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    Gray Line Bus Tour to Phillip Island

    by Susumarie Updated Jan 18, 2009

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    Before leaving for Australia, I had looked into tours to Phillip Island, and they all seemed to be a couple hundred dollars. This one did not start until 1:30, but I thought that was more than enough time, and the price was much more reasonable.
    Our trip included a stop at Churchill Island for "tea" (at our own expense, repeated repeatedly by our bus driver); we then went to the Koala Conservation Center, a wonderful spot (see my comments on it); followed by a stop in Cowes for dinner (at our own expense, repeated repeatedly by our bus driver...). Then we took the back road to the penguin visitor center, where we could pick out the penguin burrows and at times, see babies peaking out, looking for mama. Then, to the penguin parade itself.
    On the drive up, the driver gave us a history of everything (many things we didn't want to know about, such as Joy's Cafe(?) and Heavenly Pancakes (?), but also, there was a video to give us insight to the penguins, which is very good information. Coming home, there is a movie to entertain those who would be entertained by such, and good sleeping material for the rest...
    Many things I pay for on holiday seem costly, but I thought this was a pretty good value. I paid AU$10 extra for the premium seating, which got us away from the crowds, and when the penguins came in, they were close enough to touch. As we walked back up the boardwalk, we could stop and watch them waddle right next to us. WELL WORTH the extra -- and that included a "complimentary drink". (And as we were freezing, a hot cup of coffee, which cost $4.50 otherwise, was quite a nice compliment!)
    THOSE COMING IN BY AIRPLANE: Be sure to go through the flyers at the airport; we got quite a few good coupons while waiting for our van to the hotel; one was a 10% off coupon for this tour, quite a nice topper to the evening.

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    Flinders Street Station

    by cheerssweetie Written Jan 17, 2009

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    Flinders St Station

    This is Flinders St Station. You can catch a train from here to suburban Melbourne. It is a Melbourne Icon and is known by everyone in Melbourne.

    However if you wish to travel interstate or country Victoria you will need to catch a train to Spencer St Staion.

    You will find this icon on the corner of Flinders and Swanston Sts Melbourne - Federation Square is opposite and the photo is taken across the road outside St Pauls Cathederal.

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    RED SKYBUS - Tullamarine Airport to City/Hotel

    by cheerssweetie Updated Jan 17, 2009

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    The Red Skybus Super Shuttle

    Skybus Super Shuttle is excellent value if you a travelling alone and need transportation to the city and or a city hotel. AUD$16.00 one way

    Please Note: When there is two or more of you it works out cheaper per person to catch a cab/taxi.

    The Skybus is leaves outside the domestic and international Terminals every 10-15 minutes during the day.

    The trip takes approx 20minutes from the airport to the city - Spencer St Station. From Spencer St Station you will be transferred to smaller shuttles to take you to your hotel. The smaller shuttles are right where the bus parks so no long walks.

    Tickets can be purchased from the booths located outside the main exits of the terminals. Alternatively you may pre-purchase you tickets online through www.skybus.com.au
    Tickets are available for use for 3 months after purchase date.

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    Trams

    by arianne_1504 Written Nov 9, 2008

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    A tram is a really nice way to get around Melbourne. It's not the quickest way around and I would try to avoid it during peak business times. Note that the onboard ticket machines only take coins - not notes. You can buy a day pass for about $6.50. Timetables are posted at all tram stops.

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    QF leaving Australia QF 93 MEL to LAX

    by cochinjew Written Nov 2, 2008

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    some may prefer the demure ladies of Asiatique Airlines, others the teutonic regimentation of Lufthansa, but I prefer Qantas, our national airlines.
    On this last flight, food was nothing short of fantastic; the selection of wines carefully done, a flute of DOM as you come into the plane.. attentive service and you carry australia with you a little longer..

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    Avalon Airport [AVV]

    by xuessium Written Nov 2, 2008

    It calls itself Melbourne Avalon Airport but near Melbourne it is not.

    It is about 1 hour away by bus from Melbourne city....compared to just 20 minutes for Tullamarine Airport, the main International Airport in Melbourne.

    In fact, it is closer to the city of Geelong, gateway to the Great Ocean Road.

    It is a small airport, which some bunkers doubling up as Arrival and Departure Halls. Very no-frills. In the Arrival Hall, a conveyor belt, a vending machine, toilets and some counters offering transport options more or less complete the picture.

    Only Jetstar uses this airport.

    Sunbus connects Avalon Airport to Southern Cross Train Station in Melbourne City for A$20 1 way, circa Oct 08.

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  • Melbourne Airport to the City

    by darryljc Written Oct 23, 2008

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    An interesting and inexpensive way to get from Melbourne Airport to the city is by combined bus and tram. First, catch a bus on routes 478 and 479 from the airport to Moonee Ponds Junction. This is a partial service, so times should be carefully coordinated with the schedule www.tullamarinebus.com.au. From Moonee Ponds take tram no 59 to the city. Slower but far more relaxed and scenic way to arrive, and all on a 2 hour travel card ($3.30, purchasable on the bus). Properly timed, this bus and tram combination should take no more than an hour.

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  • Be Careful of Taxis!

    by griffgirl Written Oct 2, 2008

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    While travelling in Melbourne a few months ago, my husband and I took a cab from my hotel to Tullamarine Airport. The cabbie said the electronic payment system was down and used a manual swipe machine to take our credit card info. When we reviewed our credit card statement there was a mysterious charge 2 weeks after we had left Melbourne, for a 'limo' ride in north Melbourne. I googled "melbourne taxi fraud" and found out that MANY people have had similar problems - false charges on their cards after a Melbourne taxi ride. The transaction comes up as:

    CAB ACCOUNT AUST BRUNSWICK AU or
    ARDEN TAXIS LIMO NTH MELBOURNE

    The amounts have been anywhere from $20 to $190 - small for one transaction but certainly adds up after dozens of people get ripped off. During the recent trial of terrorist planning on attacking the AFL final in 2005, it came out that terrorists were buying credit card numbers/info from Melbourne cab drivers for $10 per number! Then using the cards to finance their terrorist cells.

    The moral of the story: keep your receipts and check your credit card statements after using your credit card in a Melbourne cab.

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    FREE TOURIST BUS AND STREET CAR OR TRAM

    by sfphototraveller Updated Sep 22, 2008

    Melbourne has a free tourist shuttle bus and city circle tram. I used them both from my hotel to the city. The Bus is newer with maps in and a audio in english.

    The street car or City circle tram they call is old and lots of locals us that when they get off work.

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    Free Tourist Shuttle Bus

    by Eggboy Written Sep 5, 2008

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    You can take advantage of a free shuttle bus that runs aroudn the city from 9.30 in the morning to 4.30 in the afternoons. It travels from the various tourist spots like the museum, aquarium, Queen Vic Market etc.

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    Trams - a great way to see the city

    by sirgaw Written Aug 31, 2008

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    Almost deserted Toorak tram on Princess Bridge

    Perhaps one of the most distinctive features of Melbourne is the tram system that criss crosses the city and suburbs (particularly the inner suburbs) and is an excellent way of getting around and taking in the view (City Circle tram covered under separate tip).

    Melbourne has one of the largest tram networks in the world and comprises 245 kilometres (152 miles) of track with over 500 trams covering 28 routes and 1,800 tram stops and currently operated under licence by the private company Yarra Trams. The system has been expanded over recent years with several extensions, new rolling stock and the bane of other road users the so-called "Super Stops."

    To view the tram network and individual route timetables and maps
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    Details for Metcard tickets, which can be used on trains and buses too, click here

    Although some new rolling stock has been added to the tram fleet, there is considerable overcrowding of trams and in particular during the morning and afternoon peak periods and it is suggested that visitors avoid these times - this overcrowding has been brought about by much higher fuel prices and a significant number of locals have opted for public transport rather than using their own cars. Perhaps the major downside of tram travel in Melbourne is the road congestion causing trams to travel at very slow speeds and particularly along the busy strip shopping streets such as Chapel, Swan and Victoria Streets and Sydney Road. Sadly trams, cars and parked cars all using the same "patch of dirt" leads to reduced tram travel times. Where trams are on the own separate 'right-of-way' the system does work very well - examples, St Kilda and Port Melbourne lines (old train tracks replaced by light rail) and modern extensions such as Bundoora and South Vermont. Hopefully, one day, all trams can be on their own separate 'right-of-way', but the costs to achieve this aim are huge.

    Words of warning - there are coin-in-the-slot ticket machines on trams and these accept COINS ONLY. Please make sure you have sufficient coins to purchase tickets. Ticket inspectors do patrol the system and fare evaders are caught and fined.

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    The yellow taxis of Melbourne

    by sirgaw Written Aug 30, 2008

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    Much criticised by the locals and the butt of many jokes, the cabs of Melbourne are plentiful - except on the busy Friday and Saturday nights. They can be pre-booked through one of the 2 major call centres - 13 CABS (13 2227) or Silver Top 13 1008, hailed from the street, or from one of the many taxi ranks in and around the city and suburbs.

    Generally taxis can carry 4 passengers, however there are maxi taxis that can accommodate up to 11 passengers.

    Rates are $3.20 when the meter is started plus the distance rate of $1.526 per kilometre. A time rate is charged while vehicle speed is below 21 kph. There is a phone booking charge of $1.40 and is entered on the meter at the start of the trip. Other charges are airport levy $2 and tolls on CityLink and/or EastLink. There is a late night surcharge of 20% to all hirings which commence between midnight and 5.00 am and is automatically calculated and displayed on the taxi-meter.

    Lost property in taxis - contact Victoria Police.

    The driver may request a deposit of the fare.

    Although taxis can accept most credit cards for payment of the fare, there is an 11% surcharge and it is suggested that passengers pay cash to avoid this outrageous charge.

    Airport to city is about $50 depending on time of day and traffic conditions and includes tolls/levy.

    Web site shown below covers some of the rules for taxis

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    Melbourne Tullamarine Airport - Transport

    by cheerssweetie Updated Aug 28, 2008

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    CBD is 27km from airport
    Travel Time to CBD is around 35 mins by car
    Taxi is $37.00 (approx)
    Skybus Super Shuttle every 15mins during the day: $16 adult, $5 child (5-17), children under 5 free
    Parking is available at the airport

    Please note prices are quoted in Australian Dollars and a releavant at time of posting 28/08/08.

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    Public transport concession discounts

    by Eggboy Written Jul 1, 2008

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    You can get student concession prices for all city suburban Melbourne Train, bus and Tram services and the system is easy to get around. Make sure you carry your student ID so that if you are asked by a ticket inspector, you can verify that you qualify for concession rates. Check this web site for trains info: http://www.connexmelbourne.com.au/
    There is also a free city circle tram which runs around the CBD only but is very handy for short trips if you are staying in the city.

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    Airport Parking - Expensive Fees!

    by peeweekathi Updated Jun 27, 2008

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    If you are heading to the Tullamarine Airport, to see someone off, or pick them up and you plan on parking there, take LOTS of cash, or your credit card! Just went the other night, to see a friend and her two kids off, (they were heading to Greece for 3 months) so, I spent an entire 2 hours & 10 mins at the airport and had to pay $20 (AU) for the privilege of parking my car, in the short term carpark! There are no signs posted, with current fees & charges, so be prepared to pay whatever they are charging that week!! Needless to say, after picking my jaw up off the ground, I took a 'Customer Comment' card and filled it out, complaining about the 'rip off' pricing. You must validate your card and pay via machine, prior to leaving, or via credit card at the exit gate. And there was me wondering, why are there new signs 'Pay with your credit card on exit', all around the carpark? Well, I found out...the hard way! There is no train service to Tullamarine (much to our disgust) and taxi's are just as expensive, so, consider yourself warned. Ouch....it still hurts:)

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