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Published: April 13th 2008
wilma the wombat!
only 17 months old, she was huge!
Yesterday (Saturday) Nichole, my friend Matt and myself went on a day trip to Phillip Island. I don't have any pictures of Phillip Island itself because we weren't allowed to take them, but I have pictures of all the other stuff we did.
We got into the city, grabbed a quick breakfast and loaded onto the bus at around 11. Our first stop was a wildlife park called Maru which was still on the mainland but very close to the island. We got to see a wombat! Her name was Wilma and she was 17 months old. SHE WAS HUGE! The guide picked her up and explained some stuff about her. She was very sleepy and kept dozing off. She said that Wilma is okay with being held because she's so young, but in a few months she'll break your hand if you touch her. We got to feel her butt, which is super hard (that's what breaks your hand) and if Wilma were to ever get run over by a car, her butt would protect any babies she had in her pouch and they'd survive. She was very sweet. Then we got to see koalas. They were really sleepy
(surprise surprise) but so cute. I freak out whenever I see koalas.
The guide took us through the park and we got to the Tasmanian Devil section. Those things are crazy. We had to keep our distance a little because it would try to jump up and bite our faces off. It hissed and made a lot of hellish noises, so I can see where it got the name devil haha. We also saw dingos and emus. Emus are crazy as well, stay away from them. They have crazy long necks and will try to peck at you. There was also an alpaca, and I wanted to feed it but it had crazy weird eyes and a long neck that extended very quickly and freaked me out, so I ran away like a wuss and wouldn't go near it anymore.
We all got plastic tins of kangaroo food and got to feed the kangaroos! We had fun doing that. There was a young one there that was really soft and sweet. They ate right out of our hands. We also fed an albino kangaroo! How many people can say theyve done that?
We left the wildlife park
and got onto the island. We stopped at the beach there and took a walk there. There happened to be a junior surf competition happeneing so that was fun to stumble upon. They weren't bad! Then we headed to a place called The Nobbies. It's where all the seals are. There are a couple of rock islands out in the water and that's where they go. EXCEPT we didn't get to see them because no one told us you had to pay extra to see the seals. Oh well. There was a long boardwalk with lots of places to take good pictures. We also found a cuople penguins wandering around under the boardwalk! I managed to get my camera down under the boardwalk and sneak a little photo. They're teeny tiny and so cute.
Then we loaded back into the bus and went to see the penguins. When we got there it was ridiculously busy. Our guide said it was one of the busiest times she's ever seen. There happened to be a 26 bus long business group from China and there were so many of them in addition to everyone else that was there. But we got the
seats we could and waited for the sun to go down to see the penguins come out of the water and go to their homes on land for the night. After a while we finally started to see a few come out of the water. They were sooooo cute! The Little Penguins (or Fairy Penguins) are the smallest of 17 species of penguin, so they're super little. They made cute little noises and waddled up these huge hills. I don't know how they get up those steep hills with such tiny legs, but they did it. We got up to go on the boardwalk and see them make their way up the hill after a while. The people in the business group kept shoving their way through the crowds and were being extremely rude, but I think they're used to a place that has so many people everywhere that they're just used to it and weren't trying to be rude. It was frustrating nonetheless. But we got to see the penguins running around in little groups and going up the hill and it was really cute.
We got through the crowds in the gift shops (I spent a whopping
$2.20 on postcards at Maru, those were my souvenirs 😊 ) and made it outside to have some pizza that our guide got for us. It was delicious and after that we had some hot tea and headed home. All in all a fun trip, though I would've liked it to be less crowded. Enjoy the pictures! Love and miss you all!
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