Phillip Island Part II

Our Sunday on Phillip Island was another day full of activities. As we pulled away from our B&B, a rain shower started, but we saw patches of blue sky so were not deterred from our plans for the day.

Our first destination was the Koala Reserve, where we were hoping to see some koalas, but we struck out. We did see 5 wallabies, a couple up fairly close. One of Jim’s colleagues told Jim today that the reserve may be one of the places that has lost all or most of its koalas due to some disease moving though the reserve. We have been wondering about the difference between a wallaby and a kangaroo so I did a quick Google search and there are 2 main differences. Wallabies are generally smaller than kangaroos and have fur that can be 2 or 3 different shades of brown. Kangaroos tend to be one dull shade of tan or gray. Apparently if you get the wallabies and roos to open their mouths, their teeth have differences too. 


A wallaby at the Koala Reserve. Notice the multi-toned fur.

As we were  walking through the reserve, the noise from the Grand Prix course was really loud, considering it was at least a couple of miles away. The sound was being carried by the wind and we decided we needed to go back to the Grand Prix course and see what was going on.

We were able to pull up to a fence by the far straight-away at the race course and we watched some souped ups cars go zipping by. We know nothing about auto racing so I cannot tell you what kind of cars they were~just that they were fast and loud!


Grand Prix Course, Phillip Island

From there we continued  on to see and hike near Pyramid Rock, one more rock formation just off shore with waves crashing around it! The rain had moved on and we only had to deal with the wind. We hiked to a couple of overlooks and then returned to the car.


Who can find Pyramid Rock?

Our last stop was to Churchill Island, just a short bridge away from Phillip Island. This island is dedicated to the preservation of the farming lifestyle from this area in the 1800’s. They maintain herds of cows and sheep that were originally brought to the island. There is also a cafe there where we had our lunch overlooking the nearby bay. Our time here concluded with a walk around the tip of the island and the return of the rain.


Moonah trees, Churchill Island


Churchill Island cows.

We drove back to Melbourne to get serious about our final preparations for Tucker and Alison’s visit. They arrive on Tuesday morning and we can hardly wait!

Contest update: We have a nice list of name suggestions for our stuffed koala bear and kangaroo, but we are still accepting nominations until Wednesday. Don’t miss your opportunity to win a fabulous little Aussie prize!


One more Pyramid Rock photo, with a crashing wave!


3 comments on “Phillip Island Part II

  1. Roger Flint says:

    The cows are Highland cattle and come from the Scottish Highlands. They have large curved horns, a thick wavy coat to repel all weathers and are fairly docile and easy to handle.

    We have just returned from a short break to the Isle of Wight, in the English Channel. While there we visited Cowes, a coastal resort and famous for the yachting regatta that takes place every summer( frequented by Royalty). Guess the Cowes you visited derived its name from settlers from the Island.

    I haven’t got any brilliant ideas for names of the Kangaroo and Koala other than Jenny and Lake!

    Really enjoying your trip reports.


    • marjirob says:

      Roger, thanks for reading the blog. I knew someone would know what breed of cattle were on Churchill Island. We didn’t take the time to go into the Visitor’s Center to get answers to questions like that.

      And you are right, Cowes is named after it’s English counterpart. I believe I saw a sign indicating that they were “sister” cities.

      Best regards to you and Mary.

  2. Jerry Vogt says:

    When we lived in Parma, a neighbor raised Highland cattle, and I used to stop and watch them when I biked down the road. He had about 40 of them. Very distinctive!

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