Emus, Kangaroos, and... Ice Cream?   (04/29/04)

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Our visit to the Wilsons Promontory National Park should have been longer than the allotted one day plus the arrival evening, but how were we to know the extent of natural beauty of this amazing place? Located on a peninsula at the south-eastern tip of Victoria state, the park is outlined by many miles of sandy beaches which surround tropical forests, emu- and kangaroo-sustaining grassy plains, rocky mountains and tidal rivers. Such varied terrain and abundance of wildlife make the park a naturalist's heaven, and hikers will have their work laid out for at least a week, trying to cover all of Wilsons trails. I dare claim that from all the national parks we've visited back home in the States and elsewhere, this one ranks a close second after Yosemite.


Rewarding views after a long hike up to Mt. Bishop                Walking through a tropical forest ("bush" as they say here)                Pushing some rocks out of the way...             Duck Point, overlooking the bay (a bit chilly at dusk, hence the jacket)   

Above: walking around Wilsons Prom on varied tracks: along the beach, through the bush, between big boulders and up to the summit.

Below: wildlife spotted along the way, including a pelican for starters, some emus and kangaroos, and parrots for dessert.

Real or toy? We asked ourselves, seeing this pelican bob on the calm surface of the bay...                Emu ostriches eating their breakfast                Several kangaroos, hopping about next to the emus                Closeup of a 'roo (we didn't dare approach further)

Pretty parrots populating the Prom                They really liked Daria                Or maybe they just like ice cream... mint chocolate       
Above: A couple visiting the park made friends with the parrots by giving them crackers and ice-cream. While I feel bad about supporting such an activity (in general I would never feed any park animal unless it's okay by the rangers), I figured that it wouldn't be bad for us to score some cool pictures. I still feel a bit guilty about it, so you don't have to send me an e-mail telling me what a bad person I am! And I (Daria) already got my punishment for being a bad girl and feeding wildlife: eager parrots scratched my ice-cream-holding hand, and one not-so-timid bird landed on my head, got its claws into my hair, and refused to leave until Puneet shooed it away after getting his full share of amusement at my expense.

Below: stunning landscapes of Wilsons Promontory.

Tidal River, an inland waterway filled with saltwater from the bay at high tide                Norman Bay, sporting one of many beatiful beaches of Wilsons Prom                View of the Squeaky Beach, so named because the sand on it squeaks under your feet (untested due to lack of time)                Surf crashing on the rocks at Squeaky Beach