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Koala tea at Kennet River

November 19, 2009
A koala in his natural habitat

I like a sturdy support when I'm resting after my tea

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Erskine Falls – fortunately I didn’t

November 19, 2009

Erskine Falls

just a trickle today

We stopped briefly at Lorne to ask for directions to Erskine Falls.

But when we got there we discovered that someone had turned the tap off,  so it wasn’t particularly splashy.

The view from Teddy’s Lookout was far more spectacular.

Here’s a slightly bigger version of the image in the header.

The Gripp II at Teddy's lookout

holding on for dear life - it's a long way down

Split Point lighthouse – Airey’s Inlet – Great Ocean Road

November 19, 2009

Don’t you think the colours of this lighthouse are just perfect?Split Point Lighthouse

We briefly considered following the lighthouse discovery trail but decided a cup of tea and a wee would be the best use of our time. Notice that my facilities were rather open to the public.

Tea at Split Point

Tea and a wee

Click on this link for a brilliant 360 degree panoramic view of Split Point Lighthouse Aireys Inlet

Leaving Melbourne – Great Ocean Road

November 19, 2009

The next day we left the Hotel Mercure, Melbourne and the World Track Cycling championships behind and headed for the Great Ocean Road. First things first though. We needed to pick up a car. So off to Thrifty in Elizabeth Street to pick up our nifty Hyundai Getz.

Well, it’s thrifty once you get it started… and they didn’t know how to do that, so they left me guarding the car while they went back into the office to find out.

Elizabeth Street, Melbourne - looking South from Thrifty car rental

Nifty Getz from Thrifty

Apparently the secret is to depress both the clutch and the brake at the same time as turning the key.

What happened in the next five minutes cannot be published here. It didn’t involve a hook turn on our part, but the car in front did one and we weren’t prepared for that.  Nor the rather quick light change at Flinders Street and Clarendon.

Little penguins – part five – the penguin parade

November 18, 2009

The highlight of the day was actually at night. The little penguins come in from the sea at sunset.  About half an hour before they nervously appear at the shoreline, thousands of varying sized humans collect a few hundred yards up the beach ready to count them go by.  The rules are that NO ONE, ABSOLUTELY NO ONE, is allowed to take photographs as it damages their eyes.

Of course the professionals are allowed to take them, otherwise no-one would would be able to get a preview of their day out.

Our trip to Philip Island was organised by Bunyip Tours. We booked the Philip Island Penguin Parade, and paid a little extra for Penguin Plus, for a more exclusive boardwalk. Here’s a photo from their website. Phillip Island little penguins

Little penguins – part four

November 18, 2009

There was no sign of any little penguins at Cape Woolamai. And the seagulls at the Nobbies were a lot more photogenic than the little penguins.

The nobblies at the Nobbies

The nobblies at the Nobbies

Seagull at the Nobbies

Best foot forward gull

The little penguins were either hiding in their burrows, or under the boardwalk.

Little penguins are not photogenic

You didn't see me!

Little penguins – part three

November 18, 2009
Scarecrow at Churchill Island

Standing on the shoulders of giants

After the tour round the wildlife park we continued to historic Churchill Island where we watched a sheep shearing demonstration. Afterwards we had some free time to view the animals, gardens and the original farm buildings.  I took the opportunity to have my photo taken with a long term resident.