Luggage and bags: Backpack, satchel and shoulder bags are good when moving around the city.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Winter can be cool and wet, so bring warm gear and waterproof jackets, whereas summer can be very hot, reaching 42C (100+ F), so bring light gear. Either way, it is best to bring a bit of both clothing, as nights can be chilly.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Comfortable walking shoes, sandals, runners, and sturdy boots are worth taking if planning to be active.
Miscellaneous: Remember that Australia uses 240V, so if you are from an overseas region that uses less, you will need a convertor and adaptor to use any foreign appliances here.
Layers - layers!
Luggage and bags: PHOTO: WATSON'S BAY SYDNEY. A HAT, LONGSLEEVE SWEATSHIRT, SUNGLASSES AND BACKPACK ARE ESSENTIAL ITEMS, BUT DON'T BRING THEM BUY THEM IN AUSTRALIA AND YOU HAVE SOUVENIRS AS WELL.
Like every place you visit, pack for the trip then cut in half and then take at least 10% more out. Remember with the good valve of the british pound and US dollar in Australia you may want to buy items here from jackets to shoes to gloves and hats
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: . Wear one color and wear it every day. Dress for comfort. I don't like sneakers, prefer walking shoes or walking boots (helps the ankles) but if the drought continues you could probably get away with sandals. Sneakers do label you as a tourist but what the heck. It's a great way to get an Australian to say, "Righto, can I help you mate?" Then not just point to where you need to go, but take you there as well. "No worry mate!" My main suggestion: ALWAYS WEAR A HAT AND LONG SLEEVE SHIRTS AND/OR THE HIGHEST RATED SUN SCREEN.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: SUNSCREEN, SUNGLASSES, SUNSCREEN. Buy what you need when you get here in the way of Toiletries.
Photo Equipment: There is a photo developing shop in almost every block and they are reasonable. Buy your film here too and have it developed as you travel along (never get double prints). Then send the prints home with other things you buy and take the negatives home with you.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: All can be bought or rented here.
Miscellaneous: ALL THROUGH AUSTRALIA THERE ARE INTERNET SHOPS IN EVERY CITY, TOWN & VILLAGE AND CHEAP TOO, ABOUT $5-6 per Hour AU.
For other helpful advise check out the web sites and handbooks of all the major companies such as Lonely Planet, Fodor's, Frommers, etc.
- Family Travel
Just try to pick the weather...
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: If you're visitng Melbourne take some of everything...it can be VERY hot one day and pouring rain the next. When I was there it was 44°C on the Saturday then the next day it was cool and rained...go figure!
Photo Equipment: Take a tripod to take some night photos along the river!
Miscellaneous: You can buy anything and everything that you could want while you're in Melbourne...
Pack a bit of Everything!
Luggage and bags: Make sure you bring a small back pack or simillar for day trips.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Melbourne is well know for its unpredictable weather, so it is advisable to bring a bit of everything.
Firstly check out climate conditions for the time you are travelling. Bring mostly things suited best to that time of year.
A light jacket that can be stored easy when not in use will come in handy even in thwe peak of summer.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: The strogestst UV rated sunscreen avalible. Australia has the highest rate of skin cancer per capita in the world. Remember it dosent have to be hot & sunny to get burnt!
Photo Equipment: A camera with panorama capabilites would be well used whilst touring around Melbourne.
Surviving winter in Mebourne
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: The winter in Melbourne can get very wet and windy. The wind is so strong that it can blow you away if you are using an umbrella, so bring a waterproof and windproof jacket instead, preferably with a hood. A beanie or hat would also be helpful to keep you warm.
Better still, bring someone to keep you warm. :)
Check out the fickle Melbourne weather at:
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: When visiting Melbourne bring shorts, t-shirt, long pants, jumper and an umbrella cause anything can happen in a day.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: bring insect repellant in the summer months (December to March) because the mozzies and flies are shocking.
Sunscreen is a MUST as you can get burnt on a 15 degree day and feel it for the rest of the trip.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: It can get rather rainy and cold during Melbourne's winter so pack a jumper and coat. On the other hand, the summers can get extremely hot, like 40 degrees c, so allow for that too.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: You can easily buy all sorts of medicine and toiletries in Melbourne, except if you are coming from o/s and have a different sort of medicine you should bring the prescription or just lots of it!
Photo Equipment: You can buy film and batteries all over the city and surrounds, so don't panic! If you are going up to the Grampians or out of Melb, you can also buy these things, but if you have a particularly special sort of film or battery, bring your own supplies.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: The rivers and beaches around the country can be dangerous - don't let me scare you, but it is true. If you are swimming in a deserted area, you MUST check with the locals first about the safety of the river or sea, due to the danger of rips and strong currents. Just for your own safety.
Miscellaneous: The Australian sun is particularly harsh, so make sure you wear a hat and sunscreen!! If you are fair you will get burnt very easily, especially if you are from a country that does not have strong sun. The Ozone Layer has been depleted over Australia so the sun's rays are very dangerous.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Bring a sun hat and sunglasses if travelling during the warmer summer months.
A comfortable pair of walking shoes are suitable for walking on all types of terrain, ie, city streets, beaches or bush tracks.
During other times of the year,I would also recommend a raincoat.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: During the warmer summer months, be sure to bring sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor of 15 plus.
Luggage and bags: i would recommend a sling bag which you can sling to the front as it is safer when you are walking in a crowd...that way,you can keep an eye on your stuff
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: gloves and scarves esp if you are goin to see the penguin show as the winds that come in from the sea are very strong and cold
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: motion sickness pills
Luggage and bags: It is always good to have some extra space in your backpack as there's always something to buy at Melbourne. Backpacks are easy to carry around and have lots of space. Don't bring any big luggage if you're doing backpacking...it's sort of annoying trying to move around with them on the public transport.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: A sweater, a pair of warm pants, and comfy shoes are a must. Weather in Melb is changing all the time so u never know what to wear. It's a pretty cold city even in early summer...it gets better and warmer by late december though.
Photo Equipment: Lots of film!! Many interesting buildings and funky sculptures around the city. If u happen to be in Melb before travelling to other cities in Australia i'd recommend to buy most of your film here as it is cheaper. There are some camera shops on Elizabeth Street where u can get film for good prices.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: An umbrella or poncho is a must if not here during summer time. It rains a lot
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Toorak Road between Punt Road and Chapel Street is an area where there are lots of boutiques. I went to this area one time for lunch.
Miscellaneous: (Placed here to keep everything on one page in this short version of Melbourne page) Shot Tower is a brick tower that is enclosed in a glass dome that is part of the Melbourne Central shopping centre. It is located on Latrobe Street near Elizabeth Street.
Luggage and bags: Depends how long you'd stay and what's the purpose.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Melbourne could be very hot during summer, it's very dry also sometimes and could reach above 35 degree, so in summer, bring all your summer clothing, nice swim wear, and during winter time, Melbourne would be very nice, for me the level of 'cold' is just perfect.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Lipbalm, moisturiser, usual medicines
Photo Equipment: Camera is a must
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: As we visit Melbourne in January it is usually quite hot. On our trip three years ago the temperatures got up to 40degrees. Hot!! In these temperatures shorts and singlet tops are best. Last year on our holiday it rained a lot of the time, and it was a lot cooler. I wore my one sweatshirt and trousers a lot of the time.
It pays to be prepared for all weather conditions.
Luggage and bags: Take a spare empty suitcase or two... they'll be full by the time you leave!
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: People really know how to dress in Melbourne... that's why your there shopping!!
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Always take some foot massage oil! The aching feet caused from that flash pair of shoes you just bought, will need some love and attention!
Photo Equipment: Who's got time to snap photo's!
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Do they have a beach there?
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Sun screen Sun screen Sun screen Sun screen Sun screen Sun screen Sun screen Sun screen Sun screen Sun screen Sun screen Sun screen Sun screen Sun screen Sun screen Sun screen Sun screen Sun screen!!!!