Like us, our Melbourne host is a country girl at heart, so instead of heading east into the city, we headed west for the day. Our destination was Werribee Gorge.
We spent a few hours meandering along the River Walk track admiring the unusual geology of the area, along with the interesting plants, insects and birds. At the end of the River Walk, we continued a little further, using a wire cable pinned to the rock face to make our way around a tricky corner of the river. This was a fun and a little challenging, and about as close to rock climbing as we'll ever get.
Lunch from a bakery in Bacchus Marsh, and then we headed to Werribee Mansion. From here we cheated a little and enjoyed a 'free safari', gazing across the river at Werribee Zoo, managing to spot Rhino, Giraffe, Zebra, Eland and Ostrich.
At Werribee Mansion we admired the sights and smells of the State Rose Garden and wandered the mansion grounds, enjoying the beautiful gardens, grand home and company of some young Eurasian Coot who ventured out of the lake to say hello to us.
Our Melbourne friend plays ice hockey, and after a day of sightseeing she had a training to session to go to. We tagged along to the Icehouse, and watched the team going through all their drills for about an hour, a novelty for us Aussies to watch.
After training was done we headed into the city for a late dinner, enjoying some tasty Chinese food from a very efficient restaurant.