We arrived in Melbourne and stayed with my Mum's cousin down in Chelsea Heights, one of the suburbs south of the city and close to the beaches of Port Phillip Bay. While we stayed with Pauline, Stephen, Hannah and Laurel, we managed to have a couple of hours at Frankston beach and visit the City over the weekend. By Monday it was time to start looking for a job, which proved to be much harder than we had imagined. As we had the van we booked in to a campsite down the road from Pauline's, this meant that the easiest jobs to get would have to be in walking distance or somewhere we could get to together. We registered at a couple of agencies and scoured the local paper and internet job sites. Most people would not even consider taking on employees with a working holiday visa even if the job was advertised as casual. In the end we managed to find some harvesting work in one of the outer suburbs that lead to the Yarra Valley an hour West of Melbourne. We registered with the agency and started work the next day at a Vineyard grape picking with a lot of fellow backpackers. We worked at a lot of different wineries and and each one had different particulars in the fruit that was to be picked, some would want healthy bunches while others would say put everything in to the buckets, at one winery we even spent the day just cutting out the fruit that had stared to go mouldy so that it would not spread. After a couple of days of different wineries we were asked to go to a vineyard owned by Giant Steps, which has it's large modern winery in the village of Hallesville. We arrived and were then part of the Giant Steps team, working mainly on their vineyard as it was massive and when there was nothing to pick we went with the team and the supervisor to different wineries. Giant Steps is particularly picky with the fruit required as the wine maker will only use perfect bunches of grapes which meant that we had to cut out any mould, sunburn or bird peck to ensure only the best were sent down to the winery, it was also good working with the same team and we made some great friends. Giant Steps even sent up pastries from the winery bakery for us to have at morning tea, most other wineries would not even give you a thank you. Once all of the fruit had been picked they even treated us to a pickers party at the winery, snacks, gourmet pizza's, beer and of course wine, a great afternoon and the sun shined. We had some cold and wet days while picking but we also had a run of really hot weather where it was in the mid to high 30's for about 10 days, although most days, as we started work at seven in the morning we saw the most amazing sun rises over the mountains and on some days there would be hot air balloons taking people for rides as the sun came up. We managed to work for nearly 6 weeks, but were unable to save as much money as we wanted to because we did not get full weeks worth of work, some day we would only work a few hours as some of the jobs at the wineries were only small and it took no time to complete, this was a little frustrating for everyone as we all wanted to work.While in Lilydale and the Yarra Valley we did take the opportunity to visit the City it was only an hour on the train. We visited the Victoria market which was always busy, whenever we went, it sold everything that you could imagine, sections were dedicated to meat and fish, fruit and veg, delicatessen, clothes, gifts and footwear. We also found a delicious snack a Borek a cross between a pasty and a toasted sandwich, there were 3 flavours, spicy potato, spicy lamb and spinach and cheese we managed to try all 3! We also had a day at the Cricket a one day international, Australia V Sri Lanka at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, MCG. A great game, but the weather was freezing and the ground was not even half full so we did not get the atmosphere that we were expecting. We also explored the Yarra Valley on our days off. One afternoon we drove through the mountains to a village called Marysville, the drive was very winding with lots of tall trees and great views oven the hills. In Marysville we stopped at Stevenson Falls and sampled some fudge at the Fudge Factory. Further on we drove towards Warburton stopping on the way to visit the Big Tree. Warburton was very picturesque with the river running behind the small old shops. On another day off we drove to a reservoiur with some friendswe had met, from Gloucestershire, Scott and Kelly. We were going to spen the day by the water, fishing, relaxing and having a picnic. When we arrived we were all in hysterics as the water level was so low it looked nothing as we had imagined a reservoir to be. We gave up on the idea and drove to a small reserve that we knew, where a section of the Yarra River was. The Dandenong Ranges were also fairly close to where we were staying so we spent a day up there driving through the small villagres and visiting the lookout, as it was a clear day we had great views of the City and Port Phillip bay. We also found a place called Lilydale Lake, which was in the middle of the town, it was a great recreation area which had BBQ's, walks, rowing and fishing areas and even a small manmade beach.