On Saturday we took a walk from our accommodation in South Yarra to the suburb of St Kilda. It was a pretty long walk that took us through Albert Park as we dodged the droves of weekend joggers.
Once in St Kilda we rested our feet and enjoyed cake on Acland Street, which was once lined with cake shops but now only a handful remain. Those that are still there have huge display windows full of an array of tasty cakes.
We also visited Luna Park, an amusement park opened in 1912. Wandering around the traditional carousel, rollercoaster and arcades felt like being in a time warp. There were some great family photos on display from locals’ parents and grandparents that had come to the park as children.
Our next stop was ACMI (Australian Centre of Moving Image) for their ‘Screen Worlds’ exhibition, celebrating the history of the moving image and Australian pioneers in the industry. Highlights included one of Carey Mulligan’s costumes from The Great Gatsby, Cate Blanchett’s Oscar and a model of the Moulin Rouge windmill. The clips and displays really put us in the mood for watching it again.
At dusk we went up the Eureka Skydeck 88 to watch the sun set over the city from ‘the Southern Hemisphere’s highest viewing platform’. I was a bit disappointed with this one, being mostly enclosed it felt cramped and there was an extra ‘experience’ at additional cost once you reached the top. I preferred the top of The Peak in Hong Kong.
Our final day in Melbourne was a rainy one. After checking out, we made our way to the Immigration Museum. It was an interesting place to spend a couple of hours and think about the decades of assisted immigration schemes from Britain. As well as the history of Australian immigration they had exhibitions on identity and female Muslim fashion.
We returned to Federation Square for another round of Smashed Avocados and then had a wander around the shops. After tracking down H&M, we gave a miss due to the long queue!
We landed back into Wellington on 1 June, the first day of winter.