Thursday 6th February - Phillip IslandYeah - sunshine. It got to a pleasant 31.5 today and a low of 13.1. We went for a drive around the island today. It's only 26km long and 9km wide. So about three times the size of Norfolk Island. It has a permanent population of 11,000 and 50 Koalas. There are 16,000 breeding pairs of penguins and 346 species of birds. Off the south-west corner of the island is Seal Rocks. 25,000 seals call this place home and there are about 6000 pups born each year. From the van park we headed firstly to Cowes Jetty. This is where the inter-island ferry and seal tours leave from. Then it was off to Fishermans Point, located in the north-east corner of the island. Then southwards past the National Surfing Beach and to the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit. They have a go kart track here and you can also do a lap of the circuit. Clive saw a sign to Pryamid Rock, so off he goes, This is a gravel track that goes from the main road to the coast. A badly rutted road that had me bouncing up and down. Not good. From here we continued west across the island to the south-west corner. This is where the Penguins on Parade happens. Just offshore are a group of islands called The Nobbies. They have a large information centre here and a car park about 1km back down the road is huge. One of the more informative Penguin Parade costs $56 and seats 300, so you can get an idea of the size of the car park. A twenty minute drive back home and it's lunch time. Clive went for a walk in the afternoon along the beach to the jetty and back. In some parts the water was so warm and other areas it was cold.
Wednesday 5th February - Phillip IslandIt's a lazy day today so all you get is a weather update. 10.5 last night with a top of 21.6. Clive went and did some shopping and also bought me a couple of fairy penguin soft toys. One is of a chick moulting and the other an adult bird. So cute.