After a long 9 hour bus from Canberra we arrived in Melbourne. We were staying near the bus station and ended up arriving at our hostel really late. We headed to bed exhausted after our long journey.
The next day we headed out to explore the city. We went to the Queen Victoria market first of all and then got the tram into the city and had a wander around. On our next day we went on the Great Ocean Road day trip. It was fantastic. We spent the day driving along and stopping off at various points to look at the breathtaking scenery. It was absolutely beautiful!
We stopped off at the side of the road when we came across some wild koalas. We got up really close to them in their natural habitat which was amazing to see.
We carried on and stopped for lunch at a lighthouse. It was very windy at the top but a great place to stop and have a look around.
After lunch we carried on driving and ended up at the Twelve Apostles national park. The views were absolutely fantastic.
The next day we were moving to the St Kilda area of Melbourne. We
got the tram and when we arrived we were delighted to be upgraded to a room of our own! We went out and walked around the nearby Chapel Street, which was full of little restaurants and shops.
The next day we met up with Chris and Helena, the British couple we met who were living in Melbourne, and who acted as our guides for the day. We met them in town and they showed us around. We went to a road full of graffiti and street art then we went to get some lunch.
We went to the Australian shrine of remembrance and went to the top where we had a great view of the city.
We went back to their apartment which was stunning. We took a picnic for dinner to the botanical gardens, where we went to the Moonlight cinema.
We watched ‘The Book Thief’, it was great fun to sit under the stars and watch the bats fly around as we watched a massive inflatable screen.
The next day we went to Phillip Island. Our first stop was a wildlife sanctuary park, where we hand fed some wallaby’s which was fun.
We then went to Churchill Island where we went to a farm and watched a demonstration of a working dog and a sheep being sheared!
We went to a koala sanctuary afterwards before we headed to the town of Cowes to have some dinner. We decided to have fish and chips and sat on the beach looking out to sea. The main reason for going to Phillip Island was to see the colony of penguins there. They only come out after sunset and so we had to hang around for them.
Whilst we were waiting for them we went to a lookout point over the sea and walked along a boardwalk. There were lots of little penguin houses on the hill and we were lucky enough to see some penguins here, and we even saw a fluffy baby one.
Then it was time for us to head to the viewing platforms on the beach to wait for sunset. We were waiting for the adult penguins to return from the sea to Phillip Island to come and feed their babies. They come out of the sea every night after the sun has gone down. Once it was dark we began to start seeing them emerge. They come out of the sea in small groups of about ten. They then make their way along the beach and onto the island to find their babies. It was one of the best things we have seen on our trip so far.
There were about 800 penguins that came out of the sea! The island is full of boardwalks that you can walk along after the penguins have come out of the sea, and see what they get up to. We were lucky enough to see a mother penguin feeding her baby and lots of other penguins waddling. It was amazing to see them in their natural habitat, and we will never forget the sight of the smallest penguins in the world poking their heads out of the water and then emerging out of the sea.
We didn’t get back from our trip until 1.30am and then we had to get up at 4.30am, as we had a flight. We didn’t mind though, we were so excited as we were flying to New Zealand!