Oh my friends I just got back from a great adventure in Melbourne—I spent three days in the city and two days exploring the Great Ocean Road and Phillip Island. I enjoyed great food and great company (my brother and sister-in-law) and saw my first wild koalas and kangaroos. Melbourne is a really great city with lots of interesting nooks and crannies. I wish that I could've spent a little more time wandering but we definitely spent a good amount of time shopping and cocktailing and riding trams.
As for the Great Ocean Road, what can I say? It was absolutely stunning. The Twelve Apostles (a collection of limestone stacks off the shore) were breathtaking and we had a perfectly sunny, warm day to observe them. We also saw koalas and kangaroos in the wild (yes, they do exist!) and we visited Phillip Island to watch the penguins come out of the ocean at dusk and make their way to their burrows. This was as adorable as it sounds: one second you're staring at ocean and sand and then the tide goes out and all of a sudden there is a group of little blue penguins. They spend the next few minutes trying to get out of the water and as soon as their teeny feet hit dry sand they waddle out as fast as they can (which isn't very fast because they're penguins). Then we wandered through their habitats and listened to them talk to each other. It's really great. You should go...
I thought I'd share some photos with you. Everything is pretty self-explanatory but if you have any questions, ask them in the comment section. Sorry for the not so great pictures. My camera's pretty good for a point and shoot but particularly in low light it's a little fuzzy. Maybe once I stop traveling the globe I'll get a nice camera.
I wish you could've been there with me! Thanks for tolerating my absence, it's so nice to see you again!
(all images are mine)