These photos were all taken in October when I went to Melbourne for the weekend. I had wanted to visit Docklands for some time and especially to use the walkway which I had not been over before. I did that on my first afternoon when I went to ride on the Star Observation Wheel. On my last day I did an enormous walk from Southern Cross along the banks of the Yarra to Federation Square and then up Swanston Street and back to Southern Cross where my bags were via Bourke Street. Banana Alley is an area I read about while looking for new things to see. I thought the name sounded familiar but could not remember if I had been there before. If I had it was many, many years ago. I enjoy walking along river paths and I got some good photos around the Southbank area that day. I also wanted to see the Sandridge Bridge which I remembered as a rail bridge. It is now a pedestrian walkway.
I’m not a fan of the modern Federation Square buildings but they are interesting in their ugliness. I much prefer St Patrick’s Cathedral and the Melbourne Town Hall. I stayed at the Victoria Hotel in Little Collins St on my first ever trip to Melbourne in 1976 so I had to include it. I liked the street sign as well. Swanston Street and Bourke Street I’m very familiar with although I had forgotten what a long hot walk it is from Swanston Street to Spencer Street when your feet are already tired. I was lucky to have beautiful weather for my walk although it was quite warm after Tasmania.