Forecast for Melbourne for today was fine, sunny and 28 degrees.
The ferry arrived in Melbourne on time and we were called to the vehicle deck at about 6:30 am, but had a lengthy wait. The Deck 5 loading/unloading bridge, known as "The Hump" was damaged on 13 January when a 100 kph wind gust tore the ferry away from its moorings. Almost three months later it has still not been repaired - another month they say! As a result all vehicles on Deck 5 had to drive around the vehicle deck to get to the internal ramp from deck 5 to deck 3. We were near last off the ferry at about 7:30 am.
We were lucky that we were heading away from the City and missed the worst of the Melbourne early morning traffic, eventually arrived at Trailblazers at Braeside at about 8:30 am. We spent about 30 minutes discussing our requirements with Phil and Scott, who will do most of the work, unhitched the van and left them to it.
We headed next door to the Red Pillar Cafe for a late breakfast, where we were joined by Frosty and Marg who live at nearby Mordialloc. Frosty and Marg have the same rig as us and are heading off on Saturday 9 April to Queensland via the Alice, Mt Isa and Birdsville. By the time that we get to the Gold Coast they will have arrived at Southport, and we will catch up again.
We met up with Kirrily's partner Ian at about mid-day to collect the apartment key and to leave our Navara in Ian's work parking spot for a few days. They have an apartment in Phoenix House which is handily located in Flinders Street in the City. The apartment is also close to an IGA supermarket and a Bottle-O bottle-shop, both of which we visited in due course.
Later in the afternoon we caught-up with Di's sister Jan and her husband Andy, who were in town following a wedding they attended on the Mornington Peninsula last weekend. That evening we all had an excellent dinner at Cloe's Restaurant at Young and Jacksons Hotel.
Flinders street by day
Flinders Street by Night