The Royal Exhibition Building is in the Carlton Gardens and was completed in 1880 for the Great Exhibition, similar to the Great Exhibition in London. Its grand, Gothic architecture was designed to show how rich Melbourne was at the time. In fact Melbourne was known as Marvelous Melbourne. The building also hosted the first session of Parliament in 1901 after Federation. In 2004 the building was placed on the World Heritage List. Nowadays the T-shaped building is used for exhibtions and dinners and has been restored to it’s opulent best. It is surrounded by the beautiful Carlton Gardens.
It’s certainly the steepest escalator I’ve been on. When Parliament Station, Melbourne opened in the 1980’s these were the longest escalators but didn’t seem to be the steepest. They create a huge talking point with anyone especially visitors who travel on them for the first time. They are quite scary but you get used to them. I’d love to know what the gradient is. The advertising boxes on the side give an indication of the gradient.
A friend recommended the Kitchen Workshop as it has an all-you-can-eat buffet with different stations which feature foods such as salads, seafood, teppanyaki and of course, the dessert station.
The buffet which costs $35.50 includes your choice of 300g of prawns or half a dozen oysters. My friend and I both chose prawns. 300g of prawns is a huge number We could easily have left after eating them. We had to peel and strip them which was really messy but they tasted beautiful. We then chose from the teppanyaki station although the cook wasn’t keeping an eye on what he was cooking and who he was serving to so we both got someone else’s meals. Luckily there wasn’t too much in there I didn’t like.
The staff were very efficient. They kept clearing our plates and even took our wines glasses before we finished. We would go to one of the food stations, come back and find our table cleared so we had to get more cutlery. Towards the end they completely cleared the table, took away everything. The manager heard us complaining so made us sit down again and gave us complimentary wine. We weren’t going to say no to that.
Westgate Park was developed on unused land in 1985. The Westgate Bridge (one of Melbourne’s major road arterials) was only completed in 1978. The land that the park is on used to be an airfield. I first learned of it when I was googling walks around Melbourne. Before that I’d occasionally drive across the bridge, oblivous to what was underneath it.
The park is often used for location shoots for crime shows. Location scouts seem to think it’s the perfect place to dispose a dead body. I recognised several parts of the park from those shows.
When we arrived it was grey and overcast but slowly the sun broke through the clouds. It was really nice walking around looking at the locally indigenous plants. They also collect the seeds and propogate them for the park. There are numerous bike and walking tracks as well as sculptures placed around the park. The only thing needed is more seating so you can sit and take in the view.
One of the three sculptures we came across.
I love this view of Melbourne’s skyline. I used the 200mm lens on my camera for this photo.
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The Lobster Cave in Beaumaris, Melbourne is my favourite seafood restaurant in Melbourne. They run several competitions each year and I have been lucky to win twice. The first time I was served lobster tails with several sauces (worth approx AU$100) and tonight dined there and was served Salt and Pepper Squid (value unknown as it’s normally served as part of a banquet).
My friend, Mel, ordered Whiskey Cured Smoked Salmon & Pearls and we had both as share plates.
I looked at the wine list and didn’t have to look past the first choice. It was Moet Chandon Imperial Brut, one of my favourite wines.