Phillip Island

27th November 2018

For a few days we were camped at the small but quiet Bass Valley campground just a short drive to the many “country” attractions in the State of Victoria. We were marking time until we could check into the caravan park in Melbourne where we were to catch up with family and a brand new grandson.

Today our day trip took us to Phillip Island, linked to the mainland by a causeway. Renown for its motor-sporting events, rugged but spectacular coastline and colony of Little Penguins we spent the day exploring. It was nothing like the picture perfect brochures we’d collected at the Visitor Information Centre. The wind was howling around every corner making cliff top walks unpleasant not to mention dangerous.

Pipty and I set to take on the boys

The closest we were going to get to the Grand Prix track was a spin in a go-kart on the 760 meter scale replica of the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit. Yes, the boys were faster than us but our enjoyment matched their’s completely. I’m not posting my lap times but I will say “we” weren’t the last to the chequered flag.

Pipty weathering the elements to take in the views
Grey Geese: wildlife have right of way
… we have lift off

In 1985 the State Government began buying back housing on the Summerland Estate, site of the penguin colony. Little penguins, the breed that lives on Phillip Island have doubled their population in the last three decades thanks to the efforts by the Phillip Island National Parks.

A colony of the world’s smallest penguins, Little Penguins, call the island home and naturally enjoy protected status. They live between Summerland Beach from which they depart daily to feed and a portion of the island potted with so many penguins burrows. Some burrows have been naturally dug out by these feisty little creatures while many more have been placed into hillsides close to the water to encourage breeding.

We’ll design our own home thank you
Okay, maybe this isn’t so bad …

All-in-all a good day out.

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Day Sixteen of the 2019 A-Z Challenge which I am participating in during the month of April. The challenge is to post six days a week, Sunday respite or catching up with other participants and their posts. Each of the twenty-six days represents a letter of the alphabet and while each post stands alone they form part of a loose theme reflecting our retirement trip around Australia.

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