I'm pretty sure exams are done and students are enjoying their holiday. Hence, why not go on a one-day road trip with friends? That is exactly what I did—the best post-exam treat, and the most practical winter break filler.
With my friend I decided to go to Phillip Island with those one-day tour services. We visited five places: Panny's Chocolate Factory, Koala Conservation Centre, Phillip Island Winery, Nobbies Centre, and Penguin Parade.
And finally, of course we could buy souvenirs at the store as memorabilia.
Then comes the biggest question: were the chocolates tasty? The answer is: definitely yes. I loved how the factory strived to give its visitors free chocolates in different ways, like winning games or making their own chocolates. There was interaction that resulted in cocoa satisfaction.
2. Koala Conservation Centre We continued our trip to the Koala Conservation Centre. The gem here was to observe numerous koalas inside a man-made forest tailor-made for these cute animals.
The koalas mainly slept. However, if you looked closely, some others were very amusing to watch.
For instance, there was a baby koala who struggled to move from one tree to another.
One koala was resting and relaxing on a tree with an interesting pose:
Koala Conservation Centre really fits those who love animals and observing their activities. It might get boring at some point, but if you focus and look deeper, you'll see that the cuddly mammals' behaviour is adorable and worth witnessing.
3. Phillip Island Winery
Gourmet tasting was a new experience to me. We were given many types of wine and cheese and it felt kind of fancy.
Gourmet tasting would really satisfy the food enthusiasts. Everyone said that the cheese was genuinely delicious and the wine varied and exciting. Some got hooked and managed to bring home a few bottles. Whereas this was not my favorite thing to do, I was glad to try brand new things.
4. Nobbies Centre
We only spent an hour at Nobbies Centre; we didn't get the chance to come in. Instead, the tour leader suggested we take pictures of the landscape. A nature photography enthusiast myself, I used the chance to take as many shots as possible. The views were indeed breathtaking.
5. Penguin Parade
This is the attraction Phillip Island is most famous for, the highlight of the trip, the best way to conclude the night. Penguin Parade is where visitors sit and watch little penguins coming out from the sea and walking around the beach. The interesting thing was that they always followed the same route.
The penguins themselves were not the usual penguins we normally picture; they were tiny and a combination of white and dark colors. They were probably no bigger than 30 cm.
Unfortunately, when the parade commenced, we were not allowed to take pictures but I took some pictures before it began.
In a nutshell, I recommend visiting Phillip Island for several reasons.
1. There are many things to do. They are not limited to this article only; there are others to try.
2. The location is close to Melbourne, so Phillip Island is an accessible one-day road trip.
3. We get to know more about Australia and Melbourne - Australia's native animals, memorable food, and so on. For international tourists, the trip would make them more familiar with Melbourne.