Dubbo Adventures

By phroghollow, June 8, 2010 9:10 am

As Daniel mentioned via Twitter we spent last weekend in Dubbo with Mum and Dad. We had a great time, the trip has been about 2 years in the making, it started after a trip to the National Zoo and Aquarium inspired us to visit the Western Plains Zoo.

We left Canberra bright and early Friday morning in our new car, we were itching to take it out on the open road to see how it would travel, it did great!! We arrived in Dubbo about 2.30ish, we stayed here https://www.akunamotorinn.com.au/ it was really good and the people who run it are lovely.

We decided to check out the Old Dubbo Gaol on Friday afternoon, it has been closed since 1966. In its day it could hold a maximumof 36 prisoners, male and female. The solitary confinement cells were so creepy, they were pitch black and allow in no light or sound!!

After the gaol we wandered around the shops for awhile before heading back to the hotel for a rest. We headed over to the Bowling Club across the road for dinner and quite a few drinks. I mastered the Skill Tester and got myself a Ralf (from the Simpsons) and then conquered the chocolate skill tester and provided dessert for all )

Cute Meer Cat

We had a great day, the giraffe in the top photos was so cheeky, he was posing for all the cameras, there were lots of baby giraffes too so cute!!!

The Meer Cats were super cute too, this little one was looking out for his keeper cause he knew that food was on its way!! We watch them feed and it was so cute the little Meer cats were running all over the people feeding them trying to get to their food!

The last photo is of an Eland and its new baby, it was born that day. Earlier in the morning we noticed that the Eland was in labour she kept lying down to have contractions and her waters broke while we were watching, we (well Me, Daniel and Dad) got a bit bored after awhile so wandered off for awhile, a zoo keeper did eventually confirm that it could take hours for the birth to actually happen. We decided to go back at the end of the day and when we did we found Mum and her brand new baby, couldn’t have been much more then about an hour old he/she was still wet and wobbly.

We eventually left the zoo about 4pm, we had walked about 15kms and drove around once at the end to re-visit some parts, mainly the Elands and the tigers again. Dad and Daniel had a great time with the cameras and took heaps of photos.

We went back to the Bowling Club for dinner and more drinks, once again I conquered the chocolate skill tester for dessert and Daniel mastered the other Skill Tester he got me a Care Bear and him a Gizmo.

Sunday morning it was just a little chilly, we checked out of the hotel and headed off for Parks to check out The Dish.

It did not let us down, we spent about an hour there reading all the info and we watched a 3D movie about The Dish, Mars and how big stuff in space is.

Then it was home again, we had a great weekend, thanks to Paul who once again looked after the animals. It was his first time looking after Ellie, I think she kept him on his toes  )

Then Monday was back to reality and back to work!! This weekend we have to finish getting ready for our painting, Sunday we move into Mum and Dad’s for week and the painting starts on Monday can’t wait!!

35 Responses to “Dubbo Adventures”

  1. Mary Tyson says:

    Loved your blog. Sounds like a fun weekend. Ad yay for skill testers. Would love to have been there with you

  2. Kirsty says:

    Oh SOOOO cool! I would LOVE to take teh kids to the zoo!

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