Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Melbourne Botanical gardens and Phillip Island

The Melbourne Botanical gardens are lovely and those who have visited will know that at certain points within the garden you can't see the CBD or city surrounds although you can hear traffic noise.  This was something I wanted to show Jane while she was staying with us.  Before heading to the gardens we had some lunch at Southbank.  Here are some photos of our lovely day out.  (Warning:  long post, photo heavy.)

On the train heading into the city.




A huge beautiful old tree.




This mother duck was leading her ducklings down to the water, very cute.




One of the things Jane wanted to do while she was in Victoria was to see the Penguin Parade at Phillip Island.  We set off Tuesday and decided to make a day of it visiting the Koala Conservation Centre first which is also on Phillip Island.  Jane hadn't had her fill of viewing koalas and to be honest neither had I so we were very happy to see more.

Koalas have a hard bottom covered with their thick fur so they can sit quite comfortably like this for hours.  This link has excellent information about koalas.

We were able to view the koalas from this raised boardwalk. 


Can you see this one hugging the tree?



At the conservation centre there are some very nice walking tracks where we saw a number of Swamp wallabies feeding.



After enjoying our time at the conservation centre we drove to the Nobbies, home to a large colony of fur seals.  Unfortunately we didn't see any seals but we did see spectacular scenery and one lone penguin.



 






One lone penguin under the Nobbies boardwalk.

 
  We were fortunate to see this one as taking photographs of the Penguin Parade is not allowed.  The reason for this is to make sure the penguins are not frightened by flash photography when coming up from the sea at dusk to their nesting/resting sites.  In the past non flash photograph has been allowed but there always is that one person who misunderstands because of the language barrier, so no photography at all is allowed.   These penguins are tiny little birds and have a long way to walk up from the sea.  After they arrive in groups called a raft of penguins, they cautiously make their way up from the sea, sometimes hiding behind rocks until they feel it is safe to continue to their nesting sites.  Sometimes they get the jitters, turn around and go back into the sea only to repeat the process a few minutes later.  The viewing of the penguins is excellent with arena lights showing the penguins more clearly as they approach the dunes.  Once the penguins are on their way up into the dunes, observers are able to walk on the boardwalk which takes you directly past where they are nesting or resting for the night.  There is lighting along the boardwalk so viewing is fantastic.  These gorgeous little birds don't seem to mind being on show and they don't disappoint cuteness wise.  

As we were driving around the island we saw quite a few of these Cape Barren geese which seemed totally unperturbed by the traffic driving by and were happily grazing on the edge of the road.

So there ends Jane's visit to Australia.  We did a number of other things while she was staying like having a family BBQ so other members of my family could meet her, lunch with my sister at a lovely nursery cafe and Jane dragged me (ahem) into a local lounge bar for a sangria.  I've never had the courage to go in their by myself, it was fabulous.  The things two cousins will get up to.

I'm off on Friday to spend three days with my sister-in-law in Adelaide followed by a week and a half with Mum in Western Australia.  The next post will be from either Adelaide or country Western Australia.

Anne  xx

6 comments:

gillyflower said...

The gardens look beautiful! How sweet the koalas are too!
Looks like you've had some wonderful trips and visits and your cousin must have had a brilliant time staying with you.
Thanks for sharing all these photos, it is great to see a bit of the other side of the world!
Hope you have a good trip, you certainly get about Anne!
Gill xx

Kar said...

Beautiful gardens! And the coastline is gorgeous also. I've only seen the penguin parade on TV. How wonderful to see it in person.

Mum said...

You live in a very beautiful place. I've enjoyed sharing Jane's holiday.
Love from Mum
xx

Louise said...

Looks like another wonderful day out. You've been so busy and your adventures aren't over yet - have fun with you sister in law and mum and I'll look forward to hearing from you soon.

duchess_declutter said...

Lovely photos Anne. You all had an excellent time I think!
Those koala shots are great, especially the huggy one! The Vic. koalas have a much better time of things than the ones in Qld I think. They are almost on the endangered list due to habitat loss. We didn't get to Phillip Is. when we were down that day. Maybe next time. Glad your cousin had such a great time. cheers Wendy

Helsie said...

The Melbourne botanic Gardens are lovely aren't they? Tony lived there for a few years when he was very young in the residence of the Director who was his great-uncle - the house is up near government House and has been restored now. His own private backyard to play in! Lucky eh?
Looks like you've had a lovely time with Jane.