Friday, 14 October 2011

Road trip: Red Hill to Melbourne

The second night in or cabin was thankfully a lot warmer as we got a bit more expert with the wood burning stove. After some more bird watching on the deck of our cabin, we set off for the Melbourne CBD. I was a bit worried about driving our hire car through the streets of Melbourne, but Ruth did an expert job of navigating and it all proved uneventful. Thankfully no hook turns were called for.

Once we'd dropped off our bags at our hotel we headed to the National Trust property of Rippon Lea. It was good to be visiting somewhere new in Melbourne. The house was built for the Sargood family who made their fortune selling drapery during Melbourne's Gold Rush in the nineteenth century. Visiting the inside of the house was by guided tour only, and is often the case, it was conducted by an elderly volunteer. We were asked not to touch any of the furniture and then our aged guide with two hearing aids and a dodgy hip proceeded to lean on all sofas and tables for support.

After visiting the house we had quite a rushed looked round the gardens before the property shut at 5pm. Rippon Lea is supposed to have fantastically pioneering and eccentric irrigation system. Unfortunately we didn't have time to learn too much about it.

This is the last post from my road trip from Sydney to Melbourne. I hope you enjoyed it!

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