Our second excursion was a day trip to Daydream & Hamilton Islands. I loved the laid back, relaxed pace at Daydream Island. After taking a short stroll around the hotel & pools we made our way to a little cove to snorkle. Here the beach & ocean floor was covered with broken coral leading out to a reef.
On this little island live the Prosepine Rock Kangaroos that don’t seem to mind visitors. As you can see at this time of year you have to wear stinger or wet suits to prevent being stung by the jelly fish or marine stingers as they call them, October- May is the stinger season.
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Fortunately the sun was shining & the seas were calm for our week at Airlie Beach & The Whitsunday Islands. Our apartment was nestled next to the rainforest at the top of a hill. We had a good work-out each time we made our way in to town & back but the views from our windows were our reward.
Airlie Beach was our base for boat trips through the Whitsundays & out to The Great Barrier Reef. In this part of Australia they have the wet & the dry season, so visiting in the wet season is risky. We caught a window of clear days with rain during the night. The humidity was often between 80-90% but we adjusted & the bonus was shedding a few pounds. Our trip to the islands is booked as well as the reef- so excited!
Rainforests & Water.
Looking out to the Whitsundays.
Sulphur Crested Cockatoo
From Airlie Beach.
Who knew we would be joining half a million crazy, music loving folks at St.Kilda Fest. The final day was just after our arrival & it was more entertaining by the hour. Musicians, bands, dancers & street performers spread over a dozen blocks along the ocean. The Australians do love to party!
The following two days we rode the tram in to the city & started with a walking tour, our favorite way to see a city. Melbourne is arranged in districts with an arts, sports, shopping, fashion, central business & garden precincts. With theater, festivals & a busy sporting calendar it is easy to see why this city has earned a reputation as a leader in hosting events.
What we found unique were the cafes at every turn, even in the laneways. There is something for every taste. The city was a buzz with people in the parks & gardens & along the Yarra River.
On our second day we visited the Queen Victoria Market, an historic landmark for more than a century. This vibrant inner- city market is spread over two city blocks & has produce, seafood & every trinket you could want. Leaving the market we took the tram to see some of the neighboring areas before heading back to St. Kilda.
St. Kilda looking north to Melbourne.
In the arts precint.
Melbourne Cricket Grounds.
Along the Yarra River.
Queen Victoria Market.
Leaving the Great Ocean Road Coastline we looped back towards Melbourne. Unfortunately the GPS sent us to a suburb north& east instead of St.Kilda to the south & west of Melbourne. It could have had something to do with the person putting in the address which was not Bill! Soooo after an hour of working our way south in traffic we found our apartment in St. Kilda. We chose to stay away from the city center & take the trams in whenever we chose.
St.Kilda is where people come to play on weekends with beaches, an esplanade with amusement park ,markets ,clubs, cafes & bistros. At the end of the pier a breakwater is home to a colony of blue penguins. While we were visiting it was moulting season for the little penguins so they stay amongst the boulders instead of their usual days in the sea fishing. You can see they are fluffy & a little pudgy but after their moult they will be sleek & shiny once again. Fortunately there are volunteers that keep the humans at a distance & the camera flashes turned off.
I love to take photos & had to find some kangaroos in the wild before we left Australia.We spotted these kangaroos outside of Princetown & heaps more( that’s what they would say here) Koalas near Cape Otway.