31.01.2016 30 °C
I had my last day in Melbourne yesterday and having checked out of the apartment I was staying in and bags safely stored at Southern Cross station I took myself off to St Kilda, there is sweeping 5km beach with a lovely bustling end with restaurants, pier and the famous Luna Park. A walk along the pier was rewarded with seeing a little penguin hiding between the rocks ( they live in St Kilda too! ) and some rosella parrots up in the trees.
Although I have enjoyed my time in Melbourne I have to confess in not finding the city quite to my taste. This changed a little when I went to St Kilda and as I walked through the area of shops I decided to have lunch and had a delicious slow cooked pulled lamb burger - one of the best burgers I've ever had!
I then took advantage of the trams to get back to Southern Cross station to pick up my coach to Sydney and wave a fond farewell to Melbourne. I was booked on the 10pm Greyhound coach and with a 12 hour journey ahead I was well prepared with neck cushion, eyemask, earplugs and blanket. The coach was surprising comfortable with lots of legroom and reclining seats and I was able to get quite a bit of sleep. After 9 hours a change of driver at Canberra and another 3 hours onto Sydney, it was clear that the weather was much better here with not a cloud to be seen and warm sunshine at 9am. We arrived bang on 10am at Sydney Central station - how I would like to say that about the trains in the UK!
One stop on the railway and I was at the apartment that I am staying in while here. This apartment is beautiful and spotless, the host friendly and helpful - Airbnb really is a very good idea. After a cup of coffee I decided to venture out to the Botanic Gardens and my host told me the best way of getting there also taking in a couple of other parks on the way. The area I'm staying in is fairly quiet with some lovely architecture and once at the first park I took some photos of Ibis ( strange looking birds ), thinking there wouldn't be many. As I ventured further into central Sydney it was clear that they are everywhere!
After a delicious brunch of coffee and eggs benedict I then moved onto the larger parks, taking in the war memorial and spotting more ibis and rosella parrots. I then headed into the Botanic Gardens, these are beautiful, on a par with the Singapore gardens, with numerous colourful flowers, trees and wildlife, including eels and fish in the pond and wild sulphur crested cockatoos.
The Botanic Gardens end at the harbour and under gorgeous clear blue skies and sunshine I was rewarded with seeing the very famous Opera House and Harbour bridge. Obligatory photos taken I moved round to the Circular Quay and over a pint of cider, and a view of the Harbour Bridge I watched the boats go to and fro to Manly.
A quick wander round The Rocks market and with sore feet I decided I needed a salad for dinner to try and be healthy and headed back to the apartment. This evening I have spent reading my Kindle on the balcony while the sun went down and I listened to the frogs!
I find it quite unbelievable I am here seeing all of this wonderful stuff. I would urge anyone to get an opportunity to come out, it's amazing!