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Part 21: Walking Through Melbourne

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Part 22, Luna Park Melbourne & St. Kilda

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11/19/2016 - For my visit to the Melbourne area, I stayed with a lovely couple who lived in the St. Kilda area, which was easy to reach by trolly as several of the lines that travel through the Central Business District's Fare-Free Zone spur out to different locations of the greater Melbourne area. Having a place to stay in St. Kilda meant that I was only about a 10-15 minute walk away from Melbourne's Luna Park, So after getting checked into the Airbnb and taking a bit of a nap, I wandered on over for so rides.

In comparison to it's Sydney counterpart, Melbourne's Luna Park is much smaller, as it is enclosed inside of the classic Scenic Railway roller coaster. Entry into the park has you entering through an opening under the main lifthill.

One of the unfortunate themes of this visit to Australia seemed to be that of missed coasters. I knew ahead of time that there was a chance
the Scenic Railway would still be closed for on going maintenance, and as it turned out, it would not reopen for another month or two after
my visit, making for about eight different roller coasters missed out on for the trip. But on the brightside, they are at least maintaining it and there will be future opportunities to come back and ride it!

While the park is small, it does have quite a bit of character thanks to some of the statues on display, along with an old trolly car that they display in the park.

Along with the Scenic Railway, the park features a few other staples of amusement parks, including a Ghost Train dark ride, swinging ship,
and ferris wheel. There was a small powered coaster that I rode, unfortunately the picture for it was incredibly blurry and not worth keeping. ​

The next morning, I decided to head back into the main part of St. Kilda. Because of it's location on the shores of Port Phillip Bay, St. Kilda is a popular beach town with several restaurants located near the tolly line, and a very popular sandy beach with a nearby marina.

It was neat to see this statue, as I had remembered learning about Captain James Cook when I was in sixth grade and we went on a trip to Hawai'i, where we visited a cove on a large catamaran boat that had once been explored by Captain Cook.

One of the most popular attractions of St. Kilda is the Penguin Refuge. Just off the shoreline of St. Kilda, there is a breakwater that was built in 1956, and a colony of penguins decided to make a home of it. The Parks and Wildlife department had several restrictions on visiting the refuge so as to not affect the colony, but you could still go and see them for yourself.

These guys were a smaller variety of penguins called Little Penguins, or sometimes called Fairy Penguins. Their nests are deep inside, and they will come out to go to the waters to hunt for food.

Next, it's back to Melbourne's Central Business District for a tour of the Victoria Parliment Building.
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Part 13 - Australia Zoo
Part 1 - Wondering through Auckland
Part 14 - Aussie World
Part 2 - Walk to Mission Bay
Part 15 - Sea World & Wet n' Wild
Part 3 - Mount Eden
Part 16 - Alice Springs
Part 4 - Rainbow's End
Part 17 - Kings Park in Perth
Part 5 - Arrival in Sydney
Part 18 - Indian Ocean & Fremantle
Part 6 - Ms. Macquire's Point
Part 19 - Perth CBD & Elizabeth Quay
Part 7 - Luna Park
Part 20 - Adventure World
Part 8 - Sydney Harbor Bridge & Rocks Tour
Part 21 - Walking through Melbourne
Part 9 - Bondi Beach & Darling Harbour
>> Part 22 - Luna Park Melbourne & St. Kilda <<
Part 10 - Walk Through Cairns
Part 23 - Victoria Parliament
Part 11 - Great Barrier Reef & Green Island
Part 24 - Back to Auckland
Part 12 - Warner Bros. Movie World