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Melbourne -City & Coast

Deb & I flew to Melbourne for 6 days to stay with my brother Stephen & Michele. Deb & I spent a few days in the city exploring & some other days Stephen drove us out for day trips. Deb & I would catch the train into the city & explore all day. It was pretty cold so we were rugged up, which suited winter in Melbourne because it felt very European in its lay out & culture. There were not as many massive shopping malls but more high streets with shops & cafes like there were 30 years ago in Brisbane.

I loved the alleys & cafes & little hole in the wall bars. We wandered catching trams when needed, looking at old buildings. We visited the Botanic Gardens & hired bikes by the Yarra River to go for a ride through the lovely parks. One night we bought tickets to see a show called "Hair" which I remember my parents went to in the 70's & had loved the music from back then. Deb was horrified when there was full frontal nudity & lots of it . Gave us many laughs over the years since!!!

We caught a tram to St Kilda as my Mum had grown up there & lived in a flat opposite Luna Park. Found a great bakery & walked through the parks & along the pier.

Stephen & Michele met up with us after that & drove us to Brighton to see the brightly coloured bathing sheds from the beginning of the century

Stephen drove us one day around the eastern side of the bay to the coast down near Portsea. Visited Schanck Headland and did a long walk down many stairs to the tip. It was so windy that we had to fight to walk against it on the way down- don't think I have ever been in such a strongwind. It was good when we had to walk all the way back to the top as the wind pretty well blew us back up.

One of my favourite days was the drive to Geelong & Torquay along the Great Ocean Road. It was stunning coastal scenery & we called in to check out he surf at the famous surf beach of Bells Beach

The road traverses rainforests, as well as beaches and cliffs composed of limestone and sandstone, which is susceptible to erosion.The road travels via Anglesea, Lorne & Apollo Bay & Port Campbell the latter being notable for its natural limestone and sandstone rock formations including Loch Ard Gorge, London Arch & the Twelve Apostles.

The rock formations were amazing & shaped by the waves & the wind. The water was so rough- you couldn't imagine how you would survive if you fell in. There was one rock formation that a few years ago was still joined to the mainland but the arch collapsed leaving people stranded out on he rock until they could be rescued by a helicopter

The strength & power of the water in the Loch Ard Gorge area was mesmerising & we just stood & watched it for ages.

Change sheds of Brighton

Change sheds of Brighton


Cape Schanck

Cape Schanck


Great Ocean Road Scenery

Great Ocean Road Scenery


Yarra River

Yarra River


Markets

Markets


Deb

Deb


Bright change sheds

Bright change sheds


Michele & I

Michele & I


Lighthouse on Great Ocean Road

Lighthouse on Great Ocean Road


My brother Stephen

My brother Stephen


Twelve Apostles

Twelve Apostles


Twelve Apostles

Twelve Apostles


Rocks

Rocks


Stephen

Stephen


12 Apostles

12 Apostles


Loch Ard Gorge

Loch Ard Gorge


Loch Ard Gorge

Loch Ard Gorge


Loch Ard Gorge

Loch Ard Gorge


Turbulent water

Turbulent water


Arch way

Arch way


Great  Ocean Road

Great Ocean Road


Deb & Stephen

Deb & Stephen


Loch Ard Gorge

Loch Ard Gorge


Deb at Loch Ard Gorge

Deb at Loch Ard Gorge


Bike Riding by the Yarra

Bike Riding by the Yarra


Botanic Gardens

Botanic Gardens


Bakery at St Kilda

Bakery at St Kilda


Loch Ard Gorge

Loch Ard Gorge


Deb in the city

Deb in the city


CIty

CIty


Arcade

Arcade


Alley ways

Alley ways


Lanes

Lanes


Brighton

Brighton


Park

Park


Park

Park


St Kilda

St Kilda


Cape Schanck

Cape Schanck


Twelve Apsotles

Twelve Apsotles

Posted by hillbillyramsey 17:00 Archived in Australia

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