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Sea World – Gold Coast

Sea world is a theme park based on marine life and is situated at Sea World Drive, 3 km north of Surfers Paradise on Queensland’s Gold Coast.

How to get there?? Well, we took the Gold Coast train at 8:00 am from the roma street station and reached to Helensvale station in an hour. From there we got the bus for sea world and it took 25 minutes to reach there. 

the monorail

Monorail @Sea world

At the entrance we met Sesame street ( Gali Gali Sim Sim /pogo channel) characters, posing with kids. Kids were too happy to meet their favourite characters (Elmo looked the brightest of all). Near the entrance were the monorail station and the ropeway halt. For having a picturesque view of sea world, one must try the monorail and the ropeway. the best part is – these are free of cost. For a  wider and  bird eye view of the area, helicopter rides are there with a fee of 55 AUD /person /10 min approx.

After getting an idea of the place, we headed to the dolphin cove, where Beautiful dolphins were dancing to the tunes of human being. I knew that dolphins have got stong smelling- power and are capable of understanding human actions but knowing something and watching it are different aspects. A show was running demonstrating how we can live in harmony with other creatures of this planet. A trained staff was having a ride over a dolphin and it was too fast. Then those dolphins responded to palm movements, head movement of humans and to the rhythms. It’s magical for me to see the closeness of man and other animals. At least I can never try that.

There were several rides – jet rescue, cork screw – all horrifying for me. Screams of people who were riding scared me. One BERMUDA TRIANGLE RIDE was there which was not so speedy so I did not miss the chance. It showed the possible happenings which occurred to the lost planes and ships and was a good try.

 The Sesame Street Beach was a heaven for kids. It had train and helicopter rides, merry-go-round, bird bouncer, and a splash zone. A show featuring all sesame street characters was there and not only kids but everyone danced to their tunes.

Wait wait….in the animal section there were Polar Bears, sharks,sting rays, sea urchins, star fishes; and you could hand feed some of them. I wanted to spend some more time watching the beauty of sea world inhabitants but …..there’s always a time limit for everything (???????)

There were plenty of food stalls, food from outside is not allowed unless you have special dietary requirement.

It was a beautiful day in a beautiful place. I’m planning to go once more…..Amen !

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The Cassowary @ Australia Zoo

A Cassowary - One of the largest birds of the world !!

A Cassowary - One of the largest birds of the world !!

The Cassowary

The Cassowary - Smaller only than Ostrich and Emu

I was really amazed by the height of the bird….I contacted an staff member at the Australia zoo and got some intresting facts about the bird ~ 

A cassowary is a FLIGHTLESS BIRD (of course I knew this). Adult Cassowaries are 1.5 to 1.8 metres tall, although some females may reach 2 metres, and weigh about 58 kilograms.

 A special feature of a cassowary is the three-toed feet having sharp claws. The second toe, the inner one in the medial position, has a dagger-like claw. This claw is particularly fearsome since cassowaries are known to kick humans and animals with their enormously powerful legs, when disturbed.

 Cassowaries can run up to 50 km/h through the dense forest. They can jump up to 1.5 metres and they are good swimmers, crossing wide rivers and swimming in the sea as well. Cassowaries are solitary birds except during courtship, egg-laying, and sometimes around ample food supplies. (Source of information – Australia Zoo Staff)

 For more informatin on cassowaries in Australia zoo CLICK HERE.

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Roma Street Parkland

A Beautiful place to visit in Brisbane city(Queensland,Australia) is The Roma street Parkland. I’m a regular visitor these days since I can’t resist meeting the flora (mainly) and fauna of the place. Infact my concept of a “park” has changed now. It is a HUGE area of GREEN space with changing landscapes. It has a well decorated and well maintained spectacle garden within which you can find almost any colour present on the earth. The display of blooms changes according to the change in season and thats why the color of landscape changes. In addition to flowers, there are herbs, water features and art works to soothe the eyes.

Then, there is the lake precinct with walkways and lawns making it a perfect place for picnic.

Exploring The forest and fern gully feels like wandering through subtropical rainforest. It shows a huge collection of ferns. The mist created, adds more to the effect.

The upper parkland is loved by children since it has playground and recreational area. Children from schools participate in various activities and contribute their share to the Park. A good news for the wheelchair users – There is a liberty swing specially for them !

The basic facilities are good and ample. Volunteers are always appreciated here. Also, there is a huge lawn at the entrance (near the roma street station); I guess there is one entrance; which is a place for major community events (cerebral palsy awareness programme on 1st august, sri krishna janmaashtami celebration on 23rd august) and nearby there is a barbeque area. So what are you waiting for ?? Come , roam in The Roma, play, relax, do your barbeque and enjoy your day!!

You can reach there by Roma Street Rail Station – Come to Platform 10, take right and come out of station, cross the road, take elevator and you have reached there. Another entry is through Albert Street Footbridge.

Some of the pics of Roma street Parkland , of course taken by me –

The Parklands

Spectacle Garden_1

Caught a bird

Caught a bird

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Spectacle Garden_2

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Spectacle Garden_3

 

 

 

 

 

 

colors

Colors

flowers

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forest

The Forest

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Misty Forest

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

upper parkland

Play Area _Upper parkland

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Kidz activity

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I hope you like the parklands !!

 

 

 

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