City Touring

Trip Start Aug 24, 2011
Trip End Apr 01, 2012

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Fawkner Star Motel

Flag of Australia  , Victoria,
Wednesday, January 25, 2012

   The video below shows our visit to the Queen Victoria Market which is a major landmark for the city, and at around 7 hectares (17 acres) is the largest open air market in the Southern Hemisphere.  The Market is significant to Melbourne's culture and heritage and has been listed on the Victorian Heritage Register. The Market is the only surviving 19th century market in the Melbourne central business district.  Today, the Market is a major tourist destination, offering a variety of fruit and vegetables, meat, poultry and seafood, gourmet and deli foods as well as specialty delicacies.  It also has a large non-food related market, selling a diverse range of clothing, shoes, jewellery and handmade art and crafts. The market is also known for the hot doughnut van (see the photo in the video) which has operated for over half a century and become part of local tradition. 
   As you know if you follow the Odyssey, we love to visit zoo on our travels.  So we made it a day at the Melbourne Zoo which is Australia's oldest zoo.  The zoo was opened on 6 October 1862 at the Royal Park site of 55-acre (22 ha) on land donated by the City of Melbourne.  From the photos you can see some of the following highlights:
  • Trails of the Elephants: 5 Asian elephants - male Bong Su and females Mek Kapah, Dokkoon, Kulab and Num-oi - share 3 paddocks. There are 2 baby elephants. One, Mali (born 2010) and her half brother (born 2010) who is named Ongard.

  • Butterfly House: a greenhouse-style walk-through exhibit for tropical butterflies.

  • Orangutan Sanctuary: a rotation exhibit for two families of orangutans (one consisting of pure Sumatran orangutans and the other of Sumatran-Bornean hybrids) and a family of siamangs. The three enclosures are designed to represent an orangutan rehabilitation sanctuary in Sumatra.

next day we took the train and headed for the ocean and St.Kilda for a walk on the beach, pier and some lunch. You can see the city in the background of the boats.

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