Skip to main content
Learn How to Start a T-Shirt Business using RedBubble, Society6 and TeePublic - Click Here
Affiliate link - Thank you for helping to keep this site free.

The Final Day: Back to Melbourne for Lunch, Back to Adelaide for Dinner - Queen Elizabeth Cruise 2020

The Polly Woodside Tall Ship, Melbourne.
The Polly Woodside Tall Ship, Melbourne.
The Queen Elizabeth Cruise Ship arrived back in Melbourne sometime in the early hours of the morning on Sunday, February 2. One of the few benefits of being in 'riff-raff' class is that we'd be among the last to disembark at 9:30am, allowing us to relax for one final time with an unhurried breakfast in the Britannia Restaurant.

If this is your first time (or first post) reading about the cruise my partner, Enigma, and I took on the Queen Elizabeth at the end of January, beginning of February 2020 you may like to go back and start from the beginning by clicking this link (posts will be listed in reverse order). It may be your last glimpse into the world of cruise ship holidays pre pandemic 2020.

It was 10am by the time we were actually leaving the boat and collecting our bags from the terminal. We were asked to wait in the upper level of the Britannia restaurant while they double checked that all final guests still on the boat were present.

Melbourne Pier.
Melbourne Pier.
Not being international travellers we didn't have to deal with customs or so getting off the boat was as easy as checking ourselves out (with our id cards), heading through the terminal to collect our luggage and walking back out into Melbourne from the pier.

The tram we needed to catch to get back to the Skybus terminal in the city had a stop pretty much right across the road from the dock. Enigma thought we would need to reload our tram cards but, as it turned out, they were still fully loaded with the original amount because, when we boarded the tram in Melbourne at the beginning of the trip, we were in the free ride zone. As such no money was deducted.

We were probably supposed to swipe the cards once we left the free zone but not knowing this, we didn't, and our stop was only a few stops outside the free zone anyway.

Back in the city we got off the tram at the same stop we had caught it at the trip's start, so the bus terminal was just across the road. Our plane wasn't until around 6:15pm which meant we could spend some time sight seeing in Melbourne (or so we thought).

We had planned to leave our cases in the public lockers you can rent at the bus terminal but after spending way too long trying to find a locker bank that was even working we conceded defeat.

Regrouping after tea and biscuits at a cafe in the terminal we decided to drag our cases with us down to nearby Batman Park. Thinking it was a nice day to sit in a park and not have to drag our bags around everywhere.

Batman park is right on the Yarra river that runs through Melbourne. Right on the river there is a helicopter landing pad where you can book helicopter rides.

Beyond that there's not a lot to see in Batman Park. The most interesting thing about it is the name and it is a nice park to sit in with your lunch. We happened to sit near a young fellow who was behaving a little erratically and had a collection of suspect bottles along with the half drunk bottle of whisky he was holding.

He was talking a lot to himself and doing some weird stretching exercises. While he didn't bother us he eventually wandered off and started talking to other groups of people around the park.

Over the river was the Melbourne convention centre where the Australian Open tennis tournament was happening. Which isn't what caught our eye. Right alongside was 'food truck alley'. It was getting close to lunchtime so we decided to head on over.

We walked along the otherside of the river, dragging our cases (fortunately both had wheels) behind us, stopping for a rest alongside a tall ship museum. A little further up we came across a hamburger restaurant where I bought us both their signature burger with chips for lunch.

Melbourne River by the Convention Centre.
Melbourne River by the Convention Centre.

As we sat down at the outdoor seating to eat our burgers we managed to choose a bench table that, once we were seated, blocked the view of the river for two 'fitness' girls at the table behind us. They clearly weren't happy at our seating choice but the view wasn't that great (mostly an industrial shed covered in graffiti), and they could've chosen our seats if the view was that important.

Continuing to drag our bags around Melbourne wasn't appealing so we headed back to the Skybus for the trip to the airport.

Arriving at the airport at 5:15pm, we had an hour to kill. Fortunately we had our devices and internet so it really wasn't that big a deal, plus Enigma had bought some Krispy Kreme donuts.

Obligatory photo out the window on the flight back to Adelaide.
Obligatory photo out the
window on the flight
back to Adelaide.
From here on the flight was uneventful, and Enigma's daughter picked us up from the airport in Adelaide and took us home.

It would be another month before the world would really start going into lockdown, and we even got another short weekend holiday in before it did.

So much of the Australian Pandemic experience was sourced back to international guests on cruise ships that it's a little hard to imagine what that industry will be like post lockdown.

Regardless, I hope you enjoyed reading of our experience of being on a week long cruise around some of the Australian coastline. Enigma and I have fond memories of our time and would be planning another cruise. We'd actually like to do one of the cruises to New Zealand, which may still be possible at some point in the future. Here's hoping.


Comments

Buy Gifts and Apparel featuring art by TET.

Popular posts from this blog

Guest Post: MY SOOPER DOOPER NEW CONSERVATORY/ART STUDIO!

Jo's new Art Studio/Conservatory. Today's guest post is by Artist, Writer, and Mental Health Advocate, Jo B Creative who writes for her blog,  Creating My Oddessey . Y ou should see our (almost) brand new conservatory, half of which is my art studio. 'Lucky me!' I think to myself. Not every creative bod can boast that. It's HUGE! Like a giant greenhouse. We first moved to our pleasant cul-de-sac house - great for raising kids - when our son, who's on the cusp of thirty-one, was four. One of the main reasons that we wanted it was that, apart from its location on the fringes of a historic market town in rural Hampshire, UK, it had a sizable conservatory looking onto the back garden. It was brown wood framed and had a corrugated transparent roof sloping down from downstairs ceiling height. On the face of it, it doesn't sound that glamourous, but we loved the idea of a conservatory. Luxury! I even liked the red brick walls which it was built against -

How to Transfer Any Line Art to Your Griptape - Easy Skateboard Griptape Art Tutorial

Dog Star Griptape Art by TET Griptape art is once again gaining popularity amongst modern skateboarders. For those of us who have tried to create our own griptape art, using paint pens, you'll know reproducing your design onto the grip, without making any mistakes is incredibly challenging. Mostly because you just have to go for it and draw the design freehand, with paint pens, directly onto the griptape. You can make the odd mistake here or there but if you get the proportions of the design completely wrong, it can be very difficult to fix. Often you just have to live with the mistake. To address the problem I've come up with an easy way anyone can transfer a line art design to their griptape, removing almost all the anxiety of getting the proportions wrong. In fact, you could do this with any line art design, even if you have no drawing skill at all. Watch the video below to see my technique in action and/or skip past the video where I highlight the basic steps to get your de

The Star Wars Saga: Episode II, Attack of the Clones *All Spoilers*

Continuing my series of posts, as one of my local TV stations shows every Star Wars movie in order, every Saturday, for the next six weeks leading up to the release of Star Wars, Episode VII, The Force Awakens , here is my response to and thoughts on  Star Wars, Episode II, Attack of the Clones . After The Phantom Menace I just wasn't interested in seeing Episode II in the cinema. I don't think I made any effort to see it or even had any anticipation for it's release.

The Braille Skateboarding App - How it Changed My Mind on Switch Skating

My Profile on the Braille Skateboarding App. Braille Skateboarding launched it's new Skateboarding App worldwide on November 23rd, 2020. About a month prior to that they did a 'soft launch' via email for anyone living in Australia. I'm guessing this was to give the app a final test in the real world before launching it proper. Rather than explain what it is, watch Aaron Kyro, founder of Braille Skateboarding, run you through the app in the launch video below.  In a nutshell the app is virtually everything Braille has to offer accessed right from your phone, from tutorials to the Braille Army Community. The app is free but you can unlock more features if you upgrade to a paid membership. Braille App Trick List. One of the apps unique free features is keeping track of the tricks you've learned and giving you an overall score so you have some way to measure your progression. There is an extensive list of tricks, covering all types of skateboarding, categorized by diff

Boom Crash Opera Born Classic But Not Again

Boom Crash Opera are an Australian Band that reached the peak of their popularity in the mid to late nineteen eighties. They are a band that I knew about at that time but was never really excited by until they released their ill fated double album Born and Born Again in 1995 (Album cover pictured). At the time of its release I was very much into emerging Australian musical acts and was also looking out for new sounds that were different and had kind of a futuristic/electronic sound. Artists that I was buying at the time included; Swoop , Nine Inch Nails and Pop Will Eat Its Self . As well as a really interesting release by David Bowie, the concept album, Outside . Born was a fairly radical departure for Boom Crash Opera (BCO). The first single, Gimme , was often compared to the sounds of Gary Glitter, particularly his single, Rock n Roll part 2 , because of the pounding drum loops. Watch the video below. My favorite single from the album is dissemble which probably went now

Course Review: YouTube for Bosses - Sunny Lenarduzzi. How to grow your YouTube Channel into a Business

YouTube for Bosses Free Mug...  or the most expensive mug  you'll ever buy? I've been subscribed to  Sunny Lenarduzzi's YouTube channel for a few years, learning a lot on how to grow a following on sites like YouTube and Instagram. If you have any interest in growing your own YouTube channel I'd highly recommend watching some of Sunny's videos on the subject.  Definitely explore her 2019 back catalogue for the most useful information. This year she's been on a bit of a 'being authentic' pivot that, personally, doesn't resonate all that much with me (but probably speaks volumes to anyone with similar experience). I'm not saying she shouldn't or isn't being authentic, it's just I didn't subscribe to hear stories about her life journey. To get back on track, Sunny runs a successful online business with her flagship course, YouTube for Bosses , a stand alone paid course that does act as something of a gateway to further paid (but opt

One Week on Light n' Easy #lightneasy

My partner, Enigma, and I recently decided to try Light n' Easy to replace all our daily meals in an effort to eat healthier (and not have to think at all about cooking evening meals). Enigma is about to embark on her third week of their full menu but I caved after one and opted just to get the dinners.

St!nk
* Affiliate Link - Support our advertisers and help keep this site free *