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We woke to a calmer day although still very cold, but the wind had dropped. We wandered down to one of the Marina cafés and had some breakfast, croissants and a panini with scrambled egg, not very impressive but the coffee was good. Later we set off in the car for Adelaide Zoo to see the pandas. Adelaide is an easy city to get around in and we found parking in Plane Tree Drive near the zoo. We watched the macaw flying around and I tried to take some photos ...
After three days in Melbourne we drove to Phillip Island to visit the fairy penguins and koala bears. Koala bears sleep about 20 hours a day and spend the rest of their time eating leaves. We arrived at the Koala Conservation Centre, stared up into the trees while the koalas stared back at us. That was it. They are cute. They don't move around much. End of koala viewing story.
The penguins on the other hand, ...
Our next visit was to the migration museum, as it was on the way to the car-hire. An import part of Australia's History is shown in this interesting exhibition on conditions of settlements. Particularly just after the Second World War, Australia badly needed more people with all kinds of skills, while at the same time the Government tried by all means to "keep Australia White", which led sometimes to discriminating and painful situations.
“It is ...
... swimmers go" we all bustled and slashed our way in hastily to get in before the "stop!" command came, and then "swimmers out". We looked like penguins dropping off a cliff.
We didn't see many dolphins initially, due to our hasty entries, but once we calmed it down and slipped in with minimal splashing we were able to see pods of dolphins. We saw a mum, dad and baby, a group of 4, another 6, another two...they just kept coming. Absolutely amazing!
Even when ...
... myself why when I see a sign with the explanation: the complex shape of the roof has been caused by a chemical reaction of water dripping into the cave, absorbing carbon dioxide and becoming acidic. Instead of depostiting calcite crystals, it has dissolved the limestone to produce AVENS, the hollow shapes in the roof.
A roof collapse window – which was also the entrance to the cave – brings fresh air into the cave and it has reduced the carbon dioxide in ...