Part 6: Today was a long day. It started out with breakfast, I think the other hotels breakfast buffet was better. But anyway.
First I found out the tour company miss booked the city tour, for tuesday instead of saturday. Tuesday doesn't help since I'll be in Sydney by then. They straightened it out and I walked over to Federation Square to pick up the bus. The city tour was nice, it gave a very good overview of the city. I think only one stopping point would of been good instead of two. The second stopping point was at the Shrine of Rememberance. It is a nice monument dedicated to those that fought in WWI and WWII. It was also across from the park, which I wish I had more time to explore. We only got about 45 minutes at that stop. I also think we could of done without the ride through the expensive subburbs. On the way back I saw the plant that makes Vegimite, still think the stuff is gross. That tour ended and gave me some time to run back to the hotel switch out bags and get my hoodie for the second tour.
The second tour took me out of Melbourne, out to Phillips Island to see the Penguin Parade. (I could not take pictures, it hurts the penguins eyes.) I think this tour would of been nicer if it left at least an hour earlier and gave you more time at the two stops before the parade. I also had to deal with a very obnoxious family, but I digress. The first stop was at Churchhill farm. It is a quaint little farm, that has hairy cows, and wallabies. So I got to get up close, or as close as the wallabie let me to them. That was nice. I wish we had a little bit more time there to explore a little more. the second stop was at the koala sanctuary, which I was told I would be able to hold a koala. No such luck. I'm actully kind of disapointed about that. I also wish we had more then 40 minutes there, becuase one of the trails takes 20 minutes to walk, and if you want to walk the koala path you won't be able to do it too. I was actully disapointed in the koalas, I thought I would see more. I only saw 4, but one was moving instead of sleeping so that is a plus. I honestly don't find them that cute. Then it was on to see the Penguin Parade.
The Penguin Parade happens nightly when the penguins come up on shore from spending all day at see. The Penguins are no more then a foot tall and rather skittish. So what happens is everyone files down to the beach and sits in these bleachers and waits for sunset and the first penguin to show up on shore. Apperently the penguins nominate a brave one to go first and look for dangerous things and make sure the coast is clear and its safe to come ashore. Once that penguin determins it is safe, and makes a sound resembling a duck quack the rest come a shore. They just pop out of the waves. They then waddle up the beach to their little nest in the ground for the night. They tend to waddle in groups and appear kind of skittish. I'm not exactly sure what I was expected, but at least I wasn't disappointed. There were a lot of penguins. I'm just sad I couldn't take pictures. Silly people in the past with flashes ruined it for everyone.
Afterwords everyone piled back onto the tour bus to head back to the city. I got back around 9:00 PM.
And I really want to know if it is nessary to have some type of football game everyday of this weekend. Federation square was croweded due to a beer festival and a giant walk to the stadium, then it is going to be crowded again sunday for another game. I guess I'll live, it not like it really upsets my plans but that just seems like an a lot of sporting events.
Sunday I believe it is off to the zoo, aquarium and a little shopping.
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