Go Karts and Penguins

Phillip Island- After a good night’s sleep at Silver Waters B&B, we drove to the southwest coast of Phillip Island to see an area called the Nobbies, a group of large rock formations just off the coast. There was a boardwalk along the cliff tops and we once again enjoyed watching the waves crash into the rocks and cliffs. It never gets old! Click here to see a short video do the surf.

Self portrait at The Nobbies.

Self portrait at The Nobbies.

The Nobbies, Phillip Island

The Nobbies, Phillip Island

Snakes, anything but snakes!

Snakes, anything but snakes!

From the Nobbies we drove to the other end of the island, to Cape Woolamai, on the southeastern point. We planned to hike a bit here, but the track was not obvious and we ended up walking on a sandy jeep trail, which eventually connected up to the trail we wanted to be on. We later realized that the trail started along the beach, but since the tide was in, we couldn’t walk there, and were supposed to use the jeep trail! This hike was another cliff walk and we were once again in awe of the cliff and rock formations and crashing surf.

On the Cape Woolamai hike.

On the Cape Woolamai hike.

The Ancient Rocks on the Cape Woolamai hike.

The Ancient Rocks on the Cape Woolamai hike.

Bay at the base of Cape Woolamai.

Bay at the base of Cape Woolamai.

We were really unprepared for this hike (no water or snacks!) and we returned to the car after about 4 miles of hiking and drove straight to the town of Cowes for lunch. Cowes is the biggest town on Phillip Island and the town in which we are staying.

View from our outside lunch spot in Cowes, Phillip Island.

View from our outside lunch spot in Cowes, Phillip Island.

One of the big attractions on this island is a Grand Prix course. A variety of races are held year-round on this course. For all would-be race car drivers there is a 1km replica of the Grand Prix track right next door and you can rent a Go Kart to drive! This sounded like fun to me so we paid our money, watched a training and safety video, got fitted with a helmet and were put into Go Karts with 18 other drivers! We got 10 minutes to race around the track and I am happy to report that I took last place! We were in with a group of hot-shot young guys who had all done this before and they went zooming round the course! It took me a lap or two to get my confidence! But it was great fun and I am glad we did it!

Go Kart course at the Phillip Island Grand Prix track.

Go Kart course at the Phillip Island Grand Prix track.

Drivers, start your engines!

Drivers, start your engines!

We returned to the B&B, changed into our biking clothes and did a quick 9 mile ride to and from the town of Rhyll. This was all the time we had because we had to get to the Penguin Parade, our reason for coming to this island!

Rhyll jetty, Rhyll, Phillip Island

Rhyll jetty, Rhyll, Phillip Island

The Penguin parade is the most popular wildlife attraction in all of Australia. A non-profit organization has set up viewing stands along the beach where, each and every evening at sunset, hundreds of Little Penguins come out of the ocean, waddle across the beach and up into their nests in the sand dunes. No photography of any kind is permitted so,I don’t have any photos to,share but I did find this YouTube video that gives you a hint of this procession! Click here to see the video, it is a tourism video, so enjoy the little penguins and disregard the touristy stuff! It was amazing to watch and to think that it happens every night, without fail! We’re glad we made the trip to see these Little penguins!

We drove by the penguin beach earlier in the day and had this view of the bleacher seating for the parade.

We drove by the penguin beach earlier in the day and had this view of the bleacher seating for the parade.

I am writing this on Sunday evening, back in Melbourne. I was having trouble inserting photos and the videos into the blog on the iPad, so I had to wait until I was home with my laptop to do that. Tomorrow I will write about our Sunday activities on Phillip Island.

Happy Birthday, Corey!

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2 comments on “Go Karts and Penguins

  1. Jerry Vogt says:

    Something happened to the link for the surf. It does work if you change the link to http://youtube.com/watch?v=jK8yzmxJ9mU&feature=plcp

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