I guess the nearest place to go from Singapore to see these flightless birds is Melbourne. Hence, I made my pilgrimage to the Penguin Parade in Phillip Island during one of my trips to Australia.
Before joining the Penguins at dusk as they emerge from the surf & waddle to their burrows, I’d the chance to get close to koalas & kangaroos in their natural habitats.
I also had the opportunity to embark on the Puffing Billy Steam Train Ride, one of the finest preserved steam railways in the world. So what's so special about this train ride? How is it different from your other rides?
Well, the most thrilling part was..... I could stick my legs out of the window throughout the entire journey. Yes, I was practically sitting on the window ledge. It was so fun!
After spending about half a day in the scenic Dandenong Ranges, I was off the Penguin Parade for the main attraction. For the 1-day tour, there were couple of options. I chose the Private Penguin Parade viewing option, which came with my own personal ranger. I was also supplied with a warm waterproof jacket, binoculars & mat so I could sit comfortably on an exclusive viewing area of the beach instead of squeezing with the crowd.
Despite the additional "blanket", the weather @ 2°C was no joke. Sitting by the beach, the cold wind tested my endurance. The beach was almost silent as everyone was on the look-out for the Fairy Penguins appearing anytime. My patience was soon rewarded when I finally heard noisy Penguins squabbling & making their way up the shore.