Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Day 2 - Around Melbourne and St. Kilda

Chy-Anne and the boys pose in the Conservatory in Fitzroy Gardens

We woke up Sunday morning on Day 2 of our trip ready to tackle one of Australia's largest cities - Melbourne!

Breakfast in our hotel room - sweet!

The Seafarer's bridge over to the city centre tram

Our hotel - the Hilton Southbank

The Mission to Seafarers - 1919

Ready for our free tram ride!

Liam was checking the tram route

Here comes the "City Circle!"

Great architecture around Melbourne

Our first official stop was a walk through Hosiers Lane - to have a look at one of the city's best street art locations. There were people adding to the paintings even as we checked it out, too!

Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) - currently has a David Bowie exhibition

We had a walk down "ACDC Lane" next - and saw some more very cool street art (by the way, they're known as Acadaca here in Oz!)

Bryce showing his air guitar with the storm trooper

We continued on to the Fitzroy Gardens...

The Conservatory was filled with beautiful flowers

A full house - watch out for the selfie sticks in here! 

This one was called "The Archers" (for you Jenny Mackenny)

Bryce wanted to join in on some yoga in the park 
(you can just barely see the group in the top left corner of this photo)

Cook's Cottage - originally built in 1755

Huge trees

We stopped to have a look at the "Scarred Tree" nearby - which shows where the bark had been removed by Aboriginals to make canoes, shields or other items.

The model Tudor village

The Fairies Tree - the red gum stump is over 300 years in age 
and the carvings were done in the 1930s

The River God Fountain - 1862 
(I believe this is the oldest monument/art in the city)

Even though we couldn't go in - the Mary MacKillop Centre was a great find!

We had a walk around St. Patrick's Cathedral

St. Mary of the Cross MacKillop - Australia's first Saint 
(and second patron saint behind the Virgin Mary)

The Department of Education

We checked out the "Old Treasury Building" to learn how Melbourne was a city BUILT ON GOLD!

Then and Now comparisons of Melbourne

The Welcome Nugget - found 1858 (just over 71 kg in size!)

Bryce found some beautiful burger sliders for lunch ...

Federation Square

We hopped on a tram down to St. Kilda to wander through the markets and check out the jetty...

Luna Park - Opened 1912

The Beach

The jetty

We even found some of our Little Penguin friends hiding in the rocks!

Click the video below to watch the surprise that one Little Penguin had for us!

The Lights of Melbourne at night

Next Up: Day 3 Melbourne Laneways and the Law

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