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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 20, 2016
Myki card purchase  (4 Answers)

When visiting Melbourne on Boxing Day I will need to either update my existing card or get a new one. The one I have is 3 or 4 years old, is there a way for me to see how much credit remains on it? I typed in the number on the Myki website but the number was not recognised. If I buy a new one at Tullamarine, does it take long using a machine?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 26, 2016

So plans have hanged a little bit... We now are planning to arrive in Adelaide by air early February 2016. We then want to drive to Melbourne on the coast route via the Great Ocean Road..
We really aren't sure how many days to take or which towns are the best for overnight stays...
We are still really flexible on this part of our travels...
Any recommendations please, in particular how many days to make the journey, best overnight towns to stay and must sees on the route..
happy travellin

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 13, 2016
Name of Hotel  (6 Answers)

Some years ago I stayed at a hotel across the road from Southern Cross Station, I think it was on the corner of Little Collins or Little something and Spencer street. It was a Holiday Inn but when I look up the map now the Holiday Inn shown is on the same side as the station. Can anyone tell me the name of the Hotel I,m looking for, it is definitely on a corner and the breakfast room is on the ground floor . It is only a couple of hundred metres south of Southern Cross but on the other side of the street.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 08, 2016
MelbourneBikeShare  (14 Answers)

This programme started since 2010. In Melbourne CBD and its nearby area, there are 50 bicycle stations and 600 bikes are available. I have read their website : and think to used a bike is rather easy and not expensive.
Who in VT has experience the ride ?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 01, 2016
hotels accommodation in melbourne for family  (8 Answers)

we are coming on a shoe string budget and will spend 4 nights in Melbourne. Can you pl. suggest some decent accommodation which is not expensive

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 01, 2016
How valid is ETA Visa ? Is booking a domestic flight seat a necessity ?  (4 Answers)

1. I applied for the ETA Visa for 2 Malaysian International Passport, the approval was fast, after only 30 minutes, I received the reply email given to us a simple reference number for the ETA Visa approval. Any member from ETA eligible nations know how reliable the ETA Visa approval is ?
2. I booked Tigerair for 11 Oct 2016 domestic flight Sydney to Melbourne on 30 March, I did not book the seat until today. Today I login again, I found no one book the seat as all 30 rows of seat are all available. Is booking a domestic flight seat a necessity ? Tigerair charge A$5 per seat for standard seat.
Thank you.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 08, 2016
Melbourne CBD to Brighton Beach  (5 Answers)

I have a chance to fly from Sydney to Melbourne after the Big Sydney Meet.
Beside other tourist spots, I want to go to Brighton Beach for the colorful small houses.
What is the best budgeted way?
The train from Flinder Station to BB need a Myki card but I worry only to use it once, not worth it and to get refund is not easy.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 29, 2016
Avalon Airport or Tullamarine International Airport ?  (1 Answer)

I have a chance to fly from Sydney to Melbourne after the Big Sydney Meet. I want to explore more but I found Avalon is a smaller airport with less budgeted transport to Melbourne CBD. Is it worth to try two airport ? What is the different ? I will depart for home a few days later from Tullamarine Int. Airport anyway.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 15, 2016
Federation Square > Royal Botanic Garden  (3 Answers)

I look on the map it is not far if I walk from the Federation Square to the Royal Botanic Garden and the Shrine of Rememberance. I would like to know how to walk to reach there. Are the traffic or road has block the way ? Thank you.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 19, 2016
Hotel recommendation  (7 Answers)

Will be staying four nights in April want easy access to public transportation or ability to walk to attractions. Will take day tour to GOR

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 18, 2016
areas to stay  (7 Answers)

Plan to try to stay at Airbnb in Melbourne but wondered if any areas to avoid. For example one travel book listed some areas in St Kilda were not the best

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 07, 2016
will I have to handle baggage while I Amin transir  (7 Answers)

Am flying Emirates economy from Manchester to Melbourne but have to change planes in Dubai. Will I have to handle my baggage in Dubai or will my case go automatically onto next plane. Thankyou

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 07, 2016
Can I take an electric hair dryer in my hand luggage  (16 Answers)

Can I take a small hand dryer and electric styling brush in my hand luggage flying Emirates economy from Manchester, UK , changing planes in Dubai and flying on to Melbourne Australia.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 21, 2015
Sightseeing  (9 Answers)

We have one whole day only in Melbourne to see as much of the city as possible. Please can you recommend some "must see" things to do. We are staying in the centre on Flinders Street and will be there the second week of February 2016.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 26, 2015
Lindrum Hotel  (3 Answers)

We have booked Lindrum Hotel a studio room this coming February. Can anyone recommend this ? Apparently the reviews that I have read are that the hotels is very noisy with traffic or poor views If you choose a quiet room.
Thank you.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 25, 2015
Applying for Australian Visa online (Easy ETA)  (5 Answers)

Hi, has anyone used Easy ETA before? Is it a reliable online service? Am attracted by their lower rates but am afraid that my visa won't be valid when I arrive in Melbourne!
Thanks in advance!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 07, 2015
One day in Melbourne  (5 Answers)

Hi ,

I am visiting Melbourne from USA. I just have one day to explore Melbourne. ( i have seen MCG already). Could you please suggest at least couple of things I shouldn't miss visiting.
One I shortlisted is Shrine of Remembrance.

Any advise will be appreciated.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 24, 2015
Local knowledge required for Melbourne in State of Victoria Australia  (7 Answers)

Trying to find a hotel for accommodation close to where I can hop on a tram to get to Etihad Stadium. We have tickets to the Royal Military Tattoo next February but most hotels in the CBD are either booked out or very expensive and we're not after 5 star accommodation. Someone with local knowledge may be of more assistance than staff at travel agents and Victorian Tourism!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 13, 2015
Melbourne DEC Itinerary!! HELPP  (2 Answers)

im coming to Melb this Dec with my best friend for the 1st time! is there any suggested itineraries?? i'll be there for 4 days 4 night! thankss :)

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 04, 2015
August itinerary, HELP!  (4 Answers)

Dear all, I am wondering if you could help me for the updating news for itinerary this August. Me and my partner will go to Melbourne on 1st August, and stays for my friend's wedding on 8th (at Melbourne). I am planning on visit Sydney (or maybe other interesting places/cities) during that time, or wander around Melb before 8th. i will go back on 11th.

I am not really into wildlife (like climbing or such) but i am excited to see koala and kangaroo since it's my first time to Aussie. I like taking selfies so i hope there're pretty places included.
If it possible could you please suggest several places to visit in one location so i wouldn't spend much time on the road. Plus, i couldn't rent a car since we dont have international driving license. Please also suggest the public transport we could have.

Thank you so much for your help! really appreciate it. Hope you could help me.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 29, 2015
Visiting in July  (10 Answers)

I will be travelling to melbourne this weekend and will stay there for a month. I see it's winter there and am planning my packing accordingly. It would be great though if somebody who is/ have been there can answer a few queries for me:

1. What to pack for a month in July? I will be working till 17:00 on weekdays and will have weekends for myself.

2. Any good trek/ mountain area nearby that can be covered in a day?

3. Any specific area for good food? And beer :D

Also, i would love to meet you guys on weekends to explore the city for a day or two together, the local way. Please let me know and let's plan.

TIA, vt1026

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 26, 2015
Suggestion for outings that are cheap or free for kids below 5 years  (3 Answers)

Can anyone suggest some places to visit for kids below 5 years that are cheap or free. Thanks

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 26, 2015
How much to budget for 10 days in Melbourne?  (3 Answers)

Will be traveling to Melbourne in Dec. Staying with friends but plan to rent a car for a week. Any good and cheap car rental to recommend? We are a family of 4, 2 adults and 2 kids (2 & 3 years). How much to budget for the 10 days including car rental? Where and how much would it cost to rent childseats? Thanks in advance

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 29, 2015
Melbourne 3day visit  (4 Answers)

Hi, I am visiting Melbourne in October. I am a female lone traveller 60 yrs old. I have been booked into a hotel on little bourke street but the area looks a bit run down. I am seriously thinking of changing my is next to a night club and I am there Friday to Monday. What do you suggest.
Thank you so much

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 09, 2015
taxi fare port melbourne to A'beckett street near junction with Elizabeth St  (5 Answers)

from Beacon Cove Port Melbourne to A'Beckett street( Melbourne car rentals)'s near the jucntion with Elizibeth street,........ I know I can get 109 tram to Eliziabeth st and change to La Trobe st. then walk........................................          

 I am thinking of a taxi around..$16 ?...and believe they don't charge for luggage .....could someone please confirm whether I am right and also ,must melbourne taxis  they put on the meter, and do you tip taxi drivers ?............... 

other ideas for this trip would be welcome

Thanks Geoff

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 23, 2015
school fees  (8 Answers)

Hi we are moving to Australia this August melbourne hopefully bayside mckinnon.. I like the look of the area and the school is know it's a government school. We are coming over on my husband 457 visa does anyone know if I have to pay school fees? And how much
Does anyone have info on the area mckinnon?

Can anyone suggest somewhere else in bayside that's nice with a good school government?
That is close to the train line my husband will be working in the cbd thankyou so much for your help :)

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 13, 2015
12 Days Melbourne Itinerary. Any idea to improve it ?  (5 Answers)

If you have better suggestion, kindly suggestion. thank you

Day1 (Accommodation Melbourne)

Arrive Melbourne Tullamarine Airport 1.05 am
Sundries Shopping (South Melbourne Market)
Melbourne Visitor Tourist Center
(Federation Square, 2 Swanston Street Melbourne VIC, Australia +61 3 9658 9658)

Day 2 (Accommodation Melbourne)

Queen Victoria Market
Old Melbourne Gaol
Flinders street station
City Travel Tram
Degraves Street
Hosier Lane
St. Paul's Cathedral

Day 3 (Accommodation Melbourne)

River Melbourne Cruise
Riverland Bar
Eureka Skydeck 88
Draculas Show and Dinner

Day 4 (Accommodation Melbourne)

Mt Dandenong lookout ($5 per car for entrance)
Chandon Winery (Free Entrance)
Yarra Chocolate Factory
12pm Pie in the Sky Restaurant
1pm Lake Mountain (1.30 hours, 100km)

Day 5 (Accommodation Melbourne)

PUFFING BILLY RAILWAY(1 Old Monbulk Road, Belgrave VIC ,50KM)
10.30am Arrive Belgrave
11.10am Train depart to Lakeside (adult $49, child $25, family $99)
12.08pm Arrive Lakeside (Lunch at the park)
Paddle boat (Price per paddle boat (2 seats, ask 1 adult & 2 kids/ 2 adults &1kid can fit?):
15 minutes $14
20 minutes $15
30 minutes $18
2.25pm Train return to Belgrave station
3.30pm Arrive Belgrave

Day 6 (Accommodation Philip Island)

Chocolate factory
Nobbies Centre
1. Churchill Island Heritage farm (Cow Milking,Sheep Shearing,Working dog)
2. Koala Conservative Centre (Koala, wallabies, echidnas, bats and birds)
3. Penguin Parade 4.30 pm has to be there (5.30 pm Penguin Parade)

Day 7 (Accommodation Melbourne)


Phyll Trout & Bush Tucker Farm
Brighton Beach
St. Kilda Beach

Day 8 ( Accommodation Apollo Bay)

Split Point Lighthouse
Teddy's Lookout (137 km, 2 Hours)
Wild Koala / Wild Feeding Kenneth River (22 Km, 30 min)
Wild Koala, Cape Otway Light station
The Otway Freetop Walk (Optional)
Triplet Falls Otways National Park (optional)

Day 9 ( Accommodation WARRNAMBOOL)

APPOLLO BAY to WARRNAMBOOL (162km, 2 Hr 30Min)
1. Marine Lookout, Apollo Bay
2. Gibson Step, Twelve Apostles Visitors Centre
3. 12 Apotles (Sunrise)
4.Loch Ard Gorge,
5.The Arch
6.London Bridge
7.The Grotto
8.Bay of Island
Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village - Noon Experience
Logans Beach (Whale Watching platform)
Tower Hill Lake (Spot Animal)
Moyne Rover
Sound And Laser Show - Night Experience

Day 10 ( Accommodation Melbourne)


WARRNAMBOOL to BALLARAT (174km, 2 Hour, 30 Min)
BALLARAT to MELBOURNE (113km, 1 Hour, 30 min)

Sovereign Hill, Ballarat
Drive/walk around Ballarat town
Dinner at 400 Gradi, world best pizza

Day 11 (Accommodation MELBOURNE)

Free Day
South Wharf (SHOPPING)
St Kilda Penguins (St Kilda)

Day 12 (Accommodation MELBOURNE)

St Kilda
Acland Street
Esplanade Sunday Market
Brighton Beach
Berry Farm
Chadstone shopping centre
Collins Street - Paris End
Crown Casino

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 26, 2015
Driving in Febuary  (10 Answers)

I am planning to come to Melbourne next Febuary and hire car for around 10 days......I have noted from the weather reports that there may be one or two days of very hot weather...also there may be one or two days of torrential rain and flooding.......Any views on this for the greater Melbourne area,is the flooding as bad as it appears in reports and if so..any areas to be avoided?

Thanks Geoff

Hong Kong

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 19, 2015
Melbourne (after a business trip)  (8 Answers)

Hi there,

I'm thinking of visiting Melbourne after a business trip in Sydney. But I'm still indecisive on whether or not to stay in Sydney, head to Brisbane or Melbourne. I would like to get a few ideas of what Melbourne has to offer (comparing to other cities in Australia).

Thanks in advance, and I look forward to hearing your thoughts.

Tum, from Thailand

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 18, 2015
uk to melbourne  (5 Answers)

Hi there Im 33 and my husband is 36 we have an 11 year old son his 12 September can anybody tell me what year he will be in for Feb 2016? I'm confused thankyou..
Also I've been looking at the areas my husband will be working in the CBD and doesnt wanna commute no more than 30 mins but I want walking distance to a good school I've been looking at camberwell hawthorn, carton does any body have views of the schools or areas? They all seem so lovely and the schools all look good to.. Help :)
Also ideally I'd like a house to rent with a garden in not sure this effects the areas.. And my budget would be $2500 a month max 2/3 bedrooms is this possible am I looking at more money? Or less?
Thankyou so much clare ;)

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