Thursday in Melbourne.

The City Circle (Melbourne tram route 35) is a free tram running around the Melbourne CBD. Aimed mainly at tourists, the route passes many attractions while running along the city centre’s outermost thoroughfares, as well as the developing Docklands waterfront precinct. Trams are a major form of public transport in Melbourne, the Melbourne tramway network consists of around 250 kilometres of double track, 493 trams, 24 routes, and 1,763 tram stops. The system is the largest operational urban tram network in the world.

We rode the historic vintage tram mainly run for tourists around the free tram zone. Whilst it was an interesting experience with a running commentary give us the relative comfort of the modern equivalent any day.

On the Tram
Swanky New Development at the Docks from the Tram

We did the whole circuit with it’s sometimes inaudible commentary and then back to the Docks to have a look around.

Mission to Seafarers c1917. https://vhd.heritagecouncil.vic.gov.au/places/756/download-report

After seeing the Seafarers Mission we wandered towards Port Melbourne over the Seafarers Bridge and eventually along the South Bank.

The Polly Woodside Museum Ship.
A litter trap on the Yarra River
At Yassas we each enjoyed a lovely lunch of moussaka and salad.

The balcony restaurant affords a lovely view of the Yarra Rver

Flinders Street Station is Australia’s oldest train station, and with its prominent green copper dome, distinctive yellow facade, arched entrance, tower, and clocks, it is one of Melbourne’s most recognisable landmarks. The station was completed in 1910, and the upper floors were purpose-built to house a library, gym, and lecture hall, later used as a ballroom. Its 708-metre main platform is the fourth longest railway platform in the world. Today, heritage-listed Flinders Street Station is the one of the busiest suburban railway stations in the Southern Hemisphere, with over 1500 trains and 110,000 commuters passing through each day.

Long Journey Friday 21st

Starting at 10.00 hrs from Melbourne rather we had a long drive through rural Victoria, as we got further north we were on the look out for flooding. The Winton Wetlands were much wetter than normal and along the way many areas were under water.

https://www.enjoybenalla.com.au/listing/winton-wetlands-winton-north/

Winton Wetlands Lunch Stop with a beautifully decorated toilet block.
White bellied sea eagle

Thankfully we arrived safely at around 16:00hrs after a few uneventful stops along the way.

Melbourne, Victoria. Wednesday 19th

A promising sunrise.

Unbelievably it’s another cloudless day on the South Bank. Our buffet breakfast set us up for the day we went off to explore.

Our intended walk to the river Yarra River

Currently in spate the Yarra River known by locals as ‘My Brown Yarra,’ there’s much more to the Yarra River than meets the eye. Despite being one of the city’s most recognisable natural landmarks, even locals know little about the Yarra River. Here are six interesting facts you need to know: https://oceanprotect.com.au/news_post/six-things-you-didnt-know-about-the-yarra-river/

The Victorian State Theatre https://www.artscentremelbourne.com.au/about-us/our-history

Water features at the National Gallery of Victoria

The Waterwall at the entrance to NGV International marks the beginning of the Water Trail. The Waterwall runs separately to the moat system, with its own water holding tank and treatment plant. Rain water is pumped from underground tanks into the Waterwall holding tank and then through a treatment plant to the Waterwall head. The water cascades down the glass, before flowing back into the holding tank to repeat the cycle. The constant flow creates a natural filter between the bustle of the city and the calm seclusion and ambience of the Gallery.

The rainbow effect on the water wall
Venus Jeff Koons 2016-2020

Jeff Koons originally from the United States born 1955

Mirror-polished stainless steel with transparent colour coating.

Jeff Koons’s Venus is part of the artist’s ongoing Porcelain series, which juxtaposes classical ideals of beauty with contemporary production technologies. Mirrors have long been hallmarks of Koons’s work and he has cited his love for reflection and its resulting distortion, as well as its ability to implicate the viewer within the work. The artist suggests, To reflect is an inward process, but also an outward process. The use
of reflective surfaces was to connect the work to philosophy and the experience of becoming. And that we not only have our internal life, but we also have the external world – this interaction is what gives us
a future. Reflections tell the viewer that nothing is ever happening without them Art happens inside them’

Warning on the tramline
Colourful planting sadly the floral clock is under repair. https://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/melbournes-floral-clock-turns-50-20161104-gsih5v.html
Seems like a nice young man!
A well kept corner
A mature coxed four taking to the Yarra
You don’t see one for ages then 3 come along at once!
‘Boris’ Scooters
Art installation on one of the many bridges.
RUSCUS HYPOGLOSSUM Spineless Butchers Broom


Ruscus hypoglossum is a small evergreen shrub with a native range from Italy north to Austria and Slovakia and east to Turkey and Crimea. Common names include spineless butcher’s-broom, mouse thorn and horse tongue lily.