Monday, October 26th: Melbourne + night crossing of the Bass Strait
We woke up in a grey, cold and drizzly Melbourne but at least after we had breakfast the rain had stopped. We walked to the Shrine of Remembrance where, just like in Ypres, the Last Post can be heard to honour the fallen of all wars. Next to the shrine is the botanical garden where we strolled around the grounds while the Sun started to break through the clouds. Suddenly the gardens looked a lot more colourful. Only a short distance away is Albert Park, home of the opening race of the Formula One season. The track is a public road and can be driven with a car or bike, we chose to walk a large part of it. Only the finishline and blacked out gridpositions give away that a race is held here. We also walked the pitlane where we could take a peek in one of the boxes. By then it was time to get back to the hotel to get our luggage.
A taxi brought us to the ferryterminal where we boarded The Spirit of Tasmania II for a nightcrossing to Devonport, Tasmania.