Phillip Island is a small island below Melbourne and is the furthest south you can go before you hit Tasmania. We were going here as there were a few things we wanted to see so it was worth the trip.
We arrived quite late in the day so only quickly crammed in one of the locations which is called the Nobbies. Its right on the tip of the island and is a set of rocky outcrops which take the full force of the oceans waves. Pretty impressive to see, plus they have thousands of seagulls nesting around the area so there was plenty of noise (and crap) everywhere. Then on the way to the main town, Cowes, we came across a wild Wallaby in the road which was great to see!
The next morning we got up bright and early as we had lots to see, but we also heard the sad news that Patrick Swayze had died. Such a shame
First on our agenda for the day was a Koala Conservation Sanctuary. As you can imagine Em was giddy with excitement at seeing the cute little Koalas asleep in the trees. They really are probably the cutest little critters ever!! We also saw another wild Wallaby here as well as lots of birds like gallahs and rainbow lorikeets which was great!
After this we went as fast as we could over the bridge to the mainland where each day at 12pm a local fish market brings the fish they don't need and feed it to the 20 something hungry Pelicans on the beach. Hilarious to watch!!
Next was a trip to a chocolate factory (mmmmmmmm) before we headed to the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit where they have the Moto GP races each year. They had a little museum there, albeit not a patch on Donington, but was still good to see as well as getting a look at the circuit. One random thing here was we found a Cockatoo which could talk?!?!
But all of this pales in comparison into the real reason we came here. The Penguin Parade!!!
On the south of the island is a place called the Penguin Parade where each evening hundreds of the worlds smallest penguins come ashore to spend the nights in there burrows just behind the sand dunes. You can go and spend the evening on special raised boardwalks near the beach where the penguins come ashore which is what we did. Just as the sun went down loads of penguins make there way out of the surf, across the beach, through the sand dunes and then up through the hills into there burrows. It was seriously amazing to watch! The penguins are only about 6 inches tall and you can be really close to them as long as you don't make any noise or take photos as they are all wild so they don't want you frightening them away. We watched them for about an hour and it was without doubt one of the highlights of our travels so far! Amazing to see!!!
So thats Phillip Island. For such a small place there was loads to see and do, but for now we are done and heading North East on our way to Sydney which will take us a few days of driving. Oh joy