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Oz Journeys: Magnificent Melbourne and Beyond

A May 2001 trip to Melbourne by shaicoggins

A Church In Melbourne Photo, Melbourne, Australia More Photos
Quote: "The world will never starve for want of wonders: but only for want of wonder." -- GK Chesterton It took me a little while to shake off my jetlag. But, as soon as I did, I was in awe of the things I saw and experienced in my first trip Down Under, which began in Melbourne.

Oz Journeys: Magnificent Melbourne and Beyond

Overview

A Church In Melbourne Photo, Melbourne, Australia
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Some Spots To Stop By In The City: - Queen Victoria Market - Crown Casino and Entertainment Complex - Treasury and Fitzroy Gardens - Rialto Towers Building - Captain Cook's Cottage - Princess Theatre - Victoria Parliament House - Yarra River - Victorian Arts Centre - Melbourne Museum Some Nearby Places To Visit: - Healesville Sanctuary at the Yarra Valley - Dandenongs Things To Do: - Watch the fountain/fireballs show at night at the Crown Casino and Entertainment Centre (outside) - Walk through the Fitzroy and Treasury Gardens - Look at the city skyline a...Read More

Queensbury Hill YHA Hostel

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Hotel

Queensbury Hill YHA Hostel Photo, Melbourne, Australia
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If you're on a low to medium budget travel, staying at the YHA is often a good way to go about it. This particular hostel in Melbourne is great because it even has single, double/twin, or family rooms with ensuite, in case you prefer not to do it "the backpacker way". There is even a self-contained apartment available. For backpackers, there are 4-bed, 6-bed, and 8-bed shared rooms. During our stay there, we opted for a double/twin room with ensuite. The room was clean and the ensuite were working fine. It also came with reverse cycle airconditioning, so it's good for heating or cooling. Nothing fancy, of course. There's even a place where you can cook and/or have a barbecue, as well a...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 30, 2003

Queensbury Hill YHA Hostel
78 Howard Street
Melbourne, Australia 3051

Cafe Greco

Restaurant

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On a lovely evening, it is best to find a seat in their al fresco dining area overlooking the Yarra River and the city skyline. And, if you're there during the fireballs show of the Crown Casino, you get a great view as well.

This is what my husband and I did during our trip there, and we had a great time. Although it was a bit busy, the atmosphere was still conducive to conversation and the service was not compromised.

They serve main courses and cocktails, but we only had coffee, hot chocolate, and dessert. They were lovely, but admittedly, not that extraordinary.

Overall, we felt it was definitely worth the stop!

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 30, 2003

Cafe Greco
Shop 18, Crown Casino Complex
Melbourne, Australia
+613 9686 9733

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We would've never found out about this place, if it weren't for the cheerful cab driver who took us from the airport to our hostel. He recommended it as a great place to get the best bang for your buck when it comes to eating. There were set meals and an eat-all-you can buffet (for only AU$6 per person!). So, you can have your pick. The food choices are mostly Asian (noodles, fried/steamed rice, stir-fries, dimsum, etc.) and Western (stews, fried chicken, etc.): a good East-meets-West dining experience. The food quality is acceptable to good. The decor and surroundings aren't posh, so there's no need to dress up if you don't feel like it. There are video games and a bar area. Yes, the ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 2, 2003

Melbourne Bar and Bistro
168 Elizabeth Street
Melbourne, Australia
+61 9650 6888

Puffing Billy Railway

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Attraction | "Puffing Billy w/ Oz Wildlife (Gray Line Bus Tour)"

Puffing Billy Railway Photo, Melbourne, Australia
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Although our day started off with an unexpected excitement, which involved running after a cab in the middle of Melbourne city (when we thought we left our bag with our passports and camera in the cab) due to a mix-up with the bus tour company and the hostel's reception desk, the whole day turned out very well. We booked this day tour through the tour desk of our hostel (Queensbury Hill YHA), which we found as a great way of booking day tours. The tour fee included: pick-up and return from/to accomodation; breakfast/morning tea, train ride, lunch, and entrance fee to the animal sanctuary...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 2, 2003

Puffing Billy Railway
Old Monbulk Road
Melbourne, Australia 3160
+61 (0)3 9754 6800

Rialto Towers & Observation Deck

Attraction | "The Rialto Towers Observation Deck"

Rialto Towers & Observation Deck Photo, Melbourne, Australia
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One great way to see the Melbourne, either in the day time or night time (for a more romantic atmosphere), is by going up to Level 55 of the Rialto Towers. It is open from 10am until late at night. The popular observation deck boasts of a 360 degrees view of the city. For a small fee (about AU$12 for adults and AU$7 for children), you get a 20-minute video show called 'Melbourne The Living City', binoculars for viewing, and a computer viewing system. Other than amazing views of the city, you can also stop by a souvenir shop that even sells postcards and local stamps so you can send greetings to your loved ones with an official Rialto Towers mark. Yes, there's even a postbox to drop yo...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 1, 2003

Rialto Towers & Observation Deck
525 Collins Street
Melbourne, Australia 3000
+61 (0)3 9629 8222

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Even without spending a single cent, a visit to Queen Victoria Market is worth the time and effort. Its colours, sights, sounds, and energy are just so active and fun. And, if you do decide to shell out some dollars, it's still fine because you can find great bargains everywhere. In fact, I managed to buy my wool and cashmere black coat from this market (which I still use even after more than two years) for a good price. You might even want to try haggling! There are also plenty of places to grab a bite - from fish and chips to pizza to Asian food. Just walk around and find what you fancy. Some of the shops open as early as 6 am, so you can even have breakfast there if you l...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 30, 2003

Queen Victoria Market
513 Elizabeth St
Melbourne, Australia 3000
+61 (0)3 9320 5822

Fitzroy Gardens and Captain Cook's Cottage

Attraction | "Fitzroy and Treasury Gardens"

Fitzroy Gardens and Captain Cook's Cottage Photo, Melbourne, Australia
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Melbourne is renowned for its lovely gardens. The Fitzroy and Treasury Gardens are just two of the beautiful gardens people can walk through in the city area. These gardens are just near the Victoria Parliament House, the old Treasury buildings, and the lovely Windsor Hotel. The gardens are filled with huge trees, plants, and flowers (in spring/summer). There are also ornamental ponds and memorials to various significant events/people. It is a great place to walk through, have a picnic, and take photos. In fact, during our visit, there were at least two wedding parties having photo shoots in the area. In the Fitzroy Gardens, you might want to consider stopping by Captain Cook's cottage (Capt. J...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 29, 2003

Fitzroy Gardens and Captain Cook's Cottage
Wellington Parade
Melbourne, Australia 3002
+61 (3) 9419 4677

Crown Entertainment Complex

Attraction | "Crown Casino and Entertainment Complex"

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Since most of Melbourne was still shut by the time my husband and I arrived, and we still can't check-in our room at the YHA, our first stop was the Crown Casino after leaving our luggage at the hostel. Crown is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week except on Christmas, Good Friday and Anzac Day. We walked around and had a small breakfast there before heading back to our hostel to check-in. At nightfall, we decided to go back to the casino for more exploring and to try out one of the cafes. It was perfect timing because when we arrived by the grounds, there was fireballs show (gas bridages), which apparently shows every hour, on the hour, from Monday to Friday (9pm to midnight) and on Saturday and ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 30, 2003

Crown Entertainment Complex
8 Whiteman Street
Melbourne, Australia 3000
+61 (3) 9292 8888