First day in Melbourne - well St. Kinda really Which is a suburb of Melbourne. It feels cold and is windy. The C.O. ordered a reconnoiter to the beach area. We had a recommended walk in a guide book of the area and we intended to complete it to get our bearings. We set out dressed in jumpers and anoraks. We established a beachhead at St Kilda's shoreline. The wind strengthened and it started to rain. The C. O. agreed to consolidate our position in the beachfront cafe. The wind got even worse. The palm tree trunks were bending in the wind. Cyclists and joggers were not making much progress into the wind and flashed past with the wind behind them. During a lull, the C.O. ordered a tactical retreat back to the safety of the appartment. We went shopping for rations to make an evening meal which was much appreciated by the workers returning home. I retired early in order to be fresh for my duties tomorrow.