Watching the sun rise in the east, then set in the west – simple, isn’t it?
In Melbourne you only need to look down Bourke Street of a morning towards Parliament House, and there is the sun.
And in the afternoon, look down La Trobe Street towards the West Gate Bridge, and there it is again.
However the other morning something really threw me off at the corner of William and Collins Street – the sun shining down on me from the south.
The cause of the unexpected sunbeam – light reflecting off the new Prima Pearl apartment tower at the corner of Queensbridge and Power Streets in Southbank, located directly south from me on the other side of the Yarra River.
The long axis of the Melbourne CBD grid is orientated 70 degrees clockwise from true north, allowing the streets to be roughly aligned to the Yarra River. Most of the other major roads in Melbourne are orientated 8 degrees clockwise from true north.