24.03.2007 - 26.03.2007 15 °C
The first stop on our way up to Sydney was Phillip Island, south-east of Melbourne. Halfway there, we had to drive back to Melbourne again as Frank had forgotten his photo camera in the hostel. Once we arrived on Philipp Island, we built up our tent for the first time – noticing only now, that a few pieces of it were missing (which we replaced with items from our second tent).
We still went to the beach for sunset and got to see our first kangaroos jumping around in the bush. The wind was already quite cold and got even colder until we had dinner in front of our tent. As we tried to sleep later on we found out that our sleeping bags we definitely not made for chilly nights. The fact that our inflatable matress went flat again and we basically had to sleep on the ground didn't make the situation any better.
Anyway, there's a new morning after every long, cold night. The next day we went to a wildlife park and had a lot of fun with the animals there.
In the afternoon, we did a costal walk to see the 'Nobbies' – some rocky islands just off the coast. Philipp Island also has some great surfing beaches to offer, but again it was far too cold to go into the water without a wetsuit.
For the evening, we had planned to see the island's biggest tourist attraction: The Penguin Parade! For only about 20 Dollars you're allowed to sit on the beach, together with a few hundred other tourists, to see the penguins coming out of the sea after sunset, waddeling to their breeding places. If you're able or willing to invest 3 times the ordinary entrance fee, you can sit on the VIP platform, which is also protected from the icy wind. However, as we saw all the people flocking to the beach and queuing at the entrance we decided not take part in this action.
Instead we spent the evening in the local pub to escape the cold.
Maybe Julia wasn't used to the strong Australian beer yet. When we left the pub she got confused with the gears (our deluxe car is automatic) and hopped right into the wall in front of us. Luckily there wasn't too much damage, only the front bumper which now looks a bit more aerodynamic then before.