Melbourne Travel Guide

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Melbourne Highlights

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     Vibrant, great architecture heritage, cafes and bars. 

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     You never know what the weather is going to do. 

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     Well worth a visit just for a night out in the cosmopolitan city centre. 

Melbourne Things to Do

  • Great Ocean Road

    We took a day trip along the Great Ocean Road. This was by far the highlight of our trip. The scenery is amazing. Rocks have been eroded into a variety of spectacular shapes by the constant pounding of the ocean. The erosion of course is on-going and the scenery ever changing. There are fewer apostles now than on our visit. We saw a picture of one...

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  • Queen Victoria Market

    The Queen Victoria Markets are the largest open air market in the Southern Hemisphere since the 1850's. As well as being a tourist destination it is a great place for locals to find souvenirs, clothing,gifts, wine, specialty food items,homewares, fresh produce, meat, seafood, breads, cheeses, candy, pastry and prepared foods. Our hotel was only a...

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  • Phillip Island

    Phillip Island seems to be well known for the penguin parade, but there is more to do and see to make the long trip truly worthwhile. I know in asking about the island, there were many that said "don't bother", but we ended up taking a tour out that direction, and found it very worthwhile. The big difference is probably us "furr-i-ners", who can...

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Melbourne Hotels

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Melbourne Restaurants

  • Melbournes Coffee Culture.

    Melbourne has become quite famous for its cafe culture and a reason for this is the excellent coffee. I'm always up for a coffee and the following cafes are on my great coffee list:St Ali - Yarra Place South MelbourneLittle Bean Blue - 15 Little Collins StreetAuction Rooms - 103 Errol Street North MelbourneTop Paddock - Church Street RichmondProud...

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  • Top Paddock

    Top Paddock is a great breakfast/brunch venue but not if you are in a hurry. Expect to queue for quite a while on weekends and then be seated at a communal table. There is both indoor and outdoor seating. This casual eatery boasts a chatty atmosphere from a predominantly young crowd. Terrific coffee though (five senses) and nicely presented tasty...

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  • Good Value Indonesian

    Nelayan has been on Swanston Street in the city for over 10 years, and is always packed with Indonesian students, especially at lunchtimes.The menu includes staple indonesian dishes - sate, nasi rendang, ayam goreng, with a few harder to find dishes, such as my favourite, batagor (bakso tahu goreng), fried tofu & fish ball with peanut sauce.You can...

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Melbourne Nightlife

  • Cricket & Drinks

    P.J. Obrien's is a chain of pubs in Australia. I had to come here bcause one of my friend's family owns the chain so I had to check it out. We came here on a hot day and just wanted to get into some airconditioning.The pub is a nice size and looks like a typical Irish Pub. Dark wood accents, plenty of bar tables and seats at the bar. Liz and I...

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  • Melbourne's Hidden venues

    Ferdydurke and Section 8 are two best examples of Melbourne's alleyway bar culture. Both next door to eachother, they offer unparalleled vibe and atmosphere in terms of cool and urban.3 levels tall, Ferdydurke sports a new-york loft type style. Music is interesting and crowd is friendly and easy-going. Definitely worth checking out! I found this...

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  • Student in Melbourne?

    If your a student in Melbourne you should check this site out! Its been posted around RMIT university and I think that it's super useful!www.studentbars.co.ccIt has every student drink deal from all the best places for students to hang out.Just present your student card and you'll get cheap drinks.Highly highly recommend

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Melbourne Transportation

  • Taxi

    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...

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  • Quantas Club Melbourne Airport

    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...

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  • Don't rent car with Budget

    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 here2) Insurance and GPS are more expensive3) Fuel sur-charge doubled the market price - and...

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Melbourne Shopping

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  • Souvenir Shopping

    A trip to the Melbourne Visitor's Center for some travel information became a shopping excursion as well. The Souvenir/Gift Ship area is chocked full of travel books, chiclren's books, stuffed animals, posters, magnets, post cards and more souvenir type items. My wife and I found a nice book about the Great Ocean Road that had some very nice...

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  • Bathing Suits and Beachwear

    Jetty Surf is a shop that sells beach wear, surfwear and accessories. My wife and I were walking along Bourke street when their window display caught our attention. A huge white,green and blue wave made entirely of Haviana flip flops was installed in the front window and entrance of the store. It was a Wow display that brought pedestians off the...

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  • Everything You Could Want or Need

    The Queen Victoria Markets are the largest open air market in the Southern Hemisphere since the 1850's. As well as being a tourist destination it is a great place for locals to find souvenirs, clothing, gifts, wine, specialty food items, home wares, fresh produce, meat, seafood, breads, cheeses, candy, pastry and prepared foods. Our hotel was only...

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Melbourne Local Customs

  • Get the inside scoop

    Melbourne isn't a big city but it punches well above it's weight in plenty of categories. There's so many places to eat and drink, festivals and event, exhibitions and gigs and markets and all the rest. We've visited a few times and know our way around but really felt we could have used some help from a savvy local. If you've got a friend like that...

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  • Enjoy a Lamington

    My wife and I first discovered Lamingtons in 2009. Lamingtons are little sponge cakes coated in chocolate and topped in shredded coconut. We have found Lamingtons in every bakery since it is such a popular Australian treat. I actually like them but my wife is not a fan of coconut.During our visist to Melbourne we picked up a rather large Lamington...

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  • GST

    Visitors to Australia can reclaim any GST on goods purchased over $300 from a single store no more than 30 days prior to departure. Refunds are payable at the designated refund facility located past Customs up to 30 minutes before flight departure. You will need your tax invoice and goods to obtain a refund.

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Melbourne Warnings and Dangers

  • Ticket Inspectors

    Melbourne has has had so many changes to it's public transport ticketing system recently that lots of locals choose not to pay. The visitor should be wary of following this lead. The fine is steep, and the enforcers neanderthal.If you spy a group of 4 or 4 blue uniformed knuckledraggers boarding a train or tram beware. These guys need to travel in...

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  • MYKI VISITOR CARDS

    More text to ome.Melbourne public transport is ticketless and individual tickets cannot be purchased on board trams and buses and many rail stations (can be purchased at so-called premium stations). In order to travel you must have a MYKI card which contains stored money - 'tap on' card on the platform or on board when arriving and 'tap off' when...

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  • Watch where you go if you get sick

    This 'tip' is really a bit of black humour.At a suburban East Doncaster local shopping centre can be found an odd ball duo of businesses side by side and I've wondered how the planning department would allow 2 businesses to operate next to each other.Not sure if I want to visit the medical clinic with White Lady funerals as their neighbour. Is...

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Melbourne Tourist Traps

  • Hook Turns - not for the faint hearted

    One of the most perplexing things about Melbourne is our unique "Hook Turns." Until about 15 years ago there were only 5 hook turn intersections and all in the central business district, but be warned as there has been a population explosion of those dreaded turns and some could even find their way to an intersection near you (could almost be an...

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  • Cashiers at the Food Court and...

    In Melbourne, there were two incidents that the cashiers gave me a wrong change and no change at all...Be careful when you purchaser food at the food-court when you don't have small change. If you plan to use your A$50 or A$100 bills, make sure you know what you gave to the cashiers. They could treat your A$50 as A$20, if you did not count...

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  • Penguins Island

    Welcome to the Penguin World !I think this is a tourist trap ! We paid quite an amount of aussie dollars just to see a few tiny penguins that came out of the water after sunset. Better if you know how to drive to the island then to join a tour. It's extremely windy and cold, don't forget to bring a jacket along with you if you visit this island...

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Melbourne What to Pack

  • A Prepared Traveller

    My wife and I usually travel light on long haul trips; a rollaboard a piece. 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...

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  • unusual weather

    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...

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  • Travel light

    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. 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...

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Melbourne Off The Beaten Path

  • Melbourne's Pink Lake

    Beside the city side incline of Westgate Bridge in Port Melbourne is Westgate Park, where one can find an urban example of the unusual 'pink lake'. Westgate Park is a haven for wildlife jammed into a largely industrial wasteland near one of Melbourne's container unloading ports at Webb Dock. The park has a network of bicycle and walking paths, and...

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  • Scrap Metal Dragons

    Melbourne has a collection of oddball and underappreciated public art. Usually, anything that is a little unusual, or modern is targeted for mock outrage by one of Rupert's local rags. This particular sculpture is created by a private company, and shows a novel use of their product - recycled steel, often from the car we once drove. Two rust red...

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  • The Dandenong Ranges

    There is so much to do in Melbourne that many people never consider anything except the beaches, the shopping, and the night life. If that is the case, you have missed much of the beauty of Victoria.Aussie autumn doesn’t kick off in earnest until March, and while you wouldn’t usually associate the land of beaches, surfing, and summer heat with...

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Melbourne Sports & Outdoors

  • Tennis: The Australian Open

    The first of tennis's 4 Grand Slams and Melbourne starts it all every tennis calendar year in January downunder.The tournament was first played in 1905 as The Australasian Championships, becoming the Australian Championships in 1927 and the Australian Open in 1969. Melbourne Park (formerly Flinders Park) was constructed in time for the 1988 Open to...

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  • AFL Grand Final @ the "G"

    If you come to Melbourne between late March & late September you really have to come see a "footy" game at the "G" - the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Yeah I know it says "Cricket" Ground not "Footy" Ground, but cricket is for Summer & footy is for Autumn through Winter. And, "footy" in this case refers to Australian Rules football not Soccer (what...

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  • MCG - Melbourne Cricket Ground

    The Melbourne Cricket Ground, or MCG for short, is one of the most famous sporting venues in the world. It has been around since 1853, and is currently being upgraded. When it is finally complete, the capacity will be over 100,000 (presently 73,000).The MCG has held cricket, international soccer, Aussie Rules Football (AFL), Rubgy League, Rugby...

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Melbourne Favorites

  • Great Ocean Road

    I constantly fly to Melbourne with my partner and I always call Private Budget Tours Australia. They are a local couple from Melbourne whom provide private tours at affordable rates. They are very flexible and knowledgeable. When ever we go to Melbourne, they organise a good package deal for us as we like to go to different tours everyday. They...

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  • St. Kilda

    St Kilda is one of inner city suburbs of Melbourne and in recent years, it has begun to shake off a seamy reputation and is home to many of Melbourne's famous visitor attractions including Luna Park, the Esplanade Hotel, Acland Street, its many theatres and St Kilda Beach. St Kilda is home to many of the city of Melbourne's big events. Despite...

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  • Queen Victoria Market

    Check out the Queen Victoria Markets. Located on the corner of Elizabeth & Victoria Streets. At the markets you will find all sorts of things - fresh produce, clothes, crafts, jewelry, leather goods etc. It's a great place to spend a couple of hours... Open Tuesday to Sunday. Phone: 03 93205822 Web: www.qvm.com.au

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Top 10 Former Olympic Cities: Melbourne

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Despite the fact that most people thinking of "Olympics" and "Australia" conjure up images of Sydney, the first Olympic Games in the Southern Hemisphere and in Australia were actually held in Melbourne in 1956. Today, visitors to Australia's second largest city today will find it still has an exciting sports culture, as well as a burgeoning arts scene. The venue of the 1956 Opening Ceremony, the Melbourne Cricket Ground, is both a cultural icon and one of the most important cricket grounds in the world. Across the Yarra River, travelers can walk the Royal Botanic Gardens and the Shrine of Remembrance. St. Kilda, a neighborhood along the waterfront where the yachting competitions of the 1956 Olympics were held, is a great location for bike riding or strolling the oceanfront. The compact nature of central Melbourne and its hidden laneways make it ideal for exploring on foot and the street art scene means there's no shortage of visual stimulation as well. For those who want to see Australia's wild natural surroundings, Melbourne is also home to the Great Ocean Road, one of the world's most scenic drives, with views that include the Twelve Apostles.

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