An Odyssey Down Under: Australia and New Zealand Day 21

Wednesday, February 26

We left Sydney and flew to Melbourne this morning.

In the air, leaving Sydney

Our site coordinator for Melbourne, Australia. The motorcoach took us through part of the city as we left the airport on our way to the Royal Botanic Gardens for lunch.

On our ride we saw many of the Olympic Park Venues.

The Royal Botanic Gardens was where we stopped for lunch and then walked around the gardens. It was founded in 1846 and encompasses 94 acres.

Some of the flowers in the gardens.

The Shrine of Remembrance was our next stop. It is a war memorial in Melbourne and honors all Australian men and women who have served in any war. Once a year on November 11th and 11 AM which is Remembrance Day, a ray of sunlight shines through an aperture in the roof to light up the word “love” on the marble stone in the center that says “Greater Love Hath No Man”.

We went up the Eureka Skydeck. We rode an elevator to the 88th floor for 360˚ views of Melbourne.

After dinner we decided to walk around and visited Melbourne Chinatown. We saw many Chinese restaurants, businesses, places of worship, and cultural venues. In front of one of the stores we stopped and watched a woman making dumplings! They looked delicious!

After walking around town, we were tired and decided to hear back to our hotel and called it a night!

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