This photo was taken on Phillip Island, Australia. While visiting Melbourne, one of Valerie's friends and her family generously offered to host us for a while. We had an amazing time.
They invited us to their house on the Island which is a really cool place just an hour or so outside of Melbourne. Many parts of the island are protected as national parks and wilderness conservation zones. The island is probably most famous for the Penguin Parade with happens every night and whose stars are the smallest penguins in the world at just over 1 foot tall on average. They are, appropriately called Little Penguins.
While on the island we saw the penguin parade which we highly recommend, but were not allowed to take photos of, so you will not see any of those from us.
One of the many highlights of the visit to the Island was visiting an area called The Nobbies. The Nobbies is free to visit and walk around and is a really beautiful place of rocks, cliffs, caves, grass and sand all mixed together for a unique vista. This picture is from one of the walking ramps there and the hill type island in the back right of the photo is home to a colony of thousands of seals. In the visitors center nearby you can pay $5 to see the seals from a camera located on the island and you can even take pictures from the camera and purchase them for an additional fee.
We had a great time catching up and getting to know this great family better and really enjoyed our time Melbourne so much more because of their hospitality, friendship and generosity.
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