After walking over an hour we arrived at Centennial Park – a massive space near Bondi Junction.

We instantly noticed the juxtaposition between the usual hustle and bustle of the city and the tranquility of the park.

With a wide variety of birds both on land and in the many ponds, plenty of space marked out for sports and a delicious cafe we could easily have spent the day there with a bit of preparation.

A highlight was seeing our first Pelican! The picture below isn’t even zoomed in, we really did manage to get that close to the bird for this photo. It wasn’t until later in our travels that we got to see one of these huge creatures fly – I don’t think I’ll ever get used to seeing something so big flying over me!

As we wondered round the huge area we came across a swamp with footpaths passing through. As we walked in we began to notice the high pitch squeal of what we thought were birds. I looked up to discover a blanket of flying foxes lining the branches and a couple flying between the trees. Having only ever seen a couple of bats at night in England I was blown away to see so many in such a small place in broad daylight. It wasn’t until we got to the other side of the swamp that we found the sign informing people of the bat colony.