On a recent terrific, private tour to the Jenolan Caves, which is an hour and a half beyond the Blue Mountains, I was fortunate to experience my first sighting of the Superb Lyrebird.
The bird-like sounds coming from the forest were confusing, as I couldn’t pin point the species of bird. It was a cocktail of sounds from a kookaburra, a camera shutter closing to the sound of a car alarm going off!
Confusing to say the least!
I ended up peering into the undergrowth not knowing what to expect.
Then to my amazement, out of the foliage struts this beautiful pheasant bird, looking like a glamorous ramp model, with the most beautiful long, veil-like tail.
Blessed to have had this rare species of bird cross my path.
The Nan Tien Temple is a Buddhist temple complex situated just outside Wollongong. It’s approximately 80 km south of Sydney. It is one of the branch temples of Fo Guang Shan, founded in 1965 by Venerable Master Hsing Yun, which has over 200 branches worldwide.
The 8 level Pagoda that is located within the Nan Tien Complex is set amidst landscaped gardens and serves as a resting place for the created ashes of devotees and relatives. It can accommodate the remains of over 7000 people. Inside the Pagoda is a shrine dedicated to Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva who vowed to help all beings reach enlightenment; there is also a wishing bell where visitors may make a wish.
The Nan Tien Temple complex is an award winning tourist attraction and the surrounding gardens present a tranquil environment where you can admire the artistic sculptured rock statues and architecture of the buildings.
No need to hunt too far … when you’re on a private tour in the oldest wine district of Australia. An enjoyable two hour drive from Sydney brings you to a host of terrific wine boutiques in the Hunter Valley Wine region. Your private guide will introduce you to a some of the unique, award winning family owned wineries, where you can sit back, relax and enjoy a glass of wine or two.
Wine tasting with Terrific Tours Sydney … an unforgettable experience!