Wally's wildlife walkabout tour
Trip Start Jan 23, 2013
41Trip End Apr 24, 2013
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Jan disappeared for a run first thing while Wally rustled up egg and bacon for himself. Having returned warmed up she announced that Wally would be having a 'green day' and while Wally thought Jan was stretching her legs for both of them, madam had other ideas!
The tourist information package recommended a couple of walks around the bay and after a little more research off we went over the bridge separating the mainland and the spit.
It's a 5Km walk around to the entrance to the bay and back. With the wind behind us we chose to take the outward leg in land returning on the beach into wind.
The walk was virtually deserted which wasn't such a bad thing as people would have wondered what was going on if they heard the squeals of delight coming from Jan when Wally pointed out the dolphins and seals feeding in the mouth of the bay right in front of us.
We spent nearly an hour watching the fun going on between the dolphins, seals and birds. Of particular note was the back flip by one of the seals who caught and swallowed a fish in mid air.
Pretty spectacular stuff.
The return leg into a very strong wind saw us as the only people for miles on the beautiful pristine 90 mile beach.
Back in town chatting to some locals they told us how fortunate we were to have seen the fun and games in the entrance as it only occurred under a certain set of conditions.
With Lakes Entrance being the home to a large fishing fleet ( it didn't look that large to us) it had to be local produce for dinner.
When we spotted huge banana prawns they had our name on them. On the barbie they went and were served in a delicious lemon sauce stir fry.
Moving on out our tour guide offered a choice of routes. Back on the alpine route or stay on the coast.We chose the later and headed for Inverloch.
The initial part of the route was pretty straight and boring but when we reached Sale and turned off the Princes Hwy and on to the Gippsland Hwy things became more interesting again.
Elevens's beckoned when we turned off the highway and headed for Woodside Beach nothing there apart from a couple of summer houses and another beautiful empty beach.
It was 30C again when we arrived at Inverloch and after visiting yet another very helpful tourist office we were soon unpacking in yet another hotel.
Off the tourist track this place is worth a visit just to see the stunning architecture overlooking the Anderson Inlet. Being only a couple of hours away we guess much of the Melbourne wealthy own these stunning houses.
Philip Island home of one of the best race tracks for bikes in the world was next on our agenda and was only an hour away.
On the off chance we popped into the Ramada Resort where we had booked two nights extremely expensive accommodation in a one bedroom villa, hoping to drop our bags off while we went exploring.
Accommodation on the island gets a bit tight when there is a major event on so our chins hit the floor when we were told they hadn't received anything from us.
Out came the iPhone with the booking .com confirmation and the very helpful staff dived into action and offered us their reserve studio lodge.
It is perfect and half the price we had been expecting to pay.
We guess it's their problem as a cop on secondment to the race arrived and they hadn't got his booking either. Just as well we outran the cops and made it to reception before them!
Even better was the fact that as their reserve it was ready for immediate occupation.
Having been to Philip Island before Wally was well aware that there is much more to this place than just the circuit. Time to play the Koala card.
A couple of minutes up the road is the Koala sanctuary guaranteed to make any girlie smile. Those Koalas may perch in the trees not doing a lot but they certainly pull the girls! House points earned Wally then played his joker.
Off to see the penguins.Ice near the beach in Fox Glacier NZ and penguins with no snow or ice in Philip Island it's all over the place down under. The penguin parade is a major tourist attraction and on the list of must do events for the Melbourne visitor. Each and every evening at dusk the penguins return to their burrows from the sea. As dusk approaches the punters are settled in to a couple of stands then after a quick lecture from the excellent rangers you sit and wait watching the waterfront.
The first penguin arrives pops out on the beach checks all is clear and to make sure the punters are in position then pops back into the water re-emerging with his buddies and they leg it or waddle across the beach to their burrows. Hundreds of them.
Good fun and well worth a visit.Even more brownie points earned by Wally but at 10 PM he still had to produce dinner!
His turn tomorrow and the first race of the 2013 World Superbike Series.