Dragon Heads, Koala Cuddles, & Sick Days

Uuuuurrrrggggg...I had been doing SO well trying to avoid the nasty cold/flu/sinus bug that has been traveling around Melbourne like crazy. All my clients and colleagues had seemed to succumb to this beast while I sat on the sidelines guzzling zinc, vitamin D, and vitamin C like I was freaking Pac-man munching down on those dots. Alas, I finally became a victim of this virus. 

One of the biggest positives about this virus (minus the downtime to actually rest and MAYBE get some writing done) is that I've managed to avoid getting struck with a massive migraine! This is largely due to Dr. Angela Stanton and the Stanton Migraine Protocol. Seriously, this woman is a life-saver! I highly suggest anyone suffering from migraines to order her book: Fighting the Migraine Epidemic: How to Treat and Prevent Migraines Without Medicine. I'm still working towards getting to baseline but honestly, to be able to fight off a migraine without adding any more medication is a miracle! If you have migraines, know someone who gets migraines, or would finally like to understand that migraines are NOT headaches, do yourself a favor and read this book!

Before getting sick I was able to go on one little adventure that turned into a rather exciting day! Originally, I simply wanted to go to Rye Back Beach to try and find the Dragon's Head. Now this is not a well known site in Melbourne so I knew it wouldn't be the easiest of ventures. We did find the Dragon eventually! Only problem....the tide was up too high to get a good shot of it. Oh well...What we ended up stumbling upon totally made up for it!

First, we decided to skip the easy path with stairs leading to the beach and take the trail less traveled...
After our bushwalk
Caution: unstable cliffside 
After making it through to unchartered territory (let's be real, people have gone this way before. I'm not Lewis & Clark), we were greeted with an awesome view of the ocean and coastline...
Trying not to fall over the side
We were even able to get a view of the Dragon's Head from up on top the cliffside!
Zoomed in, "high quality" iPhone photo here...
We thought we'd give seeing the Dragon's Head from the beach another go but unfortunately the weather quickly turned on us and the tide was way to high to make it out to snap a good picture...
Clearly we pissed off King Triton...
Fear not! Whilst on our dragon hunt, we got the brilliant idea to go to the koala sanctuary on Phillip Island to hold and cuddle some Koala's. I realize that Phillip Island is NOT that close to Rye. By some miracle, about 20 minutes into our drive, we stumbled upon Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park. Hooray for cuddly animals with a shorter drive time! *Sad footnote: it is ILLEGAL to hold a koala in the state of Victoria! So I will be traveling to SA or QLD to hold a koala.*
Scary Mr. Emu is NOT impressed by this law
The sanctuary is very affordable and adding on the koala cuddle time was cheaper than a ticket to the Melbourne Zoo. I'm also going to go out on a limb here and say that it probably sees less traffic than any of the main zoos. We went during a holiday weekend and there weren't very many people there. One of the staff members also said that they were "super busy" that day...there was all of 40 people there. So if you like animals but a smaller crowd, this is the place for you! Our first stop of the day was to see the dingos...
Can I take one home please?
We had to be at the koala encounter at 2:30, so to take up some time, we saw the rest of the animals and then went to feed the wallaby's and kangaroo's.
Mandatory Kangaroo Selfie
"Nom nom nom"
We finally got to "cuddle" the koala. My bucklist was half way crossed off since I did not get to hold the koala. But they're so freaking cute and soft to pet, I'll forgive the state of Victoria for its unnecessarily dumb restrictive law.
My new friend Bluegum!
We finished off the day by going back to the wallaby's and kangaroo's to get rid of the rest of our feed. 
He's definitely not going to fit in my purse
I must say it turned out to be a quite a fun, relaxing, nice day! Lying in bed, writing about these adventures, trying to recover from the mutant bug only makes me want to get out and explore some more! So until next time…
Mimi's for me and the roo's

Stay curious!


  1. Awesome! Thank you! And what awesome animal story also. What is the law on koalas? We are oblivious to that in the US. Glad you beat the devil migraine!

    1. In the state of Victoria, you are not legally allowed to hold the koalas. You can pet them though. Other states such as South Australia and Queensland do allow you to hold them!

  2. Get better soon so you can go on more awesome adventures!!!