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Different sounds of the didjeridoo
We had just finished exploring China Town and decided to just walk as I enjoy doing in any city.
Located in Darling Harbour was this Outback Center promoting Outback Australia and Aboriginal Culture. The center has a wide range of outback and aborigal art for sale. The part I enjoyed most was their "Sounds of the Outback".
The story takes place in the outback and is told by a young man and his son who perform the various stories with a wide range of " didjeridoos". The performance is breathtaking with a projector on the background projecting all the beautiful views of the outback.
I can not recall the young man's name, but his story was quite compelling. Living in Sydney alone with his mother, after his father abandoned them, he got into a lot of trouble and his mother shipped him to his grandparent's home who lived in the outback. He learned about his culture and how to tell stories with his didjeridoo. After many years of studying the didjeridoo and how to tell these stories, he realized how important his culture and heritage were for him and how he wanted to conserve it for his children. As part of his conservation, he is now part of the "Sounds of the Outback". His performances are free and he doesn't recieve any payment from the Outback Center, so he does ask for a small donation to support himself and his family.
If you find yourself in Darling Harbour, make it a point to come by and see this fantastic performance.
Directions: Show times are daily at 1pm, 3pm, 5pm
Darling Harbour is a great place in Sydney and seems to be teeming with so many things to see and do. Its a hub for cafes, restaurants and entertainment, including the IMAX theatre and a few convention centers.
You'll also find a children's play area, The Chinese Gardens, Sydney Aquarium, Outback Center and a few shopping centers.
This impressive fort was originally used to house convicts to keep them from escaping. Most convicts in the early days could not swim and the risk of being attacked by a shark deterred prisoners from escaping.
You can take one of the two tours done daily and can be booked at the Sydney Harbour National Park Information Centre.
Phone: 61 2 9247 5033
Luna park is an amusement park which opened in the 1930's. Entrance to the grounds are free and there are all sorts of entertainment and rides to please all "types" of kids, young and old.
There are live venues and resturants with views of Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge.
I read that its a great place to have some fun, but we didn't pay a visit to this park.
Located behind the Opera house the Botanic Gardens & Domain was a fantastic treat! With great views of the Opera House and a jogging path this park is a wonderful location to just explore and get lost in.
The gardens are jammed packed with rare and exotic plants and flowers. Some of the more rarer plants can be found behind metal fences to keep individuals from stealing them. The "Wollemi Pine" is one of the most protected and endangered of the trees found here in the garden. In 1994 one Wollemi Pine was discovered in the Blue Mountain range after being thought extint. You can find a few of the Wollemi Pines planted in the garden. The first tree was grown from a seedling.
There is so much to see and do in the Gardens. You can have a picnic on one of the many lawns. Throughtout the gardens you will find signs encouraging you "touch trees and step on the grass".
Address: Mrs Macquaries Road, Sydney, NSW 2000, Australia
Directions: The Domain and Royal Botanic Gardens are free except for special events. The Domaini s open 24/7 all year and Royal Botanic Gardens are open every day as well.
Check the website for more information.
Phone: 61-2-9231 8111
Address: Macquarie Place
Directions: From Circular Quay find Customs House. Walk up the small road on the right hand side of Customs House & all off 30 seconds later you will see the verdant triangle that is Macquarie Place.
The Chinese Garden offer a rare opportunity here in Australia to experience a century old tradition of Chinese landscaping, garden design and architecture.
The Gardens feature waterfalls, mountains, lakes and forests which make this type of gardening unique. There is a tea house where you can have the opportunity to dress up with ancient Chinese clothing.
Directions: Located at the southern end of Darling Harbour near the Sydney Entertainment Centre and adjacent to Chinatown.
Phone: + 61 2 9240 8888
Beautiful sunset over Sydney Harbour
There isn't anything quite as beautiful as a sunset. And while in Sydney you'll be amazed at how romantic and exhilirating a sunset can be. While out on a day trip make sure to coincide your timing to capture nature at its most beautiful.
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