melbourne - what you like most

Feb 15th, 2011, 03:41 AM
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melbourne - what you like most

Hi,

I've been reading travel books on melbourne and it's in a wide spectrum. can get a bit confusing sometimes. appreaciate if you could answer these few question below

1) Name 3 places you love best or remember about melbourne.
2) Is there a website to check on how to go about places in melbourne
3) How do I go about farmstay. i'll be staying at rowville & euchuca. any recommendation?
4) what are the cheap & good places to stay in melbourne city?

Cheers!=)
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Feb 15th, 2011, 11:21 AM
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Here's a good link for Melbourne & Regional Victoria

http://www.visitmelbourne.com/displa...F310BB81498EB/

For accommodation options, have a look at www.wotif.com.au
Remember, prices will be higher around Easter.

Farmstays in the Western Murray region: http://www.holidayz.com.au/farmstay/...a/accomodation
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Feb 15th, 2011, 09:59 PM
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Love the restaurants - can recommend Lygon St in Carlton (not a secret, everyone visits), Donovans on the beach at St Kilda, and Acland St in St Kilda for the cake shops (several to choose from, some very old).

Unlike Sydney, Melbourne does bars rather than pubs. It has a lot of small alleys with cafes and boutiques and other interesting shops. Degraves St? Is that one of them?

Melbourne also does a chain of shopping arcades leading right through the city. Shopping generally is excellent; historically Melbourne was centre of the rag trade.

The National Gallery of Victoria, just out of the city, is also worth visiting.

There are other things to like about Melbourne, that's just to start you off.

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Feb 15th, 2011, 10:58 PM
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thanks for the suggestions and sites so far!
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Feb 15th, 2011, 10:58 PM
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thanks for the suggestions and sites so far!
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Feb 15th, 2011, 11:24 PM
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St Kilda. Ackland street has great european cake shops. There is a sunday market. You can see penguins at dusk at the pier.

The Shrine of Rembrance was built to honour the war dead of WW1. Well worth a visit, as is the botanical gardens across the road.

River trips on the Yarra are supposed to be good. Old Melbourne Gaol should be good too. It is a long time since I visited any of these as I haven't lived in Melbourne for over 20 years but do go back a fewtimes a year.

Melbourne has lots of old (for us anyway) building built around the gold rush and later. There is a walking tour called the Golden Mile. I haven't done it but know people who have and enjoyed it. A Tour of Parliament house. The gardens around the edge of melbourne are lovely and fullof statues and monument. The Eureka Towere will give you a good view of the city and bay.

You can swim with dolphins at Portsea.

There have been a few recent threads on Melbourne.

Also look at my "Sydney or Melbourne" thread.

A farm stay at Echuca shouldn't be a problem. This was the first on the list at google under echuca farmstay. I haven't been to any of them, so can't recommend any.
http://www.stayz.com.au/farm-accommo...oulburn/echuca

Be sure to go on the paddle steamers when you get there.

The Great Aussie Beer Shed is fabulous. He has collected thousands of beer cans and other stuff and is an absolute character. His story telling during the tour is great. If if you don'tlike beer you will learn a lot about our history.
http://www.greataussiebeershed.com.au/
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Feb 15th, 2011, 11:25 PM
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PS The thing I like most about Melbourne is that I don't live there.
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Feb 15th, 2011, 11:39 PM
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The Colonial Tramcar restaurant would be good too.
http://www.tramrestaurant.com.au/en/

Here are some reviews.
http://www.eatability.com.au/au/melb...ar-restaurant/
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Feb 16th, 2011, 01:55 AM
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The Botanic Gardens, especially the area around the historic Observatory - in fact most of the parks and gardens in Melbourne are glorious.

The Exhibition Buildings

The long vista down St Kilda Road to the Shrine

Bars in secluded lanes, such as 1806 in an historic basement in Exhibition St, or Madame Brussels on a rooftop terrace in Bourke St.

Restaurants! You can certainly find almost any cuisine you want in Melbourne- and even though it might seem a cliche, some of the best coffee anywhere.

The shopping is fantastic - try the small laneways especially around Desgraves St for funky hand made items and specialist boutiques.

Go look at the marvelous renovation of the beautiful Reading Room Dome at the State Library for an example of the sort of public building built when Melbourne was one of the richest cities in the world, at the height of its Gold Rush in the 1800's.

Do some reading first to get the best out of the city. It is a city of layers, with many hidden places.


(And the Colonial Tram restaurant is in my opinion a total tourist rip off, with very ordinary food. It is a quaint way to see some of the city, but not worth the money at all. Just try one of the hop on hop off tourist tour buses or the free City Circle Tram - maroon in colour - for the same experience without the cost or hassle).
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Feb 16th, 2011, 04:58 AM
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thanks guys for the excellent comments so far!
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Feb 17th, 2011, 12:56 AM
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I had a feeling the tram restaurant was a bit of a tourist trap. But, how often do you get to eat dinner in a tram?

I have never been on it, but was planning to go some time this year. Any more comments would be helpful.
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Feb 17th, 2011, 01:59 PM
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Loved the Queen Victoria Market:

http://www.qvm.com.au/

Libretto, IMHO the library is a brilliant example of modernizing an old building to meet present-day needs. We used the internet there when our laptop went on the fritz.
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