April 11, 2017 – Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Today proved to be a big disappointment. Because of the bad weather last night, we were late getting into Melbourne. Instead of getting here at 1 p.m., we didn’t arrive until 4 p.m. This meant that the trip to see the fairy penguins, which was to be one of the highlights of this trip, had to be cancelled. We would not be able to get there before they paraded in from the sea.
So, instead of going to Phillips Island, we took the tram into Melbourne. We went to the Eureka Skydeck which is 88 stories above the ground. The elevator which takes you to the top makes the trip in 35 seconds. When we got to the top it was still daylight so we were able to see the city in the light. As dusk and then night came on, it was fun to watch the lights come on across the city. Most of the viewing was indoors, but they did have an observation deck which was outside. The view from there was stunning if a little cold. There was a pretty good wind blowing, and since the temperature was only about 60, it was a little chilly outside. They also had something which they called a Sky Deck. This was a room which extended from the side of the building. This room had a glass floor, ceiling and walls. Patsy and I both said no thank you very much, but we’re not doing that.
We walked back along the river front to catch the tram back to the ship. They have done an excellent job of keeping the river front a vibrant and fun place to be. Beside the Skydeck, the symphony orchestra/opera company, the theater and hundreds of restaurants and pubs line the river front. People were everywhere enjoying a last pleasant fall evening before the winter weather sets in.
We came back to the ship, had supper and called it a night.