Philip Island & Dandenong Ranges

At the weekend we did a couple of really fun Aussie things from our to-do-before-we-move list (Sydney coming soon!). We went on a bus tour to Philip Island that left Federation Square at 1:00pm and came back at around 10:30pm. We stopped off at the Maru Koala & Animal Park, which I found a little sad, but it was interesting to see the koalas and touch some kangaroos. The main event was the Philip Island Nature Park and the evening penguin parade. The site is an attraction where you get to see the little penguins come out of the ocean after a day of fishing and make their way past the boardwalks to their burrows. It was great to see them up close and I think the park did a good job of maintaining enough distance between the wildlife and the public (no photography or filming allowed), with all proceeds going towards conservation efforts. To me the most fun was sitting on the beach at night with a big crowd all hushed and waiting for the penguins to come. Everyone lit up when they started to arrive, and it was one of the cutest things I’ve ever seen. Then on Sunday we went back to the Dandenong Ranges to try another little hike. We were lucky enough to see some beautiful parrots, songbirds, kookaburras, and an echidna that came right up close to us on the trail.

Sleeping Koala ball.
Sleeping Koala ball.
Another popular sleeping position.
Another popular sleeping position.
Christian and an albino kangaroo joey.
Christian and an albino kangaroo joey.
Cockatoo.
Cockatoo.
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Kookaburra in a cage.
Kookaburra in a cage.
The bus stopped quickly at this lovely beach.
The bus stopped quickly at this lovely beach.
Woolamai Beach.
Woolamai Beach.
Christian's great Kookaburra shot. Not in a cage here.
Christian’s great Kookaburra shot. Not in a cage here.
My Kookaburra picture.
My Kookaburra picture.
Superb fairy wren.
Superb fairy wren.
White-throated Greygone (I think).
White-throated Greygone (I think).