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Published: March 2nd 2019
My third and final day in Melbourne was spent visiting Fitzroy Gardens as well as the nearby Treasury Gardens. Quite a tranquil place with "magnificent" elms lining the pathways, a variety of flowers and ornamental shrubs and trees native to the area. It also includes numerous points of interest including Cooks' Cottage, a scarred tree, a Fairies' tree and numerous walks down tree-lined pathways. It also includes Melbourne's oldest example of public artwork in the form of the River God Fountain. An enjoyable way to spend a few hours. Day 4 was where my journey really began as I picked up my rental and headed to Torquay, the start of the Great Ocean Road. I made it to Torquay relatively easily and after a visit to the information centre I hit the beaches. I stopped counting after 6 - Front Beach, Torquay Surf Beach, Bells Beach ( a world famous beach with world class competitions), Jan Juc Surf Beach and a few others. You could of course view the surfers at several of the beaches. Initially my intent was to hike from one beach to another along the Surf Coast Walk. I did start, but the reality of a stroll when
the temperature is 39 eventually sank in. Nah, I'll drive! Needless to say the coastal scenery was quite nice with the beaches, waves, and rocks etc. I also visited a local Analemmatic Sundial. This sundial was ornamentally constructed (see photos) and indeed it actually works(well within a half of an hour). A good day with the majority of the Great Ocean Road awaiting to be discovered.
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