At 12pm I crawled back out of bed after an early skype session with family at 8am. The internet at the weekend in the hostel seems to drop in performance dramatically, resulting in a very frustrating 20 minutes of trying to talk talk to the family before being completely cut out.
After looking at the weather forcast (again fine, dry and hot) Dave and I decided today would be a good day to check out St Kilda beach. The last time I had been, it was only in quick passing and I did not see much at all before heading for a night out. Today would be very different.
We set off down Toorak road towards Chapel Street, and as we rounded the corner onto Chapel Street I remembered a recommendation that a number of friends had made about a burger bar on Chapel Street named Grill'd. Definitely up for a burger lunch, we sauntered down Chapel Street towards it.
Chapel Street connects South Yarra at the top with the district of St Kilda and Prahran at the bottom. It is interesting to note the change as you head down the road. At the top, it is full of expensive shops and boutiques, with fancy cars parked in the road outside. As you head down the street, it slowly turns into a much more standard shopping street.
We arrived at Grill'd and ordered our burgers. I have to say right now, that all the recommendations I have received were spot on, and I thoroughly recommend the place. It is no small thing for me to say that I have had the best burger so far in my life at Grill'd. I did a little customisation (added an egg), but it was fantastic. Thank you to David Fisher, and all those who backed him up, for this recommendation!
After devouring our epic burgers, we carried on down Chapel Street to Carlisle Street and turned towards the beach. We passed St Kilda Town Hall and Public Library, before heading straight to the sea front. At one point on the road, we stumbled upon a house with chalk writing in the street outside. It simply mentioned that there was a party, everyone was welcome and pointed to the entrance with a sign that read "Namaste".
We crossed the main street and headed past Luna Park before hitting the sea front. St Kilda beach really is a sight to behold. It was packed with people, enjoying the sun and the sea. There was also the Australian Handball championships taking place on the beach, with a DJ playing dance music in the background. I loved it!
We strolled up the promenade, stopping every 5 minutes to admire the view(s :D), and came across St Kilda Pier. I remembered my friend April mentioning she had seen penguins in St Kilda, and not wanting to pass up the chance, I headed down the pier. The view in all directions was fantastic, and you can see right across port phillip from the end of the pier.
At the end of the pier, I stopped to take some photos before going in search of penguins. It wasn't long before we found one, hiding in the rocks from the insane temperatures just outside. I find it truely fascinating that penguins are in the bay, in the middle of the day, with 35 degree heat just outside them.
After marvelling at the penguins for some time, we stopped to grab a drink at the bar sat near the end of the pier. It was 32 degrees outside, and we were both parched. We again admired the view for some time, before heading back and catching the Tram back to the hostel.
From the hostel we headed into the CBD and to Fed Square once more, this time for the finals of the womens singles match. It was over quickly, with Azarenka hammering Sharapova in just over an hour. With so much time to spare, we grabbed a pizza before heading back to the hostel.