Botanical Gardens

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Up early today, amazingly. Sat on the sun deck sunbathing in the morning and then when we were all finally motivated to move we went into town to go to the Botanical Gardens. We jumped off at the Remembrance Shrine, a giant pantheon-style building to commemorate the deaths of Australian soldiers in war. The view from the top of Melbourne was lovely. We then walked across to the gardens, where Ant proceeded to give us a guided tour of all his secret spots from his school days when they would spend lunch times in the park. In one tree, of unknown species, but with many thick, bamboo type trunks, you could climb into the centre of the tree and at least 5 or 6 people could sit comfortably in this cool tree room. Ant's old smoking room... Down at the lake he pointed out that the height of the water used to be more than a foot higher and that the waters would writh with eels. They would entertain themselves trying to catch these, but so giving proof to the saying 'as slippery as an eel'. They weren't veru successful by all accounts.

After the park we walked back to town along the Yarra river, watching the rowers shoot through the water and trying to avoid being mown down by cyclists. Back at town we stopped for a beer and hot dog at a riverside bar; organic duck sausages, chilli bratwurst and other delicious 'snags'.

After that it was time to head back to the house to pack and catch our flight to Tassie. Jo drove us to the airport and aside from a brief heartattack-moment when we found out there were two Melbourne airports had no idea if we'd just pulled up at the right one, we had an uneventful and safe hour trip over to Tassie and arrived around 11am at our hostel.

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