Penguin Parade

Phillip Island Travel Blog

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Botanic Graden
After yesterday's tour on the Great Ocean Road my new TravBuddy friend and I joined up again for another tour, this one to Phillip Island. I wasn't sure if this one could live up to the Great Ocean Road tour, and for most of the day I was right to think it. This tour didn't start nearly as early as the previous one, which was nice. It had been quite a while since I'd been able to sleep in for any amount of time. Until sunset the highlight of the day was the chocolate factory tour we took. I love chocolate of all kinds, and a factory that makes chocolate pretty much is what I hope to see if I die and heaven is proven to exist. In fact, if heaven doesn't look like Willy Wonka's chocolate factory I'll be grossly disappointed.
The statue of David made of chocolate


We also made a stop at a botanical garden, which was interesting in that it was designed in such a way that you could take a walk around the entirety of Australia, at least the flora of the country. We also visited a conservatory of some kind where there were more koalas. It was pretty disappointing to me, though. After having seen koalas that were truly wild the previous day within a foot of me it was a complete disappointment to see some that were basically in a zoo environment. But there were some wallabies bouncing around the area, and I hadn't seen any of those yet. So, it wasn't a total loss.

The end of the night made the entire tour worthwhile. The highlight of the tour is watching hundreds of penguins emerge from the sea after their fishing expedition to return to their burrows on land.
Chocolate city
Sadly, they don't allow photography so you can't see it unless you go there yourself. But, sure enough, right near sunset there was a parade of penguins that started to come ashore. They came up in groups and kept on coming for quite a while. They walked across the beach and stopped to rest right in front of us before moving along on their way to their burrows. It was a thrill to watch and we sat there for a long, long time just watching this parade. I love penguins.

Once we had our fill of penguins we made our way back to the parking lot, jumped back on the bus, and took off back to Melbourne. It would take probably 2 hours to get there. In the parking lot we had to be aware enough not to run over any penguins who had seemingly lost their way in the parking lot. Sadly, there were a couple wandering in the parking lot. We didn't run them over, so all is well. Hopefully they found their way.
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Botanic Graden
Botanic Graden
The statue of David made of chocol…
The statue of David made of choco…
Chocolate city
Chocolate city
mmmmm....chocolate
mmmmm....chocolate
:)
:)
A Chocolate waterfall
A Chocolate waterfall
Penguins...one of the few we could…
Penguins...one of the few we coul…
Phillip Island
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