was also quite good. It had breaded squid rings, fish, prawns, scallops, and kani sticks and they were not the least bit oily. It also came with loads of french fries which Adi enjoyed.
The Kiddy Meal called Gold Rush had chicken nuggets, french fries (also) and came with a carbonated soft drink and dessert. Dessert was three scoops of solidly smooth vanilla ice cream, with a choice of chocolate, strawberry, or banana syrup.
We had fun at Wonderland, particularly at the Wildlife Park.
Also, don't worry about losing your way. There's a sign and a desk, I guess,
which takes care of "Lost Parents."
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