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7 days in Melbourne

I've thouroughly researched the Cairns and Sydney sections of our trip.

Thanks to all who've helped.

Just the Melbourne bit to do now.

We have 7 nights there.

First four will be with relo in Mt Eliza. Any ideas for couple of day trips out from there. Will the penguins be at Phillip Island. How about Dandenongs? Is there an old steam train round that way?

Then we relocate to Geelong to another relative for 1, 2 or 3 nights.

On the way from Mt Eliza to Geelong I thought we could stop off in the city centre for a mooch. After 1 night in Geelong we will decide whether to stay for another 2 or relocate again an hotel nearer the centre as we have two more sets of friends (who can't put us up) one in Preston and one in St Kilda, who we want to link up with.

Out Geelong way is there much worth seeing? I did think of Sovereign Hill, Ballarat.

I can go to the excellent site... australia.com as recomended but I wondered if members could also come up with recomendations. We like wildlife, quirky historical districts, water side cafes and iconic sites such as Flinders Street Station.

Is there an open top bus that covers the main sights of the city.?

When coming in from Geelong, would it be best to park a little out and come in on a bus train or tram?

I realise I'm asking for a lot of info here, so thanks in advance.

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1. Re: 7 days in Melbourne

1 ) - 4 nights in Mt Eliza. Day trip and evening at Phillip Island. visit parks, Churchill Island, ranger walk, eco-cruise and Penguin Parade.

Day trip visiting wineres, scenery, Sorrento and Peninsula and Cheviot Beach where one of our Prime Ministers disappeared. Arthurs Seat and Seven Winds garden. (maybe)

One evening visit Moonlight Sanctuary.

One day Dandenong Ranges, Healesville Sanctuary, Rhododendron Gardens(depends on what month you visit), William Rickets Sanctuary, Lots of arty places and Devonshsire Tea! Puffing Billy - very popular steam train- though hauled by deisal in fire danger period.

2. Friends in Preston and St. Kilda. Drive from Mt. Eliza along the Nepean Hwy and Beach Road(from Mordialloc) to St. Kilda. Then drive to Preston using Punt Road(??? city DE's to correct!).

Stay o/n at or near Preston or return to Mt Eliza or drive to Werribee for o/n. This will all depend on your timing.

3. If you return to Mt. Eliza - to go to Geelong - drive south to Sorrento to catch the ferry to Queenscliffe and drive to Geelong. Queenscliffe has Victorian iron lace verandahs, Military Museum, Coast Watch Museum (quite close to ferry terminal) Bellarine Peninsula Steam Train. (historical district)on to Geelong.

OR if staying o/n near Preston or Werribee. - Werribee Mansion (historical - take the guided tour) and Open Range animal park.along the Melbourne Geelong Road (Princes Hwy west) Geelong. - Wool Museum, Geelong Botanic Gardens(Historical, waterside cafes), maybe something at the show grounds or the 'Cats' footy ground -depends on the days you will be in Geelong.

From Geelong you can visit the Great Ocean Road, Camperdown has some interesting old bluestone buildings and drystone walls built to keep the rabbits out (not the buildings justs the walls) volcanoes and back to Geelong

Visit Ballarat (historical and wild life park)and either back to Geelong or back to Melbourne via the Western Freeway.

4. >mooch around in Melbourne city< Go by train from Mt. Eliza(Frankston Station) or by train from Geelong. So much easier than trying to park in the city when you don't know your way around and where the best spots to park are! From Flinders St. Station go across the road to the Federation Square(quirky!) info centre for your self guided historical tour of Melbourne. take the free tram (around the CBD)and tourist bus (War Memorial, Botanic Gardens, Queen Vic Market, Flagstaff Hill) when your feet are tired. Catch the ferry from South Bank to Williamstown (historical-find the old timing pole- and waterside cafes.

5. No open tops! although there used to be a London double decker - I think the tram overheads get in the way. There are horse and carriage rides which is a commercial venture.

6. If you want to drive into the city from Geelong - cross the West Gate Bridge taking the left hand land into Todd St. at the bottome of the bridge. turn left and under the bridge to the 1st cross roads, turn left and follow this through to Crown Casino where there is generally parking to be had. I think its $6.00 for 3 hours $12 for 6 hours. (used to be $6 for 24 hours but times change. ) The city DE's can probably advise you better. Either drive in from Geelong or catch the train from Geelong.

www.visitvictoria.com.au

www.visitmelbourne.com.au

Perhaps you could spare a few more days?

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2. Re: 7 days in Melbourne

Fantastic reply garden

Thanks for going to all that trouble. I realy appreciate it!

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3. Re: 7 days in Melbourne

Have re read your post three times. So much info!

I didn't realise there was a ferry acroos the Jaws of the bay.

I think we will need another week for that lot!

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4. Re: 7 days in Melbourne

Will you have a car - if so take a three hour drive up the Hume and head to Beechworth, Yackandah, Rutherglen etc - they are all up in the top places in Australia to visit - historic towns, beautiful scenery, great food and wine - need to get out of Melbourne and see some of the countryside and really a very pleasant drive and perhaps even overnight.

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5. Re: 7 days in Melbourne

Thanks millsie.

in fact we are driving from sydney to melbourne (see my post Road trip sydney to Melbourne) we are breaking the journey in Canberra for two nights with relos then going thru the snowies till we rejoin the Hume at albury. i asked if we could get to Mt eliza in one day and the general consensus was... no. And someone suggested breaking the journey in Beechworth.

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6. Re: 7 days in Melbourne

If you are staying with relatives in Mt Eliza, then ask if they will take you very early evening to Seawinds at Arthurs Seat, before dusk.

There you have a sweeping view of Melbourne city then all the way south to the heads, it's incredible.

Also at dusk, dozens of Kangaroos come out from the bush to graze there, apart from which the gardens are very nice to be in anyway.

Maybe you could take BBQ meat there and have a BBQ before it.

All overseas visitors to our place have enjoyed this as a highlight.

Canberra is about 6 hours from Melbourne (driving), Albury about 4. Mt Eliza is another hour on from that.

Edited: 10 February 2011, 20:23
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7. Re: 7 days in Melbourne

That sounds great Maple, just my kind oF thing. I'll google it to check out.

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8. Re: 7 days in Melbourne

Maple

I've found arthurs seat Park on the google map, but seawinds gardens isn't marked. can you please give me a bit more info as to where it is, or do you enter the park and it's sign posted.

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9. Re: 7 days in Melbourne

Hi, thanks from me too!! We are off next week - two nights at Mornington Peninsular and then 6 nights at the Langham. That ferry to Williamstown sounds great and we might try to do the Arthurs Seat Park too.

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10. Re: 7 days in Melbourne

northernaspects.com.au/resources/NAmap.html

If you type in the search engine - 'Seawinds Garden Victoria, Australia'

there are several sites

(post 1. Sorry I spelt that incorrectly)