where to stay and what to do in melbourne

Feb 12th, 2010, 02:16 AM
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@ james: Thank you for the apology, I do appreciate it.

About the profile thing - I do think advice from out-of-towners generally speaking is OK too. I live in Sydney and know a lot about my corner of it, but for instance couldn't tell you much about the hotels because I don't stay in them, whereas someone who has come from elsewhere has researched the options, knows something about the quality, price and location of their chosen lodging, how safe they as a visitor felt compared with their own neck of the woods, and what they considered to be good sights to see. Locals do go for different types of sights. I don't prioritise animal parks and zoos amongst my own interests, but we have a steady stream of overseas visitors who just love Taronga Zoo and Featherdale Wildlife Reserve. Similarly I can talk a bit about other places I have lived (some better than others as I was living different lifestyles in those locations), and even just visited. I don't think it makes my voice less valid, just different. It's all about options.

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Feb 12th, 2010, 03:51 AM
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Lavandula I'm not trying to say that other peoples opinions who are visitors or from interstate are not worthy, far from it. In fact they may be more relevant than maybe the locals "biased " opinion.I'm reasonably new to this forum and recently I have been involved in organising my own "affordable" holidays for maybe the last 10 years now with possibly 20 successes and 2 failures.
I have recently planned and with some help from this forum a 7 night boat trip up the Mekong to Seim Reap. Why I mention this is I think I owe it to the forum to give as exactly as I can a report on this trip, but in doing this people will need to know what suits me may not suit them.Am I a back packer or up market , am I 20 something or a decrepit old 70 something (nearly 71 is more like it)
With regard to Murphy7 he asked particularly about markets. It would be like asking a Sydneysider the same thing. I would have thought that was a great question to get a response from a local. Here in Melbourne everybody knows that the Queen Victoria Market is a must to go to. Personally I'm surprised Murphy hasn't asked anything more about the local penguins.I may be biased but unless you can maybe spend 2 days (1 night) at Phillip Island to see what else it has to offer it is a long way and a long time to see(hopefully) the penguins which may be visibly for a short time before they scurry into their burrows.
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Feb 12th, 2010, 07:54 AM
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I do appreciate all the info you are giving me and I'm sorry that I didnt tell you that sooner. I picked the Marriott over the apartment idea because i ended up with a really great rate. I will be going over everyones replies to see what would be best since I will not be in Melbourne that long. The local penguins sounds like a much better way to go then going all the way to Phillip Island unless I rent a car.
Thank you again for all your help
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Feb 16th, 2010, 04:33 AM
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murphy 17, your choice of Marriott is great because it is the most convenient spot in Melbourne -- lovely hotel.
Queen Victoria Market is open Tues AM, Thursday, friday Saturday and Sunday. Usually the stallholders start to pack up about 3pm. I don't know about the other markets but there are lots of them in suburbs and country areas just a little way out of town.
To me, the penguins at Phillip Is are fantastic and we take all of our overseas visitors there. We usually stay late to see the best part which is when you walk on the boardwalks amongst the rookery - usually very late and when most people have gone home. Simplest idea is to go on a bus tour because it is a long way.
Other places to visit depend upon personal interests but Healesville Sanctuary (Zoo) is a great place to see Australian animals but is one hour east of city by car or bus tour. If you don't have much time, catch the tram up to Melbourne Zoo - a short tram ride. Concierge at hotel will know which tram number.
National Gallery of Victoria has two major galleries within easy walking distance - Federation Square & St Kilda Rd.
The galleries are great and the architecture of Federation Square buildings unusual. They are only one block away from Westin. Westin is also close to theatres.

Take a tram from outside your hotel along Swanston St to St Kilda beach and have coffee in Fitzroy St.
Eureka Tower, south bank of Yarra River has a rapid lift and views of city from top.
Take a walk up Collins St and enjoy the shops.
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Feb 17th, 2010, 01:07 PM
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jamessexton-whilst I agree with some of your comments I must say just because someone lives in a place doesn't make his/her information reliable or more reliable than someone who doesn't. I disagree with locals sometimes about features of my town , what to visit etc.
What does it matter that I don't have a name like James that states I am probably a man or that I haven't put in my profile that I am a woman or that I live in melbourne. Everything is in the mix and posters learn who is reliable, sift out info , take what he/she wants from replies
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Feb 19th, 2010, 03:57 AM
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We stayed in Melbourne in 2007 and loved what we saw sadly only in 3 nights. We went to Phillip Island on a tour and wished we hadn't bothered , but that may have been the company we chose.After 1.5 hours on coach we stopped at a cafe for 'cream tea'!I know we Brits aren't famous for our culinary skills but at least we can do that right. Anyway after about 45 minutes stop we drove to Phillp Island and just killed time with the driver stopping for us to look at the sea-no views tho. After what seemed like an eternity we finally parked up and waited for the penguins, which was a great sight, and as we left late we were able to see them close up in the rookery. Going back to Melbourne was even slower and although we stopped for food I just wanted to get back by then. So to sum it up-loved the penguins but hated the tour.
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Feb 22nd, 2010, 04:15 AM
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I will be in Melbourne the beginning of June, will the time of year matter for seeing penguins at Phillips island or St.Kilda's penguins. Also if I rent a car for the day to drive to Phillips Island is there interesting sights along the way that I would not necessarily see if I take a tour.
thanks for any information you can give me.
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Feb 22nd, 2010, 10:45 AM
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Murphy - nice drive down to Phillip (no "S") Island via the Mornington Peninsula. Lots to see around Phillip Island, too - Churchill Island; take a boat trip (2 hrs)from Cowes to Seal Island, where there's a big colony of Australian fur seals. There's a koala sanctuary on Phillip Island, too.

Take a rug and sweater & jacket ... it WILL be cold waiting for the penguins to arrive. I was there 29th December & needed a jacket.
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Feb 25th, 2010, 01:25 PM
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Murphy , do you know the exact dates / day of the week you want to go to Phillip Island ? Are you interested in food and wine ? I ask as what you do is in part governed by the day of the week as for instance places like Flinders are sleepy little towns Monday to Friday and some places not open where as on weekends everything is open .Same with some wineries and their excellent cafes / restaurants .
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Feb 26th, 2010, 04:59 AM
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I would be traveling down to Philip Island on a Saturday. I was thinking about hiring a private guide for the day - does anyone know of one?
thanks for your help.
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Feb 27th, 2010, 06:34 AM
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That is good .Everything will be open .

Given the penguin parade is at sundown then you can spend the day as you please and tour the countryside if it appeals to you .

Can't help with a name for a private tour but if you are not already aware of them 2 good sites are :-



The former has links to information about tours and the latter will give you specifics about the city .
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Mar 5th, 2010, 06:57 AM
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Thanks for the info. websites are great.
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