From Kangaroos to Keas

Australia and New Zealand with UC Retirees, 2004

by Harry & Iris Matthews

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The main part of this Roman Catholic Cathedral in Melbourne is quite old, for Australia, but the spire was added recently.


Uluru Ayers Rock. This huge rock rises out of the flat desert with almost sheer sides. There are some people near the bottom right hand corner of the photograph. This is the Rock's midday colour. The colour changes with the light as seen in the next photograph which was taken at sunset.


Uluru Ayers Rock at sunset. This is the whole Rock, as seen from a distance with the desert in the foreground. There is quite a bit of vegetation at this point, but other areas of the desert were much more sparsely covered.


Three aboriginal women displaying their artwork for sale.


A wild grey kangaroo in the Blue Mountains National Park just west of Sydney. This illustrates what happens if one approaches a kangaroo on hands and knees. Apparently one is no longer considered a threat and its OK to keep grazing and even wave to the photographer.


Noel was the greeter at the entrance to the Featherdale Wildlife Park, just west of Sydney. I thought Noel looked quite as interesting as the wallaby.


Koala. Koalas are nocturnal so this is the natural way to see one. Its amazing how comfortable it looks just in the fork of a tree.


Kookaburra. Another unique Australian creature immortalised in one of those cute Australian songs: Kookaburra sits in an old gum tree ....


Grey-headed flying foxes in Sydney Botanical Gardens. Originally temporary visitors, these flying foxes (like very large bats) have taken up residence in the Sydney Botanical Gardens and multiplied to the point of causing a major headache for the gardeners.


Franz Josef Glacier. One of the glaciers that flows down to the west coast of the South Island of New Zealand.


Sunset over the Remarkables Mountain Range. We saw this display from the balcony of our hotel room in Queenstown.


Bridge over the Kawerau River near Queenstown. This is a bungee jump bridge, in fact the very first bungee jump in the world was made from this bridge which is still used for this purpose.


Road to Skipper's Canyon. This was part of the Lord of the Rings Safari like picture 32.


Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu.


Sunrise on Aoraki Mt. Cook..


Kea on the balcony of our hotel room. Kea, the native New Zealand parrots, have developed into skilful and fearless scavengers and have found hotel rooms to be wonderful sources of intriguing finds.

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