Another thing on the Australian/Melbourne bucket list was to go to the Old Melbourne Gaol. Gaol is pronounced like jail… if you didn’t already know that.
The Old Melbourne Gaol
Home to Melbourne’s oldest prison, historic Magistrate’s Court and former Police City Watch House, Russell Street has been the heart of crime, law and order in Melbourne since the 1840’s.
Most of Australia’s infamous characters, including the iconic bushranger Ned Kelly and notorious gangster Squizzy Taylor have spent time within the walls of this amazing precinct. Today the award-winning tourism attraction is an opportunity to step back in time and walk the road to the gallows in a 19th century prison; or be arrested in a modern-day Police Station and put yourself on trial in court.
Our day (Gia, Haylz, Marise, Insia and I) at the Gaol started off with a mock arresting. We were taken into the prison and treated like criminals. Had to refer to the Sargeant as … “Sargeant” and could not speak otherwise told so. We were put in a female only holding room and the lights were shut off completely. A few shrieks came from our room…
Afterwards we were allowed to roam around the gaol. This gaol is extremely old, and you can tell by how run down it looks. It makes the experience even creepier when you get to go through the gaol.
Here is the “exercise” room in the holding area. When the criminals were allowed out of their cells, they were allowed to use this area to walk and socialize with other criminals. Probably planning their way of escape… or their next crime haha.
I should of sent this to my parents, and told them they had to come bail me out of the Melbourne Gaol. That would of been a good tactic for them to come visit me.
The Gaol has now turned into a Museum. Within each cell, is information about various rules, regulations, and facts on criminals who spent a period of time within this institution.
I think after seeing this, I am going to always be on my best behaviour – don’t know how I feel about having to stay in one of these things longer than the 3 hours we did. Sam the Saint is back in action for good… #reallybutnotreally
The Eureka Skydeck
The Eureka Skydeck was a spontaneous decision made my Sara V. when we were roaming downtown another afternoon.
Spontanenity is my middle name. Those decisions always turn out better then the one you put alot of effort planning.
Sara is amazing. I can’t believe I have to say goodbye to her in just over a month. She has really made my experience in Melbourne unforgetable. Can’t wait til she comes and visits Canada again!
Insia, Daniela, Sara and I headed to the Eureka Skydeck in the early afternoon and spent an hour or so gazing out at Melbourne from above.
In the distance is the MCG – Melbourne Cricket Ground which seats just over 100,00 people. It is one fo the top 10 largest stadiums in the entire world. CRAZY!
On top of the world… okay, not exactly – On top of Melbourne!
Outside in a caged area. The wind is SO strong when you are at such a height. Finding a balance between looking casual while the wind blows your hair and not having your hair cover your face in the picture was such a challenge. I think I nailed it…
This is Australia’s Highest Post Box!
After the Skydeck we spent the remainder of the afternoon roaming the city.
My fab roommates. What a beauty view of the city!
After Sara headed home for the afternoon, Insia and I continued shopping. Swarovski was giving away treats in their store. As Insia browsed for jewelery I took advantage of the free snacks. Obviously.
TACO BILLS! This is an older location than the one that I work at! Until today, I haden’t ever seen another Taco Bills in Melbourne! Going to miss this place like crazy when I go back to Canada. Best job ever! Ole’
With time winding down in this beautiful place I call Melbourne – The Bucket List is slowly being accomplished. There are still plenty of things needed to be done, but I feel I have seem alot of Melbourne and done lots of the typical touristy activities!