|Subject: Fairy Penguins|
Thanks for your suggestion. We're going to skip the trek to Philips Island. But we still plan on seeing the Fairy Penguins. According to Lonely Planet's Watching Wildlife: Australia there are a number of colonies we'll be able to check on during our three week stay in western Victoria and South Australia. Supposedly there is a small colony on the breakwater at St. Kilda Pier right in Melbourne. Our next chance should be right below the viewing area at the Twelve Apostles on the Great Ocean Road. Then we'll have four days on Kangaroo Island where apparently they are visible at both Kingscote and Penneshaw. Another possibility avails itself at Victor Harbor which we'll pass through either on the way to or from Kangaroo Island. And, finally, Tasmania seems to have quite a few colonies at various locations throughout the island.
Hopefully we'll bag a sighting early on. We're intrigued by the lyrebirds (as well as other denizens) which can be found at both Dandenong and Yarra Ranges National Parks.
After a few days in Melbourne all of our trip is towards the west, along the Great Ocean Road and onward to Kangaroo Island and Adelaide. Then a flight to Tasmania. The drive down to Philips Island just doesn't fit into this itinerary. I'm pretty confident we'll catch some sightings of the fairy penguins at some of the other locations.
I know we'll be visiting Kangaroo Island and environs a couple of months before you. I'll be happy to share a report and/or check on anything about which you might be curious. Our dates of travel are Nov. 23rd through Dec. 15th.
John in San Diego