Melbourne – Day 2 – Part 2 (Philip Island Day Tour – Part 1)
When I started to plan for this trip to Australia, there were a couple things I really really wanted to see in Melbourne. That was to go see the Penguins and touch a koala. After asking my Auntie about this she booked Philip Island Day Tour to see the Penguin Parade and go to MARU Koala and Wildlife Park.
She had actually previously gone on this exact tour and thought it was a great experience so she decided to take us on this same trip. Since it was the second time for her, she had lots to compare. This is a Chinese (mandarin) tour which was a little bit of a test for me since I rarely use the Mandarin Chinese I studied in college.
Our group of 7 (Me, Sister Yunti, Mom, Dad, Auntie, Uncle, and another Auntie) managed to get seated at the front of the bus right behind our very UN-enthusiastic tour guide William. His attitude actually really bothered my Auntie.
MARU Koala and Wildlife Park
After making a few stops to pick up more people we were finally on our way to MARU Koala and Wildlife Park. When we arrived, our tour guide William stamped our hands and led us inside where he gave everyone a general intro to MARU Koala and Wildlife Park in Mandarin and then told us when we need to head back to our bus.
Things that were NOT included in our tour were the animal encounters. With our tour, we received a special group discount for the Koala encounter (other animal encounters are available depending on the schedule). We paid for the animal encounter immediately and made our way in to touch and take pictures with this Koala named Dessie.
Did you know you cannot touch Koalas in New South Wales, Australia (the state where Sydney is in)?
We went in, pet the Koala, took a few pictures, and we were done. They took a few pictures and printed them for us but it was also really nice that they allowed us to take our own. The quality seemed much better on our own camera.
We then went into the Kangaroo enclosure where we got to pet and feed kangaroos. This was super cool! You simply buy a tub of food (for AU$2 or something like that) and then walk into the big enclosure. You don’t have to buy food but it was well worth it. Thank you Auntie for getting the food for us.
The kangaroos were not scared of us at all. Most didn’t care about us unless we had food, they just let people take pictures as they chilled.
This is always much much better then going to a zoo and seeing animals not moving in their little enclosures. I personally really enjoyed seeing some of these kangaroos hopping around and look at how awesome those tails are!
We wandered around for a few minutes where we saw a few more animals and then headed to the auditorium to watch a sheep sheering show. That was interesting…have you seen that before?
We learned a little about what is used to sheer a sheep and knowing the fact that sheep shearers sheer quite a few sheep in a day (during sheep sheering season).
I was honestly a little uncomfortable watching the fluffy sheet get shaved. It looked a little uncomfortable while getting clipped between the guys legs as it was getting sheered. I’m sure it wasn’t that bad for it was it?
When it was all done, the sheep went back into the shed, and the raw wool was spread out on stage for us to see.
By the time the Sheep Sheering show was over, it was pretty much time for us to head back to our bus (I’m sure the tour had this planned). We barely had enough time to pick up a few snacks at the bistro. Our tour guide William made sure to remind everyone on multiple occasions a few things. One thing was that, we should not eat or drink anything with a strong smell (like coffee) because we are all on an enclosed air conditioned bus and you don’t want to make everyone on the bus to smell your coffee on the bus. We were good about that and only got a few pastries. Though I must complain! Tour guide William was drinking a can of Red Bull and that was terribly rude of him to make me have to smell that (and not share?)
MARU Koala and Animal Park