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Sydney Wildlife World is a new attraction, opened in late 2006, which displays as much of the varied land animal life of Australia as it can possibly pack into a principally indoor facility on the edge of Darling Harbour in downtown Sydney.

Wildlife World
Wildlife World

And it does a surprisingly good job of it, with the available real estate divided up into ten “habitats” (reptiles, nocturnal, grasslands, rainforest, etc.) which show off insects, spiders, reptiles, amphibians, birds and mammals, ranging from the cuddly to the extremely hazardous.  It is located right next to the excellent Sydney Aquarium, which handles the aquatic side of things.  Combination tickets are available.

Before visiting Wildlife World, we visited the Queen Victoria Building (AKA the QVB), an interesting old building which was completed in 1898 and now houses an upscale shopping mall, where we found breakfast.

The Queen Victoria Building
The Queen Victoria Building
Queen Victoria
Queen Victoria
Nella and Bob at the QVB
Nella and Bob at the QVB
Breakfast at the QVB
Breakfast at the QVB

From the QVB we walked around downtown a little, photographing some of the other interesting old buildings, and ended up taking a coffee break at the local Hungry Jack’s (the Australian name for Burger King).

Queen Victoria Building and Town Hall
QVB and Town Hall (WMV Video, 8.2 MB)
Connie and Nella at Hungry Jack's
Connie and Nella at Hungry Jack's

Heading over to Darling Harbour, we were initially somewhat undecided as to whether to visit Wildlife World or the Aquarium.  Since we'd seen the Aquarium on past trips, we opted for the former, mostly out of curiosity.   We were not disappointed.

Red Bull Ants
Red Bull Ants (WMV Video, 5.1 MB)
Large Tree Insects
Large Tree Insects
Funnel-Web Spider
Funnel-Web Spider (World’s Most Dangerous)
Aborigine “Bush Tucker”
Aborigine “Bush Tucker”
Red-Bellied Black Snake
Red-Bellied Black Snake
Tiger Snake
Tiger Snake
Large Lizards
Large Lizards (WMV Video, 7.3 MB)
Connie and Frilled Lizard
Connie and Frilled Lizard

The variety of species and habitats concentrated in this smallish urban area was quite amazing.

An Echidna
An Echidna
A Wallaby
A Wallaby
Magnificent Tree Frog
Magnificent Tree Frog
Birds
Birds (WMV Video, 5.6 MB)
A Cassowary
A Cassowary
A Koala
A Koala
Butterflies
Butterflies (WMV Video, 5.6 MB)
Connie and Nella and Butterflies
Connie and Nella and Butterflies (WMV Video, 7.4 MB)

From Wildlife World we walked along the Darling Harbour shoreline and happened upon an open area where a large video screen had been set up so people could watch the Olympics while eating their lunches.  We watched long enough to see Michael Phelps win his eighth gold medal of the games, and then walked across the Pyrmont Bridge to the other side of the Harbour.

Michael Phelps Winning Eighth Gold Medal
Michael Phelps Winning Eighth Gold Medal
Ferryboat Friendship
Ferryboat Friendship

The Pyrmont Bridge dates from 1902 and is an unusual “swing-span” bridge, which lets tall boats through by having a section which swings open and closed like a door.  It is now a pedestrian bridge with excellent views of the downtown skyline, but there is also an elevated monorail track which runs the length of it.

Pyrmont Bridge
Pyrmont Bridge
Downtown and Monorail Track from Pyrmont Bridge
Downtown and Monorail Track from Pyrmont Bridge
Downtown and South Steyne
Downtown and South Steyne
Australian National Maritime Museum
Australian National Maritime Museum

On the far side of the Harbour there is a monorail station where we purchased all-day tickets (a good deal if you plan on taking more than one ride).

Approaching Monorail
Approaching Monorail
Monorail Approaching Station
Monorail Approaching Station (WMV Video, 7.5 MB)

Then we rode the monorail around the south end of the Harbour and back to a stop near our hotel.

More Photos:

Sydney Town Hall
Sydney Town Hall
Red Bull Ants
Red Bull Ants
Golden Orb Weaver Spider and Web
Golden Orb Weaver Spider and Web
Inland Taipan (World’s Most Venomous)
Inland Taipan (World’s Most Venomous)
Common Death Adder (World’s Fastest Striking)
Common Death Adder (World’s Fastest Striking)
Frilled Lizards
Frilled Lizards (WMV Video, 4.2 MB)
Big Green Lizard
Big Green Lizard
Perentie
Perentie
Birds
Birds (WMV Video, 3.6 MB)
Small Bird and Birdbath
Small Bird and Birdbath
Gray Waterfowl
Gray Waterfowl
Connie and Nella with Fake Lorikeets
Connie and Nella with Fake Lorikeets
Greater Bilby
Greater Bilby
Sugar Glider
Sugar Glider
Connie and Nella with "Kangaroo"
Connie and Nella with "Kangaroo"
Kangaroos “Hanging Out”
Kangaroos “Hanging Out”
A Wombat
A Wombat
Connie and Nella with Fake Wombat
Connie and Nella with Fake Wombat (WMV Video, 3.0 MB)
Connie and Bob with "Cassowary"
Connie and Bob with "Cassowary"
Inside Butterfly Enclosure
Inside Butterfly Enclosure (WMV Video, 11.2 MB)
Butterfly
Butterfly
Orange Butterflies
Orange Butterflies
Butterflies on Rock
Butterflies on Rock
Black Butterflies
Black Butterflies
Nella and Butterfly
Nella and Butterfly
Butterfly Display
Butterfly Display
Lady with Water Python
Lady with Water Python
Nella and Connie at Monorail Station
Nella and Connie at Monorail Station

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