1 night in Melbourne?

Jul 18th, 2005, 07:58 AM
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1 night in Melbourne?

We are returning to the USA from Ayers Rock through Melbourne as a stopover in September, and so we have just 1 night in Melbourne! We arrive at 5:35PM on a Monday and leave the next morning at 10:25AM.
How long will it take us to get to/from the airport (and how expensive)? And (more importantly) what do you recommend we see/do on this last night of our honeymoon?
Right now, we have a reservation with the Colonial Tramcar (8:35pm-11:30pm). Does anyone have better recommendations, or suggestions for something we should do after the Tramcar (or before)? ..we're staying at the Park Hyatt.

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Jul 18th, 2005, 11:14 PM
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If you arrive at 5.35 at Melbourne Airport, it will be about 6.00PM at the earliest before you have collected your luggage and can get transport into the city and the Park Hyatt. You will get to the hotel about 7.00PM and have to check in. I assume you will need to then ready yourselves for the night on the Tramcar Restaurant. I suggest you will have NO time to do anything else beforehand. If the Tramcar dinner finishes at 11.30PM, and you have to leave Melbourne Airport at 10.25AM, that means you will have to be at the airport by at least 8.00AM. That means you will have to leave the hotel at 7.00AM. That means you will have to rise at 6.00AM (or sooner, if you are to have breakfast). These figures indicate that you could have, at most, 6 hours sleep before undertaking a seriously long flight to the USA. My guess is that your current arrangements are at the upper end of what can be managed.
A taxi from the airport to the Park Royal should cost about A$30-35, and could take as much as an hour, depending on traffic, though it should be a bit quicker than that.
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Jul 19th, 2005, 02:34 AM
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I agree with the previous poster, you won't have much time for anything else and if your flight is delayed or you hit a traffic snarl you could even have problems making the dinner. If you really want to do something afterwards, you could see the view of the city from the 35th floor ladies/mens toilets at the Sofitel (top end of Collins St). Yes, you read that right, view from the loo. There is a bar on that level where you can get a drink. Or you could walk along the Yarra River near the casino and Southbank though it might be a bit cold at that time of year.
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Jul 19th, 2005, 09:15 PM
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Hi -

Here's a vote for blowing off the Tramcar dinner. Don't get me wrong - it is a good experience, but if you only have 1 night in Melb. it's not how I would spend it. In Sept, it will be dark all thru your dinner so there isn't much to see - and the food is good, but there are so many better restaurants around where you are staying. Radii (in the Park Hyatt)is great. $$ though...but for the last night of your honeymoon?? My advice would be to check in, wander the city (it isn't going to be that cold...maybe 50 faren.)around Southbank, Lt. Collins St (lots of cafes/bars), Fed Square - and then have dinner. The city gets pretty quiet during the week after 6:00, so I don't imagine you would have trouble getting a reservation most places. Other suggestions are Langton's (v. $$), Italy1 (good prices & great food and v. romantic), Becco. Could also hop in a cab & shoot down to St. Kilda, or Brunswick St, or Lygon St...
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Jul 20th, 2005, 02:01 AM
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I haven't done the tramcar and my Melbourne expertise is pretty thin, but I'm mindful of the advice never to eat in anything that floats, revolves or (I forget the third, but I suspect that it covers tramcars).

This suggestion is based on no personal experience, but given that it's the last night of your honeymoon maybe you could consider dinner at a flash (but not intimidating) eatery. Maybe the Flower Drum, of which the New York Times reviewer R. W. Apple Jr said "It may well be the best Chinese restaurant anywhere, as its partisans believe." It seems you'd need to book ahead as far as possible, though.

Maybe Fodorites better acquainted with Melbourne can come up with other suggestions - upmarket Italian sounds good too.
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Jul 20th, 2005, 08:44 PM
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If I can put in my 2cents worth I would suggest that you veto the tramcar restaurant and instead take a normal tram down to St. Kilda Beach and have dinner at the Stokehouse Restaurant (upstairs). The food is fabulous (it is expensive, but worth it). Ask for a booth seat. It is a shame that you can't get there during the day (lovely view over Port Phillip Bay, but still well worth the visit. Jump the tram back to your hotel.
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