Melbourne Day 1 - Good Friday

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Good Friday morning we had a nice sleep in and relaxing morning.  Then a bit before 12 we were picked up by Nat and Andrew and headed off to the airport.

Watched our plane pull up, and took our seats up the back of the 737.  Fairly average lunch, and otherwise standard sort of flight.

Qantas 737-476 "Currawong" (VH-TJU)
Qantas 737
Lake Eucumbene
Lake Eucumbene
Khancoban Pondage
Khancoban Pondage
Lake Dartmouth
Lake Dartmouth
Last getting off the plane, but no wait at all for bags :)

Then hopped in a taxi (no queue!) and headed into the city.

The Giant Cheese Stick and Zipper (aka "Melbourne International Gateway")
Cheese stick and zipper
Our hotel (the Stamford on Little Collins) was very swishy for the cheap end of the swishy market.  Super cool glass elevators :)

Our room
Our room
View from our room window
View from our room window
We essentially just dumped all our stuff before heading out again for a wander.

Wandered past Hosier Lane and saw some people photographing the graffiti so went to see what they were looking at.  Found several adjoining lanes covered in lots of cool graffiti (there was even some being created while we were there!). 

Graffiti in Hosier Lane
Graffiti in Rutledge Lane
Graffiti artists in Rutledge Lane
Graffiti in Hosier Lane
Moving on, walked past Federation Square (which didn't exist last time I was in Melbourne)

Federation Square
.. and an Apple store ..

Stu gives the Apple store the thumbs down
.. and past Flinders Street station (with the new Eureka tower behind it - also not there last time I was in Melbourne)

Flinders Street Station
Flinders Street Station
Then headed across the Yarra River 

MCG from Princes Bridge
MCG
Lights on Princes Bridge
Lights on the bridge
Took photos of the Arts Centre
Victorian Arts Centre
.. and horse and carriages on St Kilda Road

stkildaroad
Then wandered through Southbank.  Stopped at this point for a snack to keep us going, as we thought we'd be having a late dinner.  

Melbourne from Southbank
This girl played short pieces from a stack of tunes.. a lot of movie soundtracks .. we were having a guessing game of what they were while we had our snacks.

Busker in Southbank
Next we headed for the Eureka Tower.  Fifteen years ago I went up the Rialto Tower.  This one is a fair bit bigger.

Eureka Tower
It has bugs on it!
Golden bugs
We headed up to the Eureka Skydeck 88 ($16.50 each).  Unfortunately it's a disaster for photography.  The windows are tinted blue and gold in different sections which screws up colour balances, the glass is *very* reflective, and the building is at all different angles.  We didn't even attempt to do any sort of panorama.  But we did spend ages up there taking photos and looking at stuff (and went outside to get blown away, but didn't do the Edge which was another $12 or so).  

South west Melbourne CBD, including the Rialto Towers, Spencer St, the stadium and Docklands.  
Melbourne from Eureka Tower

Tinted windows
Tinted windows on Eureka Tower
Flinders Street station and Federation Square
Federation Square from Eureka Tower
Spirit of Tasmania coming in to dock
Spirit of Tasmania coming in to dock
We hung around for about an hour waiting for the sun to set so we could see the place at night, but after an hour (when it was just starting to get dark) we gave up and headed back down.

The Yarra River is a lot prettier at night than during the day..
Southbank
Walked past Flinders Street station
Flinders Street Station at night
.. and wandered up Swanston Street and ended up at City BBQ Chinese Restaurant in China Town.  Dinner was ok.  We shoulda ordered less food.  Or made one of the dishes vegetables.  It was a very *brown* meal.

Wandered back down Russell Street.  

Was amused by the plastic food we saw in one place.
Plastic food
Dropped off the sweetie who had had enough, then went out again looking for ice cream.  Tried bottom of Swanston St and Federation Square without success.  Then went across to Elizabeth Street and walked all the way up it to La Trobe Street before heading back, eventually getting Magnums at a local minimart place.  I suppose we can't complain - it was Good Friday yet there was *heaps* of stuff open, and open til late too.  Don't think that'd happen in Canberra!

"The Public Purse" - sculpture we liked in the Bourke St Mall
The Public Purse
And so ended Good Friday.  It was a pretty good Friday :)  Lots of walking (really should replace the battery in the pedometer!) 
And this blog post only took fifty minutes to do.. no wonder I've been putting it off for days..

2 Comments

Fiona said:

Love Melb... and love that they had things open! CBR was so dead..

April 8, 2010 6:38 PM

   

Kazza the Blank One said:

Yeah it's a pretty cool place :)
Stu likes it more than Sydney .. hrmm..

April 10, 2010 4:14 PM

   

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