Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Melbourne'11 Part V

Last part to my Melbourne photojournal - Melbourne is such a gorgeous city, especially the outskirts ♥ These were taken on the way to Philip island, which was a long drive from the bus we boarded from Federation square in the heart of the city. We also spotted wallabies hopping about along the way in the plains!

Philip island is the coastal home to many little penguins (the world's smallest penguins) where each night at sunset, they return ashore after a day of fishing. It was really amazing to have witnessed this magical procession at Summerland beach, even though photography was banned. But I couldn't resist not sneaking a few of shots of the rainbow gradient sky, which isn't very apparent in the picture because I hesitated and the sun was setting. Photography is banned because the light caused by flashes blinds the penguins for life, although some tourists still go ahead and take their selfish flash shots which is very unfortunate.

Made our way down to one of the park ranges early morning to have breakfast, and where I had the best marmite crackers ever....and where mumsie fed canaries with some bird food provided at the side. They're really intuitive!

Hello conductor at the Puffing billy station, the railway train ride was pretty overrated and it was extremely cold during winter, especially with the wind gushing when cruising through the woods.

Pitstop at a wine vineyard, and had an expensive Italian meal because there was no other restaurant in plain sight (and we were hungry), the pasta was good at least!

Pelicans are such mesmerizing yet awkward looking creatures, which makes them really beautiful. They don't smell very nice though, and I was almost certain they were gonna bite me after my snaps so I scurried away.

On the last day, we decided to head up the Eureka tower aka Skydeck88, a 297.3 metre skyscraper in the Southbank precinct of Melbourne. It's the 10th tallest residential building in the world, and the highest public vantage point in a building in the Southern hemipshere. The view wasn't fantastic, but it did give us a glimpse of the landmarks we have been visiting in the past week.....the outside portion of the viewing platform was freezing though.

Overall, it was a good trip, albeit the cold although visiting in Spring or Summer would be tons better. The city's very easy to orientate yourself in, and the culture is very cosmopolitan so we had a mixture of cuisines during our trip (spotted a lot of small Japanese joints frequently hehe), it's the countryside that needs more brain work getting around - but the bus day trips at Federation square are a godsend so you might want to check them out :) Goodbye Melbourne, till we meet again!

Pictures taken by my trusty Canon IXUS 1000HS

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