I got up early for an ‘Arcades and Lanes’ walk, following a route described in a brochure we’d picked from the Visitor Centre. Similar sort of idea to the walking tour we’d done in Sydney a couple of years ago. Transpires that early Sunday morning probably wasn’t an ideal time to do this walk – several of the arcades were locked, so I had to detour around them.
And the bustling, vibrant laneways were all-but empty.
Anyway, all good, it was still an enjoyable walk.
After checking out of the hotel, we headed for Fitzroy Gardens, somewhere we’d never managed to get to in all our previous visits to Melbourne. Reminiscent of an old-style London park, with plenty of trees, lawns and pathways. All covered with autumn leaves!
We spent a bit of time at James Cook’s Cottage, the oldest building in Australia, although to be fair it was shipped from England in 1934 and then reconstructed here!
It was very pleasant wandering through the gardens, coming across plenty of leaves blowing in the wind, a Conservatory…
… a model Tudor village, sculptures, fountains, and a fairy tree.
We enjoyed our brief sojourn back in Melbourne, although we both felt as though we could have done with a few more days there – it felt as though we were packing quite a bit into every day. Always more things to do and places to go!
[S] We often forget to write the final post of our holidays – we get back in to the hurly-burly after a long flight and the holiday memories fade quite quickly, sadly.
The last day was very pleasant out in the fresh air – we had a lovely Devonshire tea looking out at the beautiful grounds of the Fitzroy Gardens. A bit of a change to land at Wellington Airport with a temp of 4 degrees and 100 km winds – welcome home to Wellington!
It was a lovely break though, and Melbourne is still one of my favourite cities in the world after Wellington. We really know it well so it sort-of feels like home, but we always find new things to do – the perfect mix really.