Memories of Melbourne
I’ve dreamt of going to Australia since I was a little girl.
My favourite TV programme was “Skippy the Bush Kangaroo”
The show was about the adventures of a young boy Sonny and his highly intelligent pet kangaroo Skippy.
I was fascinated by everything …. Skippy, the wildlife, the scenery, the climate – I made my mind up. “I’m going to Australia when I grow up”
Well I’m all grown up now 👵🏻
Sonny & Skippy – my childhood heroes 🧒
We bade a fond farewell to Hong Kong 🇭🇰
We arrived in Melbourne after a long flight.
I couldn’t believe it – here I was in Australia after all the years yearning to go there !!!
“An rud is annamh is iontach“ – What is seldom is wonderful.
Southern Hemisphere experiences – does the water go down the drain anti-clockwise ?
Photo Credit : Hotel Photos
We stayed at The Westin Hotel. Great hotel. Central to everything. Fantastic views of Melbourne.
“ Rise & Shine you’re in Australia” I look out the window.
First impression the sun is shining, ☀ the Christmas Decorations are up???
Amazing – I love Christmas 🎄 Really excited to spend New Year’s Eve in Australia 😎
Note the clear blue sky!
It’s New Year’s Eve and I’m excited 😊
First a tour of Melbourne.
Tip : Ride a piece of Australia’s heritage via the City Circle Tram
(route number 35) in Melbourne’s central district. The City Circle Tram provides a free and convenient way for tourists and locals to witness Melbourne ‘s prominent tourist attractions, while riding on an iconic tram. Hop on Hop off.
We loved the tram tour 💕💕💕💕
We hopped off at The Ned Kelly Gaol. Brian always wanted to see this. Well worth the effort.
Edward Kelly (Ned Kelly 1854-1880) was an Irish -Australian bushranger. One of the last bushrangers and by far the most famous.
Ned Kelly has divided opinion in Australia for over a century, some seeing him as a loyal son and defender of his people, others as a criminal and a murderer.
My legend Brian ready for the shootout.
Kelly is best known for wearing a suit of bulletproof armour during his final shootout with the police.
Ned Kelly’s green shash, awarded to him for bravery when he saved a young boy from drowning. He wore the sash under his armour in the final seige at Glenrown, His blood stains still remain on the sash.
Hop on – Federation Square
Federation Square is a purpose built venue for arts, culture and public events on the edge of the Central Business District of Melbourne. Great city
The Block Arcade is a heritage shopping arcade in the central business district of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Melbourne’s Golden Mile heritage walk runs through the arcade.
Tip : Bring your credit card $$$$$$
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Prince’s Pier, Melbourne- a must stop for photographers 📸
We had a lovely lunch on the pier. Great view.
Relaxing 😌 Fish & chips with salad. Our first taste of Australian barramundi. Outstanding.
Next on the agenda. Brian’s first cousin & his beautiful wife Janine collected us from our hotel & whisked us off to Geelong.
Brian & his first cousin John
My next part of the journey.
City Number Two Geelong – A Tale of family, friends, fun, fine wines, food, did I say fun, fun, fun ? ☀
Looking forward to reminiscing this. The highlight of our trip.
Thanks Johnno & Nena.
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