A lazy start to the day, catching up with diary and photos … another cloudy, cool morning. We took the tram back to Melbourne Beach, where we left it on Saturday. It was quite blowy, as well as cool. The beach volleyball courts were still marked out, but the beach was empty. We walked along the boulevard for some distance, until enticed down a path between protected dunes to the beach itself, so we walked along, me in the water, Tim on the sand, all alone until we came across a school party having a surfing lesson! What a great way to spend school time.

Back on the boulevard, we continued on to Station Pier and Beacon Cove, where the liners now dock, and also the ferry to Tasmania. Historically, it’s where ships from England arrived with the first migrants, and where Australian servicemen embarked onto transport ships to fight in the world wars.

The tram stop is geared towards people disembarking the cruise liners for a day trip to Melbourne, and surrounding the stop are eateries, grocery stores and a medical centre, presumably for the same purpose. We shared a snack portion of fish and chips (that is, ‘flake’ and calamari and chips), before catching the tram back into the city, stopping once again at South Wharf and the DFO (for some socks). We then walked back along South Bank, to try some tasters at the Southgate Centre (rice paper prawn roll = unimpressed: satay chicken skewers = satisfactory: chilli beef and rice = top of the class). Then back on to a tram for the run out to Victoria Park and the Yarra Trail … we set out along the Yarra Trail, as far as the last tram link back to the city. I took the tram and Tim kept walking.

Although I could have made an earlier connection, I stayed on the tram through Olympic Park, between the Rod Laver and Hisense Arenas on one side and the MCG on the other – the MCG is quite a sight! And back to the city, where I took a moment to buy supplies, before taking the usual tram No 8 home, Tim arriving only moments before me. Although he only had the small camera with him, he managed some reasonable photos of a pair of parrots we eventually identified as Red-rumped Parrots, and we finally worked out the difference between a Noisy Miner, and a Common Myna … !

Now I look more closely, I can see three Red-rumped parrots … !

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