Great Ocean Road with the family (Part 3)

The final part of our Great Ocean Road trip eventually led us to Melbourne.

Whilst in Melbourne, we visited a couple of places. Here’s some of them!

St Kilda jetty


St Kilda is home to Luna Park, St Kilda beach and the St Kilda Sunday market. All of which, necessary tourist stops. Luna Park had all the old school amusement park rides, which large scale amusement parks no longer have. It looks just like a scene out of a classic movie. You get to enter for free and only pay for the rides that you really want to take.

On the jetty

After that wander along the jetty, right at the end there’s a restaurant and beyond the restaurant, is an extension where if you’re lucky, you might spot little penguins.

Well, hello Mr Starfish

Eavesdrop on the conversations amongst the men fishing on the pier, peer into their little white buckets to admire their catch, stare at the starfish that line the jetty walkway as they gradually dry up in the sun. According to the signs on the jetty, these starfishes are actually pests? So, I am guessing that they aren’t native species.

South Melbourne Market

Visit the South Melbourne Market, which is only open on certain days. Be sure to check what days it’s open on before heading over. Our tourist-y Melbourne brochure thingy didn’t state what days it is open for, so we thought it opened everyday. Only to find out it was closed when we got there. How could you leave out such important information Visit Melbourne??

Roam the stalls, have brunch, enjoy the music of the street buskers outside.

Shrine of Remembrance

Visit the Shrine of Remembrance. Join their tour and the volunteer guides will explain to you the history of the shrine, why it was built, when, by whom, what each wing of the shrine held and its significance.

4000 medals line the wall

4000 medals line the wall at the entrance of the visitor’s centre, each medal represents 100 Victorians who have served Australia in war and peacekeeping, and six who have died.

As you walk in…

Medals of honour through the times

The colours

On the eleventh hour, of the eleventh day, of the eleventh month (Memorial Day), a light shines through the roof and casts upon the Stone of Remembrance upon right onto the word ‘love’.

The roof

Stone of Remembrance

This occurs naturally. But you can see it reenacted every half hour at the Shrine.

Overlooking Melbourne CBD

The Shrine and the Eternal Flame

Head over to Williamstown, take a boat tour or just roam about the suburb on your own.

Looking out

Catch a fish or two

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2 thoughts on “Great Ocean Road with the family (Part 3)

  1. Dan C October 10, 2012 at 8:11 pm Reply

    I think that might be Asterias amurensis? I just call it “that ugly yellow starfish.” It’s everywhere in the Derwent River in Hobart. Sometimes teams of people dive to kill thousands of them at once. Native to the Japan Sea, these pesky things most likely arrived as larvae in ship ballast and gradually take over the seafloor, destroying the ecosystem (if left unchecked). Ugh.

    You might have also heard of the Crown of Thorns starfish. Over the past several decades, it has eaten 50% of the Great Barrier Reef. Yes, half of the GBR died in one generation because of a starfish.

    • Elaine October 13, 2012 at 12:55 am Reply

      Hmm. Interesting.

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