• Toddler,  Travel

    Bilpin Country Lodge

    When we were in Sydney, we took a farm stay for the first time as a family. We decided on the Bilpin Country Lodge. The lodge is located in Bilpin the Blue Mountains which is about 2.5 hours outside of Sydney Centre. We stayed at the lodge for two nights, in a Family 3 person room with a Garden View. It cost us about AUD$230 per night. You can check out their facilities here. Apologies I didn’t take many pictures while we were there – it’s a bit challenging when you’ve got an active toddler running around.

  • Baby,  Toddler,  Travel

    Taronga Zoo Adventures

    My husband and I love heading to the Taronga Zoo everytime we are in Sydney, not just for the animals but for the view! This trip to Sydney was no different. We took the opportunity to bring our amost 2 year old to see some animals and have a good day out. We are early risers so we got up nice and early, had breakfast in the hotel before heading out to the zoo. The zoo opens at 9:30AM so getting up at 7:30AM works for us to get ready, fed and packed to head out the door and to the zoo.

    Here are some of the details of the zoo as well as some tips.

    Opening hours

    May – Aug: 9.30am – 4.30pm
    Sept – Apr: 9.30am – 5.00pm
    New Years Eve: 9.30am – 4.00pm

    Ticket prices

    Adult: AUD$47 at the gate; AUD$42.30 (20% off) online

    Child (4-15 Years): AUD$27 at the gate; AUD$24.30 (20% off) online

    Kids under 4 are free!

    Tip: Buy your tickets online, there’s no need to print it out, they will scan your smartphone at the entry gate.

    Getting there

    Taronga Zoo is located on Bradleys Head, Mosman. The Zoo is located 12 minutes from Circular Quay by ferry or a short bus/train trip from the city or North Sydney. You can also get there by bus and by car. The trip by car from our part of town took us 25 minutes. Parking is readily available at the Zoo. Entry to the car park is from Bradleys Head Road. The car park day rate is $18.

    Find out more about getting to the zoo here on their website.

    Tip: We personally like taking the ferry if the weather forecast is good. There is a good view of Sydney’s iconic Opera House, bridges and Luna Park. If the weather looks a bit iffy, we drive just so we are able to leave anytime and won’t get caught in the rain. The steps from the ferry to the cable car is unsheltered and if you have a buggy with you, you may face some difficulties getting up the steps.