Go to the Botanic Gardens and...
Go to the Botanic Gardens and just relax, just walk there from the city centre and stroll along the Yara river too.Its quite atrendy place to be. Was visiting the famous MCG stadium. This is a must for all sports fans, tours are run daily and are reasonbly priced.
Parliament House - Every building has its story
Parliament House and the imperialistic overtones in its architecture is one of the standout buildings in the CBD, as it should be. It is one of Melbourne's best known landmarks. Facing the intersection of Spring and Bourke streets, the west facade of the building; sweeping steps, elegant lamps, grand colonnade, suggests solidity and strength.
Appearances are deceptive. Parliament House is incomplete. The generous vision of nineteenth century architect, Peter Kerr, has not been fully realised. The story of Parliament House is one of staged construction and architectural ambition thwarted.
Choosing a Site:
Victoria's first Legislative Council (1851-6) took the decision. Arguments over the best site in Melbourne for such a building were intense. It was not until April 1854 that Eastern Hill, the current Spring Street site, was agreed upon.
As importantly, it was not until December 1855 that Colonial Engineer, Charles Pasley, handed responsibility for the design and construction of a building for the new Parliament to two architects in his office, Peter Kerr and John George Knight. By 1853 a Parliament House design competition had been held. The entries were judged inadequate. As a result Pasley had himself produced an ordinary design that had been accepted by the Legislative Council.
Kerr in turn adapted and significantly improved Pasley's work, transforming it into a grand vision. He laboured over his drawing board, working on the building on and off for the next forty years. In the process he produced more than 600 detailed sketches and designs, while his colleague Knight managed the actual site construction.
From this team effort emerged one of Melbourne's most dramatic nineteenth century buildings constructed in distinct stages.
1856: The Legislative Chambers
Almost immediately on the proclamation of the Constitution, and even as Peter Kerr was still working at his drawings, work began on the two legislative chambers. Building at a rate that now seems extraordinary, the Legislative Council and Legislative Assembly were sufficiently complete to permit the first Parliament of Victoria to meet there and begin work in November 1856. The work had taken just 10 months.
To colonial Victorians the chambers looked impressive. Two free-standing, bluestone buildings, unconnected and rising three stories tall on the highest part of Melbourne, they dominated the city.
Melburnians were even more impressed by the interiors. Classical decorations, gold-leaf, columns, statuary, burgundy carpets and seating in the Legislative Council, forest-green in the Legislative Assembly duplicating the Westminster colours, added sophistication to an otherwise callow Melbourne. Its citizens were overwhelmed.
1860: The Library
No sooner were the Chambers complete than work began on the Library. Construction of this eastern wing began in 1858 and was completed in 1860.
This had the effect of joining the two legislative chambers at the rear, thereby forming a `U-shaped' building.
Melbourne visitor centre
When they say Melbourne visitor centre, as a visitor, you should report yourself inside, this is the purpose of visitor centre. Walk in and then tell them politely that you are a visitor that you want to report yourself and they will serve you like a visitor, all visitors should go to visitor centre, never miss it.
Backpack would have to be my choice with a day pack,I think this is generally the case everywhere in the world? Melbourne has a reputation for four seasons in a day and it is very true.It can be 38 degrees for 1-5 days and then if a southerly wind comes in the temperature can drop by 20 degrees within the hour so be prepared.
Summer can be really hot although it doesn't generally get below 10 degrees during winter days. Depending on where you travel in Victoria some areas have mosquitos a plenty so insect repellent is handy.
Sunscreen is a must, the sun can burn fair skinned folk in 10-15 minutes,best to have long sleeves and pants and a hat especially if you are fair skinned. For camera equipment and batteries etc. there are about 4-5 camera shops in the city centre located around the corner of Lonsdale & Elizabeth sts. There are heaps of campgrounds around Victoria some cost up to about $13 p/night but heaps are free,also on the highways there are rest areas that you can get away with camping at. Even if it is not a listed campsite I've allways found that if you set up camp late and leave early you generally wo'nt get hassled but do not quote me. Victoria has 2 out of the top 10 motorcycle roads in the world apparently.The infamous Great Ocean road and Reefton Spur,heaps of tight winding roads.Take care especially as some of the dirt roads in the mountains can become very lethal after rains.
Sheoak Falls & Nature Reserve
Off the Great Ocean Road, near Lorne. The 1km return walk takes about an hour.
Views of the falls are possible within a 10-minute walk from the car park. While not falling for a great distance, the water passes over a dark rock face within a natural amphitheatre, making for spectacular viewing