Wednesday, March 13, 2013

I is for islands...

I is for islands...
(Continuing my series on the Mornington Peninsula)

Phillip Island
Just offshore from the peninsula, in Westernport Bay, are two islands.
One is French Island - accessed by ferry from Stony Point on the peninsula
- and the larger one is Phillip Island
- acessed by ferry from Stony Point or car via the bridge from San Remo on the mainland.
Highlights of Phillip Island include an extensive conservation park - with an area where fairy penguins may be viewed + a grand prix circuit + shopping wonderland at Cowes near where the ferry docks + extensive holiday accommodation.
My photo above is a view of the coastline round the island as viewed from the popular penguin parade viewing area at Summerlands (where Ventnor and Back Beach Road meet).
(I still have not been to French Island, but I have been to Phillip.)

Here is the bridge linking the mainland and Phillip Island.
As can be seen in the photo, the island is quite close to the mainland.

Part of the San Remo marina with Phillip Island in the background.

Fairy penguins are best viewed in the evening hours as they wander in from the sea to their burrows.
But during the day, their busy activity can be heard under these boardwalks.

Interesting warning sign near the boardwalk.
The hand written element is updated each season.
This is information for March - beginning Autumn.

Part of the landscape round the fairy penguin information centre.
This area once had homes on properties.
But the government reclaimed them to preserve the nature of the area and has begun plantings representing original plants here.

Intriguing haven
Island of many faces
And many lifestyles

Apart from penguins, other characters live here.
This is a Cape Barren Goose.

Linking to:
ABC Wednesday Round 12 - I is for islands


Mar said...

What a beautiful island and wonderful shots!! lovely illustrations :)

I is for ...

Carver said...

Beautiful shots and a great place to feature for I. Carver, ABC Wed. Team

Roger Owen Green said...

ISLANDS I was not familiar with!
ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Anonymous said...

happy wednesday. cheers! i did island today too.

Leslie: said...

Looks like an incredibly beautiful and interesting location.

abcw team

Roger Owen Green said...

love the penguin sign!
ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Anonymous said...

Wow! Great shots for ABC ^_^

photowannabe said...

Very interesting.
The islands look like a great place for a vacation.
Good shot of the goose too.

Melanie said...

That boardwalk must be a fun place to walk! Thanks for sharing that.

Nonnie said...

I love learning about your piece of heaven on earth! the goose is quite lovely.

Chubskulit Rose said...

A beautiful island and I love the shadowy shot!

Catching up with letter I.

Internet is a Blessing
Rose, ABC Wednesday Team

Beverley Baird said...

What a lovely spot to visit! Great choice for I!
Love all your photos.

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