07.03.2012 - 16.03.2012
went to eureka sky deck which is the tallest building in Melbourne or something, but gave beautiful views that just took my breathe away! got ticket to go threw the day & then go back at sun set & night. really cool to see it at different times of day.
have investigated the western docklands area where the Australian football stadium is situated, and a little shopping centre.
went for a picnic at the botanical gardens within minutes walk of the cbd area. massive area and very beautiful, apparently there should be a park or Greenland within 10 minutes of anywhere in cbd area. can you see England using that much thought?
went swimming in st kilda sea baths, this is a swimming pool that uses treated sea water, apparently its good for you? was weird experience though
travelled by a boat on yarra river for around an hour to get to williamstown which is an oldy worldy kind of place full of history. on the boat there, the captain talked threw the different parts of the city going past. including going under 3 bridges that were built long time ago, which were really low, so had to duck under the boat roof height not to bang head on the bottom of bridge. bridges could are listed and therefore can't be changed. apparently one of the many bridges that go over the yarra river was named after a guy who had a lot of convictions on the road, and the bridge was a main road/bridge linking south and north Melbourne! also there is swimming pool in north Melbourne that was named after a guy who drowned! this must be Australian humour
went to the moomba festival which was held on and either side of yarra river. this festival was free of charge and was massive! had rides, every type of food you could think of being sold, carnival activities etc. but the best part was the big dawg slalom and water skiing & the bird man competition which is where men dress up in bird costumes & something to help them fly ie wings and jump of a platform for charity. well funny.
went to Albert park grand prix race track, where had the opportunity to walk round/on the track and take photos. crazy experience considering days later famous people would be racing on that very spot.
also went to Philip island this trip started by going to a wildlife park where I got to feed a kangaroo and wallaby out of my hand went to a beautiful picture perfect beach with lovely blue water. followed by nobbies seal rocks, cowes (main city of island) for dinner and then watched the little penguins (also known as fairy penguins) come out of the sea waves and up on to the beach to their homes. they make a noise which I can only compare to snoring and they were very loud. I'm not sure how many there were that evening but the day before over 1000. they came out of water in little groups and stopped and waited for the group to catch up every now and then. they only grow to max of 33cm tall and weigh between 1-2kg. because of the design of the walkways the penguins were in touching distance amazing!
now sat on a countryline train, which is 11-12 hours long to get to Sydney from Melbourne! to start new adventures in new city