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No planning at all...

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No planning at all...

Hi all - my 14 year old son and I will be joining my husband who's currently on business travel, we will meet on Monday in Melbourne and have two days. (We will be traveling from there to Sydney then New Zealand).

Because DH is there for work. I have done no planning. However, I bet I'm going to have a little time to wander. We are staying at the grand hyatt - what would you within walking distance or an easy tram or cab ride?

I'm not looking for any full day itineraries. Just cool things we can do in an afternoon or evening. For the morning, I like to get up first, so any good wandering ideas for me solo, would be great! Thanks.

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1. Re: No planning at all...

Melbourne is a nice city for walking. You can have a walk along the Yarra river. In one direction you can walk to Melbourne Park (where the Australian Open is played), and in the other direction you can go to the casino. I prefer the former because it goes through parks. Or you can wander around the city centre. Chinatown is on Little Bourke Street and should also be in walking distance of where you are staying.

Edited: 19 April 2014, 04:42
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2. Re: No planning at all...

There's an Dreamworks exhibition on at the Centre for Moving Image at Federation Square at the moment - short walk from your hotel (might be of interest to your 14 year old). You might also enjoy the art gallery, walk along the river or through the Botanical Gardens - all walkable from your hotel. Catch a tram up to the Melbourne University terminus (end of Swanston Street), then a short walk to Lygon Street for restaurants and cafes. A little further afield, you might enjoy a tram ride down to St Kilda - many tram options.

You shouldn't have to take a tram at all if you only have a couple of days. Just ensure you and your son have a Myki card before you use public transport - your hotel should be able to help you with this.

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3. Re: No planning at all...

Thanks so much - I was looking at the team online. It looks like there's a circle route of points of interest. Is this worth trying to catch? How far is it from our hotel?

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4. Re: No planning at all...

You and your teen might enjoy visiting the Old Melbourne Gaol. I and my teens found it fascinating.

http://www.oldmelbournegaol.com.au/

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5. Re: No planning at all...

The #35 City Circle tram is worth a ride. It's free and therefore usually crowded, but still a bit of fun. Look up the route online. There are trams going clockwise & anti-clockwise, and they aren't far from your hotel.

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6. Re: No planning at all...

The Grand Hyatt is in an area of Melbourne that is sometimes called the Paris end of Collins Street, for good reason. The concierge at the hotel can help you with walking routes as there are great places to go in any direction. If your 14yo is interest in sports, I'd highly recommend a visit to the Melbourne Cricket Ground (or the 'Gee as Melbournians refer to it). You can take a tour that takes about 75 minutes and then visit the National Sports Museum. Old Melbourne Goal is just up the road and also worth a visit as longhorn74 suggested. If you do this in the morning then Lygon Street is a short walk away for lunch, however, make sure you go past Argyle Park before you stop and eat. By the way - when in Sydney - do the Harbour Bridge Climb.

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7. Re: No planning at all...

Sorry I meant to say you shouldn't have to catch a taxi, instead you can rely on the public transport network while in Melbourne.

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8. Re: No planning at all...

In short you are in the best part of the city and close to alot of sights within walking. The hotel will have all the info.t

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9. Re: No planning at all...

In short you are in the best part of the city and close to alot of sights within walking. The hotel will have all the info.

Edited: 24 April 2014, 23:22
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10. Re: No planning at all...

And if you do plan on using public transport other than the free City Circle tram, then I suggest you read up on Myki which is our stored card public transport ticketing system - no tickets are sold on trams and getting on one you risk a large fine as there are roving inspectors (and I'm not sure how much saying your a tourist will cut ice as they are not forgiving to locals).

The problem is you have to 'buy' the stored card (which can be bought from major rail stations and some 7/11's) for around $10 (I think) and there is no refund or rebate on that charge when you leave.

http://ptv.vic.gov.au/tickets/myki/