Saturday, April 1, 2017

2 Weeks Back Down Under - Day 3: Penguin Island and Busselton

After making the long drive back south down the coast to Perth, we pushed on beyond passing the continuous string of towns along the coast south of Perth. Our first stop was Rockingham and the ferrry to tiny Penguin Island which is home to a large colony of tiny penguins, the world's smallest penguin species. Little did we know that the penguins are out fishing all day and only return after sundown. Still, we could see hundreds of their footprints and could roughly make out where their burroughs are found. At the interpretive center, we were able to meet 11 little ones that were injured in the wild and are taken care of by the staff on site. Not what we expected, but still a great experience. Beyond Rockingham, we drove right past Mandurah and onwards to Busselton with its justly famous pier, the longest wooden pier in the southern hemisphere!

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