Melborne vs Perth...
No contest really. Melborne. From the second I set foot on Melborne territory I preferred it. Not only is it much bigger, but it is much livelier. The architecture is amazing – such a range of extraordinary buildings and monuments that it makes the city so diverse in its appearance. Not that I didn’t like Perth. I did. But I guess it goes to show that not every city is the same! Who knows which city I’ll be comparing Melborne to in a few days time!
So what have we done in Melborne? Well, the answer would be a fair bit. The day after arriving we went to Phillips Island. This island, connected by a bridge to the mainland, is about 2 hours from Melborne and has been made famous by the thousands of Fairy….ooops, sorry, Little Penguins that live there every night. The penguins only come in at night, so you don’t arrive at the centre until about 8pm. We arrived at 2pm and had run out of things to do by 2.30pm. Being the great minds that we are, we decided to drive around and find an activity to do. What we didn’t bank on was that EVERYTHING was closed on a Tuesday. Sods flipping law. Even the restaurants closed at 5.30pm, which left us sitting on the beach counting sand particles for the next 2 and a bit hours. I must admit, that after reaching about 6billion on my sand particle scale, I was beginning to become disillusioned with seeing these penguins. But I tell you, the wait was definately worth while. We arrived at the beach and took our ‘seats’ (i.e. concrete steps) overlooking the beach. These penguins have been arriving at this beach every evening for thousands of years. The reason they only arrive in the evening is so that they can avoid their predators and, lets face it, being small there will be a lot of predators! Unlike ‘normal’ penguins, these penguins are white and dark blue so as to make them ‘invisible.’ Before our eyes, hundreds of penguins began to emerge all along the beach from the water. In small groups of about 20, they would stand together united, scoping out the beach and its safety. When each group was ready, they would being their quick penguin run (funniest thing in the world), across the beach to the grassy verges on either side of us where their homes and chicks were. Occasionally, mid run, something would spook them (usually a chinese or korean tourist standing up and taking a flash photo no doubt…) and they would all turn tail and slide down the hill back into the water.
Whilst here in Melborne we have also driven the Great Ocean Road. Which is exactly what it says on the tin. A great ocean road. It was beautiful and definately worth the day in a car. We were extremely lucky with the weather as, as we were leaving Melborne, there were meant to be storms all along the coast. As it stood, we appeared to have terrific sunshine the entire day, Melborne city flooded. Go figure. Today we went to the Dandenong to see the view out over the whole of Melborne. Do we have to move on?
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