Dare I Plan? Melbourne - Sydney - Auckland

Oct 2nd, 2014, 03:48 PM
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gruezi -

I assume you've arranged your OZ visas?

I only ask because I can relate to last minute trips and how some things can be overlooked.
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Oct 2nd, 2014, 04:47 PM
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Bokhara2- great idea! Thank you!
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Oct 2nd, 2014, 06:34 PM
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Hi AnnHig - thanks so much for all those great ideas. I'll be bringing along this thread.

Cristeen - oh please tagalong here! I will share back on our time.

Mel - yes - my husband has been to Australia a few times before so he got that all taken care of. Thx for the reminder
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Oct 2nd, 2014, 09:36 PM
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Hi Greuzi
By coincidence, I went past the new Sheraton today when I went out to buy some lunch. It is very well placed at the eastern end of Little Collins Street, about a minutes’ walk to the free city circle tram. A few short blocks to Flinders Street station and Federation Square.
On 12 October in the lane opposite your hotel, there is a Latin American lane festival – food, drinks. Music, dancing, crafts etc, you might be interested in this.
My not to be missed recommendation is the opening of the Melbourne Festival on 10 October at 6pm at Federation Square (https://www.melbournefestival.com.au...on/genre/free/). Indigenous welcome, followed by free concert. I doubt that you will see anything like it anywhere else. You could combine this with the visit to the Ian Potter (as recommended by Marg above).
Also highly recommended is the Centenary of the first World War exhibition on at the Shrine of Remembrance, you could combine this an exploration of the Alexandra Gardens, the Queen Victoria Gardens and the Botanical Gardens. Catch any tram going south along Swanston Street
For a combined garden and art experience, Heide Gallery of Contemporary Art fits the bill. The home of the Heidelberg School of Art and the added bonus of a very nice café run by Shannon Bennett (head chef at the highly rated, very expensive Vue De Monde at the Rialto). It is about 25 to 30 minutes from the city and you can get there by the Bullen bus (number 200, I think), leaves from Lonsdale St (http://www.heide.com.au/)
Margs’ suggestions of the The Emporium ( great for shopping and good quality lunch spots) and the Melb Zoo are both good (tram 55 from William St goes to zoo)
Taking a ferry to Williamstown from Southbank along the Yarra, thro’ the ports and across the bay is worthwhile (I think). Williamstown altho a suburb is of historical significance, architecture, and views of the city across the water etc. You can get the ferry from there to St Kilda, explore St.Kilda, see the fairy penguins and get the tram back to the city.
This is just a smattering of ideas, there are heaps of things to see and do in Melbourne.
If you are interested in day trips to Ballarat, Yarra Valley, Philip island, Bendigo et al, the coaches leave from Fed Square (behind the Ian Potter on Exhibition St)
Hope this is helpful and you have a great time in Melbourne. The weather forecast for next week looks good, no rain temperature range from 28C to 17C (daytime), 9C to 12C (overnight).
Daylight saving stars on Sunday 5 October, so you will have longer days to explore
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Oct 2nd, 2014, 11:15 PM
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I missed the bit about you being a foodie.
Some recs, these are all in the city and within easy walking distance of your hotel
Burma Lane
Cumulus (no reservations)
Grossi Florentino (Bourke st)
MoVida (spanish tapas, very popular in a laneway)
Becco (Italian)
Supernormal (new, innovative, I think named best restauraunt of 2014)
Madame Brussels (Rooftop)
New Gold Mountain (Liverpool st off Bourke)
Bomba (Lonsdale St)
Siglo (Spring st, on top of Eurpoean, Views over Parliament House)
Ampere (16 Russell place- open very late, drinks and food)
Red Humming Bird (246 Russell St - look up and see a red bird cage)
The doorperson at your hotel will be able to guide you to any of these. You can also look them up on google or their websites
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Oct 3rd, 2014, 04:57 AM
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Wow MissB - many thanks for such a thorough and helpful post! Very much appreciated.
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Oct 3rd, 2014, 02:34 PM
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And some Sydney foodie recommendations:

Ester (New restaurant of the year)

Nomad (mod Australian)

Six Penny (chef is graduate of Noma)

Moon Park (modern Korean)

Cho Cho (San modern Japanese)

Mr Wong

Berta Italian

Din Tai Fung (cheap excellent dumplings)
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Oct 3rd, 2014, 09:16 PM
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Better link to opening of Melb Festival (I hope!)
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Oct 6th, 2014, 10:40 AM
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Thank you Susan7!

MissB - yes that link worked. Sounds like a great event and I'm pleased we will still be here in Melbourne for it. Thanks for all your help!

We arrived yesterday evening after about 36 hours of travel. We did quite well except Mr. Gruezi's cold (brought back from a week in Brazil) got worse and I had to get him tea, cough medicine and put him to bed. That must be good medicine as he is still sleeping soundly at 5 am while I lie awake reading Fodor's and trying not to make noise. Our hotel is fine - very businessy IMO, but the location seems central and there is a lap pool which after so much sitting around I'm looking forward to using. Today I plan to get an overview of Melbourne on foot and tram and look into a trip to see the "12 apostles" later this week.

Thanks everyone for the speedy and helpful input - I compiled all the information here into a printout which we have on hand for restaurants and walks etc.
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Oct 6th, 2014, 02:13 PM
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glad you arrived safe and sound, save your DH's cold.

do try to make sure he keeps it to himself!
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Oct 6th, 2014, 02:55 PM
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Hi Ann - He is much better today after some codeine from the pharmacy. He's also on a brief Ebola like contamination/isolation plan

We switched hotels this am to the grand Hyatt. Much more comfortable and a gorgeous view.

I'm off to explore.
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Oct 6th, 2014, 04:09 PM
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Gruezi! Welcome!
Love the Grand Hyatt & the "Paris end " of Collins Street.

Hello MissB99, nice to see you popping up
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Oct 6th, 2014, 05:33 PM
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gruezi- So glad to hear you have gotten all together and made this wonderful trip. You are quick. I sure hope Mr. Gruezi is feeling better soon.
I have a GOR tour booked (we usually do not book tours. They have very good reviews on TA. They have also been very good at response and communication. It didn't hurt that their pricing was pretty good too. You may want to check them out?
I can not recommend them specifically on the tour because we have not gone, yet. We are scheduled to use them, though.
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Oct 6th, 2014, 09:39 PM
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Thanks everyone!

I'm loving this vibrant and fun city.

Had a wonderful tour of the NGA - learned a ton and saw some beautiful and provocative art.

Walked quite a bit and also took the full tram ride around the city center.

Had a most delicious lunch at Cumulus and then walked and walked and had a great latte at Brother Baba Budan a perfect little coffee shop. The coffee here is quite wonderful.

Time for a little nap as Mr. Gruezi has a social event planned for us with some work pals tonight.

Cristeen - I'm going to take a one day tour to the 12 Apostles as I don't want to drive myself. I'll look into your tour company. You are going to love Melbourne. I'm having a ball.
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Oct 6th, 2014, 09:42 PM
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Yeah, baby. I've become a coffee addict.
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Oct 7th, 2014, 01:10 AM
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Gruezi- there's a good tourist info centre in Federation Square. 5 mins walk from your hotel. They will have the goods on Great Ocean Road day trips.

While you're at Federation Square, pop into the Ian Potter Gallery.

If you like Japanese, Chocolate Buddah is good. Between the info centre & Ian Potter.


Glad you're enjoying our coffee, now you know why we're so fussy!

Have fun exploring - the laneways & arcades are a treasure trove.

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Oct 7th, 2014, 03:29 AM
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Gruezi a very warm welcome to Melbourne.
Following on from Bokhara's post, just a thought. I am in the city, 2 blocks from your hotel , and would be more than happy to meet for a beverage, snack, chat, walk etc. If you are interested, I can meet you in the hotel foyer during the day, just name the time that suits you.
(Bokhara good to "see" you, hope all is well. I must post my completely unplanned trip to Japan earlier this year)
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Oct 7th, 2014, 03:57 AM
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Please do MissB99 - I have one friend living there & another going for her 6th visit on Friday, so I'm very interested in Japan just now.

Gruezi - you'll be in great company!
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Gruezi- I am also following your dining reviews. We will only be in Melbourne for a very short stay. We also do not want to try to drive the GOR ourselves. I look forward to hearing which tour you choose and how you like it. The one we've booked is also just for 1 day. It will be a long day but I do want to see the 12 Apostles ,too.
Love hearing your days around the city. Hope you have fun at your social event.
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