Now that we are leaving Melbourne we have a few people we need to say goodbye to, so on Good Friday we took the V Line train an hour and a half from Melbourne to Warrangul to see Marie and Keith who have looked after us since we got here. They are relatives of friends back home and made such an effort to make us feel welcome, they invited us to our first proper aussie bbq, introduced us to their incredible family and let us stay in their beautiful holiday home on Phillip Island. When we arrived Marie met us at the train station and we walked up to their home, houses in the country are amazing out here, they are such warren’s of doors, different levels and different rooms, it’s great! The four of us then went for a drive through Jindivick, Neerim and a few other places in that area, before stopping at Tarago Reservoir to admire the beautiful views of Bunyip State Park. We also stopped at Serigraph Gallery, this tiny gallery about the size of the average bedroom, filled with paintings, jewellery and other artworks worth thousands of dollars! It’s great being able to explore areas of places that most travellers wouldn’t go to as they are quite out of the way or not easy to get too. We had a train to catch back to the city early afternoon so it was soon time to say goodbye, as we don’t have plans to come back to Melbourne it is quite sad to say goodbye to people who have been a part of our experience out here, although I’m sure we’ll see them again at some point in the future.
We then got the train to Altona in the western suburbs of Melbourne and had a walk through the little town to the beach and the pier which was nice, it was really sunny and warm so we had a good little afternoon there. It was somewhere we had wanted to visit for a while so we wanted to fit it in before we head off on our travels, another place we wanted to get to was the Shrine of Remembrance so we headed there when we got back into the city. It’s such a lovely memorial to the wars that australians have fought in and there couple of monuments including the shrine, an eternal flame and a column dedicated to world war two. I’d definitely recommend going to have a look as it’s only 2 minutes down St Kilda Road on the tram.