Mayflower On Lonsdale Melbourne

139 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne, Victoria, 3000, Australia
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Airport Hotel

by karimi1

I have an overnight stay in Melbourne, before catching a flight to Christchurch.

Any recommendations for a hotel at MEL. Not looking for an expensive place to stay. Something nice and clean for two, and close to airport

Re: Airport Hotel

by YVRDave

The Quality Inn Melbourne Airport is usually the least expensive followed by the 2 Best Westerns

Re: Airport Hotel

by sirgaw

The cheapest option is and is 5 minutes walk from the airport and on the grounds. Rates are about $A89/night and there is a 24 hour McDonalds and a convienace store almost next door.

Re: Airport Hotel

by YVRDave

Thanks namesake, forgot about that one.

Re: Airport Hotel

by RosieMolly

The hotels near the airport are all fine,but there is nothing to see and do in the surrounding areas.A cab fare from the airport to the city is approx $50 so factor that into your decision if you plan on seeing anything

Travel Tips for Melbourne

"Things to see & do"-map.

by a5floor

At the hostel were I stayed, I got (together with a map of a part of Melbourne) a map with things to do and see at St Kilda. It is a home-made map by the people of the hostel. I don't know if all the hostels have them, but Enfield House had one.

Flinders Street Station

by iandsmith

Located on the corner of Flinders and Swanston Streets, Flinders Street Station is at the core of Melbourne's social and cultural identity.
The site has been the central focus of Melbourne's rail system since 1854. By the 1880s, the original buildings were considered inadequate. In 1899, a competition was held for the design of Flinders Street Station buildings and approaches. In 1900 the first prize was awarded to J.W. Fawcett and H.P.C Ashworth.
Work proceeded slowly until the Victorian Railways took over responsibility for the construction from the contractor on 15 August 1908. It was completed in 1910, unveiling a building that has fascinated Melbourne and visitors ever since.
The complex represents an extraordinary example of a public building, offering a range of activities and functions to the general public apart from its main purpose as a railway station.
The facilities are unique within any public building of this period. The dining and refreshment room interiors, and the former Victorian Railway Institute rooms, were more akin to a gentlemen's club than to a railway station.
Facts and figures:
Each week, more than 10,300 passenger-carrying suburban train services operate to and from Flinders Street Station.
On an average weekday, more than 110,000 people pass through the station and its ten platforms.
At 708 metres long, platform 1 is the fourth longest railway platform in the world.
After more than 80 years of serving the community, any building would be in need of a revamp. During the 1990s a $27 million redevelopment of Flinders Street Station began, with an emphasis on improving the accessibility of the station so that it could be easily used by all members of the community, including people with disabilities.
The station's upgrade included installing lifts and escalators to link the main concourse to platforms. Tactile tiles have been installed on platforms and the concourse to help direct people with a vision impairment to lifts and exits. Security at the station has also been improved with the installation of closed circuit television monitoring and better lighting.
New escalators were installed to every platform at Flinders Street Station as part of the refurbishment.
A construction contract has been awarded and the works commenced in mid January 2005. The Department of Infrastructure (You have to love that, another department to make sure all the departments are working together!) is working with Connex to ensure that the rehabilitation works are progressively undertaken and completed by early 2006.
Management of the station:
While Flinders Street Station remains in the ownership of the State Government (and therefore the Victorian community), the day-to-day management of the station is the responsibility of train operator Connex under its franchise contract with the Government.

Handy Tips

by keeweechic

Electricity : 240/250 volt AC 50Hz. Leading hotels provide 110 volt outlets for razors. Australian power outlets take 3 flat prong plugs.

Tipping : In general it has not customary to tip in Australia though this is slowly changing, particularly in larger cities. In some restaurants it is standard practice to leave a gratuity. The usual amount is between ten and fifteen percent. It is certainly a friendly gesture to pay a little on top of the bill if the service has been good.

Water : Australian tap water is safe to drink. Milk is pasteurised. Beer is chilled. Australian wines are excellent.

Crime : There is no serious crime to worry about. However I was always cautious about being in Flinders St Station late at night when the platforms are not so busy.

Money : Travellers cheques are readily changed at banks and hotels. Cheques in Australian dollars are recommended. There may be a small charge for cashing travellers' cheques at some banks. Banks are generally open 9:30am - 4pm Mon-Thur; 9:30am - 5pm Fri.

Fire Bans : Bush fires are a serious matter in Victoria. Always respect fire bans warnings that are broadcast on the radio and be careful with cigarette butts and broken glass which can ignite bushfires in hot, dry weather.

Weather : Just about any time of year is good to visit although Melbourne's climate has an unfortunate reputation: wet, windy, unpredictable and liable to extremes - very hot or very cold and often both on the same day! I’m not kidding. On the plus side, Melbourne's multitude of parks makes it a beautiful place to witness the changing seasons. Melbourne receives only about half the rainfall of Sydney and Melbourne. In winter the average temperature ranges between a maximum of 13°C (55°F) and a low of 6°C (43°F).

MCG - Melbourne Cricket Ground

by grkboiler

The Melbourne Cricket Ground, or MCG for short, is one of the most famous sporting venues in the world. It has been around since 1853, and is currently being upgraded. When it is finally complete, the capacity will be over 100,000 (presently 73,000).

The MCG has held cricket, international soccer, Aussie Rules Football (AFL), Rubgy League, Rugby Union, baseball, concerts, and even Pope John Paul II's mass in 1986.

It currently hosts cricket and AFL events. The AFL season is from late March to late August, with the finals being held into late September.

Tours are available each Wednesday at 11 AM. It is AU$10 for adults and $6 for children/students. It lasts just over an hour and commences from the Great Southern Stand.

Check the website for more history and details and for a schedule of events.

Cape Otway Lighthouse

by flyingkiwi

This is the oldest surving lighthouse on mainland Australia and it began operating in 1848.

It was built to help guide ships into the narrow Bass Strait entrance between the coast and King Island, following a string of tragic shipwrecks that claimed hundreds of lives. The lighthouse stands 91 metres above the ocean and has been replaced by an unmanned, solar-powered light.

Tours of the historic lighstation operate daily.


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