Dave’s Diner at Queen Victoria Market

Dave’s Diner at Queen Victoria Market

Walking into the Queen Victoria Market Dave’s Diner was the first thing I came across. The iconic polished aluminium of the Airstream trailer really caught my eye. Dave’s menu includes with soups served in a bread bowl, plus a host of desserts including Portuguese tarts, tiramisu, banana fritters, sticky date pudding and more. In the background are some of the massive skyscrapers of central Melbourne. The watermelons and oranges in the foreground also added some much need colour and contrast. Whilst we had a great coffee from here, they had only just opened so weren’t able to try their food this time.

Forum Theatre – Melbourne

Forum Theatre - Melbourne

Opened in 1929 as the State Theatre this is one of the most historic theatres in Australia. It stands at the corner of Flinders Street and Russell Street in the centre of Melbourne. It is currently used for concerts and other performances. I didn’t go inside but will try to on my next visit to this part of the city. There was a bright red sports car in front of the building which was quite distracting. Rather than try and use Photoshop to remove it. I simply make the photograph black and white. Buildings, especially on cloudy days like this, often look quite good without colour. For those wondering the forum theatre is a sandstone colour.

Train leaving Federation Square station

Train leaving Federation Square station

At the end of Russell Street if you cross Flinders Street there is a short road next to The Ian Potter Centre called Russell Street Extension. It doesn’t look worth walking down but it gives this great view west over the train tracks coming out of Flinders Street Railway Station. I would be interested to know where this train was heading, I’d guess and say easterly towards Hawthorn but I could be wrong about that. In the background are the many buildings of the central business district on the north side of Flinders Street. This would be a cool location to practice some light trails at dusk with a number of trains going in and out of central Melbourne. Maybe something for next time.

Paintahaha mural on Hosier Lane

Paintahaha mural on Hosier Lane

Exploring the murals on the lanes of Melbourne this one really stood out. The shapes, patterns and colours are amazing. It is (or at least was in March 2023) on the Movida side of Hosier Lane, off Flinders Street. I photographed dozens of the murals various laneways around Melbourne. I can’t share many but I wanted to share this one. I believe this is an ostrich bird’s head. The reflections in its eyes are extremely realistic. Especially considering this was done with spray paints (I’m assuming). On the far left you can see the artists Instagram handle and name of Paintahaha. Sadly their account is private so I don’t have more detail about the name of the mural.