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Rough final itinerary (road trips)

by rhino1975

Hi there again.

Am about to finalise my itinerary again for my next week's visit to Melbourne. At this stage, having read all the comments, am taking 4 few days road trip along Victoria as follows:

2 days on the GOR (have received feedbacks on my queries in another thread)

3rd day: Leave to Phillip Island via Mornington Peninsula (ferry to Sorrento) (likely to spend the night somewhere in Geelong after the GOR trip. Stop by at Sorrento/Portsea/Arthur's seat on the way bfore proceeding to PP and return in the evening to Melbourne.

4th day: whole day, undecided (which brings me to the query below)

Just need few more pointers:

1) I've looked through the Mornington Map/Phillip Island but am not really sure on the actual road that will lead me there. It seems to point north from Sorrento towards near Melbourne and then south again to PP. Is this the only route? How long will it take roughly from Sorrento to PP by road on the selected routes available? I dont wanna arrive that late at PP.

2) On the 4th day day, am quite interested in covering the Dandenong ranges and Healesville. Is both doable on one shot or is it too much of a rush job? Apart from the steam train, sanctuary and the tourist road, anywhere else at both places that i shouldnt miss?

Thanks

Re: Rough final itinerary (road trips)

by Kakapo2

Driving time from MEL to Healesville alone is 1:15 to 1:30 hours. For the Wildlife Sanctuary you should allocate at least 3 hours, it is huge. From Healesville to Dandenong it is one hour - but you have not done anything in the Dandenongs. 30 to 60 min back to Melbourne.

So surely it is possible to do. I would rather explore the Yarra Valley and Yarra Ranges around Healesville in a more relaxed way.

Re: Rough final itinerary (road trips)

by amandajayne81

The only section of this question I am able to answer is regarding the Dandenongs. We spent about 2-3 hours in May this year in the Ranges and really did little else but drive and stop for a quick drink. I would do either the Dandenongs or Healesville and that way you will really be able to enjoy one and not half heartedly do both. We really enjoyed the Dandenongs there were quaint and unusual shops around every corner and we had a good look around the train station area and there were many places to pull over and enjoy the natural scenery.
Have a great trip whatever you do.

Re: Rough final itinerary (road trips)

by pedroswift

You could use a trip planner such as this one to bring up a map and route instructions:
http://www.racq.com.au/travel/trip_planner
The route from Sorrento is dictated by a large lump of water: Westernport Bay. Look for Roads A780/M420/A420.
On your one day , Drive to Healseville visit the zoo. See how much time is left.
Are you aware of the superb district Guides produced by the Victorian Government Tourist Bureau? http://www.visitvictoria.com/

Re: Rough final itinerary (road trips)

by sirgaw

Instead of staying in Geelong after the GOR, stay in Queenscliff - quaint town and you are already at the ferry terminal without having to double back to/from Geelong.

As others have said both Healsville and Dandenongs are worth visiting, but with one day I'd tend to choose one. Seeing the Dandenongs are closer to Philip Island, then that's the obvious choice. Another negative is that around Heasville parts were badly effected by the bush fires in Feb this year.

As another has suggested look on an online map for the best way from Sorrento to Philip Island - you shouldnt need to go too far north before veering off east (or north east) to get to the South Gippsland Hwy. Sorry although I live in Melb, I really don't know the Mornington Peninsula very well (except for the main road to/from Melb)

Re: Rough final itinerary (road trips)

by AllOverRover

I agree with everything Sirgaw says!!

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Things to do in Melbourne

by eviltooth

1) Stroll along South Bank at night

2) Go to St. Kilda beach

3) Take a free tour around the city on the City Circle Tram

4) Try the authentic (yes, authentic) Chinese food at China Town (Little Bourke Street).

5) Watch the many performers and buskers at Bourke Street Mall

6) Take a walk around the Queen Victoria, Alexandra and Domain gardens, and St Kilda Boulevard up to the Shrine of Rememberance

8) Climb on top of the roof of Sydney Myer Music Bowl (which is located in one of the above mentioned garden, I can't remember which one, but I do know how to get there ;)) for a breathtaking view of the city (it's not allowed but oh well....)

9) Discover the glories of our sporting history at the Melbourne Cricket Ground

10) Visit the Melbourne Museum. It doesn't have artefacts the likes of those in the British Museum or the Louvre but it holds our unique piece of history and way of life where you can't find anywhere else in the world.

11) Stroll through the Royal Arcades and see how lollies are made at Suga. You get to try them too! Yum~

12) Visit the Carlton Garden at night and feed the possums.

13) Have a cup of coffee and cake at the Greek Precinct along Lonsdale Street. Melbourne has the largest Greek community outside Greece.

14) Enjoy a cup of tea/coffee, and more cake(!) at the many café dotting Chapel Street.

15) Visit the Queen Victoria Market during weekend. It's Australia's largest and most historical market.

16) Have lunch on the lawn in from the the State Library on a warm sunny day and feed the seagulls. Friendly, helpful Melburnians who'll go all the way to help anyone who's lost in this vibrant city.

Work in progress

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A MelbournerMalaysian told me, construction works must not be done like the work done in Malaysia, the way they work and the way we work in my country are very much different, I took the picture as a collection. Obviously the work was done in a very much clean and neat way whereas in my country the works area are full of muds, litters all over the higway and surroudings, full of mess.

RAILTO TOWERS ...The Tallest...

by S_R_NAIDU

RAILTO TOWERS ...The Tallest Landmark in Melbourne is located at 525 Collins Street in the Central Business District. With its unique design and glass facade, it is the tallest structure at 253 metres (823 ft) in the Southern Hemisphere. It is a linked two tower development comprising 63 floors in the South Tower and 43 floors in the North Tower. It has an Obsevation Deck on Level 55 and a rooftop communication center.

The Observation Deck was opened to the public on 20 July 1994.

There are 1254 stairs to the Observation Deck.

It takes approximately 40 seconds to Level 55 in the fast speed lifts. THe lovely view of Melbourne from the Observation Deck.

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by Lady_Godiva

Melbourne's summers are long, dry and hot (average of 25 - 40 degrees celsius) and can sometimes be quite windy too. Loose fitting, cool cotton clothes are the best and make sure you pack a few pairs of thongs (flip flops that is!) - the staple footwear in Oz. A hat is also essential to protect your head and face - the sun is very fierce in Oz due to the hole in the Ozone layer. I cannot stress this enough - pack sunscreen sunscreen and more sunscreen! 50+ is best. Australians are very sun smart so remember the old tv slogan - slip on a shirt, slop on some suncreen and slap on a hat.

You should also get some aloe vera gel as you will probably get burnt at least once before you realise how strong the sun is here! A beach umbrella/tent is essential if you plan on spending some time on Melbourne's sands. The sun is just too strong to sit out underneath it all day.

JFK Memorial in Treasury Gardens

by ATXtraveler

Within the Treasury Gardens is a small lake with a JFK Tribute.

The site was landscaped especially for the memorial and the island is paved with slate and decorated with natural rock and granite boulders. It also features an ornamental water fountain.

In late 1963 a special committee was established to consider a memorial to JFK following his assassination. Submissions from the public contributed to the general form of memorial, and the design and layout was carried out by the Superintendent of Parks and Gardens and the City Architect.

It was made by sculptor Raymond B. Ewers in 1965 and bears the inscription: "This memorial signifies the grateful recognition by the citizens of this city for the services given by John F. Kennedy as President of the United States of America 1960-1963". It was unveiled by the Right Honourable Lord Mayor of Melbourne.

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