February 10th, 2008 – by: batforlashes
Melbourne Grand Prix Track
We got an overnight greyhound bus to melbourne and so pulled in to the city ridiculously early, feeling ridiculously tired and had a whole day of sightseeing ahead of us. Our taxibus from the bus station decided to take a detour to show us all the grand prix track which you're allowed to drive on?! It's actually just like a normal road but they shut it beofre the melbourne grand prix?! Melbourne is known in australia as having a tempermental climate and indeed the weather changed all the time, one day it was absolutely freezing and we had to rush into a shop to buy cheap coats and jackets as our asia based travelling clothes simpy weren't cutting it. We followed a walking tour of the city set out by the Lonely Planet which informed us it would take just 2 hours but we managed it in about 4, due to problems with map reading and general directions.
We sought out the Neighbours office and booked ourselves on a neighbours tour though as top priority. The Neighbours tour consisted of getting on a neighbours themed bus, and being driven out to the suburbs and the studio that makes neighbours, the studio is notoriously thrifty and thus most of the places filmed outside 'the street' such as the police station or an aiprort lunge are actually parts of the studio office building, apparently they just moved chairs around in the staff canteen for it to become an airport lounge, or a meeting room etc. !! We then saw THE STREET which is tiny in real life and has lots of disgruntled residents who try and move their car around all the gawping british tourists. We also met the guy who plays Stu and, probably the highlight of the day was seeing Dr Karl drive past us at speed.
It really was the geekiest tour in the world, but definately worth it !! On our last day we did a whirlwind tour of the botanic gardens and the backstreets of melbourne, and then rushed over to a posh hotel that we had been told by our hostel receptionist had amazing views from the girls toilets on the 34th floor (a very strange piece of knowledge, especially for a MAN to have). We got into the lift, up to the 34th floor, only to find that a very posh function was being held in one of the suites and so we had to scuttle past people in suits drinking champagne on ouir way to the toilets, only to find that they needed a keycard for entry. So we hung around the toilets, acting suspiciously, waiting for someone to come and open them. Finaly a woman did and was clearly alarmed she'd accidently let in some criminaly inclined yooofs and so we quickly took photos of the view and scarpered.