The day was quite cool, grey and raining, of course. It always rains in Melbourne. azhdragon, Deb and I loaded ourselves into the Mk2 Batmobile and headed into the Dandenong Range. We ended up at Grant's Picnic Ground, a small area surrounded by tall stringybark trees, a species of eucalyptus that is the tallest flowering plant. We saw a few kookaburras, many mountain rosellas, and my first wild lyrebird.
Deb fed a rosella, but I know how hard they can bite so I didn't.
My very first wild lyrebird
From there we headed to the very top of Mount Dandenong. It would have been really nice if the sun was shining. Even so, the view was pretty spectacular. Melbourne looks good from a distance.
We wandered around, saw The Big Chair, and went inside for a warm-up and coffee.
azhdragon and Deb
Then I dragged my helpless passengers down to Emerald Lakes so I could put on my anorak and look at the Puffing Billy steam train. Today's engine was a Garrett!
Anorak off, and then to the cafe for a very nice late lunch and back to Berwick.
Dinner that night was at damienps and jazzerat's place. I wish I'd taken my camera to get some photo of Damien's Starwars lego.
I got back to Alex & Deb's at 11pm.
Have some random photos.
* named after Ada Lovelace, first lady of computing.