St Kilda Beach
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First stop this morning was the YHA travel shop to sort out our future plans. We have decided to stay in Melbourne until Saturday and soak up some more of the city atmosphere. It has been difficult deciding what exactly we should do next. There are many possiblities, but the problem is that Australia is such a massive place. It has an area of 7,682,300 sq km, which is about twice as big as Europe. Apparently you could fit France into Australia 14 times. So with these kinds of distances travelling around costs a fair bit of money and we didn't want to travel thousands of miles just to have a couple of days somewhere. That doesn't seem to do places the justice they deserve. So in the end we have decided that we are going to head inland.
After booking everything we needed to book, we got on a tram to St Kilda's, Melbourne's equivalent of Bondi Beach. The tram whizzed us there, at times a little faster than we thought trams should be going, but everyone else looked quite calm so this must be normal. We got off at the beach and had a wander along the pier, it was pretty cloudy today so the whole area reminded us a bit of an English seaside town. The walk along the pier has excellent views of the city skyline across the water with many boats in the harbour. We found a quiet spot and read for a while. Later on when we were about to move on, some girls came and pointed out a penguin that was in the rocks just behind where we had sat. It was all fluffy and penguin like.
We had a wander in the main part of the town where it was bustling, we imagined it must be like Spain at night with all the bars and restaurants plying for trade.
For dinner tonight we decided to go for some pasta up Lygon St. We worried that it being a monday night it would be a bit quiet and some places may be shut - we were wrong, it was very busy, with all the restaurants trying to get us to eat at their place. It was the warmest evening we have had outside of Cairns so it was lovely to sit out and eat.