Awakening very early, we travelled from Mornington to be at the Phillip Island Circuit shortly after ‘gates open’ at 7.00 a.m. The four of us had pre-purchased our camping and racing tickets and had been informed that in the camping area, “first there – best spot”. With a 9.5 metre long motorhome and our companions having a long 5th wheeler and tow vehicle, we were glad we were some of the first to arrive. There was a roomy camping area, however lots of trees and more akin to tent camping than these vehicles. Being so early, it was relatively easy to secure a little corner of the camping ground to ourselves and for me to set up my office long before Perth work hours.
A short walk from the camping ground is access to great views of the track and overlooking Bass Strait.
We are camped here over the long Australia Day weekend for the 25th International Island Classic – the southern hemisphere’s largest historic motorcycle meet.
While I stayed working, Mike went with Fiona and Barry to Panny’s Amazing World of Chocolate on Phillip Island and how amazing it is! Mike ‘made’ his own chocolate while there for me to eat, so I was happy.
Tonight, courtesy of Barry, our chauffeur in his tow vehicle we travelled to Summerland Bay to see the Penguin Parade. Sitting near the ocean, we waited as the sun went down to see the parade of Fairy Penguins coming ashore. It is breeding season and there were a great many chicks waiting to be fed, some too eager to stay in their burrows and were standing guard outside to wait. Gradually the light faded and the first tentative penguins gathered at the shoreline. It took ages before one or two would venture further onto the beach, followed by some more, but then there would be a movement, or a wave would come up behind them and they would scurry back into the water. This would be repeated numerous times until finally, one would have the courage to keep going up the beach, followed by the rest of the group. The boardwalks all over the sand and dunes enabled us to look on the burrows and chicks and watch the returning penguins make their way to their own burrows. An absolute delight!