3 Part Series: Travel to Melbourne the most liveable city in Australia (3/3)

We did the Philip Island 3 Parks tour on another day of our Melbourne Trip. This trip takes up one whole day on its own so you need not plan for anything else except perhaps to prepare for some light food and snacks for your journey, which can also be purchased along the way.

There are 3 stops, mainly the Koala Conservation Centre, Churchill Island and Penguin Parade.

In this trip, we managed to catch the adorable Koala, see some farm animals in Churchill Island, as well as watch the Tiny Penguins go home from sea. The main highlight of the trip was the evening tour, where we get to catch the Tiny Penguins at the Penguin parade.

Koala spotted at the Koala Conservation Center. They sleep a lot and have jelly bean sized babies called Joey! Mind you thou they are not bears, Koala is a Marsupial. A Marsupial carries their young in their pouch.

Kangaroos spotted, you can purchase their feed and go ahead to feed them if you like.

The Tawny Frogmouth looking proud.

Sheep freshly sheared.. it was a pity that we didn’t managed to catch the process as we arrived there late.

Spectacular view from Churchill Island Heritage Farm

We were dropped off at the Nobbies for a short break and dinner before we headed off to watch the Penguins waddle across the Summerland Beach, and be on their way home. Dinner is fish and chips and it can be quite costly, so do cater additional moolahs for that.

At the board walk, you can spot some penguins already in their nest. The penguin family is very interesting, one would go out to fish, while the other would wait at home in their sand burrows to take care of their young ones. Can you see the penguin holding a stick on its mouth?

We caught the eager public waiting in the strong cold winds way before we reached. You can pay an additional amount of money to get a better seat, nearer to the penguins if you wish but you’ll be sitting on the sandy floor (a small butt sized floor mat is provided, not too sure if another top up is required thou).

The Philip Island trip turns out to be one of the best decision ever, as we watched the penguins come up in small groups and finally home to reunite with their family. This place is very cold so be warned! Do wear thick clothing and bring along a jacket if you can. They typically comes up the shore when the sky turns dark. It is truly a magical experience as you get to see them so up close.

The tiny penguins basically have a leader in each pack and moves up in small groups. They will lie on the front and make use of their back (black skin), to camouflage themselves along with the black rocks so that they will not be preyed on. They would then move slowly along the beach until they reach their burrows.

Photo credits: http://www.melbournetours.co

Photography is strictly not allowed because the flash lights will blind the Penguins for up to 30 minutes. This means that the baby penguin waiting at home will not be fed and it can cause death. Having said that, I still see many tourist secretly snapping away on their mobile phone cameras.

I hope if you would ever visit that you can remember their cuteness in your heart, why spoil it with taking a photo of them? You’ll be guilty for the rest of your life if anything happens to any of those precious tiny penguins.

Read about the other travelogues in Melbourne here:

Melbourne Australia 1 Transport and Accommodation
Melbourne Australia 2  Great Ocean Road Trip

Disclaimer: This article is written by the same author as previously seen on pearlywerkz.blogspot.sg.

3 Part Series: Travel to Melbourne the most liveable city in Australia (2/3)

I was having a great time in Melbourne although we only went for 2 main sight-seeings. With what we booked, we had +2 free sight-seeing trips and added a few places that we would like to visit during the trip. I will be slowly showing you around Melbourne in my blogpost.

This post will feature mainly the Great Ocean Road Trip which covers the 12 Apostles and Cape Otway Light station.

If you would like to know how we get there and where we stayed, you may refer to this blogpost.

Great Ocean Road Trip

The drive along the Great Ocean Road consist of a few stops which we got to do some photo-taking and sight-seeing. Though it was a long ride, it was very worth it.

12 Apostles

The Apostles are limestone rock stacks that rise up from the Southern Ocean on Victoria’s coastline. Created by constant erosion if limestone cliffs of the mainland since some 10-20 million years ago, they are formed by fishbones, limestones and seashells accumulated overtime with sand and sea.

They are located at the Port Campbell National Park, by the Great Ocean Road in Victoria, Australia. 

Cape Otway Lightstation
Find Cape Otway, a lighthouse located on the southern most point of the Great Ocean Road. Witness Victoria’s most remotely located and Australia’s oldest lighthouse.

Cape Otway Lightstation is Australia’s most important lighthouse. The Light established in 1848 is perched on towering sea cliffs 90 metres above where Bass Straight and Southern Ocean collide.

Time to climb the narrow stairways and experience the view from the top.

Experience the thrill of stepping out onto the Lighthouse Balcony for awesome views, and hear the amazing history of tragic shipwrecks on this isolated and rugged coastline.

Find this wrecked ship located near the entrance of the Lighthouse.

If you have a BBQ lunch included in your tour package, don’t be too delighted yet. This is what you get!

Nevertheless,  it was an eye-opener for me and the views were breath-taking and it was a ride worth the effort and time traveled.

Disclaimer: This article is written by the same author as previously seen on pearlywerkz.blogspot.sg.

3 Part Series: Travel to Melbourne the most livable city in Australia (1/3)

After a long flight of about 8 hours, our feet finally landed in Melbourne airport!

We managed to pack 3 jackets into our 3 bags! 1 for all our clothing, 1 essentials for our  water, umbrellas, itinerary, medical supplies etc. (This is also our going out bag) 1 to stuff excess things like the lady’s vanity stuff, sunglasses, passport, camera, jacket, tissue paper etc.

All in all, we managed to stay within the 7kg per passenger limit despite bringing with us 3 heavy jackets, 1 DSLR camera and clothings for both of us necessary for the next 7 days.

Traveling Time: SIN-MEL (Approx 8 hours)
Time Difference: MEL is ahead of SIN by 3 hours
Weather in November: Cold especially at night with occasion showers (10 – 15°C)
Driving: Same side of the road as Singapore

Melbourne has a long day and short night, they start their day as early as 7.30am and end their day by about 5-6pm to spend time with their families. Major groceries stores such as Coles and Target close at about 9-10pm. Major cafes and restaurants close at about 5pm but you will still be able to find some that closes at about 10pm.

From the airport to your apartment, we recommend going by the SkyBus shuttle.
You need not purchase the tickets online, there are counters outside the airport, at the bus terminal, so you can purchase them there and then. A round trip will cost you $36 per adult.

SkyBus will drop you at their central bus terminal where you will find another bus which drops passenger to their apartments located by “Zones”. Just check with the SkyBus personnel if you are unsure of which bus to board.

We choose a reasonably cheap apartment Arrow on Swanston this round because we have busted our budget on the Scoot flights which we were forced to reschedule due to some issues. Apartments in Australia are relatively small from previous experience.This apartment literally served as “a roof above our heads”. It was small and cozy and had a mini kitchen where we could prepare food for breakfast and microwave-able on those nights which we were lazy to head out.

This is is 2-3 ☆ apartment which served our very basic needs for the 7 nights. If you are looking at any high class in-room facilities or something fabulous like a bathtub or an in-room Jacuzzi, you can totally forget about it. Even the house-keeping services cannot make our mark. Our used glasses and utensils were not washed. Toilet gutter was not cleared and on some days after a change of towel, the face towel were not replaced. After requesting, the husband still had to go down to the lobby to self-collect.

Throughout our 7 days trip, we allocated only 2 days for full day of sight-seeing tours on alternate days, and had the other 5 days to roam around the city areas. We manage to cover the Queen Victoria Market, Eureka Sky Deck, Crown Casino, Melbourne Aquarium and explored mostly in the city centre areas by our foot.

We didn’t bothered much about finding great food and going cafe hopping or shopping as the weather was quite cold and I am not exactly sure what got into me, I was feeling very tired, restless and lethargic most of the time, so I just wanted to settle our meals and head back to our rooms on most days. However, I  enjoyed every bits of the sight-seeing days.I was glad that we didn’t fell sick though.

I wonder is it because age is catching up on me?

We woke up around 10am on non-touring days had our breakfast which typically consist of our self-made salad, orange juice or tea and Milo, Cookies, Muffins or Short Breads which we got from the grocery stores. We would then head out near noon time to walk around and find lunch before mostly heading to malls and grocery stores to do our shopping, city sight-seeings and simple dinner before heading back to the room at about 9-10pm.

Photo with giant chess set outside some building we spotted along the street

I will be sharing with you more on the 2 sight-seeing tours of the trip (hopefully), meanwhile you can ogle on the photos taken along the lovely streets of Melbourne city centre.


Flinder’s Street Station

Wall art of a random building

Library at night

Lovely flowers along the street

Melbourne city is lovely and peaceful. It is known as Australia’s most livable city.Melbourne has many beautiful architectural buildings which I love to take photos with and a nice cooling weather in November.

Fashionistas can layer their clothes and show off their sense of fashion.

For myself, I prefer to dress simple when I travel, as I do not own many fashionable pieces so I have 2 of my jacket as my outer piece and interchange them depending on the weather that day.

That’s the end of the short summary of my Melbourne trip. Stay tuned to read more about our sight-seeing in Melbourne if you are interested.

Disclaimer: This article is written by the same author as previously seen on pearlywerkz.blogspot.sg.