On the 1st day of 2015, we visited Penguin Island. It’s just 15 minutes drive from Melvin and Tania’s place.
We also met up with wife’s friend Lisa who married a local here. They brought along their 2 kids.
Penguin Island is just few minutes away from the mainland. It’s so near that you can actually walk there through the sandbank. However, walking is not recommended as some have lost their life using the sandbank.
The boat ride to the island costs us AUD23 + entry to the penguin feeding show.
The main attraction of this island is the penguins. They usually live by the beach. The little penguins can be seen on the left.
Frankly the penguin feeding show is a little bit boring.
Highlight of this island to me is the crystal clear water and beach. We could see fishes swimming by the shore.
#LiviaFoong’s first time at the beach! She loved it. She even crawled towards the water and started tapping on it.
The island was inhibited by a person in 1917. He turned the caves into his home.
More info about the first settler.
This is how the caves look like. At some point, the settler had visitors and turned the island into some form of a resort. He even had a shop and library here.
The caves from afar. I wonder if they ever get flooded.
Seems that some people decided to follow Seaforth’s footsteps and stayed here in the 1930s.
The island is relative flat. You can walk up to the look out point. It takes about an hour to explore around the island. Loads of vegetation here. The penguins live and travel underneath this vegetation.
The other side of the island. Seas more choppy here.
There’s a basic toilet here. There’s no flush and all “deposits” are left to be decomposed.
Facilities are scarce here. There’s no rubbish bins and visitors are required to carry their rubbish back. There’s even a table of rubbish found for anyone to take back to the mainland for disposal. I took some back.
Also there are no shops in the island. Everyone has to bring their own supplies.
We had super late lunch at 530pm. Mel cooked tomyam fried noodles.
We got hungry later at night. Mel made kangaroo and beef burgers!