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Melbourne Cafe and Coffee Culture Walking Tour
"As cafe lovers will tell you there is more to coffee than a 43-bean blend – it’s also about where you’re enjoying your cup of joe. Nowhere in Australia is this more true that in Melbourne home to a thriving cafe culture. On this small-group walking tour through Melbourne’s maze of narrow laneways hear from your local guide the stories of the coffee revolution from the large coffee palaces in the 1950s to today’s hip boutique coffee bars.Hop on the tram and ride away from the crowds to smaller lesser-known lanes that are a coffee junkie’s paradise. As you walk enjoy the rich aroma of coffee roasting and smell exotic herbs and spices coming from the cafes. Discover the individual characteristics of each cafe
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Melbourne Lanes and Arcades Walking Tour
"Melbourne is the epicenter for all things fashionable. This three-hour tour will highlight the best that Melbourne has to offer showcasing local designers whilst acquainting you with the arcades and lanes. Wander through the famed Royal Arcade steeped in old-world charm and grace and if time permits visit Hosier Lane. With more than 50 stores boutiques and galleries you won’t have time to shop properly but to browse and perhaps pick up the odd trinket.With a vibrant public art scene and historical buildings that act as a backdrop you will discover the sophistication and charm that makes Melbourne such a diverse city. Melbourne is a foodies paradise and no visit would be complete with out sampling some of the local food and wine. Indulge your self with a chocolate tasting
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Melbourne Food and Wine Small-Group Walking Tour
"Melbourne’s love of food and wine has given rise to expert wine-makers and celebrity chefs who have made the city the culinary capital of Australia. While you’re there don’t miss this chance to experience the Melbourne food scene at its finest. Whet your appetite with an early evening walk three local restaurants with your guide. You’ll visit. Meet the sommelier who will present you with three flights (samples) of his or her favorite wines from the wine list and talk you through the tasting. Small plates will be prepared by the chef to complement the wines. Enjoy and repeat at two more local restaurants!"""Enjoy a unique culinary experience in Melbourne as you visit three well-known local restaurants for wine and food tastings. At each restaurant sample the sommeliers’ choice of wines paired with delicious seasonal dishes prepared in award-winning kitchens. More than a simple wine tasting this small-group tour is a chance to indulge in three of Melbourne’s best epicurean establishments."
From AUD170.00

Great Ocean Road Tips (25)

When visiting Melb, don't...

Favorite thing When visiting Melb, don't forget to pay a visit to Great Ocean Road. You'll see things that you don't see everyday. Amazing view!

Fondest memory I had my greatest time in my life when I was in Melb. I get to spend time with my better half and my friends. Not to forget the sunset in St.Kilda and also the Crown Entertainment Centre. An absolutely great place that you must not miss when you visit Melbourne!

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jasc_chia
Aug 25, 2002

visit the spectacular Great...

Favorite thing visit the spectacular Great Ocean Road. Driving there is not easy. The road is long and winding (maximum speed allowed = 35 km per hour)! It takes alot of courage and great eyesight to drive along this scenic route. You can see what I mean from the photo below.

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Twinkling
Aug 24, 2002

take a side-trip and drive...

Favorite thing take a side-trip and drive down south of Melbourne to THE GREAT OCEAN ROAD to catch the most SPECTACULAR views of a row of great stone pillars emerging from the sea! I have NEVER seen such unbelievable scenery any where else in the world - yet.

Fondest memory Driving there deserves an entire chapter altogether! The winding narrow roads will only allow vehicles to move at 35 km per hour... so needless to add, by the time we reached the first of the many spectacular rocks, The 12 Apostles, it was 4 hours later!

P.S. That's me with my Australian aunt and cousin doubling up as my tour guides. Kudos to them.

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Krystynn
Aug 24, 2002

Will you go visit Melbourne...

Favorite thing Will you go visit Melbourne someday? Mind you. You HAVE TO go to the Great Ocean Road. It is really fascinating with between green and blue dazzling bubbles and breakers.

Fondest memory I really miss the beautiful and clean invironment in Melbourne. Green trees in city and the grass on the street. Easy-going people..

sjwish
Aug 24, 2002
 
 
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see Port Campbell's National...

Favorite thing see Port Campbell's National Park. A 32km. stretch of scenic and historic coastline incorporating a magnificent series of sheer cliffs, deep caverns, great archways, grottos, island gorges, blowholes and spectacular off-shore rock stacks.
THE GROTTO: the path leads down to a beautiful rock pool about 8mt. above the sea.
LONDON BRIDGE: one of the best known features of the coastline. The arch linking the 'bridge' to the mainland collapsed in January 1990.
TWO MILE BAY: a long walk over sand dunes to a good fishing beach; ideal for collecting tiny cowrie sheles and exploring reefs and rook pools at low tide.
LOCH ARD GORGE: the most famous wreck along the Shipwreck Coast. The iron clipper 'Loch Ard' foundered in 1878 claiming 49 lives. There were two young survivors, Eva Carmichael and Torn Pearce who were washed into the gorge. Pearce managed to scale the precipitous cliffs to summon help and the story of tragedy and bravery continues to capture the imagination.

Fondest memory The photo below showes the famous Arch.

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giocatto
Aug 24, 2002

These are only some places you...

Favorite thing These are only some places you can see travelling down the Great Ocean Road.

Fondest memory The photo below shows 'The Shipwreck Coast', where the wrecks of over 80 ships lie on the ocean floor. Many ships carrying immigrants to the gold fields of Victoria floundered in the treacherous seas.

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giocatto
Aug 24, 2002

The very scenic 'Great Ocean...

Favorite thing The very scenic 'Great Ocean Road', runs for some 300km from just outside Geelong through to Warrnambool on the south coast of Victoria.
A drive along here will provide you some of the most beautiful scenery in Australia.
For most of the 300km., the road hungs the coast line giving a spectacular ride for the passengers, but not raccomanded for the driver as the road certainly needs to be driven with care.
Along the road, you will find many stopping places to take a look, many private and secluded beaches. If you want to find somewhere private, well there is enough room for everyone.
Along the Great Ocean Road, are whats called 'The Twelve Apostles'. These are large lumps of land scatterd into the sea, sadly no longer 12 but only about 9 remaining and are getting smaller as time passes.

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giocatto
Aug 24, 2002

12 Apostles

Favorite thing Another view from the Great Ocean Road, there are lookout points and pathways on the cliffetops all along the road allowing you to see such features as the Ridgeback and London Bridge.

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Steve-H
Mar 17, 2005

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Erosion is what caused the...

Favorite thing Erosion is what caused the stunning 12 apostles along the Great Ocean Road,and they are continuing to get eroded,not far from now there will be no more '12 apostles' as there are only 10 left.

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RamSter
Sep 12, 2002

The 12 Apostles and Great...

Favorite thing The 12 Apostles and Great Ocean Drive are the main highlights of Victoria,i have to be honest,you come to Victoria,if you miss out on this...YOURE A NUT!
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RamSter
Sep 12, 2002

Within The Great Ocean Road...

Favorite thing Within The Great Ocean Road are the splendid OTWAY FORESTS beautiful sub-tropical forest surrounded by calming waterfalls and streams.

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RamSter
Sep 12, 2002

The Grotto in the Great Ocean...

Favorite thing The Grotto in the Great Ocean Road, One Of The Greatest Coastal Drives In the world...NO dobut about that!

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RamSter
Sep 12, 2002

Things to Do Near Melbourne

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Flinders Street Station

Mention Flinders Street Railway Station and nearly every Australian would know your talking about Melbourne. Want a meeting place, then under the clock with everybody else at Flinders Street...
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St Paul's Cathedral Melbourne

When I walked into St. Paul's Anglican Cathedral I was immediately attracted to the stone work, cream limestone banded with bluestone - stunning! The floors and walls are beautiful, as they are...
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Federation Square

Federation Square has two courts, St. Paul's court located next to the Visitor Information centre and Swanston Street Forecourt. The Square itself is a huge open area and has a stage and there is a...
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Regent Theatre

THE REGENT THEATRE Really it is quite lucky that it is standing here today, as fire and flood and even demolishment meant it may have been destroyed for ever. Many outstanding old buildings were...
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Australian Centre of Moving Images - ACMI

We had heard so much about ACMI ( Australian Center for the Moving Image) we were extremely disappointed when we arrived there. We asked at the reception what we could see and the girl said that there...
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The Forum Theatre

The stunning architecture of the Forum Theatre (formerly State Theatre) is the kind I didn't expect to find in Melbourne nor Australia - it definitely reminded me of Egypt! In the early 1920s, Stuart...
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