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short break suggestions

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short break suggestions

We are in Melbourne for the formula 1 grand prix and are only planning on attending on the Sunday night for The Who concert. We arrive in Melbourne at 11 a.m. the day before. We have done Melbourne city lots of times but would like to grab a hire car and do an overnight stay around Melbourne on Saturday night, then be back in time for the Grand Prix later on Sunday night.

Can anyone suggest:

- a good Saturday night destination - nice cosy accomodation, good food, nice scenery

- Sunday night accomodation so we can easily get to and from Albert Park.

Thanks.

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1. Re: short break suggestions

Hi, we recently spent a weekend in Daylesford just over an hour from MEL and whilst we took a Britz Campervan we did have dinner at The Lakehouse which looked absolutely divine to stay in but we were happy in our campervan. The food at the Lakehouse was sensational and the owner Alla Wolfe - Tasker is a wonderful host.

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2. Re: short break suggestions

For an overnight stay, a personal favourite is Lorne - about 2 hours from Melbourne. It has a range of accommodation, quite a few restaurants to choose from, great views, forest and beach-side walks and (of course) a good beach (probably colder water than Qld, but in March that might not matter).

Another possibility is the Yarra Valley - lots of accommodation and dining options there, too.

--- G

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3. Re: short break suggestions

For Saturday night you could head down to either the Bellarine or Mornington Peninsula's. Do you fly in to Tullamarine or Avalon? Either one you can head down the Princes highway to Queenscliff which has some lovely guesthouses: visitvictoria.com/displayobject.cfm/…

Next morning you can catch the ferry to Sorrento & drive up through the Mornington Peninsula: visitvictoria.com/displayobject.cfm/…

There are some great wineries on both peninsula's, as well as good food.

For your Sunday night accomodation try looking around St Kilda so you can walk back after the concert rather than trying to get on a tram or find a cab. A friend stayed at the Cosmopolitan last week & it was fine: http://www.cosmopolitanhotel.com.au/ Otherwise check the reviews on here for other places to stay. You probably want to book ASAP.

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4. Re: short break suggestions

Thanks for your suggestions. So many options!!!! What I would love to do is make it to the Twelve Apostles, but am I kidding myself??? If we arrived in Melbourne by 8am on the Saturday would there be enough time - or would it be too much driving and too rushed?

Thanks everyone.

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5. Re: short break suggestions

If you are able to arrive Melb airport by 8 am. Pick up car and out of there by 9-9.30 you should have a comfortable drive to 12 Apostles. stay o/n at Port Campbell and pleasant drive back to Melbourne via Princes Hwy (approx 3.30 hours) in plenty of time for your concert.

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6. Re: short break suggestions

Thank you !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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