Favorite thing: The Melbourne Aquarium was really nice...although not as good as the Sydney Aquarium if you ask me. Also the price was a bit steep ($22 for an adult). Still, I loved watching the fish and could have sat there for hours...
The aquarium is open from 9:30 to 9 pm in January and 9:30 am to 6 pm for the rest of the year.
Phone: 03 96200999
Forum answer-regarding Dandenongs/Healesville
Favorite thing: 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.
Favorite thing: Fancy a bit of shopping ladies? Like the load in your wallet to be lessened gents? Have I got a place for you. This unpretentious looking tarted-up suburb in the City of Stonnington is the centre of all that is class in Melbourne. Sure, there are many other suburbs with a degree of haute couture, but if you're looking for art and fashion, Malvern is a place to be seen.
The almost bland uniformly two-storey shopping precinct hides a plethora of good taste in fashion and art, liberally sprinkled with haute cuisine for when you're tired of shopping or want to discuss your latest purchase.
Fondest memory: Here you can start at Zampatti and work your way up the alphabet in your choice of clothing or wander into the art galleries of those with unpronouncable names such as Iaon Nemtoi and his exotic blown glass.Related to:
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Baton_West moves on...
Favorite thing: While in Melbourne, I had the great pleasure of meeting VTer eviltooth, and passing on the infamous Baton_West. The baton had already completed one circuit around the world (unlike its brother Baton_East which is languishing somewhere in Europe right now), and I started it off on its 2nd lap. Eviltooth was kind enough to show me around town some, and we had a great time strolling around, sightseeing, and hiding from the rain...
Yellow muddy Yarra River
Fondest memory: 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.Related to:
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Favorite thing: This shelter at the Spencer end of Bourke Street was provided by the Government of Nauru to honour Victoria's 150th's Anniversary. A bit dusty on the roof, but nonetheless useful especially on those cold windy and rainy winter days. Thank you. :)Related to:
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SIR EDWARD "WEARY" DUNLOP
Favorite thing: Born and raised in Victoria, Edward Dunlop attended school in Benella and after leaving worked in a pharmacy until 1927 when he left for Melbourne to study medicine
He was a keen athlete and played Rugby for the Wallabies, Ausralias national team, he was also a champion boxer
after graduating medical school he took a post as ships surgeon, and enlisted in the Australian army as soon as war was declared
he was posted to Java, but was captured by the Japanese army within two weeks.
He, as were many others, was taken via Singapore and Burma to Thailand where the Japanese army were using prisoners of war to build a 412km long railway
conditions on the "Death Railway" were horrific and Dunlop struggled to improve the treatment and conditions of the men in his care, often risking retribution from the Japanese officers
after the war he eturned to Australia and resumed work as a surgeon, he also woked towards healing the wounds between the Australia and Japanese nations
he was knighted in 1969, and died 10 days before his 86th birthday
more than 10,000 people lined the route at the state funeral for "The Surgeon of the Railway"
Fondest memory: we only stopped to look at his statue because he looked such a kindly man, after reading more about his life and work Im really glad we didRelated to:
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Christmas Time In Melbourne
Favorite thing: Christmas is a favorite holiday for my wife and I. In particular we love how a city decorates and celebrates Christmas. Melbourne is much like New York at Christmas time except it is very hot temperature wise. Melbourne had a serious of Christmas events and displays happening all over the city for adults and children. The streets and shop windows were decorated with Christmas accents. The major department stores had large window displays depicting Christmas scenes (just like back home).
My wife and I had an excellent time strolling along the streets and looking at the window displays. I loved the Gingerbread Exibit with all the local scenes of Melbourne in edible form. Even the bridges had Christmas decorations; including a huge Misletoe in which to grab a kiss.
Aerosol art is everywhrere in Melbourne
Favorite thing: Aerosol art is all over in Melbourne, known also as graffiti, is very common on walls in backstreet or at highway, I need no special camera skills to capture this one at a random roadside. Too many aerosol arts around, sometimes I thought it was signboard or advertising, some are very nice done in full details, some covered entire wall, quite interesting, definitely much skillful than what we have in Malaysia.Related to:
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Smoking is a general tip?
Favorite thing: I am not sure whether this can be considered a general tip? But believe me, I saw quite many cigarettes and smokers, and the way they set up their cigarette-dustbin is like this, at roadside. As a tourist, this is something new, so let me share with you.Related to:
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Favorite thing: These were from Bolivia, they weren't bad. Most of their songs used the Pan flute. This kind ofo thing is fairly common in Melbourne during the nice weather. The scene could have been lifted from any other western city, but it was pleasant.
Favorite thing: 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
Favorite thing: One of the nicest things to do in Melbourne is to take a whole day and just walk around the city. Do a bit of shopping, stop off for lunch or a snack somewhere, have a coffee, people watch, more shopping. Melbourne is a well set out city with excellent sign posting and transport.
Fondest memory: My family!! (4 beautiful cousins, my pop, aunty and uncle and many more!)
Favorite thing: In first days I was in Melbourne I found myself in front of this quite big glassy building, that 'is Federation Square, opened on 26 October 2002. If you go inside, you'll find yourself in the Melbourne Visitor Centre - a one-stop shop for visitors to learn all there is to see and do in Melbourne and Victoria. On the first floor there is a desk as info point where you can ask a little map of the town, while downstairs there is a huge room where you can collect free leaflets about everything in Australia and Melbourne.I think it can be quite useful as a good start! Besides the infopoint, in the other part of the structure there are also some interesting museums, as the Ian Potter Centre that hosts the collection of Australian art, or the state-of-the-art Australian Centre for the Moving Image.
Federation Square is Melbourne's new civic centre. The Square has been built to serve as a central focalpoint for the city but also to block out the ugliness of railway lines that run through the very heart of the city. It is situated opposite Flinders Street Station.The pic I upload here it's not mine, I borrowed it from Internet. I have to work my pictures with the scanner...
I chose this one to show the sharp contrast between the 2 styles.
Its website is : http://www.federationsquare.com.au/
It is open from:9am-6pm daily.
You can get there both by train at Flinders Street Station, part of the city loop metropolitan train service, that is opposite the square and by tram;take any tram along Swanston and Flinders street.
Asking around I found out that lots of people don't like it so much, infact the Square is controversial due to its striking, but unusual, design using large panels and claddings of sandstone, zinc and glass. It is a strikingly modern design for a civic centre!!Related to:
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Favorite thing: I'd been on the Yarra before, but upstream, which is where the tourist's first trip usually is.
The second occasion I had more time and was a little more adventurous so I opted to head for Williamstown.
The trip there was truncated with a couple of unplanned stops and we managed to turn a 50 minute trip into nearly an hour. We actually repassed an opposition ferry three times!
The initial part of the cruise was through the city and out through the Docklands development, a much touted revision of the old Melbourne docks.
Fondest memory: There's on thing I like about Melbourne skyscrapers and that is their judicious use of glass. Depending on what time of day or night you are doing your viewing, you may see pure gold, deep blue, glistening brown or shining purple.
Another thing is that they mostly have distinctive shapes, unlike the boxes that tend to proliferate in other major cities.
All this was in evidence on the first part of the cruise (pics 4 & 5), as well as the container ship that are berthed slightly further downstream (pic 2).Related to:
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