Melbourne Travel Guide

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Melbourne Things to Do

  • Great Ocean Road

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    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

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    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

  • 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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  • Pho Bo Ga Mekong Vietnam

    4 out of 5 stars

    There is nothing better on a cold winter's day than to pop into the basic laminex wonderland of Pho Bo Ga Mekong Vietnam in Swanston Street for a warming bowl of Vietnamese beef soup. There is a choice of large, medium and small bowls. You should select the size which suits you best. A word of warning. The Large bowl is very large indeed. Once...

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  • 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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Melbourne Nightlife

  • 1806 Cocktail Bar

    1806 is a slightly hard to find facade which leads downstairs into what is probably the best cocktail bar in Melbourne. If it's not the best, it's in the top 3 without a doubt. The lighting is low and red, the bartenders masters of their craft, and the mood lively and talkative. Food is available and is great (menus are given at the door) however...

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  • Bridie O'Reillys

    With all the history Australia has of England shipping the Irish over to work Australia's lands... did you doubt that one of the best places to get a beer is in an Irish pub? Birdie O'reilly's is actually located in the heart of Chapel Street, and ironically enough it used to be a church! Now it is the home of a great little Irish pub, which is...

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  • Bar Nothing

    This is a laid back little venue in Carlton which not only provides a relaxed atmosphere but the cheapest cocktails in Melbourne! You only have to pay $11 for three truly superb cocktails, including a 'Sandra Sully' - named a local newsreader. On Wednesdays its even cheaper - $11 for 4 cocktails. The barstaff are friendly and the retro couches are...

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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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  • 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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  • Air Travel

    My flight from Melbourne to Brisbane was with Jetstar, the Australian owned airline, an off shoot of Qantas. This is the cheaper "no-frills" service that offers very competitive prices for travel in Australia and some overseas destinations. "No frills" means no entertainment, no food or drinks included in the price. You can have emails sent to...

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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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  • Arcade shops

    Looking for a unique gift, then the Royal Arcade may be the place to come as it's home to many interesting small shops full of items I hadn't seen elsewhere. One of the gift shops had some delightful quirky cats, I loved the one of mother cat carrying her kittens - I knew my cat lover friend would adore that one! Plenty of boutiques, a Tailor,...

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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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  • Crown Casino

    BUT YOU WILL IN THIS PHOTO: WALKWAY ALONG THE YARRA RIVER WITH MELBOURNE CITY CENTER IN THE BACKGROUND AND THE ROYAL BOTANICAL GARDENS ACROSS THE ROAD ON THE LEFT (BARBARA'S RIGHT). We suggest you avoid the Crown Entertainment Complex on the south bank at all costs. You see as much about Melbourne and Australia here as you would by visiting New...

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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

  • Melbourne Cricket ground (MCG)

    The Melbourne Cricket Ground is just not for cricket as various sports take place here. It is a magnificent stadium that can seat up to 100,000 spectators, complete with restaurants, fast food outlets and bars, with plenty of toilet facilities. There are five gates to gain entrance and security is tight but well organised. We attended two soccer...

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  • 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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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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  • 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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