Philip Island and Penguin Parade


Spot the wallabies

Pyramid Rock

Penguin Parade
A couple of weeks ago my friend PC from the gym and I went on a mini road trip. I had no idea where we were going as he had planned it all. I was just excited to see a bit more of Australia. We got in the car and we drove and we drove. The music was blasting out of the speakers and the sun was shining.

At one point PC got me to drive on the left side of the road for the first time ever. I was really stressed but he talked me through it. It was almost like taking driving lessons again with him pointing out where the indicators were and what to think about when driving haha. I’m glad I had him talk me through it because I’ll tell you, it feels weird driving on the other side of the road when you’re not used to it. I’m glad his car was automatic because I’m not sure how changing gear with my left hand would go. I was only behind the wheel for 10/15 minutes or so but it was really fun and I realised how much I’d missed driving.

We eventually reached the bridge that led over to Philip Island, so yes that’s where PC had planned for us to go. He said we had some time but we had to be somewhere for around six I think it was. Over on the island we were driving to place called Pyramid Rock when we saw something hop in the bushes at the side of the road. PC stopped the car and reversed back. We got out of the car and there in the field were two wallabies staring right back at us. They were so close to us and were incredibly cute. I stood there for ages, so fascinated by how Australia has this amazing and unique wildlife. It’s crazy!

The area around Pyramid Rock (which coincidentally is a rock shaped like a pyramid, who would’ve thought?!) was stunning! A bit windy and grey by the time we got there but that didn’t make the place any less scenic. It was now time for the next part of the trip. As we got closer I eventually guessed we were going to see another animal, penguins. We were going to Penguin Parade, which is where you can see the penguins come out of the ocean at night to go up to there nests on land. So we joined the tourist crowds and grabbed a seat. We sat there for quite a while chatting and waiting for the penguins.

Just as it went dark you could see little groups of penguins running from the water up onto the beach. It was one of the cutest things I’ve ever seen. You could see how they were working in groups to make sure everyone got across safely. It was kind of an odd experience sitting there in a massive sea of people watching these little guys do there thing. I’m glad it’s all natural and they’re in their habitat but still, you wonder if it doesn’t stress the little guys out. We weren’t allowed to take photos, which was good as I could only imagine what a shock it would be for the penguins if a flash went off. Still some idiots were insisting on getting their phones out for a photo.

It got even worse when we were walking back and you could get real close to the penguins. People literally stuck a phone in the little penguins’ faces and the flash even went off. It made me so sad to see how inconsiderate and selfish people can be. All in all, it was really cool to see real life penguins in the wild. If you can really call it in the wild with this set up but pretty much in the wild.

Overall such a fun day! I would have to say the highlight was probably the wallabies and now when I think of it we also I think saw some kangaroos hopping by Pyramid Rock. PC couldn’t quite make up his mind when I asked if they were wallabies or kangaroos as they were quite far away. There’s something so special about spotting animals in their natural habitat with no one around. Just crossing pathways with them and seeing them do their thing. I can’t wait to go back to Philip Island and see more of it.

Right time to get going with this day! I’ll speak to you soon,

M xxx

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