The Melbourne Chapter....

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Day 1:
Ventured north by tram to the city centre, Federation square (where the rugby, Aus against NZ was being advertised). whilst loving the view of the city scape across the Yarra River it was decided to stop by the ACMI (Australia Centre For The Moving Arts) where a pixar exhibition was - Amazing! you were able to discover the art and the artists of pixar and the studio behind such masterpieces as Toy Story, Monsters Inc, Finding Nemo and The Incredibles, displaying over 500 sketches, paintings, sculptures and storyboards of how the cartoons were brought to life! (A Must for any arty guy or gal like myself, i absloutely was amazed by the step by step storyboard images they took you through - shame you weren't allowed to take photos). Aftre a fun morning of Pixar the next stop was the 360 Observation tower on Kings St. The views are just breath taking - you can literally see for miles and miles! got a good few photos to cherise the memory. to finish the busy day of sightseeing sround the city the Aquarium seemed to be a good choice. A good couple of hours spent gazing at the fish and watching the Nurse Sharks, Turtles and Sting Rays be fed by hand. All in all a busy day spent exploring on the first day. One rule of the have to visit a little restaurant called "Pepperoni's" i think it was on Market St, it does the biggest, tastest chocolate cake you could ever imagine and for cheap cheap...dare you to be able to finish it!

Day 2
Early start traveling south this time along the tourist route of what's known as "The Great Ocean Road." travelling through Werribee and the closest big town of Geelong (apparently an up and growing place whereby more and more city workers are moving as its in easy commuting distance to Melbourne without the hectic lifestyle of a city) Past Point Danger and on to Bells Beach. Next stopis at Aireys Inlet, a nice little scenic walk to the magnificant coastal views and to make it even more worth while....remember the childrens TV show "Round the Twist" the lighthouse used for the setting of this, Is right here! The drive continues to just outside Lorne where the stop and hunt for Koalas begins. A few are spotted sleeping, like the spend most of the days in the euycalptus trees. After a short Rainforest Walk the Great Ocean Road adventure continues just past Princetown to Gibson Steps, and on to the spectacular coastal formations of the Twelve Apostels. Then to Loch Arch Gorge, where once on stormy seas the only 2 survivor find shelter in the caves, and where finally brought to safety days later after losing their familys. Apparently they remained firm friends for years after, even after she moved to England. The final stop was The Arch and London Bridge (which has fallen) and yet again this rock formation holds an intriging tale...which i will let you find out when you visit, of adultry and just honestly being in the wrong place at the wrong time! A brilliant day that everyone should do if ever in Melbourne!

Day 3
i've only ever been to one football match in my life, and unfortunately i only enjoyed it because the cute guy i was talking to next to me, but and Aussie Rules Football match is a totally different story. I Loved Every single second of the St Kilda Vs Richmond game and i can still hear the cheesy team chants they say as the came onto the pitch. i must admit, to start albeit a little confusing to understand the rules such as why do they bounce the ball whilst running? and why does he now get to kick the ball without tackles?? oh so confused!! but i can honestly say by the last 10 minutes i kinda understood! great fun and the best place to have an australian famous meat pie!

Day 4
Last day in melbourne, and to pass the morning, a walk around the formular one racing track - Albeirt Park was a nice scenic track (amazing if you're a fan because you can actually walk around the whole course, On the Track!!!) and then a quick walk into St Kilda to walk the pier and along the beach, very seaside town (a bit like a quiet Brigton if you know what i mean) past Luna Park watching the screaming children as the roller coaster runs and then browsing the street markets. the afternoon was filled with every British girls dreams...A visit to the neighbours set, which was unreal. Amazing i was on set, althought very strange how its the homes or real people like you and me and not a TV set like the coronations street (Or so i've been told) Even got a shake hands and get a hug off Darcy (although i did feel a little cheated, the day before they got Dylan -  But things were made better when he actually knew Farnborough!!) The ending of a fantastic day was 5 hours into a 12 hour train journey to Sydney.

travelman727 says:
Nice blog! Your descriptions have whetted the appetite for my January adventure to Oz :-D
Posted on: Nov 08, 2007
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