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What To Do In Melbourne?  
User currently offlineQantasA333 From Australia, joined Jan 2007, 538 posts, RR: 4
Posted (5 years 9 months 6 days ago) and read 2778 times:

My family and I are off to Melbourne this Sunday, once again. I need some ideas into what to do in Melbourne besides all the stuff we've already seen eg zoo, MCG, St Kilda.

What has Melbourne got planned for New Year?

Cheers
Leigh

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User currently offlineSA7700 From South Africa, joined Dec 2003, 3431 posts, RR: 26
Reply 1, posted (5 years 9 months 6 days ago) and read 2767 times:
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If you like scenery, I would recommend the Dandenong Ranges or the Great Ocean Road with the Twelve Apostles.

I had a great time doing that  Smile


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User currently offlineSpinalTap From New Zealand, joined Mar 2005, 440 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (5 years 9 months 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 2762 times:



Quoting SA7700 (Reply 1):
Dandenong Ranges

Take a ride on the Puffying Billy. I actually got a free ride in 2006 when Premier Steve Bracks chartered a train for an ALP rally.

http://www.thatsmelbourne.com.au/Pages/Home.aspx
Has a list of all the events.



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User currently offlineWithaK From Australia, joined Apr 2007, 255 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (5 years 9 months 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 2762 times:

There was the big viewing wheel that opened last weekend. I have no idea what the view is like but it is new.

As far as new years there will be fireworks along the Yarra.

Kris


User currently offline747m8te From Australia, joined Aug 2008, 441 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (5 years 9 months 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 2743 times:



Quoting WithaK (Reply 3):
There was the big viewing wheel that opened last weekend. I have no idea what the view is like but it is new.

I'm curious about that too, it be cool to check out, but I wouldn't expect the view to be any greater then what you can see from the Rialto, or Eureka tower. Though it should provide a different aspect to view the city from though...but at some of the prices I heard they were charging it would be quite an expensive view in comparison to going up the towers...

You could always take a trip around the bay and catch the ferry between Queenscliff and Portsea/Sorrento, and check out some of the outer suburbs and towns around the bay.

Fireworks along the Yarra should be good over new years.



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User currently offlineQantasistheway From Australia, joined May 2008, 309 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (5 years 9 months 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 2738 times:



Quoting QantasA333 (Thread starter):
What has Melbourne got planned for New Year?

Well I would guess there would be a sale on flights to Sydney! I still can't understand why there are 4 million people in Melbourne when Sydney is only 400 miles away!!!
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User currently offlineFridgmus From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 1442 posts, RR: 10
Reply 6, posted (5 years 9 months 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 2732 times:
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Quoting SA7700 (Reply 1):
the Great Ocean Road with the Twelve Apostles.

Did it on a motorcycle last May. Absolutely wonderful!

Have a good trip.



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User currently offlineEasternSon From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 668 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (5 years 9 months 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 2719 times:

Go out to the Mornington Peninsula and visit some vineyards. There's some great wine to be drunk.

Make sure you have a way back to town though - we got a little "happy" and ended up having to find a hotel.



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User currently offlineWunalaYann From Australia, joined Mar 2005, 2839 posts, RR: 25
Reply 8, posted (5 years 9 months 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 2690 times:



Quoting Qantasistheway (Reply 5):
I still can't understand why there are 4 million people in Melbourne when Sydney is only 400 miles away!!!

Because someone has to work to pay the taxes to support your lazy, superficial arses!!  biggrin 

More to the point, I am a big fan of the Fairfield Boathouse. They serve a mighty breakfast (the Boatman) in a very appealing setting, and you can take a beautiful walk in Yarra Bends. Some views towards the CBD and the beach are quite stunning, with due respect to Sydney.

Otherwise, a stroll up and down Chapel St punctuated by the ritual pint at Bridie O'Reilly's will appeal to the more hip members on this forum.

Lygon St, both in Carlton and Brunswick, is worth seeing, if only for the people and some fine restaurants (not the overpriced, overstuffed tourist-traps in Carlton).

I strongly recommend a walk up and down the Maribyrnong and the exploration of Kensington, Newmarket, Ascot Vale and Moonee Ponds.

I hope this helps.  Smile


User currently offlineCupraIbiza From Australia, joined Feb 2007, 836 posts, RR: 6
Reply 9, posted (5 years 9 months 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 2685 times:



Quoting WunalaYann (Reply 8):
I strongly recommend a walk up and down the Maribyrnong and the exploration of Kensington, Newmarket, Ascot Vale and Moonee Ponds.

Wunala!! SHHH!! Dont spread it around

Quoting WithaK (Reply 3):
There was the big viewing wheel that opened last weekend. I have no idea what the view is like but it is new.

Talk about sign of the times. This was commenced at the heoght of cheap cash sloshing around. $100 million for a really big white elephant I think. The location is to this point a wasteland. Will this turn it around? $29 for an adult

I think the greatest part of Melbourne is the arcades and lanes ie Degraves Street. It is quintessentially what defines Melbourne from synthetic Sincity and Brisvegas



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User currently offlineF1eddie From Ireland, joined May 2007, 461 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (5 years 9 months 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 2679 times:



Quoting WunalaYann (Reply 8):
Bridie O'Reilly's

Wow i actually had many a great night in that pub!!! Good Spot



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User currently offlineWunalaYann From Australia, joined Mar 2005, 2839 posts, RR: 25
Reply 11, posted (5 years 9 months 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 2674 times:



Quoting CupraIbiza (Reply 9):
Wunala!! SHHH!! Dont spread it around

Sorry *looks sheepish and remembers to shut his mouth*

Quoting CupraIbiza (Reply 9):
I think the greatest part of Melbourne is the arcades and lanes ie Degraves Street. It is quintessentially what defines Melbourne from synthetic Sincity and Brisvegas

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Quoting CupraIbiza (Reply 9):
This was commenced at the heoght of cheap cash sloshing around. $100 million for a really big white elephant I think.

There's still the ugly, noisy pieces of crap that ruin my commute every day alongside Batman Avenue... Supposed to be bells ringing at certain times of the day. Awful.  banghead 


User currently offlineHigh_flyr69 From Australia, joined Apr 2001, 510 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (5 years 9 months 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 2656 times:

I suggest you go to the Queen Vic markets, BUT you have to get there at about 5:30 - 6:00am in the morning to make sure you can get your hands on the best fresh cooked mini jam doughnuts IN THE WORLD.
For new years take public transport and get yourself down to birrurung marr. Usually there is a good little festival and it provides one of the best vantage points for the fireworks.
You may also want to try a DC3 Dinner flight out of Essendon airport. I havent done one yet but everyone that I know who has absoloutley loved it.
If you are the driving enthusiast there is only one stretch of road better and more fun than the great ocean road and that is The Black Spur that goes from Healesville to Marysville. Hire yourself a nice luxury powerful car for the day and enjoy.
Considering you have a family there are two family fun parks that are great fun. Adventure Park (water theme park) in Geelong and Funfields in Whittlesea on Plenty Road. A couple of kms up the road from Funfields is the Whittlesea hotel which is one of the nicest bistro style family friendly places for a feed I am yet to come across.
If you are the beach kind then you really have to do a day trip down to Torquay, have a swim get some chow, do some shopping at the factory outlets get your kids some ice cream from across the road then head down and check out the world famous Bells Beach. this would then follow nicely with a drive down the great ocean road as suggested by others here. Warnambool, although about 3 - 4 hours away with kids is a beautiful little place with great history and stuff to see and do.

There is definatley no shortage of things to do.
Hope you enjoy yourself
Daz



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User currently offlineDeskPilot From Australia, joined Apr 2004, 767 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (5 years 9 months 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 2648 times:



Quoting Qantasistheway (Reply 5):
I still can't understand why there are 4 million people in Melbourne

4 million smart people.

Quoting CupraIbiza (Reply 9):
Talk about sign of the times. This was commenced at the heoght of cheap cash sloshing around. $100 million for a really big white elephant I think. The location is to this point a wasteland. Will this turn it around? $29 for an adult

Agree. The smaller wheel near Birrarung Park was less obtrusive and at least provided something to look at. The Docklands is a flat, boring wastland.

Quoting QantasA333 (Thread starter):
zoo

Have you done the other zoos; Healsville or Werribe Open range ?



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User currently offlineCupraIbiza From Australia, joined Feb 2007, 836 posts, RR: 6
Reply 14, posted (5 years 9 months 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 2641 times:



Quoting High_flyr69 (Reply 12):
If you are the driving enthusiast there is only one stretch of road better and more fun than the great ocean road and that is The Black Spur that goes from Healesville to Marysville. Hire yourself a nice luxury powerful car for the day and enjoy.

Another one!! SHHHHH!! That one is super top secret! Everyone raves about the boring Great Ocean Road.... lets keep it that way. Lets reserve the Black Spur forest for us locals



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User currently offlineVhqpa From Australia, joined Jul 2005, 1471 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (5 years 9 months 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 2623 times:

Not Melbourne but if you have a few spare days I would reccomend the Grampians and Great Ocean Road also there is a really good Ansett museum in Hamilton (just over an hour north of Warnambool) which is really worth a look. In Melbourne itself I would reccomend a visit to either the Rialto or Eureka tower however keep in mind in the Eureka tower has these really annoying LED marquee displays which can ruin photo oportunities if you plan on taking pictures of the view. On the other hand the Eureka tower has "the edge" which is a glass platform which extends out from the tower its a bit costly but the experience is worthwhile nothing else quite like it. Also theres Ballarat (about 1 hour northwest of Melbourne) which is quite an interesting town. Ballarat also has soveriegn hill if your interested in learning about the Gold Rush.



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User currently offlineBill142 From Australia, joined Aug 2004, 8451 posts, RR: 8
Reply 16, posted (5 years 9 months 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 2598 times:

Spotting at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport of course.

User currently offlineMelpax From Australia, joined Apr 2005, 1622 posts, RR: 1
Reply 17, posted (5 years 9 months 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 2582 times:



Quoting EasternSon (Reply 7):
Go out to the Mornington Peninsula and visit some vineyards. There's some great wine to be drunk.

Not wrong there & not as busy ('touristy') as the Yarra Valley ones.

Quoting EasternSon (Reply 7):
Make sure you have a way back to town though - we got a little "happy" and ended up having to find a hotel.

That's why even us locals will usually go on a tour or have a designated driver for the day! Mate's father in law runs winery tours and he has some interesting stories of the goings on.....

Quoting High_flyr69 (Reply 12):
The Black Spur

Fantastic drive, but make sure you're not stuck behind a slow truck or someone towing a caravan........



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User currently offlineZkpilot From New Zealand, joined Mar 2006, 4833 posts, RR: 9
Reply 18, posted (5 years 9 months 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 2578 times:

I'm pretty unsure myself.... its a good city for the girls to go shopping in, it also occasionally has something interesting on like the F1, Mel Cup, Tennis, and the Aerial Ping Pong Grand Final (AFL if you like guys in small tight shorts I suppose). Otherwise its a pretty but plain city. If the budget stretches a bit you could always go hotair ballooning over the city.


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User currently onlineNZ107 From New Zealand, joined Jul 2005, 6431 posts, RR: 39
Reply 19, posted (5 years 9 months 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 2578 times:



Quoting CupraIbiza (Reply 14):
Lets reserve the Black Spur forest for us locals

Is it a chunder road or something? It sure looks like that from Google Maps..


How about Phillip Island? It has a nice penguin colony and it's a really nice drive from Mornington around to it. Well I thought so anyway.

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User currently offlineDocLightning From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 19734 posts, RR: 59
Reply 20, posted (5 years 9 months 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 2549 times:

Just stay away from that Yann character. He'll steal all the girls from ya.

User currently offlineWunalaYann From Australia, joined Mar 2005, 2839 posts, RR: 25
Reply 21, posted (5 years 9 months 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 2525 times:



Quoting DocLightning (Reply 20):
Just stay away from that Yann character. He'll steal all the girls from ya.

YOU are in so much trouble I cannot even begin to describe.


User currently offlineCupraIbiza From Australia, joined Feb 2007, 836 posts, RR: 6
Reply 22, posted (5 years 9 months 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 2523 times:



Quoting Zkpilot (Reply 18):
I'm pretty unsure myself.... its a good city for the girls to go shopping in, it also occasionally has something interesting on like the F1, Mel Cup, Tennis, and the Aerial Ping Pong Grand Final (AFL if you like guys in small tight shorts I suppose). Otherwise its a pretty but plain city. If the budget stretches a bit you could always go hotair ballooning over the city.

Totally agree. most overseas tourists dont make their way down here.... just the way we like it

Quoting Melpax (Reply 17):
Quoting High_flyr69 (Reply 12):
The Black Spur

Fantastic drive, but make sure you're not stuck behind a slow truck or someone towing a caravan........

Must be done early morning... Then the only issue is the motorbikes swarming around you

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 19):
Quoting CupraIbiza (Reply 14):
Lets reserve the Black Spur forest for us locals

Is it a chunder road or something? It sure looks like that from Google Maps..

It is when i am driving!!. until recently the speed limit was 100kmh all the way through. Always thouight that was ridiculous. Fantastic piece of driving road. I love the smell of hot brakes in the morning!!
Get to Marysville have a nice devonshire tea and then head back and do it all again!
Lots and lots of car ads are filmed driving through it



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User currently offlineMirrodie From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 7443 posts, RR: 62
Reply 23, posted (5 years 9 months 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 2515 times:
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Quoting WunalaYann (Reply 8):
point, I am a big fan of the Fairfield Boathouse.

Funny you should mention that.

I was goign to ask, are there any boathouses along the river where one could rent a rowing shell and go for a row?



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User currently offlineWunalaYann From Australia, joined Mar 2005, 2839 posts, RR: 25
Reply 24, posted (5 years 9 months 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 2508 times:



Quoting Mirrodie (Reply 23):
I was goign to ask, are there any boathouses along the river where one could rent a rowing shell and go for a row?

Funny you should ask that.  biggrin 


25 NZ107 : Great, thanks for that! I must convince my friend to take me on it next time I land myself in Melbourne, or drive it myself! Done the Great Ocean Rd
26 DocLightning : Oh BOYOHBOYOHBOYOHBOY!!! *wags tail* do I get a spanking? Huh? Huh? Do I?
27 SpinalTap : Another thing I have done recently in Melbourne is go up the Eureka Tower in Southbank (its the tallest building in Melbourne), has some great views.
28 WunalaYann : *shakes head in disbelief* Now behave. At your age... tsk tsk. Correct. Near Princes Bridge you will find plenty of sheds from different clubs and Un
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