Phillip Island

Trip Start Jan 19, 2013
Trip End Apr 12, 2013

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Flag of Australia  , Victoria,
Friday, February 1, 2013

Alright everyone, we're just on the coach coming back from our day trip to Phillip Island. We've had a pretty packed day of sight seeing so I'm going to try and remember everything we've done!

We started off with a quick tour of the island's chocolate factory, run by a guy call Panny who also has an Indian restaurant attached to the factory - as you do! We read all about how chocolate is made from the sourcing of cocoa to the final stages. They had a massive mosaic of Dame Edna Everidge made entirely from chocolates and a little chocolate village. We had our photo taken in a chocolate room and tried to win a free sweet from the games they had but I think they were rigged so you couldn't win. There were some wrappers about but I'm sure they were planted there to give false hope - not that I'm bitter I lost or anything?!

Back on the road and we headed to a koala bear sanctuary. Koalas were introduced to the area in the 18th century I think and thrived there but with more and more cars being used on the island, they built a sanctuary to protect them. We had a wander around the boardwalk and soon spotted a couple of the little guys asleep in their trees. They were tres adorable! Rikki got some really good shots on his camera of them.

After the koalas we were taken to a winery and had a little wine and cheese tasting sessions. Anyone who knows Rikki and I will know we aren't the target audience for this activity, both of us disliking both wine and cheese - but we dove straight in. We both preferred the white wines on offer - we were given some Chardonnay, Sauvignon blanc and something else. We surprised ourselves by actually enjoying them haha! We were given a few reds aswell, I wasn't too keen on the red but Rikki turned into a bit of a connoisseur, asking for more! He's changed. We also didn't find the cheese too bad either, except the cheddar which was definitely not for us.

Free the winery, we stopped off at the Nobbies which are a load of massive rocks at the coast of Phillip Island. It was ridiculously windy up there, like walking along the cliffs at Rottingdean - I felt right at home!

After a quick dinner of fish and chips and being stalked by the island's resident seagulls we were taken to the main event - the penguin parade. We managed to get a couple of prime seats, one row back from the front. It was so cold down there though - the wind didn't let up at all and we were both in as many layers as we had brought with us. Sitting through the cold was well worth it because soon we could see little clusters of penguins making their way up the beach and back to their burrows. They were so cute - shimmering in the dark as they waddled up the sand! We walked around the boardwalk which over looks their homes basically. They all walk through and you can get so close to them, within touching distance. Unfortunately we haven't got any pictures to share as everyone is forbidden to take photos so as not to hurt the little guys. You'll just have to trust us that it is an amazing sight to see!

Jennie and Rikki xx
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