Sunday (24th Feb) saw George and me with my brother Garry and his wife Sue walking by the Yarra River in Melbourne ... we've booked a couple of 'boat-fix' trips for later today ...
These beautiful ballet dancer sculptures by David Maughan are called Les Belle Helene (after Offenbach's operetta) and are of his wife ballerina Helen Choules
Walking along the South Bank of Melbourne looking over the Yarra at our hotel The Rendezvous in the centre of the photo behind the pedestrian bridge
We've planned to visit this tower today to watch the
sun-setEureka Tower is named after the Eureka Stockade, a rebellion during the Victorian gold rush in 1854. This has been incorporated into the design, with the building's gold crown representing the gold rush and a red stripe representing the blood spilt during the revolt. The blue glass cladding that covers most of the building represents the blue background of the stockade's flag and the white lines also represent the Eureka Stockade flag. The white horizontal stripes also represent markings on a surveyor's measuring staff.
It's another very hot day as we reach the promenade from where the boat trip will start.
This morning it will be a port of Melbourne and docklands tour and after lunch a park and river gardens cruise ...
it's also very hot and airless inside the boat where there was a bar and free water, tea and coffee.
I'll let the pictures tell the story of what we saw ...
These old wharf timbers could tell some tales!
General cargo vessel Stadacona
Reflections seen as we return to base ...
and the afternoon cruise ...
To enable us to get under one rather low bridge it was not possible to circle Herring Island as there was not enough water in the Yarra River ... of course we've had such problems in our own life!
Stratton Heights and art deco building designed in the late 1930s and originally advertised as 'Batchelor Pads'
Hoddle Bridge built in1935
Melbourne's Sports Precinct
BBQ stands and seating for public use dot the river banks
and back to base.
In the evening once again we all walked over the river to the South Bank to the Eureka Skydeck on the 88th floor of the Eureka Tower ... it was a 'must do' to watch the sun go down ...
Crown Casino and Plaza
St Paul's Cathedral in Flinders Street
The Art Centre
Em n Em live concert!
Government House now Toorak House and owned by the Swedish Church and is the only surviving house from before gold was discovered in Victoria, Australia
The start of sundown ...
and it's rays glint on the headquarters of CMA CGM who supply global shipping solutions
Only George, Sue and Garry stepped into the glass cube at Eureka Skydeck. The cube, once the doors have closed, slides out of the building over the city and river ... not one for me!
After we left the tower we walked back to Federation Square and our favourite restaurant Time Out for something to eat and drink and a slow walk back to the hotel ...
where we took advantage of the late hour ...
It had been a long enjoyable last day in Melbourne with my brother Garry and his wife Sue ... they fly home to Perth in the morning (February 25th) and George and I will be picked up from the hotel by ... wait and see!