Kangaroo Valley

Kangaroo Valley: Top Sights from this Scenic Getaway

 

Kangaroo Valley is a 2 hour drive from Sydney, and as the name suggests, provides ample opportunity to see these native animals.

The town is a quaint set of shops nestled in the valley, completely surrounded by mountains.

Often in the mornings you will see the kangaroos amongst the trees before they disappear in to the surrounding bush.

There are many sights to see whilst spending a weekend here:

1. Bushwalks

You can visit Fitzroy Falls, a 20min drive away which is a beautiful bushwalk with waterfalls and local flora and fauna. Easy to medium walks available and starts at the visitor centre.

Walks are also in nearby Morton State Conservation where you see vast views across the valley including the local dam. 6km there and back.

2. Pioneer Village Museum

Great for families and kids entertainment, the museum contains a series of houses, schoolhouse, mill and even a 30,000 year old fossil. It tells the story of the early settlers to the area.

There are bushwalks that commence at the back of this property if you wish to extend your stay at this sight.

3. Hampden Bridge.

Named after the state governor in the days of the early settlers, this is the only wooden structural bridge of its kind, complete with medieval pylons.

 

Curacao

Sights and Things to Do on Curacao, Netherlands Antilles

 

A travel tip about things you might like to do and see on Curacao.

– Queen Juliana Bridge, Willemstad. At 185 feet, this is highest bridge in the Caribbean (and one of the tallest bridges in the world.) The bridge overlooks St. Anna Bay as well as Willemstad. Note: The observation platform has been closed to pedestrian traffic.

– Queen Emma Bridge (a.k.a “The Swinging Old Lady”), Willemstad. A floating pontoon bridge that links the “Punda” (Point Side) and the “Otrobanda” (Other Side) of the Willemstad across the Sint Annabaai Channel. You get to see the bridge open and close to away marine traffic into St. Anna Bay. (In the event the bridge is open for a prolonged time, there is a ferry service across the channel as well.)

– Christoffel National Park, A national park that is run by the by the Carmabi Foundation. Christoffel National Park is home to Boca Grandi, Indian caves where you can see paintings left by the Arawak Indians and Mount Christoffel. (At 1292 feet high, Mount Christoffel is the highest point in Curacao.) Address: West Point , Tel: +(5999)/864-0363,

– Shete Boka National Park, A national park also run by the by the Carmabi Foundation, Shete Boka is home to the “7 boca’s” including Boca Tabla and Boca Pistol (also known as “The Shooting Pistol”) In season, some of the boca’s serve as sea turtle breeding grounds. Address: West Point, Tel: +(5999)/864-0444,

– Curacao Sea Aquarium, Home of the Dolphin Academy. This is one of the most popular attractions in Curacao. If you wish to do a Dolphin activity book as early as possible! $entry price (depends on activity you choose BUT paying for an activity (such as something at the Dolphin Academy) gets you entry to all of the Aquarium. Address: Bapor Kibra Z/N, Tel: +(5999)/461-6666,

– Hato Caves, Open 7 days a week, with tours 2 times a day. Coral and limestone caves that was carved out below the sea and born when the sea level dropped. There are beautiful stalactite and stalagmite formations as well as water pools and a waterfall. The cave is also home to a colony long nose fruit bats. (Because of the colony, photography is limited and not allowed in certain chambers.) Address: F.D. Rooseveltweg Z/N, Tel: +(5999)/868-0379.

– Curacao Ostrich & Game Farm, Santa Catharina. The Curacao Ostrich Farm is one of the biggest Ostrich farms outside Africa. The tour takes you around the ostrich pens and incubator. Meat from this farm is shipped to Aruba (Ostrich is a red meat, which is high in protein and low in fat.) Address: Tel: +(5999)/747-2777.

– Fort Amsterdam, The seat of the Netherlands Antilles, Fort Amsterdam sits at the mouth of the harbor at the end of the Sint Annabaai Channel on the point. The complex has restaurants, shops as well as the Governors Palace. Address: Punda Side, Willemstad.

– Fort Nassau, was built on the hill to defend both St. Anna Bay as well as part of the city of Willemstad. The fort is open for tours and there is also a restaurant that overlooks the bay. Address: Willemstad

– The Floating Market, the “floating market” is actually a mini boat fleet that comes in from Venezuela and sells ultra fresh fish and fruit at the best prices. Address: Punda Side, Willemstad.

– Mikvé Israel-Emanuel Synagogue, the oldest synagogue in the western hemisphere, with a sand floor and museum containing ancient artifacts Address: Tel: 599-9-4611067,

– Museum Kura Hulanda, open Daily from 10:00 a.m. till 5:00 p.m. This anthropological museum chronicles the African slave trade as well as the cultures of Curacao. Entry: $9 Address: Willemstad. Phone: +5999 434 7765

– Postal Museum, Willemstad.

– Maritime Museum, Willemstad.