Take me back to Acland Street

“I don know where I’m going but I’m on my way.” – unknown

Melbourne has traded its prominent title of most liveable city (for 7 years) for the world’s most locked down city, as it officially recorded the dire new milestone.The city has now spent 246 days locked down, with the Covid restrictions among the most strict in the world, as it overtakes Argentinian capital Buenos Aires for the number of days in lockdown. The city will have recorded 267 days at home by the time the forecasted end of the current lockdown rolls around on October 26. – news.com.au

Before the first lockdown of Melbourne (now we are on our 6th and hopefully the last as we are about 70% fully vaxed) this was the last place we went for a leisurely afternoon stroll. This is Acland Street in St Kilda, which is known for its iconic buildings as well as the delicious pastries on the cafes near the promenade.

For Debbie’s Six Word Saturday, Becky’s PastSquares, Dan’s Thursday Doors, Cee’s and Marsha’s Photographing Public Art Challenge and for Xingfumama’s Pull Up a seat challenge

You may be familiar with this iconic clown- face entrance to the Luna Park, Melbourne amusement area. This has been a source of fun for kids and adults alike in the Port Phillip area since 1912. But some may find this entrance looking a bit scary.

Another iconic monument just on the opposite side of this fun building is the Palais Theatre. The original Palais Theatre was destroyed by a fire in 1925 but was rebuilt two years later … Now it is as magnificent and as busy as ever.

O’Donnell Gardens is one of the many small green spaces in the local community which is located right beside Luna Park. This has a number of palm trees and a central water feature.

Carl Cox Mural by LynchMelbourne will definitely put a smile to your face.

This is a street art by DVATE in Acland Street, St Kilda.

DVATE is a Melbourne based artist who is well known for doing realistic large murals of wildlife. Here he has a Koala and Eucalyptus leaves, some fresh and some dry which depicts a timely topic of climate change. This is entitled ‘Thirst’.

And finally a “regular” scene on a bench where an old man sits to feed the birds.


  1. Marsha says:

    Teresa, I have to agree, the entrance to Luna Park is a bit scary. Awesome picture, though! It hasn’t held people back from visiting, I’m sure. Who can resist a good amusement park? Thanks for sharing this week for PPAC. 🙂

    1. Teresa says:

      My pleasure to share, Marsha. And hope everything’s alright on your side.

      1. Marsha says:

        I’m doing better. Due for a fourth surgery next week. Each one makes me a little less risky. 🙂

        1. Teresa says:

          That’s good to hear.
          Wishing you well Marsha!❤️❤️❤️❤️

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  2. BeckyB says:

    I love your city – spent a few days here in 2004, and didn’t want to leave

    1. Teresa says:

      I also think it is a beautiful city…but so too is everyone else’s city. Maybe it’s just a case of the grass is greener on the other side of the fence haha

      1. BeckyB says:

        ah that’s true!

  3. restlessjo says:

    Those lockdown days are unbelievable, Teresa. Hoping you’re a free lady again soon.

    1. Teresa says:

      It is opening up on Thursday when we are about 80% vaccinated. Not long to go… think the rest of the countries are awaiting for that as well.

      1. restlessjo says:


  4. Lovely series. The wooden roller-coaster at Luna Park is far scarier than any of the modern one’s on the Gold Coast!! Love it 😀

    1. Teresa says:

      I am not really sure. The last time I went on one was in Disneyland in America in 2005.

  5. Toonsarah says:

    What a great picture of a street you paint! And yes, let’s hope this is indeed your final lockdown 🤗

    1. Teresa says:

      Thanks a lot for the well wishes. Fingers crossed to that.

  6. Dan Antion says:

    I love this post, Teresa. There was a Luna Park in Pittsburgh. It was gone before I was born, but my father, when complaining that we had too many lights on, would always say “this place is lit up like Luna Park.” I swear, I never understood what he meant until I was older and looked it up.

    The theater is grand. I think theater entrances are some of the best doors. I always feel good when I see then,

    It’s not an exact match for your quote, but I immediately thought of the Paul Simon song, “Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard.”

    I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

    1. Teresa says:

      Glad you liked it Dan. I am sure you like the theatre entrances…that was my first thought that Dan will like these doors. 😂😂😂

      1. Dan Antion says:

        Ha! I guess I’m obvious.

  7. memadtwo says:

    Excellent doors. A door is very like a mouth when it is open. (K)

    1. Teresa says:

      So true 👍🏼

  8. maristravels says:

    That’s a great street. Let’s hope you will all be able to move about freely very soon.

    1. Teresa says:

      Yes, it is coming and we all can’t wait!

  9. Tina Schell says:

    Very cool looking park entrance Teresa – sorry to hear some find it frightful, and also sorry about your continuing lockdown. It’s terrible the number of people in the US who are anti-vax. Of course they feel it’s their right but we are on the other side of the argument feeling its our right to be protected from this awful pandemic. Sigh. Hope you’re free, free, free at last very soon!

    1. Teresa says:

      The same here too where the anti vax rallies became super spreaders. Our only hope is that we are nearly 80% vaxed. I know we can’t go back to what it was before this pandemic…but just hoping that we will all be on our way there.
      That’s great that you find the entrance cool! Have a good day Tina!

  10. XingfuMama says:

    The man on the bench looks happy and intent. My favorite of the murals is the koala.

    1. Teresa says:

      Thanks so much Mama…yes that man looks so content with feeding the birds. ❤️

  11. I’ve never been to Melbourne, so all of these shots are new to me. And they’re grand. I’m sorry you’ve been in lockdown for so long, but hopefully you will be able to get out and about more often now. Thanks for sharing your Australia with me!

    1. Teresa says:

      My pleasure to share some parts of my lovely city. It is the same with me when I see photos of places that I have never been to. Thankful to my co bloggers that I am able to experience their travels and their walks even just virtually!

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