Day 5 - Phillip Island to Morning Peninsula

Trip Start Apr 17, 2012
Trip End May 27, 2012

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Beachfront camping at McCrae

Flag of Australia  , Victoria,
Saturday, April 21, 2012

This morning was our last morning on the island so after a quick breakfast and some more feeding of our avian friends we headed over to the North Eastern end of the island to have a look at the nature park on Churchill Island which is over a small bridge across a tidal inlet off Phillip Island. It used to be a farm but is now like a national park.

There were several kms of bike tracks so we took the bikes off the back of the camper and went for a ride. It was a great way to see the island and the wildlife. After the ride we stopped at the cafe and had a yummy lunch. There happened to be a vintage car show there at the time so there were a few people around but we still got a seat and had a good feed to recharge us after the bike ride.

After lunch we headed off, we took a slight detour to see Cape Woolomai but only had a quick look. As we didn't feel like driving much, the 100kms to the Mornington Peninsula seemed like ages. We got to McCrae visitors centre to find out about camping areas and they told us the entire beachfront was a camping area. They also told us that before we set up camp we had to drive a couple of km's up to Arthur's Seat which was a bloody high mountain with a serious view of the coastline facing west. When we got there we understood why she told us to get up there by 5:30pm - the sunset. After a few photos we headed back to the beach to set up camp.

The campsite was awesome, the birdlife plentiful and the evening was getting chilly. We had a quick walk on the beach before dark then cooked up a chicken risotto before checking out the shower block. My shower had a few hiccups to start with and wouldn't stay hot, I tried "turning it off and on again" a few times then tried reducing the pressure. Suddenly I almost got scalded by billion-degree water. A few adjustments and all was well. After my nice warm shower I went outside to find Julie shivering outside the shower block. She said that she had no hot water at all. Bloody council camping showers!

The TV and internet reception was great so we had plenty of entertainment for the evening. The sound of the waves soon made us sleepy so we called it a day.
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