Apologies for not having written anything in a while. One of my housemates accidentally sat on my laptop which broke the screen, and getting it fixed has proved a bit tricky due to differences between Canadian and Australian laptop models. This, combined with the fact that I've been working quite a bit has made updating my blog slightly more challenging than usual, but thanks to a laptop I borrowed off a housemate I'm finally going to fill you guys in on what I've been up to!
A few weeks back Ben and I made a trip out to Philip Island, a charming island situated roughly an hour and a half south of Melbourne which makes it a popular getaway for city-dwellers. We were lucky enough to get invited to stay over at the holiday house of a woman Ben knows (the one who spearheaded the dolphin research session I tagged along to a couple of months ago). She warned us that we shouldn't expect much but coming from our damp, ant-infested flat Ben and I couldn't have been more thrilled with our accommodation.
|The bridge to Philip Island|
|Enjoying a cup of tea|
|The view from the deck - note the ocean|
Philip Island is home to a wide array of amazing Australian wildlife that because I've been living in a city, I hadn't yet gotten the chance to observe. Over the course of our two days on the island we got to see koalas and heaps of wallabies. We also got to watch the Penguin Parade, Philip Island's most popular attraction, where hoards of little penguins swim up to the shore each night to nest. Unfortunately cameras weren't allowed so I don't have any pictures of it but trust me - these 30cm tall penguins are ridiculously cute!
|Looks a little like an ewok, doncha think?|
|Doesn't get more Australian than a wallaby!|
|'The Nobbies', scenic nesting area for the penguins|
|Gorgeous shoreline at The Nobbies|
Other highlights of our trip included slapping on wetsuits and going for a swim on a nearly deserted beach that due to a lack of stairs, we reached by scaling 'unstable cliffs'...
|Going for a swim during Australian winter|
|The beach, and the climb we did to get there|
... a bit of wine tasting paired with delicious kalamata olives at the Purple Hen Winery...
|My idea of a perfect afternoon.|
|The winery dog!|
|The Purple Hen Winery|
... and last but not least, me attempting to drive on the
|I did it!|
All in all Philip Island made for a fantastic and affordable getaway. The lack of crowds and incredible wildlife made it feel like we were somewhere out in the bush rather than just outside of a major urban center. Living in Melbourne has been great but this trip has me eager to see more of what Australia has to offer outside of its cities!