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    Horse and carriage

    by leffe3 Written Oct 20, 2004

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    The classic tourist kitsch transport - horse and carriage pulled through the streets of Melbourne. Has a certain 'romantic' appeal, especially when the city is sun-dappled. 'Til you find out that its basically A$50 for 15 minutes

    Unique Suggestions: YOu decide to either do it or not - it is avoidable (although if you have young kids, might be a bit harder)

    Fun Alternatives: Walk or catch a tram :)

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    Australiana - lots of expensive little trinkets?

    by CheriseM Written Apr 23, 2004

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    There are plenty of stores that sell trinkets of '├Żuthentic' Australian products, ranging from the smallest of things (like a packet of TimTam biscuits) to a large didgereedoo. Choose wisely - these places tend to charge exorbitant prices, and you are likely going to find what you are looking for cheaper in a more remote part of the town.

    Unique Suggestions: Buy something small, like a fridge magnet!

    Fun Alternatives: Instead of buying one of the books with photographs of Melbourne from these stores, go to any one of the bookstores and pick up the same book for less.

    Related to:
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  • Airport Taxi's

    by cozmic_jen Written Feb 14, 2003

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    It should not cost more than about $25 for a taxi from the airport to the city.

    However, on my first visit i got conned by a driver telling me that his taxi was a 'special' taxi when i settled up. Funny that as his taxi looked just like all the other cabs ....

    That teaches me right not to check the price before getting in i guess but u have been warned, jet lagged travellers are a taxi drivers ideal passengers!

    Fun Alternatives: don't be lazy and just get the airport bus to the city which is so much cheaper particually if you are by yourself.

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    You won't get the flavor of Melbourne here!

    by BeverlyTyler Updated Feb 2, 2003

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    Sunday 29 September 2002

    BUT YOU WILL IN THIS PHOTO: WALKWAY ALONG THE YARRA RIVER WITH MELBOURNE CITY CENTER IN THE BACKGROUND AND THE ROYAL BOTANICAL GARDENS ACROSS THE ROAD ON THE LEFT (BARBARA'S RIGHT).

    We suggest you avoid the Crown Entertainment Complex on the south bank at all costs. You see as much about Melbourne and Australia here as you would by visiting New York City (probably less). This is a mega complex of movie theatres, gambling halls, fast food restaurants, yuppie bars and restaurants, ultra-mall style shopping down an endless inside corridor that runs along the Yarra river and ends at the spectacular Crown Hotel with an elaborate watershow in the expansive lobby (the only thing in the complex worth seeing).

    Unique Suggestions: See the Crown Hotel at the Queens St. end of the complex and get supper and evening entertainment somewhere else.

    Fun Alternatives: Have dinner at one of the many restaurants in the downtown part of the city on the north side of the river. We like "Young and Jackson" bar and Brasserie, upstairs if you can.

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    Just placing pics now. Info...

    by Ronald_T Written Sep 12, 2002

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    Just placing pics now. Info follows later. Thanks to be patient...

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    Just placing pics now. Info...

    by Ronald_T Written Sep 12, 2002

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    Just placing pics now. Info follows later. Thanks to be patient...

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    Crown Casino. Be afraid, be...

    by Ramonq Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Crown Casino. Be afraid, be very afraid. You may lose thousands of dollars gambling here. It is so massive you can get lost in this 24-hour mini-city. There's clubs and pubs here though, so you don't have to gamble all day.

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  • The Twelve Apostles on the...

    by Large_Bob Written Aug 26, 2002

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    The Twelve Apostles on the Great Ocean Road will usually have quite a few people. If you want to take good pictures of this area, try to visit it in the early to mid morning time period. I hit it in the afternoon, when the sun was not in the greatest spot for photos.

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  • If u want to buy souvenirs do...

    by paola9 Written Aug 26, 2002

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    If u want to buy souvenirs do it at the Queen Victoria Market on Victoria Street. They've got everything you can think of and it's cheap. Souvenir shops in the city centre are quite expensive and they sell the same stuff.

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    Ferry ride to Fairy Penguins...

    by memloss Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Ferry ride to Fairy Penguins on St. Kilda jetty. Not too expensive for a tourist ($45), but probably expensive in Australian terms. Definitely not a great 'barbecue' meal and the unlimited wine was the cheapest possible. Being a faster boat we passed many other better looking cruise boats, so make sure you choose carefully. I have no idea how much the others cost.
    It was a fun ride though (quite shaky). The other tourists were the biggest annoyance with their stupid comments. Complaining that the penguins aren't that special, for example. They're penguins; what more do you want them to do? I've seen a lot of similar attitude on this site about animal-related tourist attractions. Personally, I think it's better than a zoo. They're in their natural habitat and they're protected. If you have to pay, your money just helps the animals.
    It's worth travelling a bit to see the real thing. Don't be let down - they're not in a circus.
    In the case of these penguins it's probably a much better experience to see the Penguin Parade on Phillip Island instead of the ones on the St. Kilda jetty. It's also a good idea to visit and support the observation centre at the Nobbies as there is a lot of wildlife there to be protected. But, the view of the seals isn't that good even with the economic binoculars. There are ferries from Cowes and Stony Point which will take you really close to the Seal Rocks.

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    Crown Complex. Might be of...

    by memloss Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Crown Complex. Might be of interest to some, but it's just a lot of noise and lights and nothing new if you're from another big city.

    It is a nice walk, though, on the Southbank, which is basically from what you see in the picture towards the distance to south of Flinders Street Station. From there you can turn left (north) into the CBD or right (south) towards the Arts Centre or the Royal Botanical Gardens.

    On the Southbank, you can enjoy more expensive restaurants, street performers (that use the same lines as anywhere else in the world) and a lovely embedded pavement fountain that you can just watch (and listen to) or even run into on a warm day.

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  • Crown Casino complex,full of...

    by revere Written Aug 25, 2002

    Crown Casino complex,full of expensive designer boutiques,bars,nightclubs & a casino.Not at all to my taste but maybe right up your alley. Heaps of people spending money on credit at the casino,very Las Vegas style.

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    Just watch out for the cab...

    by nutt03z Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Just watch out for the cab drivers. There was this once this cabbie charged ur quite alot to bring us god knows where. He didnt even know where he was brining us and we were told only half way. So beware of these people. Of course there was this nice cabbie that took me to the airport. I guess they aren't all bad. :)

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    Melbourne is a pretty safe...

    by eddie03 Updated Aug 25, 2002

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    Melbourne is a pretty safe place to be. Watch out though for the homeless which roam the streets streets during the day, but mostly at night. They usually ' hang out' around the steps of Flinders St station.

    Car theft is also rising, so buy yourself a wheel lock and avoid parking is deserted parking lots.
    Better to rely on public transport in the city as well.

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    Tourist traps? Seriously, I...

    by Krystynn Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Tourist traps?

    Seriously, I can't think of any. To say that this city is one of the safest, cleanest and inexpensive cities in the world - is not an understatement.

    Photo Below: My Australian aunt and I... standing just outside Captain Cook's Cottage.

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