The Rain Sweeps In!
Trip Start Jan 11, 2012
49Trip End Jun 17, 2012
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King Street Backpackers
Visited the Koorie Heritage Trust Cultural Centre - a mixture of history and art - all run by the Aboriginals. Later, took the City Circle Tram to the new Waterfront City - just restaurants and a shopping mall - but they're in mid-build of another 'Eye' which was interesting to see. Took the Shuttle City Bus over to Fitzroy Gardens to, you've guessed it - take a quick nap!
After stuffing down Sunday pancakes at the hostel I took a tram to St Kilda Beach - sandy beach and a parade of shops with Sunday craft market which was all bright and twinkly
Cooked some kangaroo - marinated in a plum sauce - all rather good - bit like game - better rare - will be trying out some more during my travels! :)
Checked out both the art museums (NGV Int & The Ian Potter Centre NGV Australia) - very interesting paintings, sculptures etc. and some bizarre building architecture - the perfect thing to do when the weather changes - and it pours with rain all day! Even hit the Old Treasury, and had a tour round The Royal Exhibition Building - although it's big you only see 10% of the original size - some really nice paintings on the walls and up in the dome.
Spent the day mostly in the park - floral clock, fountains, the Sidney Myer Music Bowl (outdoor gig venue), Government House and the Shrine of Remembrance - had a tour of this strange pyramid place with internal steps and corridors and balcony with fabulous view into the city. On Remembrance Day a shaft of light (through the 'pyramid' wall) hits the engraved stone slab - precisely on the word 'love' in memory of all the folk lost during the wars. The Melbourne Botanical Gardens (also within the park) were very restful - the lakes had a 'pea-soup' effect from all the algae floating, which the ducks had to cut through.
Packed up ready for my Great Ocean Road trip tomorrow..