Phillip Island Surf Shop Kombi

26 11 2015

Eye catcher for a surf shop in the first little township on Phillip Island, southeast of Melbourne: Chopped off driver’s cabin of an Early Bay Window panel van. Steering wheel and instrument block still in place, front seats replaced by a wooden bench so that kids (and grown-ups) can play driving a kombi. Sweet!

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Penguins, Wallabies and Koalas

24 11 2015

We spent three beautiful days on a trip to Phillip Island, south-east of Melbourne. We took the ferry from Queenscliff to Sorrento, shortcutting Port Phillip Bay from its western to its eastern end. Saved us from driving all around Port Phillip Bay and through Melbourne traffic and gave the kids the added adventure of a boat trip. Main target was the Penguin Parade where every evening at sunset several hundred penguins come back from their daily fishing business and run up the beach to their nesting places. Apparently there were around 2000 penguins that evening. Awesome spectacle! A visit to the Koala Conservation Centre across the road from our caravan park turned out to be fantastic, too. The sighting of a swamp wallaby (near the penguin beach) and a couple of red-necked wallabies (at the Churchill Island Heritage Farm farm) completed this Australian wild life adventure. The penguin beach, the koala center and the heritage farm belong to the Phillip Island Nature Park. The sighting of a late bay kombi at the ferry on the way back made the kombi nerd in the family extra-happy.

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Father daughter bonding at beach in Cowes, Phillip Island.

Father daughter bonding at the beach in Cowes, Phillip Island.