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11 Nov 2006 - Road trip with Trev - day 3
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Not such a busy day today. First of all we went up to Wilson's Prom which is a huge national park. You can camp there if you like. We decided to climb Mount Oberon which is about 500m high. So off we went up the mountain. It was so far! The path was very, very gradual, which of course made the walk very long, and it meant that you were going slightly uphill for ages. 3.4km each way. We started wishing for some of those pesky steps! Anyway, eventually we made it to the top of the path, and there were a few rocks to get up (they had steps in them) but Alice's legs had stopped working so she stayed at the bottom. Trev and Justin went up but it had all misted over, so unfortunately all our photos are really misty!

Next stop penguin parade. We went down and got our seats on the beach at about 7.30 - it was pretty cold so we all had jumpers on and covered our legs with a blanket. Then we waited. Just after 8.30 the penguins started to arrive. They'd gather in little groups in the water then when they felt confident enough they'd run up the beach together and then on into their burrows. They're so funny waddling about the sand. One got lost and ended up in the crowd of people and some idiot tried to touch it, even though we'd all been told not to, but it snapped at him which we were very pleased about. The lost penguin then came right up to our feet and then the ranger slowly persuaded it to the edge of the crowd area and it found its way home. Then we had a walk around the boardwalks above the burrows and watched them running around. At one point a big wallaby appeared in the middle of them all and gave us a surprise. I think he was just as surprised as we were though, and he bounced around a bit then went back the way he came. Then we went into the centre and looked at the penguins in their burrows - they had special viewing tubes you could look down and see them sitting on their nests.

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