Oz Tour Diary

I had been on a vacation to Melbourne, Australia with a 15 hour stopover at Singapore. Below is the tour diary. 

July 13: Arrived at Singapore Changi airport. Left for a sightseeing trip of the city, conducted by RMC tours. The day trip covered the following locations in the city:

  •  Merlion, Supreme Court vicinity, esplanade road
  •  Singapore Botanical Garden (Orchid Garden)
  •  Little India
  •  China town, Buddhist monastery, Mariamman Temple 

It has been my desire from a long time to visit the memorial erected for the Indian National Army (INA) at Singapore. Immediately after the death of Subhas Chandra Bose a memorial was erected, but it was bombed and destroyed by the British. Then later on with the help from the newly formed Indian Republic a second memorial was setup. I was asking about the memorial to my relatives in Singapore, but they didn’t seem to know where it was located. I even did some research online and told them that it is somewhere near Esplanade road, but still they didn’t seem to know. At last, when the day trip bus gave us a 10 – minute time for photographs in Esplanade road, I managed to walk around and at last locate the memorial. Sadly the historical monument is ill-maintained. The local government surely seems to show little interest to this monument. Later that night left for Melbourne from the new Terminal 3 of Changi Airport. 

July 14 – Arrived at Melbourne (Victoria State).

July 16 – Visited a Shiva – Vishnu temple in the evening. It is located in a sprawling campus located at about 30 KM from the city centre. Later had dinner at an Indian Restaurant (run, ironically, by a Sri Lankan) ‘Spice Club’ at Frankston (60 KM from Melbourne).   

July 19 – Arrived at Sydney (New South Wales State). Lodging at Sydney was booked at Goldsborough street OAKS apartment (service apartments), which was overlooking the Sydney CBD (Central Business District). Took off in the afternoon after lunch for a drive through Sydney Harbour Bridge and Kiribilli house (house of the Australian Prime Minister) located on the shore of Sydney Opera House. 

July 20 – Visited Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House, Sydney Tower and shopping at CBD. Left for Gold Coast (Queensland State) in the night. As in Sydney, lodged at service apartments at Surfer’s Paradise. 

July 21 – Visit to the Warner Brother’s ‘Movie World‘ theme park. Enjoyed the rides and shows and did some shopping before returning to the apartment in the evening. Evening stroll in the beach side street market. 

July 22 – Visit to the ‘Dream World‘ theme park. Enjoyed the rides and shows before returning to the apartment in the evening. 

July 23 – Return to Melbourne. Rest day. 

July 24 – Visit to the Melbourne CBD and Immigration museum, where a special on ‘Hampi’ of Karnataka is on currently. Lunch at an Indian restaurant ‘Flora’ near Flinders street station.  

July 25 – Drive on the Great Ocean Road terminating at the site of the ‘12 Apostles‘. Evening tea at Port Campbell (15 KM from 12 Apostles site) and back to Melbourne at night. 

July 26 – Visit to Philip Island Nature Park, a conservatory of Fairy Penguins (or called little penguins). 

July 27 – Shopping at Melbourne at DFO (Direct Factory Outlet) in the evening. 

July 28 – Shopping at Greensborough Plaza, Melbourne. 

July 29 – Shopping at Flinders street and Swanston Street for gift souvenirs. 

July 30 – Visit to NGV (National Gallery of Victoria) where a special exhibition of the work of Salvadore Dali under the name ‘Dali – Liquid desire’ is on till 4th October 2009. After NGV visited Melbourne Eureka Skydeck 88 in the evening. 

July 31 – Visited City of Ballarat (about 100 KM from Melbourne) which is known for the goldfields, replica of the heritage village and the museum about the initial Gold rush in Australia.

August 1 – Visited Werribee Open Range Zoo located at about 60 KM from Melbourne. 

August 2 – Back to Bangalore.

~ by Jayanthan Ravi on August 19, 2009.

One Response to “Oz Tour Diary”

  1. If you have a photo of the Monument at Singapore, perhaps you can write to the External Affairs Minister. He could direct the high commissioner of India in singapore to attempt to clean up the monument?

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