Started my day by catching two ferries over to darling harbour where I visited Sydney wildlife centre! I walked though a room where butterflies landed on me before meeting Rex, a huge saltwater crocodile who lives as a bachelor as the last two females he was introduced to, ended up dead! I watched an 'unbearably' cute baby koala eat his dinner and then laughed at 2 kangaroos having a little disagreement and one swinging his relatively large penis around in front of the children ha ha
At the maritime museum, I spent hours talking to the antique, volunteer historians who all enjoyed giving me one to one history lessons! I boarded a replica of the duyfkan that sailed from Amsterdam in 1606 with capt janz who was the first European to discover Australia! However the perfect harbours and pristine waters didn't impress him as he was unable to find the spices for which he originally set out! The duyfkan looks like a pirate ship and only the constable was allowed below deck! If anyone was caught stealing the spices, which were worth more than their weight in gold, they would have one hand tied behind their back and one secured to the mast with a knife until he was able to free himself!
I then boarded the onslow submarine, originally made in Scotland 40 years ago, she served in the cold war as a surveillance weapon! Although she had 8, 4meter long tornados at the ready, none were ever fired in anger! During her 30 year career, as the hull gets weaker and weaker over time, the depth she is able to achieve decreases! For naval training, special suits were designed to shoot the men out from 600 feet below sea level like champagne corks!
The Vampire war ship built to hold a crew of 320 has sailed all around the world and even comes equipped with it's own hospital room! Everything has been left in it's original condition and you can even see photographs of the captains family stuck next to his bed!
A night out in manly proved to be great fun at the Four pines, sports bar and boatshed with live music, cold play etc, amazing, loving it!!! Met some proper kiwis with the full shebang tattoos, they sure had a few stories to tell!