After a brief side trip to scuba dive at the Great Barrier Reef in Cairns, I am now in Melbourne:
Melbourne is the capital city and most populous city of the State of Victoria, and the second most populous city in Australia. As of 2009, it had an approximate population of 4 million. The metropolitan area is located on a large natural bay known as Port Phillip. It extends from the CBD at the estuary of the Yarra River (which enters the bay at its northern-most point), along the south-eastern and south-western shorelines of Port Phillip, and extends into the hinterland. The CBD is located in the municipality known as the City of Melbourne.
Melbourne brings the focus back towards its waters with the new Birrarung Marr park located on the north bank of the Yarra river, adjacent to Federation Square. Heritage-listed elms and native flora are being brought right back into the city — something I believe can only be a good thing. I plan to discover how the introduction of this park has affected the surrounding built area.
I am meeting with Eamonn Fennessy from the City of Melbourne and Scott Adams, a local landscape architect.