Tag Archives: St Kilda

Sailing across the bay

On the first sunny fourteen degree day in a week, I raced to St Kilda pier to catch a ferry across the northern end of Port Phillip Bay. After the ferry docked at Port Melbourne pier, we sailed over calm waters towards Williamstown. Continue reading Sailing across the bay

The lure of a spirit

The Bay Trail from St Kilda to Port Melbourne was about a five kilometre trip one way. I stepped on to the trail somewhere at the midpoint and usually turned south, but that day I headed in the opposite direction. Far in the distance sat the Spirit of Tasmania and I had this urge for ages to walk right to the pier. Continue reading The lure of a spirit

A taste of magic and laughs

I waited in a queue outside Melbourne’s State Theatre for a children’s performance in a temporary structure with magical appeal. But what was that painting on the front near the entrance? Was that scantily dressed woman really appropriate for children’s eyes? Continue reading A taste of magic and laughs

A hike to Point Ormond Hill

I headed south past the lighthouse along the path that meandered close to Port Phillip Bay. On this perfect autumn day, there were plenty of bikers and hikers taking advantage of the sunny conditions. Off shore, sail boats bobbed over the choppy sea while wavelets splashed against the rocks below. Continue reading A hike to Point Ormond Hill

Over a bridge and out to sea

Along the southern end of St Kilda beach, a trickle of water headed into Port Phillip Bay from Elwood Canal. This was once Elwood Creek during the days when much of the area was swamp and birds swarmed over the muddy creek bed in search of worms. Continue reading Over a bridge and out to sea

Old and New in the St Kilda Road NGV

After the paintings in the National Gallery of Victoria, I walked through period furniture to discover an exquisite marble fireplace originally from a house in Dublin along with the glass candelabra manufactured in France in the early 1900s. Continue reading Old and New in the St Kilda Road NGV

A touch of Picasso

I skipped most of the old portraits of wigged men and religious motifs that made up part of the National Gallery of Victoria’s European paintings in the St Kilda branch. Instead, I strode to the section where a couple of Picasso’s works were displayed. Continue reading A touch of Picasso

St Kilda Buildings

Across the street from Luna Park was the Palais Theatre where live productions were still held. A facelift was underway while a sea breeze drifted in off Port Phillip Bay.  Years earlier when I’d visited Melbourne, the building had been white. Continue reading St Kilda Buildings