Trip Start Dec 07, 2009
88Trip End Sep 26, 2010
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It was definitely a good change from the freezing cold of Vancouver. The flights were about as good as I could of hoped for, Cathay Pacific kept me well-fed and happy. The 2 hour layover in Hong Kong was neat. The airport there was pretty amazing and Hong Kong looked like an amazing city. Unfortunately it was raining and overcast when I was there, but even from the little I could catch a glimpse of it looked like an unbelievable city, nestled right between the mountains and water. The skyscrapers were massive and there were plenty of them.
Arrived in Melbourne and settled in for the night with some family friends who were nice enough to put me up. Wednesday spent most of the day relaxing, went on a few nature walks and explored the wildlife and vegetation in the outskirts of Melbourne. Walked down the Yarra river and caught my first glimpse of a kangaroo and its baby joey.
Thursday I took the train into downtown Melbourne and arrived at the famous Flinders St. Station. What an amazing place this train station is. Huge with 20 platforms. I spent about 5 hours walking around the city taking in the sights. Walked to the huge Cricket stadium and headed down the Yarra to Rod Laver arena where I saw some of the junior national tennis tourney being played.
I headed back into the city and hopped on a tram that took me around the city limits, then went back to Flinders St. Station and headed off to one of the suburbs where I was staying the next two days with some family friends.
Today I ventured to St. Kilda which is an area of Melbourne that was really nice. Right on the water with all sorts of cool little shops. Reminded me alot of Beach and Denman St. back home. Had a nice relaxing lunch and walk along the ocean. Going to a BBQ tonight then back to the outback tomorrow to get ready for my week of volunteer work in Healesville on Sunday.
Must be going, take care everyone.