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Australia 2011: The Sydney Kick-Off Lands In the Aquarium

Within 2 hours of clearing customs (during which the quarantine dog became enamored with Max’s backpack…due to Bullet using it as a bed), we had a Subway lunch (kids), a Starbucks hit (mostly Jen) and headed to the Sydney Aquarium.

Our hotel view overlooked Darling Harbour which has plenty to keep us hopping and walking our legs off until we head up the coast…but I’m getting ahead of myself!

The Sydney Aquarium is about a five minute walk from our hotel.  It includes “beautiful but bizarre” dugongs (2 of only 5 on display anywhere in the world), plus sharks, stingrays, platypus (Max’s favorites) and an exhibit on the Great Barrier Reef (good prep for our New Year’s Eve snorkeling cruise!).  The walk-through tunnels (like the ones at the Maui Ocean Center) continue to be our favorite type of display, exhibit, whatever you call it.

What we didn’t expect was the number of large Lego statues and even a full wall mural of Captain Ahab fighting Moby Dick.  Lots of legos…a cowboy, a mermaid, a camel…this aquarium can give the Legoland that is coming to KC a run for its money!

I know, I know.  Life-size Lego statues are gonna be a hard act to follow…but there’s always toilets!  Betcha can’t wait to hear about that…