Monday, June 18, 2007

Wombat

To take advantage of my last weekend in Melbourne, Chris and I went to the southern most point of mainland Australia, Wilson's Promontory. Wilson's Promontory is about 2 hours south of Melbourne. It wasn't a bad drive but the weather along the coast was a bit brisk.

Wilson's Promontory is a national park that kinda sticks out in the Bass Strait between mainland Australia and Tasmania. Having been a national park since sometime before the turn of the 20th century, you get to see a wide range of wildlife. Just inside the gates to the Promontory, we happened onto a glen with a wombat, several kangaroos and an emu.


I wanted to get out of the car to get a better picture of the wombat, but the emu was huge, pretty mobile and didn't seem to be in a good mood.


Further into the park, we found a nature center and the only settlement on the pennisula, Tidal River. Not much to see, except that it was absolutely overrun with King Parrots. They were everywhere, even walking up to people for food.


Since we were all the way down there, we decided to hike to the highest point in the park, Mount Oberon, to get a better view. The climb was about 2 miles and 1200', but the views were fantastic.


This is the summit looking west back towards Tidal River.


This one looks south towards the Bass Strait.


All in all, a pretty good trip.

4 comments:

Elan said...

Ken,
Nice post. It kinda of reminds me the southern tip in South Africa. Looks very similar except instead instead of emus and kangaroos you have ostriches and baboons. Looking at some of your nature posts lately I will be more than happy to grant you a Western Treehuggers franchise.
Elan

Anonymous said...

I thought emu's were yellow for some weir reason! sweet view too.

/k said...

ELAN: so the guy that I went with (he's sitting on the rock) is Kiwi but lived in South Africa and remarked about the similarities also. However, I doubt it ever gets as cold in South Africa.

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