The flight to Melbourne was approximately 90 mins, and the one Queenie and Quentin were booked on left at 7.00am, so it was a very early start.
On arriving at the airport, there were lots of flights cancelled due to the smoke from the fires which had spread widely overnight.
They looked at the board to see if their flight was still leaving and phew, yes it was. It was a good flight, but when they arrived in Melbourne, their was a tropical cyclone blowing strong winds and the landing was a little scary as they bounced along the runway.
The temperature was 42 degrees and the wind was blowing hats, and other objects, all over the place. Fortunately Queenie and Quentin had put theirs into their hand luggage. The coach arrived and they were really happy to get on board into the cool air con.
The pits on the Formula 1 race track
After dropping the bags off they boarded the coach again to go on a tour of Melbourne to see the sights. The cricket ground which is in Yarra Park and was built in 1853, the tennis stadium and of course the formula one race track which they actually drove around and past the pits.
Captain Cook's cottage in Fitzroy Gardens
The track is in Albert Park, was built in 1993 and is 5.303 km in length; the race is 58 laps over 307.574km. They also visited the Arboretum, the Cathedral and Captain Cooks cottage which was transported from Great Ayton in North Yorkshire to Melbourne in 1934 by Sir Russell Grimwade. It was a rather later than planned picnic lunch in the beautiful Fitzroy Gardens before it was back to the hotel to find the rooms and relax little.
The view from the window of Q and Q's room
It was a lovely hotel and a perfect place to finish the travels around Australia. Their room over looked the suburbs of the city, with the blue sea in the distance, so they sat and chilled out taking in the view.
The view they saw before retiring for the night
Another long day but very interesting, so one last look at the night life from the window and so to bed.
To be continued....
Lead image is of Cooks Pine which is a tall, narrow tree that yields fine timber for ship making
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