Day 200 - Wilsons Promontory to Phillip Island


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October 13th 2015
Published: October 25th 2015
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Tiger snake on Darby River walk
We both really loved The Prom but it was time to move on and make our way closer to Melbourne.

We drove out of Tidal River and stopped at the first beach which was Squeaky Beach. We walked on to Squeaky Beach but there had been a shower overnight and most of the sand was damp. This beach got its name because it is so squeaky when you walk on the dry sand. No squeaking today so we moved on a bit further and then decided to stop at the Darby River. A short walk along the river leads you to the beach. It was warm and sheltered on the track and we came across two tiger snakes. These snakes are usually not aggressive but they are very dangerous if they do bite. We gave them plenty of space.

Although it was warm on the sheltered track, it was windy and cool on the beach and we didn't stay long.

We drove through Fish Creek (stopping long enough for a coffee only) and then to Inverloch where we drove along the coast stopping at a couple of locations to check out the beach and the views. From here,
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Squeaky Beach - a bit damp from the overnight shower so no squeaky today
we travelled to Wonthaggi (a larger town) where we did some food shopping. After the cupboards were re-stocked we re-assessed our location and decided to drive on to Phillip Island and spend the remainder of the afternoon exploring.

It didn't take long to get to Phillip Island but there is an 80 km/hr limit on the island and that slowed the traffic somewhat. We travelled around the island, stopping for a while at Rhyll, where we did a short walk. Of course, Phillip Island is best known for its Penguin Parade which occurs at dusk every night. Down in Tasmania, we have our own local penguin parades and they are free to visit, so we didn't think to go to Summerlands on Phillip Island. We thought it would be relatively easy to find a caravan park but all of the operators at Cowes seemed to be lazy and had closed by 6pm. We tried all of the caravan parks at Cowes (the capital of Phillip Island) without any success. One operator we rang answered the phone and said "We are closed now" and hung up! We were pretty well resigned to having to drive back off the island to find somewhere to camp as there were notices everywhere saying "No Camping" and $1,000 fines were applicable to offenders. Not wanting to give up too easily, we decided to see if there were any small caravan parks (or similar) in the back streets of Cowes before we left the island and came across a motel that had a rear section for (mostly) permanent residents. The motel was open so Georgi went inside to ask them about availability. To our surprise they had a few vacant spots available and one was just big enough for the Coaster. Hooray! Well done Comfort Hotel Kaloha Resort.


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Offshore Islands from Squeaky Beach
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Lookout on the main road
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Darby River beach (with the river in the background)
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Walking track alongside Darby River
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Tiger Snake at Darby River
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View of the Darby River bridge and Vereker range in the background
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Rock pools
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Eagles Nest, an old surfer haunt
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One of the locals puts his head up to say hello


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