When last we spoke, we were in Melbourne (I’ll pause for a second if you need to get caught up).
In planning our trip, one of the bigger questions that came up was whether or not to rent a car. Weighing pros and cons (driving on the “wrong” side vs taking a tour) we ended up deciding to rent a car. That decision helped shape the next portion of the trip. Our first stop would be Phillip Island and from there we would continue on the Great Ocean Road.
We picked up our rental car at the Melbourne airport and started our adventure! Nilufer was the driver and I was the navigator. Jessica was the backseat “stay to the left” driver.
One of the main attractions of Phillip Island was to see the penguins! Every night the penguins come in from the ocean and make their way back to their homes. We had a little bit of time before the penguin parade and decided to do some wine tasting.
It was getting close to time for penguins so we made our way to the Penguin Center to meet our guide. In reading reviews, the consensus seemed to be to do the VIP tour, however it wasn’t available and so we did the guided tour. We met up with our guide and he kitted us out, including binoculars!
Sadly, no pictures were allowed as the penguins are very, very camera-shy. Even without a flash, pictures were forbidden.
Watching the penguins was so much fun! They would come in from the ocean in groups, come out of the water, look around to see if it was safe, sometimes go back into the water, before scurrying across the beach and making their way up the hill.
We weren’t having the greatest of luck with hotels and so made our first Air bnb booking. The place turned out to be great! It was a short walk from the beach so we started off the morning with a walk down the beach!
We visited the Koala Conservation Center and got our first up close and personal view of koalas!
We said goodbye to Phillip Island and got back on the road. It would have been nice to spend more time there, but we had places to go! Stay tuned for the Great Ocean Road!!