Activities Outdoors Discovering Melbourne by Public Transport March 2014

Enjoying discovering Melbourne..


Discovering Melbourne March 2014

Thailand Exhibition,

Como House, Heron Island, Beatles Exhibition


The morning was overcast and quite chilly but 14 members still braved the cold.

U3A Coffee Stop
Must stop for Coffee Whittlesea U3A


Chatter and smiles during the train trip from South Morang to Flinders Street Station. First stop of course was morning coffee, hot chocolate or tea, whilst we waited for the Thai Festival to kick off in Festival Square










Enjoying Fed Square WU3A
Thai Festival DragonU3A March 2014


Thai Festival at Federation Square

U3A enjoying Fed Square
Thai Exhibition Federation Square Whittlesea U3A



WU3A Mebourne Discovery
Enjoying Melbourne Whittlesea U3A


We then headed off to Como House by Tram after several changes due to the Grand Prix.  At the Tram stop we spotted a young girl wearing her Sunray pleated skirt and twinset and carrying a white makeup case, all the girls nudged each other saying they had a case and a skirt like that. She was on her way to Como House for the Vintage Clothing Sale.










U3A at Herring Island
Visit Herring Island Environmental Sculpture Park Whittlesea U3A


After leaving Como House we headed to Herring Island Summer Arts Festival. Unfortunately one of our Members (Richard) failed to negotiate some steps under construction and fell down a few steps falling heavily on his shoulder.  Mary and Pam waited with Richard whilst an Ambulance was called.  We got the Punt across to Herring Island this was quite small but we all enjoyed the trip over. Herring Island Ceramics Victoria had a display which was very interesting.

On arriving back at Como Landing the others were still waiting on the Ambulance.

Once it arrived and Richard was on his way to Alfred Hospital with a broken shoulder and cracked ribs. (Glad to say Richard is home recovering now). We all set off for lunch at Southbank as by this time it was 2.00 pm and we were all starving.


WU3A Herring Island
Sculpture Exhibition U3A at Herring Island

We were only in the Food Court five minutes and there was a heavy shower of rain. Lunch over, rain cleared, we set off to the Arts Centre to see The Beatles in Australia which runs till July 1st, worth seeing.  Discover the sights and sounds of Beatlemania that hit Australia in June 1964 and changed the nation forever – the arrivals, the receptions, the press conferences, the TV interviews, the concerts and of course the fans. 

The eruption of Beatlemania in Australia was as intense as anywhere in the world. For three weeks in 1964 the nation was held in a cloud of euphoria, captivated by the talent, the songs, the wit and the celebrity status of the Fab Four. It was an historical turning point in Australian music, coinciding with a period of immense social change as conservative Australia began to loosen the chains on its young people. 

Thanks again to Mary for showing us all the nooks and crannies around Melbourne, excellent day. Margaret.