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    Taxi

    by cjg1 Updated Aug 7, 2013

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    Taking a taxi was our best option for getting to the airport on our departure day. We had an early flight and didn't feel like lugging our bags on public transport. The conceirge at the hotel (Daryl our new Aussie friend), arranged for a car to come get us that day. It wasn't a typical taxi but a small SUV. The ride was smooth and we didn't hit any traffic. Cost was typical for any airport transit in my opinion at $75 AUD.

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    Quantas Club Melbourne Airport

    by cjg1 Updated Aug 7, 2013

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    The Quantas Club was the perfect place for us to wait for our flight home. The Club has an abundance of seating, drinks, snacks, food, wi-fi, magazines and newspapers. While we were hear we enjoyed some very good breakfast. The attendant came by with a cart of hot breakfast entrees. I had their eggs benedict with hashbrowns and sausage...very good indeed. My wife was happy they had her favorite Breakfast cereal; Cocoa Crispies and some early morning champagne.

    We spent some time here catching up on emails, having some pre-flight drinks and calling family at home. My wife was rather anxious to get home that day and not very calm which is not like her; and when we got home we realized why when her father had died while we were flying back home.

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    Don't rent car with Budget

    by Bob_Shan Written Mar 3, 2013

    Budget seems cheap, but its package has traps:
    1) The car is not as good as what you booked. We booked a Ford explander (for 8 people) but got Mitsubishi Pajero (smaller for 7 people). In US, if the car you booked is not available, you get free upgrade, not here
    2) Insurance and GPS are more expensive
    3) Fuel sur-charge doubled the market price - and they don't tell you until you leave the country

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    Rent a Car

    by cjg1 Updated Jan 23, 2013

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    My wife and I made arrangements to rent a car through Europcar for our drive on the Great Ocean Road. We arrived at the train station and headed off to the car rental office. Our car was at an off site location (weird) so we hopped into a car with the clerk to another Europcar location to pick up our car.

    Our car was a basic economy car, four door, Hyundai. I paid extra($20) for a GPS unit as we were unfamiliar with our route. Our car was clean and safe; we had no problems at all with the service or the GPS during our trip.

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    Sydney to Melbourne by Train

    by cjg1 Updated Dec 21, 2012

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    I have a train obsession and thought it would be great if we took a train to Melbourne from Sydney. My wife agreed it would be a different experience and indulged me. We decided to splurge and have a sleeper car in the first class section of the train.

    We arrived at Sydney's Central Station around 6pm. Our train was at half past eight. Boarding was relatively easy as we were not checking luggage. We arrived at our sleeper car and were shocked it looked nothing like the pictures online. Oh well we decided to make the best of it and settled it. Cabin crew came around with towels for the showers, extra pillows and a snack pack.

    We prepared our pull down bunk beds for sleep and check out the bathroom. The bathroom was a shared bathroom with the cabin next to ours. Yeah, even I was grossed out by it especially the toliet that flipped up so you could shower there. The wife was less than happy since she has done the whole sleeper car experience in Europe and to her this was unacceptible.

    It only got worse and the train was horribly bumpy throughout the night. we barely slept from the noise and the motion. Several times I felt as if I was getting flung out of bed from the sharp motion. My wife wound up motion sick and arrived green into Melbourne.

    Yes, this was an "experience" but one I would not do again.

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    Free Tourist Shuttle

    by arianne_1504 Written Dec 7, 2011

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    This is a good way to see Melbourne's attractions, though beware it can get pretty busy. It stops at key city destinations including the Melbourne Museum, Carlton Gardens, the Queen Victoria Market, the Awuarium, Docklands, Southbank and Chintatown, and you can get on or off at any of these stops. The shuttle bus runs between 9.30am to 4.30pm daily, except Christmas Day and Good Friday.

    The round trip takes around and hour and a half and includes commentary.

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    Tracking around Melbourne

    by arianne_1504 Written Dec 7, 2011

    There are 16 different train lines serving the inner and outer suburbs, all linked to bus and tram services. All trains begin or end at the Flinders Street Station.

    Trains operate from 5am to midnight Monday to Thursday, with extended hours to around 1am on Friday and Saturday nights. On Sundays, trains operate between 7am and 11pm.

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    City Circle Tram

    by arianne_1504 Written Dec 7, 2011

    The City Circle Tram is a free service taking in Melbourne's popular tourist spots. There's an audio guide, which is admittedly hard to hear if the tram is busy, which is another problem at times - people just use the tram cause it's free, so most of the time you can't see out the tram windows.

    However when you can see out the windows, you catch a glimpse of Docklands, the Yarra River, Federation Square, Flinders Street Station and other sites around the CBD.

    You can pick up a free city map on board.

    The tram runs every 12 minutes, seven days a week, from 10am-6pm Sunday to Wednesday and from 10am-9pm Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

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    City Circle FREE Tram

    by sirgaw Updated Oct 16, 2011

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    Stops for 10 minutes outside Parliament House
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    Main Photo - tram stops for 10 minutes outside Parliament House on the corner of Spring and Bourke Streets.

    Second photo - distinctive burgundy livery of a City Circle tram on the corner of Swanston and Flinders Streets and outside the historic Flinders Street railway station.

    Third photo and taken from The Met web site shows the route of the free tram service.

    It is said that the best things in life are free and Melbourne’s City Circle FREE tram is a hit for visitors and locals.

    The trams operate 9am – 6pm Sunday to Thursday and as late as 9.30pm Friday and Saturday evenings and are an excellent way of seeing many of the cities attractions – and particularly when combined with the also free tourist shuttle bus.

    A complete circuit (either direction) takes almost an hour and visitors can hop on/hop off at any of the tram stops on the circuit, many of which are close to major transport interchange locations. It would be quite easy to spend an entire day getting on and off the trams and walking to nearby sites.

    Suggested stops would be Parliament precinct, Flinders Street Station/Federation Square precinct, sporting precinct, Docklands/New Quay, South Bank (cross the river on foot).

    Web site below gives timetables and up to date information as well as a route map.

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    Williamstown Ferry to Southgate

    by cal6060 Written Jul 9, 2011

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    Williamstown (Germ Pier)
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    You can in/out between Williamstown and Southgate (Melbourne) by a ferry.

    You don't have to book ticket in advance. Someone will sell you the ticket near the ferry before a ferry arrives.

    Please check out their website for the price and timetable.

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    Melbourne Public Transport System

    by cal6060 Updated Jul 8, 2011

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    Melbourne City Tourist Shuttle
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    In Melbourne or Victoria, they have a complicated public transportation system. You need to do a little bit of study before traveling. Otherwise, you turn up over spending on your public transportation in Melbourne and Victoria.

    Key Point: Plan your daily trip before you hit the road everyday.

    In Melbourne, they classified their distant within zones. (Zones 1 and 2).

    In zone 1, this zone you can see most of the attractions in Melbourne including Queen Victoria Market, Royal Exhibition Building, Chinatown , etc. (YOU CAN TRAVEL THIS ZONE FOR FREE, AS THEY HAVE FREE TOURIST SHUTTLES EVERY 30 MINUTES AND TRAM EVERY 15 MINUTES FOR THIS ZONE).

    www.thatsmelbourne.com.au/Gettingaroundthecity/Visitorassistance/Pages/TouristShuttleRoute.aspx


    In zone 2, I have traveled to Williamstown, St Klida, and Bringhton Beach. I traveled this zone on Sunday. Why? cause you can buy the METLINK SUNDAY SAVER FOR A$3.70. You can travel bus, train, tram within zone 1 and 2 for A$3.70 on Sunday. Other days A$11.00.

    If you travel outside of zone 1 and 2, you can only buy bus ticket on board. (There is no daily or weekly ticket in this system)

    If you travel with Vline, it means you travel to sub-urban or other Victoria towns. You can buy ticket at Southern Cross station. For example, to Geelong cost A$6.70. (There is no daily or weekly ticket in this system)

    http://www.metrotrains.com.au
    http://www.vline.com.au

    Note: By reading blogs, I think it is not a good idea to use myki, the new card system in Melbourne.

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    Canberra to Melbourne

    by cal6060 Written Jun 27, 2011

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    I took a greyhound bus from Canberra Jolimont Centre at 11pm and arrived Melbourne Southern Cross Station at 8:30am.

    I booked the bus ticket online:

    http://www.greyhound.com.au/

    If you can book your ticket earlier, you can get better price.

    I got it for A$42.00.

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    Melbourne Public Transport

    by leon.partsi Updated May 30, 2011

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    Trains are constant from 6am to 12:00am, 7 days per week. You can find fare, station and timetable information online as per the website link below.

    The train network in Melbourne and it's surrounding suburbs is extensive and it is easy to get around. A daily ticket for full fare travel is around $7 for unlimited travel on all trains, trams and buses.

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    Free Tourist Tram

    by Eggboy Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    There is also a free tourist tram that runs around the CBD of Melbourne. Loook for the Maroon colored tram with "City Circle" sign.

    Map is found here:

    http://www.metlinkmelbourne.com.au/maps_stations_stops/free_tram_service_city_circle/tram_35_city_circle

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    Flinders street station

    by happy_journey Updated Apr 4, 2011
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    Melbourne's busiest railway station. In 1926 it was the world's busiest passenger station. It remains a prominent Melbourne landmark and meeting place.

    The Melburnian idiom "I'll meet you under the clocks" refers to the row of clocks above the main entrance, which indicate the departure time of the next train on each line. This is a popular meeting place, at the intersection of two of the city's busiest thoroughfares. The station is listed on the Victorian Heritage Register.

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