Rick and Ann Brown's Travel Adventures travel blog

Melbourne Skyline from the river taxi

Cafes along the river

Melbourne's old Rail way station across from our hotel

Biggest Sand trap I have ever seen, help

A true links course, Moonah Links to be exact

Melbourne is Australia's second largest port city, and a truly unique one at that. It is built as all Australian cities are, on the river with the use of the river entwined in the culture of the city. We stayed at a very old hotel that had been recently renovated and was not only interesting but very pleasant. We were right across the street from the river and the old train station. Melbourne has a trolley system that goes in a big square around the city and is a very inexpensive and easy way to navigate the city. We went to the big Melbourne open air market, and played the tourist thing very well, buying all sorts of Australian memorabilia. Passport holders, golf umbrella, leather belts, kangaroo hide pouches; you know that kind of stuff.....

Again the water taxi up and down the river, across to some really interesting little restaurants, good food and very multi cultural, reminded me of San Francisco without the hills. Met some great Aussies and the concierge at the hotel saw our golf clubs and made arrangements for us to play the newly opened Moonaha Links Golf course on the Mornington peninsula, south of Melbourne. It will be the anointed course for Australian links golf and the home of the Australian Open. So off we went to this links course that was to say the least out in the middle of no where. Bunkers as big as lunar craters, rough waste high and greens so fast the ball would roll right back to you on the slope if not hit properly. Needless to saw we are novice golfers and even so, we had a fun day, I believe the course won. Next stop Launceston, Tasmania for Christmas day.

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