Exploring Phillip Island // Road Tripping Australia Pt. 1
After spending a few days at my sister's house, exploring their neighborhood (part 1 and part 2), and adjusting to the time and day difference, my family and I packed up and hit the road! Our first stop was a small town, along the Victorian coastline, called Phillip Island. We arrived as the sun was setting, and watched it go down, while exploring the beach by our Airbnb. (Visit this link to get a $20 Airbnb Credit towards your next trip - www.airbnb.com.au/c/gentrit)
The next morning, my dad and I woke early to catch the sunrise, over the Southern Ocean. It was such a beautiful sight, that it made the sacrifice of sleep well worth it. We watched as the local Wallabies hopped through the tall grass, and the bunnies scurried across the gardens. And once everyone else (finally) woke up, it was time to explore!
First up was a hunt for some sea caves along the Forrest Caves Walk. We walked along the vast beach, to the rock formation, exposed by the low tide, and found exactly what we were looking for! We had the cave all to ourselves, and took our time exploring every nook and cranny. My nephew even spotted an octopus, hiding out under a rock. The afternoon was spent at Smith's Beach, swimming in the ocean and building sand castles. I don't know about the rest of my family, but I know that I could have stayed here for days on end, and have been perfectly happy! (It always surprises me how much I need the ocean in my life, and I find I never want to leave once I'm there.)
We ended the day, and our trip to Phillip Island, watching the Phillip Island Penguin Parade, where visitors can witness the return of the penguins after a day at sea. We weren't allowed to take photos, but you can check in on the penguins, on their website!