Melbourne Travel Blog› entry 16 of 25 › view all entries
I arrived in Melbourne on quite a bumpy flight and checked into my hotel. I was staying just a few minutes from the main meeting point of Federation Square, which is next to the largest station in the city, Flinders Street. I took a walk down to the MCG (Melbourne Cricket Ground) where Australia play their cricket matches in the city. It's a huge place with a capacity of 98,000! For the recent AFL Grand Final (aussie rules) they had over 100,000 people in the ground. The tour of the stadium that I did was around 3km in length as the place is so large and took in the players dressing rooms, the media centre as well as a brief walk onto the pitch. From there I wandered over to the Olympic Park and the Rod Laver tennis stadium which will be hosting the Australian Open next month.
Melbourne was in the middle of hosting the Homeless World Cup football tournament and teams from all around the world had come to take part. All competitors were homeless and dressed in their full country's kit. I think England got through to the group stages, but then I left so didn't see the final outcome. I'm sure that Brazil will have won it though...as usual!
I have a few friends living in an around Melbourne and I managed to catch up with all of them during the 5 days I was there. Dean, who has just moved to a place about an hour south of Melbourne with his new Australian wife, decided he'd like to do the Neighbours Ramsay Street tour with me. We visited the studios where they film some of the less common scenes, such as Lou's garage and then headed down to the street itself.
They were filming on Ramsay Street on the day we arrived so we weren't able to go up and have our pictures taken by the houses whcih was a shame. However we did see a couple of the stars. Paul Robinson and Elle were filming and gave us a wave, as did Susan Kennedy as she drove past in her car. Unfortunately we didn't get to meet Karl Kennedy as he has gone to Aberdeen to do panto. Darn! We did meet the actor who played Jannelle Timmins though. She's not that famous really, but I knew her and we had a pic taken with her so that we looked like proper tourists!
Later in the week I went down the coast to see Dean and Lou in Mornington. It's a lovely town right on the beach and nowhere near as crowded as a place such as Bournemouth when the sun comes out. The sun here is very hot though so I made sure I had my hat and sun cream on!