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A day out in Melbourne by river cruise, disability support


By Jennifer Lumsden, September 10 2019

On Tuesday we went to the city to go on the Melbourne river cruise, it was great fun.

We travelled into Flinders Street and walked to Southbank and looked for Berth 3 to purchase tickets.
Today was our lucky day as when we researched the cruises the website told us they only ran twice per day during the winter months, however, when we spoke to the Captain he said because it was a nice sunny day there was a cruise going at 11 am which suited us perfectly.

On the boat we took our seats and listened to the Captain tell jokes and stories about the Yarra River and the buildings and factories surrounding it, here are some of the things we remember;

  • The Yarra River has originally named the river Birrarung.  The name means ‘river of mists’ and ‘river bank’ in the Woiwurrung language of the Wurundjeri people, the Indigenous inhabitants at the time of European settlement of the Melbourne area. When the Europeans arrived it was given the name Yarra Yarra.
  • The Captain told us a joke about how to have the best garden in Melbourne all to yourself, by going to the botanical gardens when it’s raining as no one else would be there.
  • He pointed out a tunnel which was a secret underground pathway to Melbourne Grammar school, though it’s not a secret anymore.
  • He told us about the Malt district history and how they are now building apartments on it.

After the cruise, we thanked the Captain and went to the Southbank food court for lunch. Jess found us seats outside and we watched all the people walk by. We had enough time for a walk along the bridge before making our way back to Flinders Street station.

Go on and take a cruise https://www.melbcruises.com.au/

By Jess, Michael and Isabelle, Roads to Independence.

Jess, Michael, Andrew and Isabelle enjoy the river

Jess, Michael, Andrew and Isabelle enjoy the river

 



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