Locked up residents in Melbourne keep up spirits after Delta outbreak

Locked up residents in Melbourne keep up spirits after Delta outbreak
Locked up residents in Melbourne keep up spirits after Delta outbreak

No-one can accuse Melburnians of not having a sense of humour. 

Now on their fifth hard lockdown, residents trapped inside their quarantined apartments are trying to find the bright side of life. 

On Thursday, the prisoners of Ariele Apartments in Maribyrnong - just west of Melbourne's CBD - took it on the chin as they became a human zoo to the wider community. 

A group of young flatmates were able to chat briefly with a friend who had brought them some groceries

A group of young flatmates were able to chat briefly with a friend who had brought them some groceries

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People trapped within Ariele Apartments are trying to maintain a sense of humour

People trapped within Ariele Apartments are trying to maintain a sense of humour

Tempting! A sign plastered across a window at Ariele Apartments

Tempting! A sign plastered across a window at Ariele Apartments 

Ariele Apartments in Maribyrnong - just west of Melbourne's CBD - was locked down after infected removalists from Sydney visited

Ariele Apartments in Maribyrnong - just west of Melbourne's CBD - was locked down after infected removalists from Sydney visited 

A trapped resident makes a call from her balcony at Ariele Apartments on Thursday

A trapped resident makes a call from her balcony at Ariele Apartments on Thursday 

A woman drops off some treats for mates trapped within the doomed apartments

A woman drops off some treats for mates trapped within the doomed apartments 

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Perched high above the free outside world, a group of young flat mates posed for photographs from a media pack perched on the lawn across the road. 

A young woman had just brought them in shopping bags loaded with food and treats, which could only be taken as far as the front door of the complex. 

It is a frightening scene for anyone that has avoided an apartment building lockdown during Victoria's previous lockdowns. 

Stop signs posted along a checkpoint outside the building warn passers-by not to enter. 

A peek beyond the white marque makes for scary viewing, with people dressed in full hazardous materials gear wandering about inside. 

A couple of delivery workers from Coles mask-up as they approach the fortress. 

Like everyone else, they are stopped at the gates where they hand over bags of groceries to the authorised officers guarding the complex. 

From below, the young woman shouts up to her mates on the balcony of a top floor apartment. 

For a brief moment they carry out a long-distance conversation, before she jumps back in her 4WD and takes off to enjoy her day - free for now. 

A woman shouts to mates on the top floor of the apartment complex after bringing them some groceries

A woman shouts to mates on the top floor of the apartment complex after bringing them some groceries

Any ideas? Viewing suggestions welcomed by one resident, who would also like cake

Any ideas? Viewing suggestions welcomed by one resident, who would also like cake

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