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Nous sommes partis en excursion en fin de matinée et notre premier arrêt a été Moonlit Sanctuary, une réserve pour animaux.
Si une majorité d'animaux était dans des enclos koalas, émeus, wombat, oiseaux, dingos et même des diables de Tasmanie, les kangourous et les wallabies étaient en liberté.
Depuis 15 jours en Australie nous les cherchions désespérément et nous étions contents de les voir enfin.
Cerise sur le gâteau, ces animaux ont tellement l'habitude des touristes qu'ils venaient manger dans nos mains.
L'étape suivante nous a permis de voir des koalas dans leur milieu naturel perchés dans les arbres dans la forêt.
Notre guide nous a, ensuite, emmenés à Churchill Island. C'est une ferme d'élevage de moutons Désormais dédiée au tourisme ou nous avons pu voir un superbe exercice de conduite d'un troupeau de moutons par un chien de berger qui obeissait uniquement à la voix de son maitre.
On nous a également montré la tonte d'un mouton.
Petit arrêt au bord de la mer, près des falaises pour admirer la beauté sauvage d'une cote déchiquetée battue par des vagues immenses. Le vent devait souffler à 110 ou 120 km heure.
Il fallait s'accrocher à ses lunettes!
Clou de la journée, la parade des pingouins.
Il fallait attendre la tombée de la nuit pour voir ces petites bêtes 25 à 30 cm de haut. A 8 heure pile, ils sont sortis de la mer où ils se sont nourris toute la journée et ont defilé sous nos yeux le long de la plage par petits groupes d'une dizaine afin de regagner leurs terriers.
C'était magique !.
This should NOT be listed as a small group, 26 people is not a small group! this is the first time that I have been disappointed with a tour purchased from you. There were 26 people on this
BUS not a Van that you normally have with a small group. There was no microphone so rather than telling what little he did as drove, he spoke to us then played the radio with ads and new for entertainment as we drove. He dropped us off at venues and picked us up with no interaction while there. Such in impersonal none special day! So sad by this it has left a poor taste and now I am nervous to book another tour.
Outstanding tour! We thoroughly enjoyed every minute of our long day out with our exceptional guide Kurt, so personable, friendly and knowledgable. A prompt hotel pickup in a very comfy coach with a group of approx 20 was followed by a superb visit to Moonlit Sanctuary. What a treat to see Koalas, Kanga, Wallabies right up close and to feed them...wow, so very special. Lunch at the Sanctuary was perfect, a good barbeque. Churchill Island visit was amazing, we loved the farm visit and the sheep shearing demo, and then time out just to stroll and enjoy. Next stop was the Koala Conservation Centre and a stop for afternoon tea which was provided...again really fantastic seeing Koalas in their own environment and to see the wonderful work being done there. On to The Nobbies with its glorious scenery, and a walk along the boardwalk with its stunning views....then the cherry on top, off to Phillip Islands Penguin Parade. Nothing can prepare one for the treat that awaits one...it is simply stunning. After a delicious quick supper in the centre we made our way to the platforms from where the parade is viewed. With the Plus Package we were afforded seats on a special raised platform. Although very cold..and one must dress up very warmly, .the spectacle is out of this world. Seeing nature at play like this is thrilling as one watches hundreds of Fairy Penguins make their way onto the shore, then parade past the platforms altogether to their homes...wow wow wow!! We absolutely loved the experience. A very comfy and safe 90 minute trip back to Melbourne city and a drop off right at our hotel capped this absolutely outstanding day. This has to be one of the best Viator tours we have ever done in any city and we cannot recommend it highly enough. Thank you Kurt for treating us to a sensational day and for sharing your knowledge....so very much appreciated. We loved it!
Have just returned from a month touring Australia during which time we sampled several day tours and this was definitely the best of the best! Our guide Chris provided a fun day taking us to a variety of places, many of which were not initially stated on the description of what to expect. My highlight of the day was seeing a ram being sheared on Churchill island. The penguin parade was disappointingly commercialised, but the lunch stop at a wildlife park provided the opportunity to get up close to kangaroo and wallabys as did the tree top walk at the koala reserve and our visit to the penguins headland nesting site. Well worth the money
I highly recommend this tour for the sights. The penguin parade and stop at Moonlit Sanctuary were fantastic! Got to cuddle up to a koala, hand-feed kangaroos, and see hundreds of penguins as they dash back to Phillip Island after a day in the ocean bring a sweater and blanket or you'll have to buy those on sight - it gets chilly. Truly a one-of-a-kind wildlife experience. Our guide Max did not provide much commentary throughout the trip which was a letdown. He merely carried out a side conversation with one of the tour takers, but did so very loudly which made it difficult to try and sleep especially on the way back from Penguin Island at close to midnight. It would have been nice to be provided with more information and guidance as opposed to just being driven from place to place.
Tour veramente bellissimo. Non si vedono solo i pinguini che sono adorabili ma c'è anche la possibilità di avere contatto ravvicinato con koala, wallaby e canguri. La nostra guida è stata bravissima e simpaticissima, sempre disponibile a spiegare e a rispondere alle domande. Luoghi stupendi.
Absolutely amazing. Probably the best day of our entire 3 week holiday. It's a long day with a very late drop-off but fortunately not an early start. We love wildlife and scenery and there was plenty of both. Moonlit Sanctuary was terrific and we actually got to cuddle a koala! The Penguin Parade on Phillip Island was mind-blowing. Seeing those little penguins come out of the sea, cross the rocks and then make their way at varying speeds to find their burrows up to 2 km away. It was a privilege to watch these determined creatures. Our guide Kurt was terrific, informative, helpful, very calm and good fun. A day which will live in our memories.
The tour was great, was able to see a large amount of wild life and local sites, the highlight of our trip. The tour guide was awesome, she made sure we were on time and had a good amount of time to spend at each site.
The down side was the lack of Wifi on the bus, our other tour had it and it made it over the top.
Well worth the money. Highlights: Watching the Penguin Parade, hand feeding the Kangaroos, seeing the sleeping koala's, the heritage farm, and Aimee's amazing conservation details, she is passionate about preserving wildlife and making sure they are protected for the long haul.