A Short Walk Along the Yarra, and Around the MCG

Today I decided to take a walk along the Yarra. The sun was out, and the weather was fantastic. It certainly didn’t feel the barely double figures it really was.

The Yarra River runs just off to the side of Melbourne’s city centre. It is commonly referred to as being an upside down river, due to its colour. It is a working river, with the occasional tourist boat and rowing boats.

The Yarra River
The Yarra River, with the Swanston Street bridge, and the Eureka Tower

On the banks of the Yarra
The Yarra River, with the MCG (Melbourne Cricket Ground) in the distance

The Eureka Tower, and the Yarra River
The Yarra River

Melbourne is well known for its artistic flair, as well as celebrating cultural diversity. This can be seen in this sculpture, located along side the river.

A very cool sculpture by the yarra
A sculpture along side the Yarra

The Eureka Tower

The Eureka Tower

Just off the Yarra River, is Melbourne’s sporting precinct. This includes Rod Laver Arena (where the Australian Open is held), and the MCG – the Melbourne Cricket Ground (often referred to as the ‘G). The MCG was the main stadium for the 1956 Olympic Games. However, it’s more commonly known for hosting sports such as, of course, cricket, and Australian Rules Football (AFL).

Rod Laver Arena
Rod Laver Arena

The MCG - The Melbourne Cricket Ground
The MCG

Finally, I took a walk around the perimeter of the MCG. This is where you will find statues of famous cricketers, Aussie Rules footballers, and other famous Australian sports men and women.

Dennis Lillee
The great Dennis Lillee – one of the world’s best bowlers

A depiction of the first Aussie Rules match
A depiction of the first Aussie Rules match

Shane Warne
The legendary Shane Warne – considered the best bowler of the 20th century

The great Sir Donald Bradman
And, finally, the great Sir Donald Bradman – considered the world’s best batsman

The MCG also houses the National Sports Museum, which I hope to visit at the end of this week.

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