30th Mar 2012 - 31st Mar 2012
Back to Melbourne
Friday 30th March
Left Port Campbell at 8.30am and headed inland and towards Colac. ( so sad but I knew the name from Neighbours!!!) Stopped off there at T info and discovered the largest salt lake with water was close by so we decided to head over there. Stopped for a coffee and they had an offer for coffee and raisin toast. ( Ollie and my friday treat- we share 1 slice!) It arrived 4 slices each. Decided we would skip lunch!! Drove out to Lake Carangamite. Weird place with lots of old volcanic craters and salt pans and water holes. It was interesting and different driving through agricultural land after leaving the lake and heading back to Melbourne. Bit trying to find our way back into Melbourne. Ended up on wrong side of the river but got ourselves back on track , found the hotel and dropped off the cases. Melbourne has to have the weirdiest traffic system in in the world. Trams drive down the middle of the road so you have to get into the middle island to get on them. But even stranger is the turn right rule- you get over to the LEFT, go into the middle, wait till the lights turn red and then turn right- scarey doesnt even come into it. ( for those of you who know Johns left turn only theory, for once I was totally thankful !!!!) Had walk to find T info and then had our lunch rolls for supper in the hotel with a glass of wine. Now off for a walk and to see if we can find some free wifi! No luck in spite of checking for sites last night. Had a ride on the free city tram which you and can jump on and off and has a running commentary on places of interest. Had a walk along
South Bank which is lovely at night as its all lit up. Hotel very nice and also has a pool so hopefully we will have time to use it.
Saturday 31st March
Had breaky included in this deal- a nice change from weetabix in our room!!! Busy dya sightseeing. The Melbourne free trams are great as you can hop on and off. Only problem because they are free they are jammed packed and today is the first day of the Easter holidays. Went to the aquarium
and saw some of the fish we had seen on the reef, plus sharks and huge manta rays. Then off to the city jail. Got in for free with our National trust cards! Very interesting as all the old cells have information on various occupants, the most famous being Ned Kelly. There was a short show with actors playing his and his mothers parts. Not quite sure why he is such an Aussie legend as he wasn't a very nice person!! The jail was also used during WW2 for soldiers who had gone Awol and for prisoners of war. I lost John and searched every cell for him, gave up and found he had escaped and was sitting outside! Had our picnic and then went to the Immigration Museum. I was disappointed and thought it would be more 'old' history but it was quite modern and very 'pc'. There was alos an exhibition on 'the stolen children' which was rather distressing. All museumed out now. Wandered round the shops for bit and then back to the hotel.