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Hi everyone! I booked our first Australian family vacation (4 nights in Sydney, followed by 4 nights in Melbourne in February), however have become overwhelmed navigating websites for suggestions in what to do. There's so much the two cities have to offer, that I am hoping to receive recommendations from those who've already "been there". It's me, my wife, and two children (daughter 17 and son 10). We don't want to rush things, but also want to experience/enjoy what may be a once in a lifetime trip.
Thanks in advance!
there is indeed a great deal to do in this two cities!
in sydney may i suggest a ferry trip over to taronga park zoo to see the koalas and kangaroos and the platypi
in fact a ferry ride around the harbour just for its own sake is a cheap and cheerful way to relax and enjoy
the powerhouse museum in darling harbour is worth a look too
do you guys want to do the bridge climb? i wouldn't do it in a fit even if it was a lot cheaper than it is - but some people seem to like it
in melbourne the puffing billy ride is quite a jolly thing to do - again quite expensive
In Melbourne just across from Flinders Railway station is a tourist info centre...if you ask for the map of the Melbourne arcades that will guide you around the inner city.
They will also guide you re some longer trips such as The Great Ocean Road.
Chocoholic Tours held on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays...ask here at Chocolait Hub Arcade...318 Little Collins Street, Melbourne
And there is a free tram...the info centre will help you with that.
If you cross the bridge (well if you are at Flinders use that one)you will enjoy Southbank especially on a Sunday afternoon
[original VT link]
There are horse drawn carriages....hop in for a ride.
Or maybe a boat ride on the Yarra.
There are restaurants too...some really nice ones in the casino complex...
Try bistro Guillaume.... 8 Whiteman Street Southbank Melbourne Victoria
and back over near Flinders station is Chin Chin handmade
125 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Victoria
for a bit of fun eating.
Have a look at leon.partsi ...put name in search box and scroll to members ...he has info on Melbourne
You can check my Sydney and Melbourne pages for what can be done in 4 days in each city. We actually spent the same duration of days during our visit and we did not rush things. Especially for Melbourne, I wouldn't miss a daily tour in Great Ocean Road. You can find these and more in my pages.
In Sydney I always love visiting The Queen Victoria Centre...a gorgeous old building with shops and eating spots. And do not miss The Rocks and The Sydney Opera house.
And maybe you would find time to train to The Blue Mountains
My Melbourne page is a travel guide, but it is my opinion - [original VT link] and there is enough on that page to keep you busy for most of the 4 days. Depending on your interests - add Yarra Valley and wineries or Great Ocean Road or Puffing Billy Railway - each of these are a full day. If you can extend your stay in Melbourne that may help you.
For Sydney walking across the Harbour Bridge (NOT the bridge climb) is almost a must do as is a ferry ride and a visit to the Opera House. They run an 'essentials tour' see http://www.sydneyoperahouse.com/
I personally enjoyed visiting Melbourne gaol, the free tram ride round the centre, the botanical gardens, Captain Cook's cottage and the Cricketers Bar. The highlight of our Melbourn visit though was a day trip along the Great Ocean Road - wonderful scenery.
Loved Melbourne!!!! We did a walkabout that the kids would really like. they took us into areas where we could see the animals in their natural habitat. I have a link to that on my page. Also take time to go to Victoria Market - you can get the best price on t-shirts and the such there, do not be afraid to haggle. Do take a trip up the Great Ocean Road. Notice how the water swirls the opposite way in the wake off of the boats.
You can hire a car and drive to the Dandenong Ranges and Yarra Valley. In the the Yarra Valley there is a chocolate making enterprise at Yarra Glen. Lots of wineries and restaurants . Up the road at Healsville Sanctuary there are lots of native animals with an emphasis on acess by the public. The top of Mt Dandenong is in the middle of a beautiful forested drive. The Look out also gives a beautiful view of the city and suburbs. To do justice to Melbourne and surrounds completely you could spend two and one half weeks easily.