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A Long Weekend in Melbourne, Australia

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A June 2011 trip to Melbourne by auskiwi

Falls Creek, Victoria Photo, Victoria, Australia More Photos
Quote: Art galleries, museums, historic places, cafes, restaurants, markets - if you like all of these you'll love Melbourne, Australia

Staying at Falls Creek

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Falls Creek, Victoria Photo, Victoria, Australia
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Falls Creek is a small alpine village, on the Bogong High Plains, in the Alpine National Park and is a popular place for people who want to have a holiday in the snow. Falls Creek has many ski slopes and the chair lifts are right at your doorstep, depending of course where you stay. We stayed in a Holiday Apartment which was 10 meters from the main chair lift that takes people up to the Alpine Restaurant/Cafe on the slopes. The mountain has slopes of different grades that are suitable for beginners to the top notch pro and a couple of them will allow you to ski or snowboard back to the village. I'm not a great skier and am very wary of heights, so can't go on the chairlifts, so I walked ...Read More
Werribee, Melbourne Photo, Victoria, Australia
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One day during our 3 day stay in Melbourne we decided that we wanted to head of to the Werribee Open Range Zoo, as we''d heard it was a good day out. We headed Southwest out of Melbourne on the Princes Highway for approximately 1 1/2 hours until we reached Werribee, where we located the zoo. We parked the cars in the carpark abd proceeded through the entry gates. Our timing was pretty good because we only had a 1/2 hour wait for a tour bus to arrive to take us on our venture around the zoo, through the zebra, rhino, giraffe and other wild animal enclosures. What a great way to see the animals in a near natural surrounding. After the bus trip we went for a stroll around the m...Read More

A days drive down the Great South Road

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Bells Beach, Victoria Photo, Victoria, Australia
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Upon waking up one morning and during breakfast it was decided that we would head southwest for the day, along the Great Ocean Road, and see how far we could get and be back in time for tea. Greg said he would at least like to get as far as Bells Beach as he is a keen surfer. So off we went, down through Geelong, where we didn't stop, to Torquay and Bells Beach where we got out of the car to stretch our legs and walk down to the beach viewing platform. Bells Beach and the rest of the coastline has high cliffs that have to climbed before you can get to the beaches so the platform provided a fantastic veiw of Bells Beach below and of course many photos were taken so Greg would remember the ocassio...Read More
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Most hotels will sell day tram, train and bus passes ($7.00 for a day pass to get on and of as many trains, buses and trams, etc that you want). There is also a free tram called the Circle Line - these trams are the original old wooden rattlers that used to get around the city in the good old days - that you can get on and off as often as you like for nothing. As the name suggests this tram does a loop of the central city of Melbourne past or not far from the main attractions - great way to experience a bit of the local history for nothing – stops include Flinders Station, the Melbourne Aquarium, across the river from the Crown Casino, the Docklands, the Parliament Building, etc....Read More

Hotel Ibis Melbourne

Hotel | "Hotel Ibis Melbourne - Great central location"

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While we were there we stayed at the Ibis Melbourne on Therry Street – great place and good location – not far from anything and close to tram stops to get you to the areas you are a distance away from.

The price wasn’t too bad - $146 per night for a lovely queen bedroom with ensuite, TV, tea and coffee making facilities, etc.

There is also a great, reasonably priced restaurant/bar on the premises which is handy if you’re too tired to walk to find a restaurant.

It’s just up the road to the Victoria Markets, Lygon Street, Brunswick Road, The Melbourne Museum, the central shopping district, just to name a few.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 8, 2011

Hotel Ibis Melbourne
15-21 THERRY STREET
Melbourne, Australia 3000
61-61-96660000

Melbourne Shopping Arcade Photo, Melbourne, Australia
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This year it is all about seeing some of the Australian countryside and at the beginning of June we headed down to Melbourne for 4 days to have a bit of a look around and to go to the King Tut Exhibition at the Melbourne Museum and to the Cirque Du Sol while it was showing down there. We had a great couple of days visiting the following: -The Victoria Markets – located near the Therry Street and Elizabeth Street corner and extending back a couple of blocks the Victoria Markets are indicated on every sightseeing map that you will lay your hands on. I would definitely recommend a visit to the older original parts of the market – the areas of the specialty shops, the meat and fish...Read More