Day 2/3 Dubbo zoo!!

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Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Wednesday 22nd July

Narrandera to Dubbo

We slept in a little this morning and got going about 9am, and headed for Dubbo. We left Narrandera when it was sunny and warm, when we got to Dubbo it was cold and raining. We stopped off at a little town Ardlethan, which had a plane that the kids were able to climb all over. We even saw "The Dish" on the drive by. And did a Macca's lunch at Forbes.

Arrived at Dubbo to a really nice caravan park (Big 4) but really cold and wet. The little oil heater we took, really doesn’t do the trick. Glad we brought our electric blankets but poor kids woke up with frozen, red little noses, even with heaps of blankets. Tonight unfortunately we forgot to put a nappy on Lily. The kids go to sleep first off on our bed then we transfer them to the couches made up as beds once we go to bed, so unfortunately Adam’s side of the bed was soaked in wee, as was Lily, her sleeping bag, PJs etc… and man it stunk. We’re glad to be staying and extra night at Dubbo just to be able to do some washing first thing.

Thursday 23rd July

Today was the day the kids had been waiting for. Taronga Western Plains Zoo. Arrived 9.30am (after having to do a load of washing from the night befores “lack of nappy” episode). We had hoped to hire a motorised buggy (effectively a big golf buggy) for the day but they had all gone by the time we arrived. So we decided on bikes (good choice actually), Toby had a bike attached to the back of Adam’s and they peddled together (kinda like a tandem bike). Lily was in a caboose behind Kylie. Great way to get some good exercise. It was a really unusual zoo, we felt like we could get up and close to all the animals, and the way they had created the zoo meant fences were really well hidden. It was really busy in the morning, with heaps of people driving their cars around the zoo, but by the afternoon, we barely saw anyone. The zoo is huge, really beautifully laid out. We could only hire the bikes for 3hours so we decided to do the 6km outside circuit first and then go to all the inner stuff on foot. The morning was great because all the animals were being fed and so they were all really alert and feisty and close to the fence. One of the kids favourites was the farting (or should I say fluffing) giant tortoise. It stunk and kids laughed themselves silly and talked about it for the rest of the day.

We saw everything from elephants and giraffes to kangaroos and emus to wolves and monkeys. The kids made sure we took photos of all the birds for Grammy (especially the blue wren).

The kids park at the zoo was sensational, looked quite new and was laid out safari style. Some very clever people made that park.
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