Wednesday, 1 March 2000

day twenty-five: karoonda to phillip island - penguin parade

Up at 7.15am., skipped the wine tasting cruise, opting for Eggs on toast at a cafe in Lakes Entrance. Drove to the winery to meet the others, and while waiting, played with a dog named Elvis, a beautiful heeler.

We headed south, stopping at Tarra Bulga National Park, for lunch and a very short bushwalk that lasted all of 15 minutes.

Then down to Phillip Island, for a quick checkin at the YHA, dinner, and then off to see the Penguins.

The penguin parade is Australia's 2nd biggest natural attraction. Each night, after sunset, thousands of fairy penguins make their way up the beach, watched by 4000 spectators. Cute, but far too commercialised.

We returned to the hostel early, ad into the bar for beers and a late night for the majority of us. Left the bar at 12.30am. only because it had shut, then went back to our tents, with the horror stories of mice that crawled over you at night. Said my goodbyes to those who were staying another night. We stayed up talking until 1.45am., after complaints about the noise. What do they expect when you put backpackers in tents?