On their first weekend in Melbourne, my parents and I and Josh headed out to the Centre for Education and Research in Environmental Strategies (CERES). This community garden, built on an old landfill site, was celebrating its 10th birthday with a party at their weekly farmer’s and craft market. There was so much to see–handmade crafts, performances, beautiful fruits and veggies, and chickens!
We stocked up on some apples and veggies, and then headed to the CBD to enjoy some sights. Here we are in front of Eureka Tower, the tallest building in the Southern Hemisphere.
Next, we headed out to St. Kilda, a beachy area near the CBD. Dad had done a bit of “research” with my tourist maps and brochures, and we wanted to see if we could indeed see little penguins on the St. Kilda Pier. We headed out around dusk, which is when the penguins are the most active. It certainly doesn’t seem like a place you’d see penguins–it’s just a normal pier near a very big city!
However, at the end of the pier is a rocky area, and sure enough, some penguins were peaking out among the rocks!
We even meet an unexpected animal…the endangered water rat! He was a pretty friendly guy!
I can’t believe we saw this wildlife just a 15-minute tram ride from the city! Life in Australia never ceases to amaze!