I agree about taxi drivers, many these days have no idea where they have to go, it would be good if you have the address of the hotel you are staying at,and there is a surcharge after 10pm and you may be asked to pay upfront. Some drivers dont ask for payment first, but be prepared.
Enjoy your stay in Melbourne
I was there in january... Well, maybe it was a 'for sale' month, but I had a very cheap shopping session! I mean books and sportgears! I also found some nice 'surf' stuff for my.... can't remember howdo you call her in english.... my sister's daughter (don't tell anyone, but I was told that francesca is my niece)
The main use for the Mighty...
The main use for the Mighty M.C.G is for aussie rules footy.
In a normal season the biggest game outside the finals is Anzac Day 25th of april.
Collingwood and Essendon Play each year and Yes I havent missed any of these games (EVER)
The average crowd is 80,000 with the largest being 92,500 yep i was at that one too . footy ,footy and footy what you didn't here me FOOTY
aussie style .I PROMISE ANY VT MEMBER THAT COMES FROM OVER SEAS TO TAKE YOU AND TO PAY IF YA ASK ME>
IT WILL JUST BLOW YOU AWAY ( hope fully I will convert one more person to the black and white army.)
Tipping is not obligatory. ...
Tipping is not obligatory. Don't even try tipping hairdressers unless you want to embarass them and yourself. When meeting people it is generally informal - shaking hands, kissing on the cheeks, just hello... anything goes.
AAMI Kooyong Classic (Tennis)
The former home to the Australian Open, Kooyong developed the Kooyong Classic as a result of losing the star-studded big event to the tennis centre a couple of miles away.
It makes sense - it's a round robin event tournament featuring 8 top male players, seen as the perfect warm-up to the Open. Taking place in 2010, 13-16 January are the dates, and signed-up players to date include Djokovic, Tsonga and Verdasco.
It's an exhibition tournament, and winning doesn't gain ranking points, so the competitive edge may be missing, but nevertheless, with a great atmosphere and supportive crowd, the relaxed environment is a perfect warm-up for the players for the Open.
Two games per session also ensure that you're likely to get two great games - particularly on the finals day. In 2009, we were lucky enough to see Federer beat Wawrinka in the final and Verdasco vs Gonzalez play-off for 3rd and 4th. Year before that - Roddick beat Baghdatis in the final, Safin beat Gonzalez.
And 2010 - Verdasco beat Tsonga in the final, with Australian kid Tomic defeating Djokovic for 3rd/4th play off
Other than Federer (X2), Roddick (X3), past winners include Agassi (X3), Sampras, Chang (X3) and Nalbandian - giving an indication of the level the tournament attracts constantly.
And a big attraction with Kooyong - way cheaper than the Open to ensure seeing top seeded players play each other. $A55 for uncovered seats, $A85 for covered seats on finals day ($A45 or $A75 on non-final days).