I finally found time to take a wander in the grounds of Melbourne University. Here I am at the University tram stop and city tram terminus looking down Swanston Street towards the city.
These very cheaply built apartments were constructed primarily for overseas university students. They don't have air conditioning and face west to the hot sun. Some occupants put flattened cardboard boxes against the windows to keep the sun out. I think the flats are quite a disgrace. I've been told most of them are owned by overseas owners who won't pay body corporate fees, and so there is little money for maintenance.
There were a few of these trees with lovely reddish bark in the uni grouds. I thought they were Chinese Ginkgo trees but it seems not.
There is such a mix of buildings with old
and the new.
The day I chose just happened university club selection day, with the clubs promoting themselves at various stalls. It made for a very lively atmosphere.
A nice refuge for just sitting.
A number of people cycle around the grounds.
There had been some kind of outdoor disco here, but it was wrapping up as I arrived.
A horticultural area.
This was quite nice.
Old buildings, new buildings and some in between. I guess by the name Babel, this has something to do with languages.
Some buildings don't stand the test of time.
Some not much older buildings do stand the test of time.
Cream brick building with a slate roof? Not its original cladding.
What do we have here?
It is a doorway to a bank building, moved here in 1972.
The opening leads in this ever so interesting car park.
Beer was involved. Again, things were breaking up as I arrived.
Something had gone wrong with the trams and when they did arrive, I was crushed in on the tram among a heap of uni lads. Dear oh dear, not good for the heart.