Melbourne Travel Guide

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Melbourne Things to Do

  • Great Ocean Road

    If you don't have a car you need to take a tour, most are about AUD 100, slithly cheaper without food, and i have seen a chinese agency having it for AUS 69. The tour i had started quite early (there are also sunset tours) and was excellent except for the food.

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  • Queen Victoria Market

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Hard to believe - There is more! I found old buildings along Victoria street which had been turned into shops. These two storey shops opened in 1887, and in 1884 the single storey shops were opened along with others in Elizabeth street in the same year. They were specialty shops, each restored but not open when I was there. F Shed Laneway is...

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  • Phillip Island and Penguins

    If you are very interested in wildlife like I am, do pay a little more and sign up for a guided penguin watching experience with a ranger. These private groups are kept small (about 10-15pp) and you get front row seats to the amazing sight of Fairy penguins emerging from the sea. You will be provided with headphones to listening to explanations...

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Melbourne Hotels

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Melbourne Restaurants

  • Combined Suggestions

    4 out of 5 stars

    We ate a few places on our 2014 visit. Jimmi Jamz in Brunswick is a nice brunch/breakfast place with good service and a nice outdoor area. Poached eggs on toast was $9 and was great. Manchipster fish and chips is a great takeaway in south bank. They do burgers and steak sandwiches too. The chill steak sandwich at $9 was a winner for me. In the...

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  • The Colonial Tramcar Restaurant

    5 out of 5 stars

    One of the worlds most unique dining experiences can be found on board the Colonial Tramcar Restaurant. Limited choice 5 course meal (late sitting - 3 courses for early dinner) while watching the panorama of a beautiful city from a superbly presented fully air-conditioned vintage tram as it trundles its way through the city and close-to-the-city...

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  • Personal Experiences

    3 out of 5 stars

    Thanks to everybody who posted... We have been spoilt as we spent 3months travelling through Northern Italy last year and we hoping to repeat the eating experience. We didnt want to end up in the old stock standard everybody does the same pizza and pasta sort of deal that you get when you get a setup like Lygon st, and another like Fremantle in...

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Melbourne Nightlife

  • The Heart of Fitzroy

    When I lived in Fitzroy, the Provincial was the beating heart of a Saturday night out on Brunswick Street. It was shambolic and rough, but the people were friendly and the evenings were always a ton of fun. There would often be bands playing live music inside, and street artists outside like fire eaters or buskers. Today it looks just as rough...

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  • Musicals

    One of Melbourne's oldest buildings, the Princess Theater has been putting on performances since 1854. Today it is the center of musical productions in the city, with classics like Phantom of the Opera, West Side Story and more modern runs like Mamma Mia!

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  • The Espy

    If you like loud music in grubby bars you'll probably fall in love with the Espy, and it doesn't seem to have changed much in the years since I used to hang out here in 1995. It's possible they haven't even painted it. It has a perfect spot - facing the bay on the Esplanade. You'll want to come here early on a Saturday evening after a day on the...

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Melbourne Transportation

  • Trams

    I love the tram system in Melboure, it has to be the best city transport system in Australia. Ticketing is easy to understand and relatively affordable. Day tickets and multi trip tickets are best value but remember you need to buy them before you board the tram. The free city circle tram is a great way to get to know the layout of the city and...

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  • SkyBus

    If you are arriving at Tullamarine Airport and need to get to the CBD (Central Business District) there is no better way than the Sky Bus which operates 24 hours a day. There are two stops at the airport so find out which terminal you require (they are very near each other ) if you are being dropped off for your return flight. When you are arriving...

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  • City Circle Tram

    A very big area in the central business district of Melbourne is served by tram for free. All tram running inside that area are free. I was really surprised to see such a clever idea of public transports. People leave cars outside of the city center which reduces either traffic and pollution. Here you can get a map of the free zone:...

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Melbourne Shopping

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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, home wares, fresh produce, meat, seafood, breads, cheeses, candy, pastry and prepared foods. Our hotel was only...

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  • Factory Outlets

    Heaps of discount outlet shops for fashion, books, luggage, shoes. A number of eateries for when your feet need a rest too. My favourites are Cue, Forever New, Review, Seduce, Veronica Maine and Wittner. Shoes at Wittner, clothes at Cue and PJ's at Peter Alexander. Depends on what you buy!

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  • Chadstone shopping centre

    Chadstone Shopping Centre is known as Melbourne's Fashion Capital and is probably the largest shopping centres in Australia. You can get there quite easily by train/bus from the Melbourne CBD but there is another option. A free shuttle bus service operates daily from the CBD and will have you at Chadstone shopping in around 30 minutes. Bookings...

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Melbourne Local Customs

  • Personal Experiences

    while walking around the city center in Melbourne we saw some pair of shoes hanging on the power lines. We could not understand why they were hanging and so, once back to hotel we did an online research. It seems that people t tie the laces of the shoes together and throw them as a sort of bolas. Why? It seems that there are only hypothesis: bully...

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  • General Information

    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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  • Food and Drinks

    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...

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Melbourne Warnings and Dangers

  • Beware Of

    Just today 22 November 2012 a group of French girls were subjected to a vicious verbal attack on a city bus I am truly ashamed to live here in Australia http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/society-and-culture/why-so-few-spoke-up-for-a-woman-who-was-abused-on-a-city-bus-20121121-29qc4.html

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  • Safety in Melbourne

    There are some rougher parts of the city that a tourist might wander into, like St Kilda, but nowhere I wouldn't walk alone at night. There is a drinking culture, like in England, but the violence isn't the same levels. King Street in the centre can be troublesome late at night, with drunks and some fights breaking out. I've spent over a year...

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  • Driving

    Traffic in melbourne city can get quite crazy. Don't bother driving. You are better off walking and parking can be really expensive. Walking is definitely faster. If you are lazy. They have a really efficient public transport system of buses and trains. If you insist on driving. here's another word of caution - they have some unusual traffic rules...

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Melbourne Tourist Traps

  • General Information

    It was a night to behold - the 1st December 2008 - when Melbourne (and southern Australia) witnessed a strange sight - a large "smiley" appeared from the heavens ☺☻. The unusual astronomical event occurred when Venus, Jupiter and a three-day-old crescent Moon nearly "aligned" to form the face over our city. OK so why is this a tourist...

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  • Tourist Attractions

    There's 2 parts to this place. The controlled boardwalks area and the bushlands. The ranger tells you that in the boardwalk area (which is quite small), "u can spot koalas on the trees but there are only 6 of them around. So have fun spotting them. If you want to see more, try your luck in the bushlands" - You wouldn't want to pay money to play...

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  • St Kilda Beach House

    When arriving quite tired after a long journey, instead of honoring your booking they try to make a fast buck by trying to sell you a room for triple the price and if you don't accept become rude and threatening! And still didn't get my downpayment back! There are many similar priced places nearby, don't book at that place!

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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

  • Rural Victoria

    Far West of Melbourne you can discover the Victorian Alps, the southern edge of the Great Divide as it turns a corner at the bottom of the continent. The Victorian Alps are made up of rugged steppes, snowy peaks and high plains, popular with hikers, skiers and off-roaders respectively. It's a beautiful and desolate area to wander or drive through,...

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  • Great Ocean Road

    We did a day trip to the great ocean road. When we had to decide which trip to choose it was no simple as different companies offered more or less the same kind of trip but prices could be very different. At last we opted for the gray line which was not the cheapest but still convenient if compared with most: it was 120 AUD per person. We saw other...

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  • Melbourne CBD

    North Melbourne, previously known as Hotham borough, is located about 2kms from Melbourne CBD. I must admit that we had only driven through here before, this time we had a look around and I found some gems of old buildings. Around the1840s, all that was here was a cattle yard, then people came and settled and the area grew so much, that In 1859...

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Melbourne Sports & Outdoors

  • Australian Rules Football (AFL)

    Etihad Stadiums opened in March 2000, since then more than 35 million people have come to experience one of the events on offer. Every year as many as 80 arena sports and entertainment events as well as 600 non-event day functions take place at the Stadium. The stadium was purpose built for AFL (Aussie Rules football), and is recognised as one of...

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  • Australian Open - Tennis

    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...

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  • Other Sports

    The sports mad Aussies have often debated about which among Sydney and Melbourne is the sporting capital of the country. The city of Melbourne I have to say has the advantage as it hosts some of the most important sporting events including the Australian Open tennis, Melbourne Cup as well as a selection cricket and rugby matches. The city has some...

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Melbourne General

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  • Great Ocean Road

    See the towering 12 Apostles, iconic surf breaks and misty waterfalls. Discover a diverse array of things to see and do in the region, from outdoor activities such as surfing, scuba diving and sea kayaking to arts, cultural and heritage attractions. Admire the stunning coastline on the Great Ocean Walk, get up close to native wildlife at Tower...

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  • Crown Casino

    I stood one night, unknowingly, beside the river when all was suddenly light. From whence had this emanated I immediately wondered. It was over in moments, so I was unsure, then it burst with a roar and it filled the sky. There was a time, co-inciding with the massive gas flame bursts, when I thought I had done Hell and Melbourne in one hit. The...

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  • Personal Experiences

    Melbourne 774 ABC Radio Station http://www.abc.net.au/melbourne/ Live streaming of news, views, current affairs, talkback, entertainment, sport, music, and rural issues covered. Podcasts of sessions you may miss available for download. http://www.onlymelbourne.com.au/melbourne_details.php?id=4007 for other internet based information

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Top 10 Former Olympic Cities: Melbourne

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

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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