Day 9: Victoria, Australia – Bidding her farewell..

It has been a crazy 9 days of travelling, sight-seeing, eating & exploring of the beautiful region of Victoria, Australia.
This has been an amazing trip beyond my own expectations; for though I had the itinerary a week beforehand, it goes without saying that seeing it on the itinerary & actually experiencing it is a totally different story all together.

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I’m truly blessed to have had this experience. Even more so since this is my virginal trip to Aussie. I’ve got a personal guide, I travelled in comfort & I have all & any information I may need at the tips of my fingers via carefully selected brochures & a walking encyclopedia named Reiner Aderhold, who was an absolutely God-sent.

Reiner Aderhold

Day 4: Victoria, Australia: Video & pictures of penguins at The Nobbies Centre, Philip Island

On Philip Island, the most famous attraction was naturally the Phillip Island Penguin Parade. Viewing time is only from sunset onwards as that is the time where it is safe (safe for the penguins from the threats of being prey to eagles, etc) for the hundreds to over a thousand wild Little Penguins to emerge from the sea & march across the beach to their sand dune burrows.

The Little Penguin is the world’s smallest (and cutest) penguin and the Penguin Parade is the best place to experience this completely natural phenomenon.

However, no photography or videography is allowed during the Phillip Island Penguin Parade as the flash is said to hurt their vision & it also scares them. Even if you do not use a flash, which you’ll probably need to anyway, cos it’s pretty dark, the park rangers will stop you politely the moment you tried to whip out your camera from your bags.

The experience of watching the penguins upclose (as close as 1 feet away!) is indescribable. ;-) If you are ever on Philip Island, this is a must-visit!
These Little Penguins are simply adorable! They are very small & they looked so cute as they are very fat at this time of the year since they have to eat more to regurgitate to feed their young in the burrows.
At the Phillip Island Penguin Parade visitors get to watch from an exclusive viewing platform & boardwalk as they strutted up the beach & walk along the long beach trail to their burrows.

(this pic below from www.penguins.org.au)

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Our disappointment at not being able to capture any of these moments on camera was noted by our guide Reiner. Being the exemplary guide that he is, he offered to take us to The Nobbies Centre instead, which is actually more for fur seals viewing but there are sand dune burrows around the area that has these Little Penguins.

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DAY 2 Victoria, Australia: My lunch – Miss Marple’s Tea Room, Dandenong Ranges #BeckyinOzzie

Miss Marple’s Tea Room was touted as the place to be for scones and tea. Perfect for a true blue English meal they have said.
The tearoom’s quaint cottage exterior plus the cosy insides excludes old English charm that begs to be experienced at least once at your lifetime.

Miss Marple’s Tea Rooms, Dandenong Ranges (12)

I think this is as close as I can get to actual England, considering that I don’t think I’ll ever visit England due to the notorious weather.

Miss Marple’s Tea Rooms, Dandenong Ranges (1)

Day 2 Victoria, Australia – The Dandenong Ranges: I got bullied by the parrots! #BeckyinOzzie

On Day 2 (Itinerary HERE ), we departed from Melbourne CBD in the early morning & headed towards the outskirts, with the 1st stop being the The Dandenong Ranges.

The Dandenong Ranges have been a favourite escape for Melburnians since the boom times of the 1880s when members of Melbourne society would board a train at Flinders Street Station and slowly travel east to enjoy the peace, pure air and pristine forests of these Ranges.
Standing here myself, I can indeed vouch for the beautiful countryside & unspoiled environment. Such gorgeous crisp air!  I took in as much as I could into my lungs, and hoped that it would clear some of the toxins I had breathed in in my life in those Malaysian cities I’ve lived in! Wistful thinking eh? ;-)

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DAY 3 Victoria, Australia: My accommodation – Waves Apartments @The Esplanade, Philip Island #BeckyinOzzie

If you think my accommodation yesterday at the Sebel Lodge rocks (post HERE), then you’re gonna love this one even more!

Waves Apartments are self-contained style accommodation offering the luxury of a personal 2-person spa in the bathroom, private balconies or patio with foreshore and bay views and luxury guest amenities.

As usual, a quick video before I hit the sack.

And some pictures for those of you who may be too lazy to watch the video!

Waves Apartments are beach front facing, though depending on your luck, some apartments may not face the beach directly.

Waves Apartments, Philip Islands Australia (1)

DAY 2 Victoria, Australia: My accommodation – Sebel Lodge Yarra Valley, The Heritage Golf & Country Club #beckyinOzzie

For today (Day 2), I’m already out of Melbourne CBD & I’m now in the Yarra Valley area. (Details of my Day 2 itinerary HERE)

Just for a quick update, here’s an uploaded video of my accommodation for the night. Sebel Lodge Yarra Valley is an absolutely gorgeous place! I wish I could write about it in detail but further info would be added into this post only when I’m back in KL as my schedule is really tight for this trip. As it is, I’m barely getting enough sleep. :-(

The cost for my room is AUD195/night. (1AUD = RM3.09 now).  I think it’s quite alright for a resort yea? Amenities in the room is pretty good, starting with the usual; a full toiletries set, hairdryer, fridge, TV,etc.