I am now approaching the next bridge across the Yarra, Morell Bridge. I can remember when it carried cars but is now pedestrian and bicycles only. It is a two lane bridge at the bottom of the steep Anderson Street which runs down the eastern flank of the Botanic Gardens. We have always called it the Anderson Street Bridge.
Botanic Gardens landing.
Then the Anderson Street fishing landing.
Lovely old lamps and you can see some of the bridge detail.
On the far bank, a Y shaped litter trap with the open part of the y facing upstream.
The next river crossing is the Punt Road Bridge. It carries thousands of cars, trucks and buses on the main north south road. It's four lanes wide and is at the bottom of the steep Punt Road hill. While it is a nice bridge, it badly needs painting and I don't understand why it is so neglected. Those who used to catch a punt across the river would not have imagined how the bridge changed Melbourne.
The Nylex clock is visible from The Highrise but unfortunately has been switched off for a number years, although it did briefly light up one night when some lads broke in and switched it on. For as long back as I can remember, the clock informed people of the time and temperature and is non operational state is lamented by many. I think there is a preservation order on the clock, but not on the silos themselves. A developer is in dispute with the local council about the number of apartments that can be built on the site. I suggest that apartments can built within the silos and at the base and the development's body corporate become responsible for the cost of operating the clock.
A nice South Yarra apartment building.
Punt Road does not look steep in my photo. I can assure you it is, like inner eastern Sydney suburbs steep.
At the corner of Punt Road and Alexandra Avenue this most wonderful monster Golden Elm seems to thrive on the fumes of millions of vehicles.
Punt Road Landing.
Lots of Peppercorn trees lining the path.
Above me are what are known as the 'Hollywood flats'. They line Alexandra Avenue and are impressive. I have photographed them all and they can be seen via this link.
Fishing from the Caroline Street Landing.
The highly decorated roof of this apartment building intrigues me. It is visible from The Highrise and I once swung off Alexandra Avenue in a brief and failed attempt to see the building close up. I must go on foot.
I had never noticed this Our Magic Hour before. Google tells me it is a sculpture and originally sat atop the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney.
Melbourne High School is a selective entry government school for boys. It has had a hard battle fighting against the impact of high rise developments and seemingly it lost on all counts.
The playing grounds.
Steps up from Alexandra Avenue.
Chapel Street to the south changes its name to Church Street as it crosses the river. This is known as the Church Street Bridge.
It is a very nice bridge, carrying vehicles, pedestrians, bicycles and trams over the Yarra.
No crocodiles warming their cold blood on this patch of exposed river bed. The river is tidal for quite a distance upstream and it appears the tide is out. This is a man made bifurcation in the river with Herring Island in the centre.
Once past Chapel Street, some very modern and expensive properties appear.
In the distance is the landing for the punt needed to visit Herring Island. We once went onto the island for a picnic with friends. I think our Friend in Japan was with us.
On the other side of the road is Como Park, now home to the South Yarra Cricket Club but once part of the grounds of the historic Como Estate.
Herring Island is not large, just over three hectares, eight acres.
We must visit the island again soon.
It is time for me to take a well earnt (earned?) break for a cup of excellent coffee at Kanteen.