St. Kilda Botanical Gardens and Luna Park

We spent some time roaming around the St. Kilda Botanical Garden (est. 1859) last week. It’s located right across the street from the first apartment we stayed in and is full of mature trees, an enclosed rain forest conservatory, rose gardens, a pond, a children’s play area, and a giant chessboard!

The first thing we spotted when we walked in the garden was the “Rainman” sculpture. It is the kind that I could sit and watch all day…well maybe not all day, but it’s really cool.  It uses solar power, so on sunny days, the rain comes from underneath the umbrella and them man “reaches out” to feel the sun.  On cloudy days, the rain lands on top of the umbrella and the man “reaches out” to feel the rain! 🙂

 

A cluster of bamboo to walk through!
Different views of the rose garden…

Playing “Crocodile Creek” and having fun at the playground.

A little hacky sack in the garden…we’re not very good…note the hacky sack on the ground instead of in the air! 🙂

 

After the gardens, we walked over to Acland Street (a bustling street of boutiques, restaurants, cake shops, bars, etc.) and on the way there, spotted this relic of car! We stopped by the Saikoo Sushi counter to get some lunch!  We tried out the spring rolls, teriyaki chicken with avocado, teriyaki beef, and crispy chicken.  Yummy!

That evening, we went for a stroll through Luna Park, which is more than 100 years old!

Mike and the kids rode the Scenic Railway Roller Coaster, which is a large, wooden roller coaster that travels around the park and is operated by a standing brakeman!

All around one of the buildings in the park are these super cool, giant statues!

This one reminded us of “The Music Man” and “76 Trombones!” 🙂
We imagined G and the opera lady singing “O Mio Babbino Caro” from “Mr. Bean’s Holiday.” 🙂

After Luna Park, we walked down by the beach and played on a playground, saw a huge group of people doing yoga, and watched skateboarders before heading home.

L told us that he wasn’t tired and didn’t want to go to bed when we got back.  We said the kids could read for a bit. Within 5 minutes, here was L…not a lot of reading going on…

 

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