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Melbourne - Dinner at Southbank & Yarra River Night Scene

September 1, 2013 
Melbourne CBD

Southbank is the area of Melbourne along the southern bank of the Yarra River. The big accounting firms, Crown Casino and many cafes, shops and restaurants are located here. We took a leisurely stroll around this area, had dinner and walked back to our hotel at night. The weather was just perfect for a night stroll, not too chilly for our hoodies and light jackets.

Yarra River in the evening, on the left is Southbank


Southbank - Crown Casino at the back

There is a line of columns that blow out fire from the top one-by-one at random intervals. When I stood close to the column I could smell the kerosene and feel the hot air blowing from it... perfect for the cold weather. This picture is so funny... looks like someone set his hair on fire!



Along the Crown promenade there is some artificial grass, we sat down there for a while and looked at the lights on the Yarra River till it turned dark.


 
For dinner we popped into one of the many restaurants lining the promenade. It was also Father's Day in Australia and they were giving a free Corona to dads at the table. We ordered red wine, a selection of cured meats (sausages, bacon, kangaroo jamon!!, cheese) for our appetizer and steak! Yum!


After that we strolled a bit more taking in the beautiful night scene at Yarra River, drank some hot chocolate at the Lindt shop, and walked back to our hotel.

Yarra River night scene
Flinder's Station all lighted up at night

So this post concludes my series around Melbourne CBD. Here is a list of places we visited in Melbourne CBD:

-Flinder's Street Station
-Federation Square
-Parliament House
-Old Treasury Building
-Fitzroy Gardens
-Captain Cook's Cottage
-Conservatory
-Queen Victoria Market
-Digital Harbour/ Waterfront City
-Southbank

Next, on to the Great Ocean Road!

Our hotel:
Ibis Budget Melbourne CBD
97-103 Elizabeth St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia

+61 3 9642 0064

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