Wildlife on wildlife on wildlife

Trip Start Jan 01, 2013
Trip End Jan 30, 2013

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Flag of Australia  , Victoria,
Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Well, our coastal road trip from Melbourne to Sydney started today. We checked out of our hostel in St. Kilda and grabbed a bite to eat at a local cafe nearby. Then we hit the road to travel to Cowes on Phillip Island to see the penguin parade. On the drive through the island we spotted two cool attractions that immediately caught our attention: a chocolate factory and an animal park where you could feed kangaroos and pet koala bears. We of course needed to hit both of those spots, but first we had to check into our home for the night.

We booked our stay at a place called Amaroo Caravan Park, so we weren't sure what to expect for our first night on the road trip. It ended up being a quaint little place where people buy little cottages in the park and it sort of acts like a shore house like the one we have in Wildwood. We didn't actually spend the night in one of these, as we stayed in the dorms that were available, but they looked so cute and were the perfect distance away from all of the attractions on Phillip Island. We had two bunk beds and luckily no roommate this time, so it was nice to just have the three of us in the room for the night.

Once we got settled we went back to the animal park. We bought entry tickets and also bought the "koala experience" option in which we actually got to pet a koala! We also were able to go into the kangaroo park and feed them, as well as pet and take pictures with them. The park also had dingos, wombats, wallabies, tasmanian devils, peacocks, emus, donkeys, llamas, and sheep to see. It was a once in a lifetime experience!

Next, we went to nobbies head for some cool views off of the island of the water and the seals that inhabited the land. We ate dinner and then finally, we went to the penguin parade on the southwestern coast and saw the little penguins come in from the water at sunset. They were so cute, but no photography was allowed, as that would scare them. Phillip Island is the only place to see this species on penguin, so it also was an awesome experience. After the parade we headed back to our dorm for some rest and to pack our bags for the morning.
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