I think the area where we walked along the beach front was once known by gay men as Screech Beach, where many gay men took advantage of dunes and tussocked mounds and heavy ti tree shrubbery for liaisons. It has all been tidied up now and is quite a pleasant space, just not perhaps as interesting.
We were there before the cruise ship season began with the first, Carnival Spirit, arriving on the 25th October. Each year more and more cruise ships arrive. They normally arrive in the morning and depart in the evening. Passengers might just hang around the area, boring. They might go on a pre arranged scenic bus tour with some travelling up to the Dandenong Ranges or Yarra Valley wineries. The tourist double decker bus goes past the area, but I think the best option for visiting day passengers is to catch the tram into town and explore our city.
There is an anomaly in the cruise ship arrivals caused by Melbourne Cup, the horse race. Visitors want to go, and need nice suits and dresses so they must shop. The Spirit of Tasmania has its own berth at Station Pier, Inner East. As I am writing this, Pacific Pearl is at Outer West arrived 8:00 31/10 dep 17:30 02/11, Pacific Jewel, Outer West with similar arr and dep times. Carnival Spirit is at Outer East, arr 7:00 01/11 dep 16:00 03/11.
Where does the Pacific Dawn moor when all pier positions are full? Oh dear, at the very working dock, Victoria Dock, along with all the containers full of stock for $2 shops.
References to old piers.
The working port in the distance, taken from a similar position as when Margaret took her photo when on her way home to Tasmania.
I emailed Margaret as we realised all the parked holiday vehicles had found a free and pleasant place to park if they had arrived early to board the Spirit of Tasmania. I've been everywhere, man.