Here we go. It is quite green, meaning it is one of Melbourne's favoured parks that is irrigated. It steadily rises from the corner of Latrobe and William Street.
It was a few weeks ago when I took these photos. I can't recall what this monument is. I guess war. City buildings appear above the treetops of Flagstaff Gardens.
In the days of early Melbourne, upon this hill sat a time ball, to tell people the time. It was viewable from ships in Port Phillip Bay. I think the standard time for a time ball to drop is 1pm. Although since destroyed by the Christchurch earthquake a few years ago, we did see a working time ball drop at Lyttelton Harbour in New Zealand.
A marvellous looking elm tree.
Below the edge of the gardens is King Street, a major north south traffic thoroughfare through Melbourne and south from here a nightclub precinct, a place of much of much trouble in the early morning hours at weekends. In the background you can see cranes at the Port of Melbourne, Australia's busiest port.
Across King Street is something old. Excuse me while I check. I am back. It is Melbourne's oldest church, St James Old Cathedral, predating the gold rush and opened in 1842. Well, I never.
A begonia bed, a bit frizzled after the heat wave, but still going. Behind is a house, which was probably the head gardener's abode.
These plants look quite hardy for Australia's summer heat.
A magnificent Moreton Bay Fig. Melbourne has a lot of them, and in their natural habitat, the grow on a host plant and then kill them. It is of the banyan tree family. Even they are affected by drought and heat in Melbourne.
How to get back to the centre of town? I took the underground train from Flagstaff Station to Melbourne Central. Within the commercial development of Melbourne Central, the original shot tower was retained. A shot tower is for making lead bullets, where the molten lead was dropped from a height and formed bullets as it cooled during its descent.