Today we leave Metung and travel approx 4 hours to Philip Island. We arrived at our b&b in Woolomai Beach, we have the upstairs accommodation of a large house it's very bohemian as is our host Liz with lots of Indonesian influences
We had a look at a some of the local beaches near our apartment the weather wasnt so good today the sea wild & windy :-( there was a wind surfing competition going on which was being filmed. This is a surfers paradise here.
We drove in to Cowes a pretty seaside town and the hub of the Island. The island is of similar size to the Isle of Wight and shares many of the same place names.
We planned to watch the Penguin Parade at Philip Island, well wrapped up thanks to Liz our host supplying us with scarves and a jacket. we sat and waited for the penguins to arrive home at dusk to one of the largest penguin colonies in Australia It was very windy & cold but we'll worth the wait to see the little penguins emerging from the sea, bunching together to see if it's safe to cross the beach. A few at the back decide it's not quite right and turn back to sea then the rest follow, they emerge a few mins later to try again, this goes on for some time !! eventually they all waddle up the sand to their nesting burrows and you can then walk around the boardwalk and can see them close up. Really funny to see was a wallaby bounding along the beach in the dusk, and frightening the penguins away.
Big numbers, little penguins
Over 4,000 of the 32,000 little penguins living in the waters around Phillip Island have their burrows around Summerland Beach. Native to Australia and the smallest of their species at just 33 centimetres, the little penguins leave their burrows about an hour before sunrise and swim up to 100 kilometres each day before returning at dusk