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Rutherglen to Melbourne

Saturday 12 September 2015

Once again we were on the road fairly early for a 300 km drive to Melbourne. Being Saturday the traffic was fairly light until we got to the outskirts of Melbourne, where we turned west onto the Ring Road then east onto the Great Western Highway. We stopped for fuel and an early lunch at the Tallarook Service Centre and arrived at the Ashley Gardens Big4 Caravan Park and booked in for four nights. We were allocated drive though site 78 which was longer than most and it allowed us to stay hitched up for our stay as we would not be using the Navara during our stay in Melbourne.

Later in the afternoon Kirrily called by to pick us up and drive us to their apartment in the city. Ian and Kirrily have recently moved into an apartment in the Phoenix Building in the City. The building is the thinnest high rise building in the City, and is 6.7 m wide, 24.3 m deep, and 88 metres high. Each apartment takes up one floor. The building is on the site of the Phoenix Hotel. Former Collingwood footballer and footy commentator Lou Richards operated the Phoenix Hotel at 82 Flinders Street after retiring from footy in the mid-1950s. He and his wife, Edna, sold the bar in 1993.

Kirrily and Ian had a Birthday Party to attend so we had a few drinks and nibbles with them before the left. David and Di walked around the block looking for a place to have a meal. First stop was Meatballs, which we had heard about on the radio during the morning. But being the latest trendy place for a meal, it was crowded, noisy and dimly lit - you could not hold a conversation or read the menu - so we moved on to the Duke of Wellington Hotel for a meal in the Bistro.

All of the photos are from Kirrily and Ian's apartment.

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Sunset in Melbourne.

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MCG lit up for an AFL Game.

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Rod Laver Arena and AAMI Stadium.

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Flinders Street Station.

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Looking towards Port Phillip Bay.

Posted by TwoAces 17:50

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