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#1 Frances

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 08:53 AM

We will be in Melbourne next week and we were thinking of going to Philip Island to see the fairy penguins (is it the right time of the year for this?). I was thinking it might be better to go on a day tour rather than hiring a car and driving there. Any thoughts?

Also the confusing thing is that there seem to be quite a few tour operators that do these trips. Can anyone recommend one? I wouldn't want any of the extended tours that take in koalas and kangaroos as well, as I can see plenty of them closer to home....
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Posted 09 May 2013 - 09:11 AM

I know I said I didn't want to bother seeing Koalas and kangaroos, but the Go West tour sounds like it might be good.
http://www.gowest.co...parade-day-tour

Sounds like we're just in time for the tail end of the penguin moulting season....
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#3 PeterJMelb

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 02:08 PM

Hello Francis.
Years since I have been there!
It's cold at night, and that's when they waddle in.
Lots of boardwalk there now, lots of busses and tourists.
If you are staying in central Melbourne, then I guess a bus tour is the leisurely way to go!
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Posted 09 May 2013 - 02:09 PM

One day I will spell your name correctly, Frances!
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Posted 13 May 2013 - 11:39 AM

Well, I've never been on a guided tour before, so I wasn't sure what to expect. We usually drive (which would have meant hiring a car) or take public transport (which wasn't an option). I did want to see the penguins so I went ahead and ignored the suggestion that we hire a car (because I knew who would end up doing most of the driving) and I booked us on the tour. Best thing I could have done - we ended up seeing things we wouldn't have seen if we had driven there ourselves. As well as the penguins, which is probably all we would have seen if we had done it ourselves, we saw a chocolate factory (with some games and free samples and a completely insane museum display), went for a wine and cheese tasting, saw the koala conservation centre (OK, I've seen plenty of koalas before, but this place was a bit different from what I was expecting) saw quite a few Cape Barren Geese and visited Seal Rocks and Pyramid Rock. The penguins were the highlight of the trip though. It's just amazing to see them in the wild (I've only ever seen them in zoos before now) and to see how they behave in groups and interact with eachother. Amazing creatures.

Did I say I didn't know what to expect from a guided tour? I loved it. Now I want to go on another one....
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Posted 13 May 2013 - 07:20 PM

Glad it was good!
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Posted 14 May 2013 - 06:38 PM

Yarra Valley Gourmet tour today - it was really good - spent about $250....
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Posted 14 May 2013 - 06:55 PM

Hello Frances.
A great restaurant near Healsville is called Mt. Rael.
Spectacular views.
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Posted 22 May 2013 - 10:22 PM

Next time if you want to know penguin numbers you can look here:

http://www.penguins....me-calendar.pdf

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Posted 29 May 2013 - 06:39 PM

Well Frances.
Is your Melbourne holiday over?
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