Tucker and Alison had a good, long sleep last night and got up ready to tackle Melbourne! We took the #8 tram to Federation Square in the CBD and did a walking tour of the laneways and river walks. Alison got a latte in one of the laneways which is a very Melbournite thing to do. We then walked to the Melbourne Museum with the top priority being to see the Afghanistan gold exhibit. I blogged about that early in our stay here and it was fun to visit the exhibit again with 2 archaeologists! They were very impressed with the artifacts that were displayed as well as the story behind how these treasures were hidden and then found. We did a quick tour of the rest of the museum before heading back to the nearest tram stop to get us home.
After a quick stop in the apartment, we were off in the car to St. Kilda for lunch and hopefully a bike ride. We ate lunch at a cafe called Little Blue at the end of the St. Kilda pier. By then we were starving and lunch was delicious!
I wanted to give Tucker and Alison the opportunity to ride bikes on the beautiful bike trail along the shore in St. Kilda, but the shop where I hoped to rent bikes did not open until 3:30 PM. We decided to walk around a bit and then drove to visit the Brighton Beach Boxes, beautifully painted shed-type buildings along the beach.
At 3:30 PM we got our rental bikes and were off for an hour’s tour of the area. I think they got an appreciation for the wonderful bike trail in a very scenic area.
We arrived home in time for beverages and the left-over cheese plate.
Tomorrow we fly to the Great Barrier Reef. There is a bit of concern about our snorkeling trip because the forecast is for very high winds, which is good if we were sailing, but not so good for snorkeling.
Contest Update: And the Winners are (drum roll, please):
For the kangaroo, Carla wins with her nomination of Yarry, which we are modifying to Yarra, since that is the area of Melbourne which we call home.
For the Koala, Allison Adams wins with her nomination of Adelaide.
Thanks to all the participants. Prizes will be sent out in mid-June!