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staying Quest in Glen Waverley, any recommendation around there?

by kelmen

staying in Quest serviced apartment in Glen Waverley, any recommendation around there?

me non-drinker,non-smoker, malaysian-chinese, prefer nature
don't like spicy food

Re: staying Quest in Glen Waverley, any recommendation around there?

by petermelb

Glen Waverley is some distance out of the centre of CBD so assume you are here for business not just a holiday. What are your interests.

Re: staying Quest in Glen Waverley, any recommendation around there?

by cafank

Glen Waverley is my home town and I can tell you there is not much at all there - just an outer suburb of Melbourne. There are plenty of Chinese and other restaurants throughout the shopping area though, many on the streets behind the Quest.

The train station is only a couple of minutes walk away and it is the end of the line into Melbourne city so you do have easy access to the city and the sights of Melbourne. I think you will need to decide what you want to see around Melbourne and then decide where you go but there honestly is very little to see and do in the immediate Glen Waverley area.

Re: staying Quest in Glen Waverley, any recommendation around there?

by kelmen

me on job training for about 2 weeks, so got the weekends to visit some places, but wife is fulltime on visit.

like nature/sight-seeing, (non-spicy) food

is the access to public transport (apart from cab) convenient there?
should I hire a cab, or go on tour, or hire a car to travel on weekend?
prefer free and easy

Re: staying Quest in Glen Waverley, any recommendation around there?

by cafank

There is good bus and train public transport but perhaps not to get you to areas you want to visit. I would be tempted to hire a car and head to the Dandenong ranges which is within easy reach of Glen Waverley -and you could go on to Healesville Sanctuary. There are a lot of lovely areas to visit in that one region and an easy drive back.

You could also go to Phillip island to see the penguins and koala's another easy day driving from Glen Waverley. and perhaps go to the Mornington Peninsula which is really lovely.

Re: staying Quest in Glen Waverley, any recommendation around there?

by sirgaw

Agree with Cafrank regarding hiring a car - and particularly for the weekend(s). The shopping centre at Glen Wav is quite good with lots of choices. There's a cinema complex and lots of eateries walking distance from the Quest, but be aware that the local youths at night can be a bit of a problem - suggest you just keep walking and don't get involved in ANY DISCUSSION with them.

As others have said, its a very easy drive with good roads to lots of places from Glen Wav.

Re: staying Quest in Glen Waverley, any recommendation around there?

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Re: staying Quest in Glen Waverley, any recommendation around there?

by kelmen

is $60 getting an auto car standard price there?

Travel Tips for Melbourne

Yellow muddy Yarra River

by majicsilverrose

Melbourne is wetter than Sydney, this has often been said with derision but in these days of extreme drought to a parched Sydneysider wet weather is a treat. I had the most exquisite walk along the lovely little Yarra with some locals, I was soaking wet and my umberella got a workout in rain instead of as a sunshade.

The tourist tram

by iandsmith

Yes, I know that more than tourists use it but I, for one, have my hand up in favour of the free service that many clever cities provide.
My previous experience had been in Vienna and I remember thinking what a good idea it was there.
It's very easy to spot as they use reconditioned older style trams that stand out amongst the space-age styling of the more modern ones.
It covers a route appoximately 6 blocks by 6 and you would need more than one day to see all the attractions that it goes past.
Since it goes past Flinders Street Station you'll find many joining or alighting there but, around the other side, you'll have no trouble getting a seat. There's an ongoing commentary that sadly is often drowned by the clanging of metal wheels on metal rails but the snippets you do pick up are very helpful, or so I found.

Little piglet

by l_joo

In Victoria Market I saw a little piglet on display, they sell pork, they show a little piglet for customers to recognize it. I find it unfamiliar so I took the photo, they did not bother I take photos, probably too many photos aimed at the piglet, they were too tired. Anyway Victoria Market is a place for tourists to visit, definitely a place, especially to see the way they display the products, fishes, meat, fruits, etc, and multiracial visitors.

If you ask me, I think the...

by Krystynn

If you ask me, I think the Melbourne people are friendlier than their Sydney neighbors! Don't get me wrong; those in Sydney are also friendly... It's just that these Melbourne folks are an exceptional bunch of people! I've also realized that some folks don't even lock their homes!! Amazing! Also, the weather in Melbourne is colder (it's not uncommon to experience 4 different types of weather in ONE DAY!). For example, in the mornings, the weather can be as chilly as 13 degrees Celcius; and then by mid-day, it can shoot up to 38 degrees celcius (that's when I'd suffer a major migraine... Serious!!)... and then, somewhere in between, it be so wiiinddyyy... Sigh.

Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix

by grkboiler

The Australian F1 Grand Prix is held at Melbourne's Albert Park at the beginning of every March. The city is completely packed at this time, attracting hundreds of thousands of spectators from around the world. This could either be bad or good, depending on who you talk to. It seems like every hotel room is booked for the week of the race, and prices are jacked up at many places.

The best drivers in the world compete in the first race of the F1 season, and the track at Albert Park is one of the most beautiful on the circuit. If you will be in Melbourne in during race time, I would highly recommend you attend the race or one of the practice/qualifying events. The atmosphere of a Grand Prix is amazing.

General admission prices are AU$65 for race day and cheaper for qualification days. If you want to go to only one day of the race, general admission is the cheapest way.

Grandstand tickets start at over $350, but include all event days.

If you can get a seat in a grandstand, it would be better (but a bit more expensive) than general admission where you are not guaranteed a decent view of the track.

On race day, get there early, especially if you have general admission, because the good spots will be taken quickly. I would say get there no later than 8 AM to guarantee a good spot. If you have grandstand tickets, you do not have to be in a hurry to get there unless you want to watch the support races. Either way, be prepared for a long and exhausting day. Bring or buy earplugs when you get there - trust me on this. If you are buying general admission, bring a blanket because you will be sitting in the grass. I would recommend everyone brings some food and drinks with them.

If you are not familiar with the F1 drivers or teams, buy a program to identify who is who on the track.

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