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Yarra River

View Upstream From Princes Bridge

Princes Bridge 2

This is the second view from Princes Bridge, this time looking upstream.  The Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) takes pride of place, the lights are on for the AFL (Aussie Rules Football) game between the Carlton Blues and the Adelaide Crows.

Birrarung Marr [^] is on the left, on the City side of the River, is the most recently created major park in Melbourne.  The Aborginal name Birrarung Marr translates to “the banks of the river of mists”.  The park acts as a link between the CBD and the major sporting area of the MCG and the Rod Laver Arena, the home of Tennis Australia’s Australian Open. 

The 50 metre Ferris Wheel in Birrarung Marr is the southern hemisphere’s largest travelling Ferris Wheel [^].  A full-scale observation wheel, similar to the London Eye, is being constructed in Docklands, and is expected to open towards the end of 2008.  It will be known as the Southern Star Observation Wheel [^], and will rise to 120 metres, 15 metres less than the London Eye.

View Downstream From Princes Bridge

Princes Bridge 1

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I thought that it was about time that I started putting up some photos of Melbourne – seeing as I live there.  It’s amazing that it’s so easy to wander around a strange city taking photos, and yet it seems strange to do the same thing at home!  Even though I would be lucky to go into the City once or twice a year. 

So here we have a view looking down the Yarra River towards Crown Casino and the Melbourne’s World Trade Centre.  Southbank is on the left and Flinders Street Station obscured behind the trees on the right.  In the centre is the pedestrian footbridge linking Flinders Street and the Southbank precinct.

Up Again

On Wednesday 5th December, I managed to get another hot air balloon flight over the city.  It was a beautiful, still and reasonably clear morning.  Nowhere near as nice as out wedding day, especially as Mrs CannibalRabbit wasn’t there.  We took off from Fawkner Park and came across the south-east corner of the city from Crown Casino to Spencer Street / Southern Cross Station, landing in Fairbairn Park on the banks of the Maribynong River.

Balgownie Estate Balloon - 75 Yarra River - 75 

There are more photos over on the Gallery – so feel free to head on over there.