Sad to Leave Down Under
Trip Start Sep 28, 2009
92Trip End Apr 22, 2011
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Monday 18th April 2011
It was late when we touched down in Melbourne but we didn't leave the airport straightaway as we were hungry, so went in search of food, our last Hungry Jacks before we leave down under. With full stomachs we left the airport and hailed a cab, we have booked a small cabin on a Big4 Campground called a Campers Cabin, the hotels in Melbourne were very expensive and we know what to expect with campgrounds. It was very basic and we still had to use the amenities block as it didn’t have a bathroom, but it was only for two nights and it was clean and cheap. Gary searched the room for bugs before turning in for the night.
Tuesday 19th April 2011
The next morning we went up to reception to book in properly, as we had arrived late they had left the keys and booking in details in a safe outside and provided us the combination by email, so we just had to show our faces in the morning to pay. We also wanted them to receive a fax from the hospital for us and book us a taxi for 5.30am the next morning to take us back to the airport.
The bus into the city stopped right outside so we hopped on it about midday, it did a bit of a tour of suburbia before driving into the city and pulling up outside the famous Flinders Street Railway Station. We have been to Melbourne before on our last tour so we set about re-enacting one of our old photos. Having run up and down the stairs at Flinders Street we then moved on to explore the changes in Melbourne city centre. Either Melbourne has changed a lot or our memories are bad but we couldn’t really remember very much from our last visit to the city so we ended up just wandering about. We did jump on the free tourist tram that gave us the full tour with a bit of advertising thrown in.
We needed a few days in Melbourne to fully enjoy the city, there is a lot of history here and some great places to visit. On our last trip we visited the Old Melbourne Gaol were the notorious Australian outlaw, Ned Kelly, was held until he was hung on 11th November 1880. He was famous for his creative use of homemade body armour during his capture and is a folk law hero to all Down Under. There is a fantastic market here too, which sadly closed at 2pm so we missed it this time around.
We arrived back at the campsite for our last night in Australia, we had bought some nibbles in the supermarket next door and then repacked our bags for the forty-third time. The taxi was picking us up at 5.30am so we forced ourselves into having an early night.
Wednesday 20th April 2011
We walked the length of the campsite with our suitcase wheels making rumbling noises on the tarmac, we couldn’t be quiet if we tried!! The taxi was waiting and we settled back in the seats and gazed out the window as we both said our silent goodbyes to Australia.
Melbourne Airport was big and modern and it took us no time at all to book our bags in and pass through into the departure lounge. I am getting a bit paranoid this is my second Australian security check and my second explosives test. I am hoping it’s because I am carrying my iPod, hard drive and Sat nav in my hand luggage and not because I look dodgy, but both times they pulled me aside and waved an explosive sniffing device at me and my bags....you’ll be happy to know I passed.
Our nice cheap flights today are taking us first to Kuala Lumpur for three hours and then on to Bangkok for a two-night stay before our final flight home.