After the second night in Queenscliff, we wanted to go to the capital of Victoria and therefore had to drive around Port Philipp Bay to the other side. Since the short ferry connection to Sorrento is quite expensive, we decided to go via Geelong. Following the M1, we reached Melbourne after about 100 minutes and the first destination of our day; the Melbourne Star Ferris wheel.
Operated and manufactured by the Sanoyas Hishino Meisho Corporation, the Ferris wheel is located in the very modern Waterfront City shopping and entertainment district in the Melbourne Docklands. Located between the harbour and Melbourne’s city centre, the 120m high wheel offers a unique view of the metropolis’ skyline and infrastructure.
Although the visit to the Melbourne Star was a rather spontaneous idea, it offered us an extremely impressive first view of the city of 4.3 million inhabitants, which we wanted to take a closer look at in the afternoon. Freshly stocked up with the first souvenirs, we went to our motel. We stayed at the Crest on Park in St. Kilda, so we could reach many destinations on foot. But the tram also ran right past our hotel, so that we could get to the city centre quite quickly.
For Aris, Albert Park was especially important, and we immediately set our sights on it. As a Formula 1 fan, he always wanted to visit the famous Albert Park Circuit. It’s a bit funny to be allowed to walk or drive freely on parts of the track, because a large part of it is just a normal street. The quietness of the pit lane naturally makes it seem like a foreign body within the sports park. Due to its location within the city and the truly impressive skyline, which is best observed from the shore of the central lake, it must be a very special event to be in Melbourne during the Grand Prix.
Passing the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre and the South Melbourne Football Club, we took the tram towards the city centre. Here we first had a look at Chinatown, which was founded in 1850 with the start of the gold rush in Australia. This makes Melbourne’s Chinatown one of the oldest in the world.
On Exhibition Street we came across the next evening’s destination, the Comedy Theatre. After we had eaten something in Chinatown, we moved on through the city centre. After a stop at the impressive Myer department stores’, we headed towards St. Paul’s Cathedral, which we could only admire from the outside. At the neighbouring Flinders Street station, we took the tram back to the hotel.
Pictures Melbourne and Melbourne Star
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