Friday, January 20, 2012
Coin-in-the-slot seals: Phillip Island
The afternoon we spent at Point Grant and The Nobbies, we shared with many other people from all around the world. In fact, one could be forgiven for thinking we were in a country other than Australia.
Coin-in-the-slot telescopes, positioned along the Point Grant / Nobbies boardwalk give visitors the opportunity to view more closely, the Australian fur seals that live and breed at Seal Rocks, located to the left (south) of The Nobbies. Alternatively, visitors can take a ferry that offers tours of Seal Rocks, leaving daily from the Cowes jetty.
A modern boardwalk with rails and steps gives about 1 km of easy access to lookouts, and also gives views into the burrows of breeding penguins, mutton birds and seagulls.
You may also see a swamp wallaby nibbling New Zealand spinach, a copperhead snake sunning itself, or Pacific gulls soaring in the wind.
This is a dramatic sea and landscape. No matter what time of day you visit, or the season, there's always something interesting to see -- and the mood is different.