melbourne is one of the best-planned cities in the world.. so you don't need a tour agency over there unless you wanna go out of melbourne city area like to mt hood/buffalo or the other mountains. but then again, the train services are pretty ok so i think you could manage without engaging any tour operators.
for food, muz visit the various 'ethnic' quarters... chapel rd, lygon etc...
You're going in winter! lucky you!! you can book a skiing tour to Mt. Buller. Just drop into any travel agent and ask about their ski package. it's abt $99 for a one-day tour - comes with all the gear.
Since it's winter. you should be prepared for lots of wind... and don't let the sun fool you. really big sun but very cold.
If u r deciding to go to Melbourne, make sure u do not miss out on the Great Ocean Rd (where u see the 12 Apostles) and also Mount Dandenong.
The Great Ocean Rd is SPECTACULAR and takes your breadth away. Try not to join the 1 day tour, as it is very 'rush' and does not allow u to enjoy the sights at your own time. Rent a car and drive up, my and my BF spent 3 days 2 nites driving fr Melbourne to London Bridge and back to Melbourne. Very relaxing and allows u to appreciate the grandeau of the coastline. Prob can do it in 2 days....
Mount Dandenong was very nice too, went there around Oct when the flowers were blooming.... very romantic... also, don't miss out on the wineries.
But depending on the season u go, might hit the rainy season, so be prepared. When I went in Oct, it was raining quite frequently, got drenched at Philip Island standing in the rain waiting for the little penguins to come home!
Don't worry abt navigating around Melbourne, what I did was just to book the flight, first 2 nites accomodation in Melbourne and only took care of the rest when I reached there (e.g. car rental, book tours etc).
All in all, Melbourne was really fun, and u r sure to enjoy yourselves! I myself is thinking of returning there in the near future!
Was going to email you the info today but i fell ill. on 2 days MC. I'll mail you when I get back to work on Wednesday OK? The file is in my work computer.
Bleuz - ya... Melbourne is one of those places that i'll never tire of. I think maybe it means more since we've studied there. brings back memories.... jam doughnuts, 24hr cafes... and best thing was, I stayed just at the start of Lygon St!
Talk about melb....makes me wanna just pack up and move back.....
i dunno if it is just me or maybe the env here...coz every now and then i thought of going back but since i just got my flat i guess i will have to stay put for the next few years....sigh...
i believe you gals or guys would have also visited some other states rite?? wat do u think of the rest? personally btw syd and melb i LOVED melb more, u get to feel more culture then syd. and qld is more of tourist attraction. hmm....as for wa and sa, have not been there...but gut feeling tells me that sa is quite dead...
Yeps, SA is quite dead. My cousins said that it was REALLY Ssslloooooww.
WA is really good if you're going for nature. Did a self-drive up from Perth to Monkey Mia. Fantastic nature stuff - we saw like a whole school of dolphins, went on a dugong cruise, sea turtles, baby sharks, stingry... very beautiful waters. Went fishing.
At Monkey Mia, the dolphins naturally swim up to shore to play with the humans every morning. Kalbarri is also great for fishing, and there's the DEEP & HUGE gorges. rather majestic.
Kalbari is great! I love it! Actually for Western Australia, provided that you do not stay in Perth, is a great place. You've got the greens and the browns (desert).
Melbourne is fantastic too. Was there for my undergraduate study and did intense travelling around Victoria. I stil miss that place a lot. Love the cafes and the italian food which costs probably only half the price of Singapore's. Some cafes are open 24 hrs and latte and cappucino are only 2 dollars net! Best of all, there are lots of unrunined nature to explore and the weather is cooler compared to Western Australia (though it can be quite erratic and disturbing sometimes).
generally the weather starts getting warm at the end of November. you can go in the beginning of Dec if you don't want it too warm. But since Tasmania & Melbourne are very windy places, you might not even feel that its too warm.
You can try ExtraGreen (a travel agency, it located in Swantson Street), they are know for cheaper airfare/day tour. If not, you can try the one at Melbourne Central, located at Level 1/basement. (sorry, can't remember the exact floor)
I just read this thread. I'm also planning to visit Austrialia Free & Easy ,for my honeymoon. Heard so much about Melbourne and would definately not want to give it a miss.
I will be going during end Nov and Dec period. Can anyone provide me with more information about Melbourne? We are on budget, so we are just looking for simple yet nice lodging. Would appreciate if anyone can give me as much info as possible so that I can plan my iternary. BTW, we plan to spend a week in Melbourne. Should be enuf to cover most of the places of interest right?
Angie, i'll mail you some info on Melb shortly.
BTW, i read from another thread that you want to spend 3 weeks covering 4 cities. There's actually alot to do within each city & and its surrounds, you may want to consider spending 3 weeks on 2 cities rather than 4.
Brisbane itself has nothing much ... to me, its where you start your journey towards Gold Coast.