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:

The Victorian State Theatre

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.
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.

The Theatre Trip

Chrissy met us at the Evan Walker Bridge and took us on a walking tour of the city…

and lunch Federation Square. After which we took the tram to the Old Gasworks Theatre in Albert Park and met Alan and we chatted whilst waiting eagerly for Laura’s play “Haml3t” to start.

After we’d all enjoyed the production Chrissy and Alan kindly took us back to our hotel.

If you want to read the programme (link below), when it has loaded swipe to the left or right.

Tuesday to Melbourne

We left Toora on another lovely spring morning.

The Railway Cycle Track at Toora
At the station Starting our journey we followed route of the the old railway track we saw in Toora. Stopping briefly in Foster at the tourist info office to pick up maps and check on the flooding further west.

Outside Foster Tourist Information Office
Lovely planting on the roundabout.
Impressive township sign.
Oh dear roadworks…only a 10 minute holdup luckily.

Lunch at Tooradin

Tooradin carvings

The name of Tooradin comes from the Boon wurrung word too-roo-dun, which refers to the Bunyip that lived in the Koo-Wee-Rup Swamp. The Dreamtime creature had a ‘reputation for devouring human beings’ and ‘lived in the thick mud beneath the water of a waterhole that never dried up.

The iPhone link to the car failed us and we had to resort to Maureen holding the phone so I could read the directions at a glance…here we are at the Gas Works Theatre in Albert Park where Laura’s play is being produced. The adjacent cafe had a nice line in refreshments.

Haml3t Poster
Gas Works Cafe (dog friendly).

It was a little stressful finding the hotel as the Sheila the iPhone sat-nav went on strike amongst the tall buildings but after a couple of circuits we finally made it none the worse for our experience.

View from our 17th floor window.
Government House with the high rise horizon
One of the more interesting new buildings on our first walk in the city.
The North Bank