A Prepared Traveller
Luggage and bags: My wife and I usually travel light on long haul trips; a rollaboard a piece.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: I always look ahead at the weather forecasts in order to be prepared for whatever hot or cold come sour way. I think it is best to pack clothing you can layer and that can be worn either day time or evening. Hats are always a must in Melbourne as the sun is strong. A travel umbrella is always tucked in my back just in case of rain.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: The usual: shampoo, razor, shaving gel, deodorant, toothbrush & paste, sunscreen, showel gel and my medications.
Photo Equipment: I always travel with my T21, under water camera and video camera. I have plenty of memory cards and readers along with my tablet and laptop.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: since melbourne is located between the australian outback and the southern ocean, air currents both seem to meet here,making the weather very chanagable at just about any time of year.i visited melbourne at christmas 2006 where snow was recorded in the mountains outside the city (bearing in mind southern december is equivilant to the northern may).during this period,the weather was cold,wet and windy-not what i expected from the australian summer.however days later,the weather suddenly perked up and temperatures over 30 celcius with strong sun can burn very quickly.remember to take a raincoat and a hoody as well as warm weather gear...
Luggage and bags: I tend to have short stays in Melbourne so I take the absolute minimum. My luggage is small enough to fit in the cabin so I don't have to wait for luggage at the other end.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Melbourne is a bit notorious for its weather. It can get extremely hot one day and rather indifferent the next. Take a showerproof jacket just in case you need it otherwise plan your clothing for the time of year you are travelling. In summer its shorts and tee shirt though I usually wear trousers (cargo style for the handy pockets) on the plane for a better evening option. Good walking shoes are a must as there are a variety of walking surfaces. In Melbourne there are lots of shops so what you don't bring you can buy!!
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Basics only - toothbrush & deodorant. What more do you need? Smellies for night time maybe - buy those at duty free as you come into the country.
Photo Equipment: This is very much personal preference. I take a very small camera so it's easy to pop in my pocket. I've got a big memory card in it so can take lots of high quality shots - 600 on a 2Gb SD card. At duty free you can get a 4Gb card for around $AUS90 so maybe I'll upgrade next time.
Miscellaneous: Melbourne has lots of good shops so travel light inwards and buy a sports bag and fill it up with whatever takes your fancy.
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Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: When coming to Melbourne, always make sure you bring a jacket or jumper, just in case. Even in the summer months.
The weather in Melbourne has a tendency to change frequently. It may be hot, sunny, clear blue skies one minute. But before you know it, there could be rain, wind, and clouds.
But it probably occurs less in summer.
However, Melbourne is renowned for the possibility of 4 seasons in one day.
Four Seasons in One Day
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Take a bit of everything. Melbourne is renowned for being the city that experiences all four seasons in one day. It can get quite cold, by comparison to other Australia states. My tip, be prepared, wear jeans and a t-shirt but take a jacket/jumper and an umbrella, wearing your bathers underneath!
Luggage storage in melbourne (for free!)
Miscellaneous: All internet information says that there are lockers at Melbourne Central and Spencer Street station, however 'in this post 11/9 climate" this is apparently not so (at least at melbourne central).
Even if this were the case you'd have to pay... pffft!
Myer (major department store) will hold your bags from open til close for free. We check 2 carryon size suitcases with no questions asked.
Enter via Lonsdale Street (Myer foodcourt)
Apparently the State library will also check smaller items for free but I'm not sure of the hours
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Compact Umbrella or Poncho a must
Luggage and bags: Leave space in your luggage - you will undoubtably buy something to take home.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: A compact umbrella or poncho that easily fits in your handbags or backpack is ideal. You will not be using it all the time so having to hand carry it will be a nuisance, but undoubtably you will encounter some rain during your stay and quite frequently, there will be odd 5 minute showers.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Melbourne has plenty of all night chemists and supermarkets.
Photo Equipment: Plenty of net cafes to upload your photos to some storage website!
Miscellaneous: A Cheap Eats book is published each year and is available at tourist shops and newsagents.
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May Packing List - Autumn
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Sarah and I first arrived in Melbourne just before May last year, which was definitely the middle of Autumn here. The leaves were falling, and the wind started blowing a little more. After two weeks in Manly up near Sydney, we thought we might be freezing by the time winter came!
If you are headed to Melbourne in May, my tip to you is to layer as much as possible. The weather can literally move through all four seasons in one day, and within a couple hours. Bring a wind jacket, a light jacket, and a heavy jacket. Long pants are definitely recommended as well.
January Packing Tips - Summer
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Summer in Melbourne is quite warm, yet not so inviting. On New Year's Day this year, the weather was 45 degrees (C) in the CBD. If you are travelling for pleasure, I would highly recommend short sleeves and shorts, or for women sundresses. Bring your "sunnies" and your sun-block. As the ads say, "slather" it on.
Back one small coat in your bag just in case of wind or the occassional mini rain burst, but most of all bring very warm weather clothes!
Close to your trip, check out weather.com for more accurate weather predictions.
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Four seasons in one day.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Make sure you bring clothes for all seasons to Melbourne.
It can start off with a beautifully warm and sunny day and turn freezing by mid afternoon.
So in summer, make sure you always have something warm out with you in case a cool change comes in the afternoon...or you'll freeze - Australian cold of course :o)
Weather in the city
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: The climate in Melbourne can be variable throughout the year, and you might need a jacket even if it’s supposed to be warm but for the most part the seasons are as follows:
(Dec-Feb) Pretty warm to very hot so you'll need light clothes. Cotton is an ideal material for warm weather.
(Mar-May) This is fall so it's pretty mild. You might want a jacket to put on if you get chilly.
(Jun-Aug)Winter is usually very damp, so cotton can be one of the worst materials to wear as it retains moisture well. Dress warm
(Sept-Nov)This is a cool period so you should bring a warm jacket.
Melbourne is colder than most of Australia and it rains a lot more than in Sydney. Also, the seasons are opposite in the southern hemisphere, so winter in Europe and the States is summer in Australia.
Photo Equipment: There are many beautiful places to photograph around the area. Some older buildings look great in black and white film.
Luggage and bags: Melbourne is not easy place to say what to bring the weather can be all over the shop like a mad woman on after christmas shopping spree.what time of year you arrive would change many things on your packing list.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: medical wise australia's health service is very good at you can obtain most things you would ever need for minor problems .though like traveling to any place if your not local make sure your travel insurence is well covered
Photo Equipment: like any capital city you would be stupid not to bring a good camera as there are many things worth wanting to keep visually long after the trip is over.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: melbourne people love the beach and we have some area's where there is plenty of sand and for the most part our beaches are clean but unlike sydney victoria's beast surf beaches are more then an hour away at least.
Miscellaneous: this pic is of cocogal and my friend newyork_gal taken with the yarra river and flinders street station in the background.
on the left hand side is the area known as south bank full of shops,bars and restaurants.
and still on that side of the road is the crown casino.
Prepare for all seasons
Luggage and bags: Suitcases on wheels are best.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Melbourne can have six to ten seasons in a day... LOL.. Just kidding... : )
But regardless of the season you are travelling in, it would be wise to take clothing for Hot, Warm, Cold, Wet, or anywhere in between. Swimwear as well as warm clothing.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: You can most likely buy anything you need here, but it would be advisable to bring your Medications and prescriptions with you.
Photo Equipment: Cameras and assesories.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Outdoor supplies are available everywhere, if you prefer to travel light.
You just never know!
Luggage and bags: I guess the easiest way to travel is with a pack. Melbourne is pretty easy to get around but a pack is so much easier to carry than a suitcase.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Don't assume that just because it's summer it will be hot because it won't be. Summer is harder to pack for than winter cos the temperature varies so much ( at least in winter you know it's going to be damn cold). Summer can vary from around 20degC up to as high as 40C so bring lots of layers and at least one relativly warm jumper as the nights can still be cool.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: For summer a good deoderant is essential for those hot days and a good sunsceen as the sun will fry you to a crisp. Bring a bug repellant as the mozzies can be a real pain in the butt. Pharmacies and doctors are not hard to find so you will have no problem getting medicine if you need it.
Photo Equipment: Melbourne and the surrounding areas have some of the most amazing photo opportunities so bring a good camera and lots of film.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: You can camp in caravan parks just about anywhere once you head out of the city so if it's your thing it's a cheap way to stay somewhere. I wouldn't advise it in winter though it's just too cold. We have some of the most beautiful beaches so bring you beach stuff for sure!
Wet Windy Weather Gear a must!
Luggage and bags: Make sure you have a big enough bag to accommodate cold weather clothing (even if you are coming in the warmer months bring some warm clothes - see below).
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: An umbrella is required on and off all year round. The weather here is incredibly unstable and you should make sure you have plenty of warm clothes as even in the hottest months of summer the weather can dramatically change from one day to the next. Even if it's sunny and the forecast is for warm weather ALWAYS take a warm coat or jacket with you if you intend to be out for the day. It can be a pain to carry around but boy do you appreciate it once it turns cold! Alternatively if you don't have the packing space you can of course buy umbrellas, parkas, warm jumpers, jackets etc here!
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: All available here, make sure you have prescriptions for any regular medication you may be on. Otherwise most things are readily available.
Photo Equipment: Great photo oppurtunities around the city so of course bring your camera!!
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: As needed depending on your holiday requirements. There are great beaches about an hour or so out of Melbourne and plenty of great places to camp.
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