As we drove throughout the massive concrete bridge that linked Philip Island to the mainland we actually didn’t know what to anticipate. It definitely appeared picturesque as we drove by Newtown coming off the bridge. We had three days to seek out out what this place needed to supply and take advantage of our time there.
We have been fortunate to know the beautiful Judy, a household good friend, that lived on the Island, this was excellent when deciding what we should always see and how one can get our priorities sorted. The Island is southwest of Melbourne on the south coast of Australia; being February it was a pleasant change from the stifling climate we had skilled in Queensland. The ocean breeze was best permitting us to be outdoors and benefit from the wild life that the Island boasted. Nearly 60% of the Island is farmland and with solely round 10,000 everlasting residents it’s a quiet, peaceable place, and though many come to remain through the peak season, it’s nice for exploring and having fun with the sandy southern seashores.
Presumably the most important draw to the Island is the Penguin Parade, one in every of Australia’s greatest wild life points of interest. The small ‘Fairy Penguins’ that reside on the Island actually are one thing altogether totally different. You arrive on the nationwide park for 9pm and have a 180 diploma view of those furry creatures leaving the ocean. Often known as ‘Little penguins’, they’re predominantly discovered on the south coast of Australia and New Zealand. We took our seats and waited patiently, as no images is allowed you may simply get misplaced within the second and provides your full consideration to this unbelievable parade. Everybody was silent and gazing on the water.
At that second a tiny ball of fluff emerged from a break within the wave. He appeared like he was struggling to battle with the present however after a couple of makes an attempt he reached the seashore, shook himself off, and timidly took a couple of steps ahead, wanting throughout him. Then, as if with a flash he had turned and ran again into the water disappearing as soon as once more. Everybody was in disbelief on the measurement of those cute animals. A few minute later the identical little penguin had reappeared, stepping ahead on the seashore, solely this time we noticed the others bobbing out of the water behind him. It was then that we realised that the pinnacle of the group should come out of the water and examine for hazard or predators earlier than summoning everybody else. Earlier than lengthy there have been a whole lot of Fairy penguins, heading again to their burrows after a tough day of fishing. They waddled up the seashore in the direction of us and into the sand dunes the place they’ve made houses, some have been even bringing again small sea animals and squid for the younger ones that weren’t sufficiently old to fend for themselves. It was a spectacular night watching these charming penguins go about their on a regular basis enterprise while utterly ignoring us as we stared in awe at them.
As if the Little Penguins weren’t sufficient to get you hooked, Philip Island is full of an array of wildlife. You might have Australia’s largest colony of Fur Seals simply off ‘The Nobbies’ lazing round on ‘Seal Rocks’, virtually 16000 are believed to reside and breed there. ‘The Nobbies’ itself is the rugged peninsular that hugs the nook of Philip Island and has but extra penguin burrows. Within the spring this idyllic location additionally homes Silver Gulls whereas they nest. If you happen to’re fortunate you can even spot the darkish shadows within the coastal waters, dwelling to giant sting rays that hover slightly below the floor. One nice strategy to see among the principal points of interest is to attempt to get ticket presents for the three principal parks, Koala Park, Penguin Parade and Churchill Island.
All are excellent household outings for locating out extra concerning the Island. Nevertheless, if you’re searching for one thing a bit totally different you may head to The Grand Prix Observe; well-known for internet hosting Australia’s first Grand Prix in 1928, and now has a mix of supercars and superbike reveals. In our three days on Philip Island I didn’t anticipate to do and see as a lot as we did, it has much more to supply than you suppose. Though all people ought to attempt to see the Penguins at the least as soon as, the Island is a perfect getaway for households. With the reliably delicate local weather, and loads of locations to go to you received’t be caught for concepts!