Melbourne Easter Sunday (Day Four)   Leave a comment

Easter Sunday, 8th April, 2012

As Sunday was deemed to be ‘Shopping’ day, I took the opportunity to ‘back door it’ and take myself off to the Sports Complex and take in a tour of the Melbourne Cricket Ground (The MGC as it’s better known, or to those of us who are really in with the ‘in crowd’, The ‘G’).

Took a walk down to Flinders Street Station , bought a Day pass ($6.40) for the tram and jumped on the number 70 which goes right through the heart of the Melbourne Sports Complex and drops me of at the walk-way to the MCG. Found Gate Six, which is where the Tours start and finish and paid my $20 for an hour and a quarter stadium tour, which was due to start at ten.

Alan, our excellent Tour Guide, first took us down to pitch, where we all got to stand on the hallowed turf of the playing surface.  Then it was up to the players (Cricket) waiting rooms, down through ground to the practice nets under one of the stands, then through to the changing rooms, security and into the members stand and committee rooms etc. All of the time, Alan kept us entertained with little stories about the history of the ground, the players and the club. Did you know that there are actually 14 different sporting clubs that make up the Melbourne Cricket Club (MCC) or that FOUR Melbourne AFL teams call the MCG their ‘Home’ ground or that the cricket pitches are actually contained within massive trays that are removed after the end of the season and taken out the ground to be cared for whilst the AFL is played inside!

Took the tram back into town to meet up with the rest of the gang at the Melbourne Central Shopping centre. Kerry, Vinny and Ciara were flagging by mid-afternoon (Young ones these days, no stamina!) so they took themselves off back to the apartment, while Gail and I had a look round the hugh David Jones and Myers stores on Bourke Street.

Whilst we were down that way, we asked in the tourist information centre for a recommendation for an Indian restaurant and the lady immediately told us to go to Gaylords on Little Bourke Street. Strange to find an Indian Restaurant slap bang in the middle of Melbourne’s Chinatown, but that’s where we found it when we stepped out for the evening. The place was packed with locals, tourist and Indians (which is always a good sign!) and we had an excellent meal washed down a few Kingfisher Beers. On the way back Gail and I dropped into a few of the small bars that seem to be tucked away in amongst the back streets of the CBD, like Section 8 just off Lonsdale Street.

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Posted April 8, 2012 by yermandownunder in Out and about, Travels

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