Dun worry, it's alright for you to go in Dec. It's beginning of Summer and the weather is just nice. Melbourne is slightly colder than Sydney and Gold Coast.
Regarding hotness, basically, the weather in Melbourne is dryer whereas in Singapore, it's humid, thus the weather will not be too bad even though it's abt 30 degrees, but that's normally towards end of Dec to Jan. Temp shld be abt 20 to 28 degrees... and you'll need to bring a sweater just in case the weather turns cold. Sometimes, you can just have four seasons in one day.
Heard that there may be a travel fair in March (cross my fingers and no guarantee) next year. Most probably, you can start to book for you tickets then. Think at least abt 2 mths in advance and you shld be save.
did they notify you immediately?....hhmm...me hand itchy also....nearly hamtam sydney one $380.....but me going in may next year oni leh....issit too far away to book?....aeh, i meant when u are going and when u book.... (maybe got lesser time, cheaper tics?)
aiyo..at least u get emirates...wait i got china / kuwait airlines, i faint....so scared...coz can't choose airlines leh....
Hi Sep03, i am not sure if u book earlier will the tickets be cheaper or more ex.. but i heard a fren mention b4 that sometimes u bid an amount now and it failed... u can try again and again.. even closer to the date, may even get it.
As long as is intl airline, they will give us.. we got no control over it...
Hi Jas03, you are so lucky! $400 to Melbourne is cheap. I also tot of playing priceline for tickets to US so that I can visit my FH. But I can't specify period that I want to travel right? Then kena the time that I dun want how? Can't take last minute leave? & what happen like Sep03 said kena China or Kuwait airlines, jia lat!!
Hi Sue, u can actually specify the date of departure u want, but not the time. Like i know i will be on leave for that wk, i specify i wan to depart from the start date, and leave frm melbourne at few days b4 my leave ends.
Kena kuwait airline or china airline.. ermm, that one bobian oredi.
My in laws freak out when i told them we going on Emirates - they say crab airline.. sure we want to go??? sigh...
On the contrary, I think they're quite good!
So far I've taken MH, BA, QF and SQ. Emirates is on par with SQ, esp for inflight entertainment!
Honestly MH is also not bad, except for the shuttle flight to-fro SIN-KL and the extra time taken.
(A)Drive around free and easy on your own. Look for accomodation only 1 hour before sunset. At least you get to look at the room before deciding.
This is my preferred method.
(B) Book with the tourist info counters in Melb. They will help you call and book according to your preference, budget and requirements. Small fee of $2.50 per booking i think. The star-rating of that hotel / motel will also more or less tell u the standard of that place. RACV ratings of 3-star and above is V good enough already (clean, decent, affordable). 4-star is quite luxurious. FLAG also has some ratings there (the tourist info counter staff will help u).
(C) If you're travelling in summer, accomodation may pose a prob. What i did was to bring along the Lonely Planet guide book. When i set off in the morning, i call up to place a reservation in the town that i THINK i should reach by sunset. By afternoon, call again to confirm / withdraw the booking.
(Then again, there are PLENTY of B&Bs and motels along the Great Ocean Road. The less fussy u are abt the accomodation, the easier it is to find one.)
I think i stayed in Port Fairy also ... v few accomodation avail there. If you want to secure a room there while you're still physically here in S'pore is either to call them (IDD charges) or internet bookings (some of them dun have website i'm sure!)
When are you going?
(Sorry if i had asked u before, i'm v forgetful ...)
I just spoke to my friend today abt her Emirates flight. Her flight is a transit flight so it's from somewhere (can't remember where) -> SIN -> Mel. So when she flew there, it was quite empty. She said on the way back from Mel -> Sin was very good because the plane was quite empty & she got a row of seats to herself. Food wise, she said it's nice but this depends on individual taste.
I stayed @ Warrnambool and we booked the mortel only when we reached there. My FH & me can't decide where we want to stop so we din book in advance. Like what Cody said, there's plenty of B&B so dun have to be worried abt no place to stay. I really miss the beautiful Great Ocean Rd.
Hi Cody, duno how to thank you for all the info u been assisting me with.. thanks thanks. Most prob we will only book accomodation for Melbourne city for the first day we reach there. The Emirates flight touches down in Melb at 1am!!! Subsequent days we will book just b4 we set off for each location.
Yes, i agree! Lonely Planet guide is very useful!
I leaving on early nov.
Hi Sue, thanks.. so Emirates is not too bad after all. Whew! My fren's fren mentioned that Emirates stewardess are pretty too.
just a recommendation, if you are visiting Great Ocean Rd, along the way, stop by Apollo Bay. there's a resort called Claerwen Retreat. It's right up in the mountains. abt 15mins drive from the foot of mt. Spectacular view, not to be missed
Hi, does anyone know where to book domestic flights in AUS cheap? from melb to sydney. I went to qantas website and it is abt $185 per person return trip. Is the price reasonable?
Me got my itineary almost set: Melb City - sydney(2 days) - back to Melb City - Phillip Island - Ballarat - Grampians Region - drive thr Dunkeld - Warrnambool or Port Fairy - Apollo Bay - back to Melb City.
Jas03, the price is quite standard. Just get the tickets over their website. Charge to credit card. Price sounds reasonable. Perhaps u want to check out Virgin airlines as well? It's ALOT MORE expensive asking a travel agent in s'pore to book the domestic flights for you.
Your itinerary sounds ok. Just dun tire yourself out with the driving.