Who would have thought that in the blink of an eye, vast swathes of fire and drought ravaged areas of Australia would be battling torrential rains and floods? This is without question Australia – a continent of extreme contrasts. Over the last week, flooding rains have extinguished fires, filled up dams and given our farmers some much needed breathing space. Hallelujah!
I count myself lucky because I’ve traded the flooding rains in Queensland for the sunny delights of Melbourne, a city I never tire of, and fused it with a few days in the Yarra Valley sampling some fine wines.
I had just two days in Melbourne and I gave it my all. Nothing disappointed: Queen Victoria Markets and its delis were fabulous, the Yarra River was lively, Melbourne’s laneways were just right for coffee and street art, and the arcades and architecture gracing the inner city were impressive. I cherry picked my best Melbourne moments for these photos.