After leaving the east coast at Merimbula we realized our time was winding down and a couple of driving days were necessary to meet our timetable. Roads were nice with minimal traffic heading west on a weekday. Now more signs appeared warning of kangaroos or wallabies on the road. Our destination was the community of Sale in the state of Victoria. This was a small but pleasant community. The next day had us driving another two hours down the highway for our next stop at Foster. After having a most informative session at the local information centre, we had a picnic lunch and then drove out to a favorite local point of land called (Wilson's Prometory) where Squeaky Beach was found. The Quartz sand physical structure resulted in the sand squeeking regardless of footwear. Our motel the Promitory inn, brought us a large comfortable room with a tasty dinner and decent breakfast. Our meals and accommodation are now beginning to blur together.....
The next day the drive took us through more hills and onto pastoral land, cattle grazing, and rugged coastline as we took the southern route. Our destination was San Remo which was the access point to the famous Phillip Island south of Melbourne.
This is a historical island but enlivened with historical car and motorcycle racing, famous surfing beaches, Koala Bear sanctuary and infamous fairy penguin walk out of the surf past dusk...... People go out to a point on the island where at 1-2 hours after dusk small penguins begin appearing in the surf with the intention of finding their mate who is overlooking their chick in a sand burrow up from the ocean. We were joined by many school students where the occasional (quiet) reminder was appropriate. The Penguins performed and walked from the beach (up to two kilometres or 1,5 miles from their ocean. We spent several hours watching chicks frolicking with their parents. Two young ladies from Nepal had joined us from our hotel. Anju is a medical student completing her medical doctor status and her friend Jaya was visiting from Nepal.
The next morning the four of us headed to the Koala Sanctuary where we learned all about the known history and behaviours. To view them we walked up into wooden walkways that brought us up to their level in the eucalyptus trees. There were five in total with only the single male actively eating leaves. The four females were all curled up in various limbs sleeping.
After dropping the girls at their bus stop we headed out to see more of the island including a historic homestead on Churchill Island and nearby surfing beaches. Highlights from the "farm" included a tour of all the historic buildings and watching a sheep being sheared of 11 pounds of wool.
Another highlight of the afternoon was visiting a world class race track. It's history included the first Australia Grand Prix. The track is used 300 days per year by motorcycles and various levels of automobile race cars. The venue today was testing of Superbikes reaching speeds up to 340 kph (204 mph). Noise of these super bikes could be heard for several miles as they prepared for a World Championship the following weekend here.
We gave a rating for our motel of a "10)! This probably the first time and really enjoyed the ambience. We are off to the big "European" city of Melbourne.
Our temperatures have been very cool (by Aussie standards) with a range of 20 - 25 for the past week.