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Must sees for first Melbourne visit (10 days)

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Must sees for first Melbourne visit (10 days)

I would greatly appreciate specific suggestions for a first Melbourne visit in February 2006: tours(walking and coach) of the city and surrounding area(including the Great Ocean Road), restaurants (including vegetarian), transportation passes (I will not have a car), specific buildings, parks, sights.

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1. Re: Must sees for first Melbourne visit (10 days)

Old Melbourne Gaol

take a run out to Ballarat and go to Sovereign Hill or other Eureka Stockade stuff, see the Eureka Flag in the Ballarat gallery.

Melbourne Botanic Gardens

Melbourne War Memorial - needn't take long, but it's a really clever, and moving, design - you can take a free tour

Definitely the GOR. If you've got 10 days spend at least an overnight or 2 nights/3 days doing that

See Shearing the Rams (one of THE great Australian paintings)- where is it these days? Used to be in the National Gallery of Victoria, but I've lost track since they renovated there..

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1. Eat at The Flower Drum..Chinese Restuarant its absolutely fabulous..but expensive, you will have to book as its hard to get table.A real dining experience.

2.Eat at Lygon Street a row of Italian Restuarants in the suburb of Carlton.

3.Eat at Southbank..lovely waterfront restuarants.

Top Restuarants - The Botancial

The Flower Drum - Chinatown

Cafe di Stasio - St Kilda

Silks - Crown Towers Southbank

Tours -

Shopping Spree Tours - outlet tour.

Shop at Bridge Street - Richmond

Chapel Street - South Yarra

Queen Victoria Markets

Bourke Street Mall - city.

Take a ferry ride to the Docklands from Southbank.(Hop off hop on).

See Federation Square

Southgate/Southbank

Melb Observation Deck

The Botanical Gardens

Melbourne Museum

Chinatown

Great Ocean Road Tour

The Grampians - National Parks.

The Strathbogie Ranges - see Australian bush

and farmlands/forests/streams/vineyards.

See the Murray/Goulburn Rivers.

Visit Ballarat/Bendigo Old Gold Mining towns with historical interests.

Phillip Island and Gippsland

Mornington Peninsula

www.phillipislandgippsland.com.au

www.austwinetourco.com.au

www.shoppingspree.com.au

www.gowest.com.au - Great Ocean Road.

I'm sure Melbourne forum members will fill you in with more web sites and tour companies.

Have fun.

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3. Re: Must sees for first Melbourne visit (10 days)

1. Eat at The Flower Drum..Chinese Restuarant its absolutely fabulous..but expensive, you will have to book as its hard to get table.A real dining experience.

2.Eat at Lygon Street a row of Italian Restuarants in the suburb of Carlton.

3.Eat at Southbank..lovely waterfront restuarants.

Top Restuarants - The Botancial

The Flower Drum - Chinatown

Cafe di Stasio - St Kilda

Silks - Crown Towers Southbank

Tours -

Shopping Spree Tours - outlet tour.

Shop at Bridge Street - Richmond

Chapel Street - South Yarra

Queen Victoria Markets

Bourke Street Mall - city.

Take a ferry ride to the Docklands from Southbank.(Hop off hop on).

See Federation Square

Southgate/Southbank

Melb Observation Deck

The Botanical Gardens

Melbourne Museum

Chinatown

Great Ocean Road Tour

The Grampians - National Parks.

The Strathbogie Ranges - see Australian bush

and farmlands/forests/streams/vineyards.

See the Murray/Goulburn Rivers.

Visit Ballarat/Bendigo Old Gold Mining towns with historical interests.

Phillip Island and Gippsland

Mornington Peninsula

www.phillipislandgippsland.com.au

www.austwinetourco.com.au

www.shoppingspree.com.au

www.gowest.com.au - Great Ocean Road.

I'm sure Melbourne forum members will fill you in with more web sites and tour companies.

Have fun.

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4. Re: Must sees for first Melbourne visit (10 days)

Snodge,

the Australian Classics are in the federation Square section of the Vic Gallery.

My personal faves are a drive out thru the yarra valley to healesville sanctuary.

A trip down to Phillip island to the penguins (PI can be a destination in itself)

A drive down the Mornington peninsula and ferry acros to Queenscliff stopping at geelong on the way (or diverting off to the Great ocean road.

A trip on the tram down to St Kilda and eating at one of the cafes. Waling back along the beachfront afterwards.

Walking along the banks of the yarra is also a nice experience..or hire a cycle and have a gentle flat ride..

Willnino is in NZ at moment so he will possibly reply upon return.

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5. Re: Must sees for first Melbourne visit (10 days)

I'm in Melbourne now for our annual Christmas Feast.Make sure you bring the Fly repellant,there's a plague this year.

A visit to the Dandenongs is a lovely day out and there is plenty to do with markets,art galleries,wineries,B & B's,and the Puffing Billy train which takes you on a 25km journey from Belgrave to Gembrook through the Dandenong mountain Range.There are some great restaurants and old tea houses around Sherbrooke and Olinda.

The best place for lunch is on the Lunch & Dinner carriage on the Puffing Billy,it's a great dining experience whilst travelling through the mountains.

http://www.puffingbilly.com.au/index.html

www.bluedandenongs.com.au/homepage.html

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6. Re: Must sees for first Melbourne visit (10 days)

Hi GZL, we are still in NZ, in Hamilton in fact. Certainly not as warm as Melbourne over here but it is more humid. And rain...haven't seen it in Melb much at all this year but plenty over here. Actually nice to have a whole day of steady rain, caught up on some valuable reading. Spent today at Waitomo Caves, how much fun is the black water rafting, we had a great day. Nice steady rain now to sleep with, should be fine in the morning for our run.

Most places of interest have been covered by everyone posting beforehand, maybe you can go through them and talk about the specific ones that interest you. Be aware that Feb is the hottest month in Melbourne and you can get temps from mid 20's to over 40C. I would be planning things around the weather if I was you, especially coming from your very cold winter. There is also the added attraction of sports in Feb, as many top athletes will be in town with the Commonwealth Games just a month away.

Melb is a great walking city, where are you staying and we can help with walks from your hotel. Definitely do the "Tan", which is a track around the Botanic Gardens and is very, very popular. As GW says walking along the Yarra on both sides is great. You can combine the Tan walk with the Yarra walk. Restaurants are hard as there are soooooo many and they are so varied. Get up to Brunswick St for the Bohemian feel and some great Vege restaurants. Check out Ellemays summary of eating places in melb, tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g255100-i278-k3634…

Take a tram to Port Melb, check out Station Pier before walking towards or all the way to StKilda. Ferry across to Williamstown, then ferry back to StKilda and tram back to Melbourne. There are lots of posts and ideas on the Great Ocean Road, my advice is to spend two nights out of Melb, around the Great Ocean Road. Suggested places to stay are Lorne, Apollo Bay, Port Campbell, Warnambool, etc. All have fantastic beaches. Do the helicopter ride from the 12 Apostles too if you have the budget for it. Better get back to the NZ rain, 32C in Melb tomorrow....perfect one day...hmmmm :-))

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7. Re: Must sees for first Melbourne visit (10 days)

Thanks, everyone, for all the concete suggestions-- enough to fill more than 10 days, I'm sure.

Will be staying in Elizabeth St. at Toad Hall I think it is called, so if willnino wants to offer a walking tour from there, would be welcome.

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8. Re: Must sees for first Melbourne visit (10 days)

Not sure where Toad Hall is...just checked it, at 441 Elizabeth. Elizabeth St in the city is basically the very centre of town. Roads run north-south or east-west, Eliz St is the centre road running north-south. 441 is at the northern end of Eliz St, so you are on the fringe of the CBD. Not sure if that makes sense to you.

You have a tram running right outside your door, so not sure what the noise is like, they do stop at midnight though. You will be very close to the Victoria Market and Flagstaff Gardens. Walking will depend on how far you want to go but here are a few examples.

Your hotel to the GPO in Eliz St which is considered the very centre of town would be 5-10mins walk south.

Another 5 mins south of the GPO is the Flinders St railway station, which borders the Yarra River. Walking tracks are on both sides of the river.

Heading west you will find Southgate, 2mins

Crown Casino complex...5mins

Aquarium...5mins

East are the longer walks.

MCG....20mins

Botanic Gardens...25mins

National Tennis Centre....20mins.

For slow walking add on 50% to these estimates. All the above walks are along the Yarra River paths and not near roads. You can also hire bikes and cycle these paths, good fun riding.

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9. Re: Must sees for first Melbourne visit (10 days)

Toad Hall is between Melbourne Central (shopping complex corner of Elizabeth and La-trobe streets) and the Queen Victoria Markets. It is on the left hand side if your walking up from the Bourke st mall or Flinders street. From memory it is just down from the YWCA hotel and is a small 3 stroy buiding you enter down a cobbled laneway. Really I would still classify that as the CBD as the CBD doesn't really finish until a few blocks further north (Victoria Parade) - you are only 5 minutes at most from both the market and the shopping area (opposite directions), 5 minutes frm Melbourne Central underground station and a tram line runs right in front.

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10. Re: Must sees for first Melbourne visit (10 days)

Forgot to mention - if you hire a car there are hire car agencys right across the road from you and along Franklin street which is the next block - all the majors and your on the side that you would come in from the airport.