Melbourne

I was in Melbourne for a few weeks. I was pretty much stuck at work with a heavy workload for the first two weeks, but once things began to ease up I managed to head out with my trusty camera in hand.

Our hotel was on the banks of river Yarra. If you wanna kill an hour or two, stroll along the river all the way from the docklands and harbour esplanade to the MCG:

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These pics were taken on a very sunny evening at the Lagoon Pier and around Port Melbourne beaches. It was quite breezy and a kitesurfer was making the most of it. The gull below did a surprisingly good job of hovering against the wind over the pier keeping a close watch on the few people fishing, waiting to dive in to steal a meal. The last one here is a shot of the Melbourne city skyline from Albert Park, close to the beaches:

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The highlight was a trip to the 12 Apostles on The Great Ocean Road. The entire coastline in the area is made of limestone; one section had several caves which was slowly eroded by the sea first to create arches which then collapsed to form giant limestone stacks standing just offshore. The 12 Apostles is a collection of twelve(I could spot just 8) such limestone stacks. They have a beauty all of their own. The drive along the great ocean road is equally picturesque – a large section of it snakes along the coast and an equally large section navigates between hills and farms. All these(quite a lot) were taken on the way:

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Here you can see an arch, over time it too will breakup and we’ll have 13 apostles: Melbourne-41

Interestingly it was the site of a shipwreck – the captain must’ve been too busy taking in the beauty to navigate:

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We took a different road back to Melbourne through miles and miles of open landscapes:

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In Melbourne, the Eureka Tower skydeck gives one a birds eye view of the city. Its a bit tricky photographing from up there because of the reflections on the glass. Nevertheless, these came out rather well – you can see the city lighting up slowly as the sun sets. The last one is a shot of the Flinders Street Station, which caught my eye:

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We spent a day at Healesville Sanctuary, an excursion undertaken only to see koalas & kangaroos among Australias other unique fauna:

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Kangaroos resting in style:

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A rock wallaby beating the heat:

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Potluck section – roaming around the city, I came across some interesting shapes, patterns and abstract stuff peppered around the city:

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I’ve no idea what it is or what it signifies:

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This sinking library sculpture is in front of the State Library of Victoria:

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Comments

2 comments on “Melbourne”
  1. Manoj says:

    Excellent pics. You covered Australian fashion capital nicely .I think city is full of gardens, resturants, cafes, markets and its relaxed elegant charm.

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