gallery A Walk Around Modern Melbourne

I recently spent a weekend in Melbourne visiting friends and while I was there I spent a few hours getting re-acquainted with the city. I’ve been to Melbourne on numerous occasions over the past twenty-five years or so but this was my first proper visit for about ten years I think. I’ve passed through on several occasions on the way to Adelaide, Sydney or Canberra but I’ve seen little of the city except out of the car window while navigating Hubby through the traffic.

On this trip I wanted to see some places I had not been to before and some that had changed a lot since I’d last been in Melbourne. People who have read this blog before may know that I’m not a huge fan of modern architecture and Melbourne is chock a block with it. However, I decided to forget my prejudices and photograph what looked interesting.

For several years I’d wanted to visit Melbourne’s Docklands district via the footbridge that was built from Spencer Street to Etihad Stadium. Of course it was mostly so I could look down on the trains but it was also a good opportunity to check out the many new buildings there. I also rode on the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel to get an overview of the city. I’ll be writing more about this later.

One of our outings was to visit the National Sports Museum at the Melbourne Cricket Ground and from there I was able to photograph the skyline from a different perspective. On my last afternoon I spent three hours walking, mostly along the banks of the Yarra River from Banana Alley through the Southbank district to Princes Bridge and then to Federation Square. I hated the buildings on Fed Square with a passion when they were built and still don’t really care for them but on a fine spring afternoon I can see that all the open spaces that have been created in these new areas work well. I saw lots of people enjoying walking, cycling, eating or just enjoying the outdoors.

I’ll be writing more about things that I saw both old and new in other posts later but here is a taster.

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I was born in England in 1957 and lived there until our family came to Australia in 1966. I grew up in Adelaide, South Australia, where I met and married my husband, David. We came together over a mutual love of trains. Both of us worked for the railways for many years, his job was with Australian National Railways, while I spent 12 years working for the STA, later TransAdelaide the Adelaide city transit system. After leaving that job I worked in hospitality until 2008. We moved to Tasmania in 2002 to live in the beautiful Huon Valley. In 2015 David became ill and passed away in October of that year. I currently co-write two blogs on with my sister Naomi. Our doll blog "Dolls, Dolls, Dolls", and "Our Other Blog" which is about everything else but with a focus on photographs and places in Tasmania. In November 2019 I began a new life in the house that Naomi and I intend to make our retirement home at Sisters Beach in Tasmania's northwest. Currently we have five pets between us. Naomi's two dogs Toby and Teddy and cats, Tigerwoods and Panther and my cat Polly. My dog Cindy passed away aged 16 in April 2022.

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