Just got back from Melbourne this week , went there for a short trip to visit some friends , some shopping , watch the egales play and the food . I also toke my camera along as well as was hoping to get some photography in while the wife was shopping . Unfortunately the weather and light was wasn’t great while we were over there but still went out most mornings and afternoons to see what I could get . Didn’t come away with many photos so the photography part was a bit of a let down however the food we had while we over there made up for it . I think while we were over there we ate out every night and most breakfast the food and customer service was great over there compared to Perth .
We even went to one of Geroge Calombaris (Judge from Master Chef Australia ) restaurants the Hellenic Republic http://www.hellenicrepublic.com.au/ for breakfast and would have to say it would have been one of the best breakfasts I had had in a long time .
Also went to a couple of restaurants in China town for dinner a few times one of them was the Longgrain Restaurant http://www.longrain.com/melb_INTRO.htm which is a modern Thia restaurant . The food there was amazing with lots of fresh herbs and spices used , the cocktails were also great .
One one of the days I took the tram down to St Kilda to try and get some shots of the old St Kilda Peir at sunset , there was a lot of grey over cast clouds hanging around that day and the weather was bloody freezing with wind . But I rugged up and though I would stick it out till for the sunset hoping there might be a break in the clouds to get some color in the sky unfortunately it just went from light to grey to dark , disappointed I started head back into St Kilda to get something to eat and choose the elbowroom http://www.elbowroomstkilda.com/ must say the service there was exceptional ordered there house special of beef fajitas and would defiantly be eating there again next time I’m over there . Perth restaurants could really learn a lot from Melbourne the food and service was just blew Perth standards away . Now will just have to work off all that food now I’m back in WA , hopefully heading down to Pemberton shortly so will defiantly work the food off will all the hiking down there .
The top image I took is of the Melbourne skyline just before sunrise on the first day I was there . Probably the best light I had all trip and it didn’t rain that day either . Was an 8 image stitch taken from near the Crown Casino .
I also noticed at night time they have these huge gas flames that come out along the river bank of Melbourne was amazed at they really did these fireball shows every night on the hour as must be a huge waste of gas . As we were staying right next to the Crown Casino decide to go down and get a few shots of these monstor fireballs going off . The below image was a 8 image stitch again taken around 10 pm .