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.