26.01.2016 34 °C
After an excellent nights sleep, I woke up to a beautiful day and wall to wall sunshine. Once up and about I headed towards the famous Flinders Street station, a lovely big building which also holds one of the railway stations. I was there to watch the start of the Australia Day parade and it was excellent to see but after standing for a while the heat was getting to me so I had to take refuge in the shade of the station.
The heat made me realise the one essential I had left off my list - a wide brimmed hat! One purchased I then headed to the Kings Domain Gardens to look at the vintage cars and watch a live band. Australia really do this celebration very well, with most of it aimed at families and also free, and makes me wonder why we don't do something similar in the UK?
After a break from the sun and heat back where I am staying I headed out for the evening to the Docklands area, an area surrounding the marina with the Etihad stadium as centrepiece. A quick glance in the sea made me think I may not be swimming when I go to the beach as there was a blanket of jellyfish just under the surface!!! A drink made me reallly understand the cost of food and drink over here, $10 for a cider and it wasn't even a full pint - ouch!
The fireworks to finish the evening were excellent as well and I feel very lucky to have been able to be out here to see the celebrations.