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This is Melbourne...

...and its so random! I love it!

There's something different around every corner and the architecture is a mishmash of old and new...

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Trams are still a novelty...

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And I have no idea what this is meant to be...

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Most of our time is spent indoors staring at job websites so we ve barely scratched the surface.

Broomy's apartment is located in Southbank which means we can be in the heart of the CBD in a matter of minutes by crossing one of the numerous bridges over the Yarra river. One of these is Sandrige Bridge, otherwise known as Travellers Bridge. This was the first steel bridge built across the Yarra river and brought trains from the Port Melbourne into the city. Immigrants coming off the ships were transported to this very spot and in memory of this a series of sculptures have been built on the bridge to represent the different groups of immigrants that made the journey to find a new home.

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As you walk across the bridge you can keep an eye out for the country you are from and find out some facts about the immigrants from your country that came here.

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Apparently in 2001 there were over 6 million Australians who had English ancestry.

This is the impressive Flinders Street Station which was the first station in Melbourne.

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Next door to this is another iconic landmark, Federation Square.

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We had arrived during the Jazz Festival and every lunchtime during that week there was a free jazz concert in the square, just pull up a deck chair and enjoy

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Or keep walking if the improvisational jazz sounds more like someone trying to make music out of the contents of the kitchen sink, whilst another person wails like a cat thats just had its tail trodden on... well its not for everyone!

There are lots of theatres and galleries in the city and the Arts Centre is just one of them. With its huge spire its hard to miss, particularly when lit up with multicoloured lights at night.

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And of course all the sport venues... some of which we can see from the flat but we ll let ya know more on these when we go to our first Aussie Football game!

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So that's just a snap shot of this new city we are now calling home, what more will we discover...

Sxxx

Posted by doyledan 06:36 Archived in Australia

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