Friday, October 19, 2007
Not finished my Phillip Island posts yet, two to go.
In the afternoon of the Monday after our morning we visited a fauna park. I cannot find the name of it but it is on Phillip Island Road, the main road on the island and quite close to Cowes.
To be honest, it looked a big dodgy and I was wondering whether we would get our $15 worth. It had a slightly neglected air about it with many of the animal quite old. I am happy to say it was marvellous. We spent about three hours there and if you have some overseas visitors, forget Melbourne Zoo and Healsville Sanctuary if you want to interact with Australian animals.
There were many different birds, lots of marsupials, all sorts of critters and you could feed a lot of them wheat. There were so many animals to see and we stayed quite late until an emu chased us. Some, or maybe many of the animals were not fit to be in the wild. The Tasmanian devil was particularly sad as it appeared to have arthritis and bumped into things, so possibly blind too.
I also, via my mother, believe Maru Koala and Fauna Park is very good, just off the island.
We dined that night on ok food at the local RSL (returned servicemen's league).
The sole kangaroo pictured has a joey in its pouch. You can see the legs sticking out. Pics are also blue tongue lizards, a monitor? (goanna), kangaroos and a wombat that ate out of our hands.