Friends whom I have asked to recommend places to visit in Melbourne will definitely point me to Philip Island to watch the Penguin Parade. We put it down on our to-visit list and book a day tour when we were in Melbourne. Yup, that’s how we travel – very last minute, I know.
We booked the tour via this tour operator and we thoroughly enjoyed it. We had a mini bus to ourselves with about 20 people on board. We were picked up from our hotel and they also sent us back to our accommodation. I like such a service!
We travelled through the Gippsland region directly to Phillip Island and made our first stop at the Rhyll Trout & Bush Tucker Farm where we had our lunch and enjoyed a guided bush tucker tour.
Then we meet the koalas at the Koala Conservation Centre. There were not a lot of koalas though but we were still ecstatic when we spotted those few. One bad thing about joining a tour group is that one might not be able to spend sufficient time in one attraction spot since the itinerary can be tight. I would very much love to read more about this marsupial via the gallery but we had to move on!
To the delightful Phillip Island Winery where Faith had an awesome time chasing the older kids (she invited herself to the group) and the adults had a few sips of the wine.
We also made a stop at Point Grant and The Nobbies where we enjoyed views over Westernport Bay and Bass Strait, including Seal Rocks, home to Australia’s largest population of fur seals. It’s very windy here so we were clad in our down jackets.
Lastly, it’s to the main attraction where we got up close to enjoy the Penguin Parade. It’s an amazing feeling, I assure you! We paid a little more to be on the viewing gallery that brings us closer to the penguins but it’s worth it. They came ashore at around 5.45pm that day and the parade lasted for about an hour. Faith slept through the first part because she was too tired from the tour but when she woke up, she was jumping with pure joy! Bliss!
We can’t take pics of the penguins but these count too?
It was a long day indeed and we basically K.O. once we reached our hotel. But we really enjoyed this day tour. We missed the chocolate factory though so if you are going to do this on your own, visit on our behalf?
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