7 Thais 1 Colombian and Me + chocolate + koalas + wallabies + little penguins = Philip Island
Of we set early one Sunday morning to Philip Island, which in my opinion is a bit of a con: you pay lots of money to see things that you would and should be able to see for free elsewhere.
Still, a silly hour playing games and enjoying chocolate at Panny’s chocolate factory was a good way to start followed by photos of geese and cattle on Churchill Island.
Next we went to the koala sanctuary and did the “koala woodland walk” which showed us plenty of mechanical Koalas. I was and am still somewhat convinced that the koalas were far too conveniently situated to have been real. I could have sworn the park ranger skipped along in front of just in time to switch on the koala…
Absolutely torrential rain came next as we made our way to the The Nobbies and Seal Rocks. The seals were nowhere to be seen, but instead at the end of the island once the rain clouds had rolled away, a rainbow arched across the sky and the most spectacular panoramic views out into the Bass Strait.
The final stop at Philip Island was the Little Penguin Parade. We huddled together as dusk fell, sitting on wet steps patiently waiting for the Little Penguins to emerge from the surf. They are the world’s smallest penguin and undeniably cute. Whilst we waited, instructions were given to us in English and then a variety of Asian languages informing us of the Little Penguins’ sensitivity to camera flashes, the importance of not making too much noise and that under no circumstances must we attempt to take one home. Shame. They were expected at 18:18 and were fashionably late, but when they waddled up the beach out of the surf, checking to see if they were still in their groups, there was a collective gasp at their cuteness. It was then very amusing to invent dialogues between them as they squawked and squeaked to each other whilst making their way to their burrows in the dunes.