Croaky wanted to complete his Australia tour by going to Melbourne (the only destination which he has not been to before). To be honest, I am not that keen on the trip, save for the fact that I know that I would be happy sitting in a car throughout the whole trip and not having to lug heavy luggages around. It’s good to go on a tour to rest & relax once in a while, and not have to keep to a tight schedule of visiting monuments, churches and shopping malls. Afterall, the shops in Australia pull their shutters early… I reckon I would be not be missing much shopping.
We rented a very small car from Budget Car Rental. Hyundai Getz. Croaky wanted a convertible. We missed our Mustang at Hawaii. But no convertibles for rental. Strange.
We stopped by the GOR for a picture. Notice Croaky always have a strange expression when he is holding the camera. He looked surprised!
A road sign with the map of GOR.
The famous Light House in Melbourne. Since this was a rest & relax tour. I had a lot of time to fiddle around with my camera. So this was shot in the grainy mode.
And him at the Light House.
I like how the colours turn out in the PopArt mode. The greens look greener and the yellows look yellower.
This was the signboard to show us the way of the 12 Apostles.
The rock formations behind us. We didn’t count. Supposed there should be 12 of them?
Quite bemused by the above signboard. You may fall and DIE. Hmmm…
Beautiful scenery of the rocks. With the waves slowly hitting against the shore. Would have appreciated more if I have gone there during my Geography days…
Then of course, we have to do what the other tourists are doing. Visit the Gold mine at Ballarat. And buy GOLD!
We are glad that the supermarkets open late into the night. This kept us happy, especially Croaky.
Graffiti on the frosted car window.
Having lunch at Warook Cattle Farm.
The Koala Sanctuary. I have waited patiently for the Koala to move its body into position. Adjusted the exposure, changed my lenses and took multiple shots. Most happy with the above one. There is a bit of nice bokeh behind the branches.
And a candid shot of Mr Croaky. With bokeh in the background as well. What is he looking at? Bird-excrete?
The Penguin Parade is another popular tourist destination. But no picture taking of the penguins.
We saw this baby penguin flapping its wings at the other end of the island. Truth be told, I stood there for 15 mins waiting for it to flap its wings. And Croaky was telling me not to waste my time. This amphibian has no patience at all.
Our little motor lodge at Philip Island. One of the best. With a car porch in front. Spacious room and a well-equipped kitchenette. Jacuzzi bath and 4 beds! Can fit in the whole kampong. The only problem is there are 2 bees buzzing in the room the whole night, and one of them was found dead in my bed the next morning!
Beautiful shot of a pair of ducks nesting in the grass.
And Shaun the Sheep!
And this one was the sad face of a cow/bull. Using the pin-hole mode.
This horse sure knows how to pose nicely in front of the camera. But after this shot, he refused to do it again for me. Naughty!
I thought the flowers resembled cherry blossoms. Gave the picture a very misty and Japanese look.
The enchanted maze. The entrance fee was expensive. And Croaky said it would only amuse children. We didn’t go into the maze in the end.
Fresh produce in the supermarket. Much fresher than those you can find in Cold Storage. And the funny thing is their chicken comes in sizes, and they have a whole rack of different species of potatos. I don’t think you can find similar food stuff here in Singapore. It would be really a dream to be a housewife in Australia. Imagine the freshest ingredients!
Us on the famous train – Puffing Billy. We didn’t pre-booked, so couldn’t get the meal-cum-train-ride.
The three birds resting on the lamp post. I had to dig out my zoom lens.
And every crafter’s dream to visit SpotLight in its mother land. The store is huge! I bought a nice piece of cloth to make a shirt for Ah Bee, and some cute buttons. The cashier was kind enough to give me member’s discount even though I didn’t bring my card.
Enjoying a buffet dinner at Crown hotel. Where there are gamblers, there are good and cheap food. Just like in Vegas!
The Queen Victoria Market is our destination for last minute shopping. The stuff being sold is not exactly cheap. Have to bargain for quite a while for a piece of tile. And in the end, I couldn’t get the discount.
Filling up gas before we return the car to Budget.
Heading towards Melbourne Airport.
It had been a nice rest and relax trip. Our next destination would be a self-drive getaway too. It’s an excuse to bring a larger luggage trolley. Hehe.