A few pictures from my trips to Australia 1993, 1997 and 2000
If you've never been to Australia.. you should go!! I love Melbourne! Its a very beautiful city and the surrounding areas are picturesque. The people are friendly, the streets are clean, there is plenty to do and see... the cost of living is expensive, however.
Lake Albert, Melbourne 1997
Lake Albert was across the street from the hotel I was staying at. Its much larger than it looked and there is a path that runs along its shores.
The Great Ocean Road 1997
A beautiful drive! Postcard perfect views of the ocean and very windy!
The Twelve Apostles on The Great Ocean Road 1997
I don't think there are really 12 apostles out there anymore. I was told they have eroded away over the years.
Royal Botanical Gardens 1997
The Gardens were in full bloom and simply gorgeous when we were there. A beautiful, peaceful walk.
Shrine of Remembrance 1997
View of the City from the Shrine
Melbourne at night, 55 floors up 1997
Sovereign Hill, Ballarat 1993
This is a local attraction, a long drive from Melbourne but it was very interesting and informative.
Downtown Melbourne 2000
Across the river from downtown is a beautiful park and a business complex that also houses a food court. It was a hot day and the children were enjoying the spouts of water. On either side of the fountain, at night, there are huge torchs that light up the area
Royal Botanical Gardens 2000
This time of year (their Fall) the gardens were at the end of their season, so the blooms were not as plentiful as they were the other times I had been to Melbourne. But, it was still a pretty walk through the gardens.
It was very smoggy downtown while I was there.. you can almost make out the Downtown area in the background!
This is the gardeners cottage, which is on the grounds. That is me, of course, in front
The Observatory 2000
Yours truly with the City in the background... well, it would have been there!!! They had 3 steady days of smog.. very unusual for it to last that long.
The observatory is only about 20 miles from Downtown, but the smog was so thick, you can't see it
Arthur's Seat 2000
Riding up the lift to get the view from the top
The view from the top of the hill... it would have been spectacular... but, I won't mention the smog again!
On the Docks
Well, the wind came up and drove the smog out, but, it left the dark gray clouds when it did it!
Yours Truly at the little town by the docks. This little town was so cute and quaint. All old buildings that were cleaned up and put back into business.
Finally! A pretty shot of the beautiful downtown area of Melbourne (thank God for zoom lenses!)
John showed me around on my Y2k trip
1997, Me and my co-workers, Lorraine and Steve
1997, Me, Lorraine and Ross (Our tourguide down the Great Ocean Road)
1997, Lorraine,Graem (Our tourguide through the Botanical Gardens and Hall of Remembrance), and me
A few links if you want to investigate these places further:
More on Albert Park Lake
More on The Great Ocean Road and 12 Apostles
More on The Royal Botanical Gardens
More on The Shrine of Remembrance
More on Sovereign Hill, Ballarat
Welcome to Melbourne
More on Arthur's Seat
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