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Stay at Melbourne

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Stay at Melbourne

Hi all,

Please suggest reasonable accommodations and tour operators for 5 days from 13th Dec to 17th Dec 2018 at Melbourne.

Thanks in advance!

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Ballarat, Australia
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1. Re: Stay at Melbourne

For how many people? What ages? Doing/visiting what? We need some more info from you in order to make useful suggestions.

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No worries. Please define your version of reasonable in Aus $s.


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We are family of 2 adults and 1 kid of 8yrs old. Planning to visit the following places including CBD are within 5days.

Outside Melbourne

1. Melbourne zoo

2. Philip Island (good for scenic views)

3. 12 Apostles (3 hours from Melbourne CBD) is a popular tourist spot too in Great Ocean Road

4. Werribee zoo (open zoo)

5. Dandenong ranges

6. Mornington Peninsula is quite scenic

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4. Re: Stay at Melbourne

We stay in singapore and get decent stay between 80-130SGD. I am sure Melbourne is expensive and fine to extend until 150SGD per night.

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<<<3. 12 Apostles (3 hours from Melbourne CBD) is a popular tourist spot too in Great Ocean Road>>> It will take you closer to 4 hours via the shortest route to get to the 12A from Melbourne. There are road works on the Princes Highway between Winchelsea and Colac that will add to that travel time. If you take the GOR to the 12A it will take 5 hours plus which IMO is too much in one day considering the amount there is to see along the route.

If you want to spend any quality time at the 12A and the Port Campbell national park and are using the inland route to get there you need to spend at least one night at Port Campbell.

SGD and AUD are close to parity and seems low to me I would up your budget to $200 AUD per night.

This link has comprehensive info on the GOR www.visitgreatoceanroad.org.au

To get prices of accommodation and to check availability look at Booking.com

Edited: 19 October 2018, 01:50
Melbourne, Australia
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5 days is not a lot of time, especially to cover the things you've listed. Phillip Island could be 2 days/ 1 night, 12 Apostles/GOR a few nights. Dandenong Ranges is also a beautiful area worthy of a longer visit.

Good luck with your visit

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You don't have time for all that in 5 days

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>>12 Apostles (3 hours from Melbourne CBD) is a popular tourist spot too in Great Ocean Road<<

It reads like a quote. What are you quoting?

It is very concerning that there is such misleading information being put out there for people to base their itinerary plans on.

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If you don't want to drive, you'll need to take tours, and some of them are very tiring.

The tour to the 12 Apostles leaves around 7am and returns around 9pm. The tour to Phillip Island (whether half day or full day) will return around midnight (3 hours after sunset because of the penguins). Mornington Peninsula tours are about 10 hours long. Tours of the Yarra Valley usually include wine tasting so are probably not interesting for your 8yo. Melbourne Zoo needs a whole day and is easy to get to by tram (you will each need a Myki card). Werribee Zoo is pretty much a whole day and can be done by public transport but it's more difficult. Dandenongs (especially Puffing Billy) are the same.

So you have only 5 days and 6 full day tours. Did you want to see things in the city itself? I would suggest no more than 3 tours and leave 2 days for exploring Melbourne.

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10. Re: Stay at Melbourne

A couple of things that haven't already been covered … and I'll repeat the "you're trying to do too much" sentiment. Sorry!

Melbourne Zoo is easy to get to from the CBD by tram or train. You'll spend at least three or four hours there and you could easily spend more.

Werribee Zoo is harder to get to, and you'll also need quite a few hours to make it worthwhile.

The Dandenong Ranges can occupy an entire day, but you really need a car unless you'd focus on one thing like the Puffing Billy railway that starts from Belgrave at the end of the suburban train network's lines. With a car, you could hand-feed cockatoos at Grant's Picnic Ground, visit several of the villages and explore their shops and cafes.

We always take overseas visitors to Phillip Island and allow a whole day there without fail. That day typically includes:

- visiting the wildlife park (http://www.piwildlifepark.com.au/; it has a great field where you can hand-feed kangaroo and emu)

- lunch at winery, or a café in Cowes (the main town; we like the Cheeky Goose Cafe), or fish and chips from the San Remo Fishermans Co-Op (the last place before the bridge onto the island)

- visiting the Nobbies (https:/…)

- and of course staying for the Penguin Parade.

And if you decide to drive there and stay for the penguins, be aware that the roads are often full of tourists in cars and busses (obviously) on the way home, it will obviously be dark, and there may be wildlife. If you're not really confident on Aussie roads, stay in Cowes overnight.

So with five days … and if we focus on the eight year old ('cause when our darling daughter came along everything was about her!) … why not allow some time just to wander the city and see things he or she might enjoy. Explore the city with its trams, take a walk along St Kilda beach and perhaps have a ride or two at Luna Park. Melbourne Zoo is perfect, skip the Great Ocean Road (I really can't imagine an eight year old would be that interested in weather-beaten sandstone hours from Melbourne!) and Puffing Billy might be ideal. Scienceworks in Spotswood and then perhaps wandering around Williamstown might be an option too.

Edited: 19 October 2018, 04:29
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