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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 22, 2012
Proposal location!  (1 Answer)

Hi there

I've put together a plan to propose to my girlfriend but am stuck on one point - the location!

The proposal involves using rope light (i.e. a long strand of plastic rope with lights running through it) to spell out the big question. The idea being place said girlfriend in front of said display when dark and get down on my knee!

To set it up I need a reasonably steep hillside or bank that I can connect the rope to the earth using something like small tent pegs. I envisage each letter will be about a metre in height and I also need a reasonably close power source to plug the rope light into (got 100M extension lead).

My plan was to rent a little cottage somewhere in Victoria for the weekend that was nestled away on a few secluded acres of land, set it up on a Saturday afternoon while I have herself kept busy in a spa or such like, bring her back in the evening, do the proposing and then head out for dinner, dismantle the setup Sunday morning and away we go.

I have trawled a variety of websites looking for such a property and reviewed 100s of properties but no luck so far. I got down to two that I thought would work and contacted them. One was quite open to the idea but said they have a few cattle on the property and thought they might disturb the setup.

I want it to be something that just the two of us can see and not looking to make it into a spectacle with lots of onlookers so any hotel or B&B type option does not really appear to me.

It's obviously fairly difficult to tell if a property has a suitable location by looking at the few pics they upload. The location needs to be able to give us enough of an aspect from the standing location the writing is legible so thinking hillside or even a bank that slants to the side of a lake or river. The power source is another real stickler with this whole plan. Happy to travel to anywhere within a couple of hours of Melbourne.

So I throw myself at your mercy for suggestions/ideas for location!

Many Thanks :)

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 25, 2012
Question about a time long ago  (23 Answers)

Hi all,

My dad emigrated to Aussie in 1952 (he was 4 at that time, the remigrated back to the Netherlands in 1956) to the state of victoria the town called New Terlenkatah (or something like this). We need to know the exact name of this town, because a dutch television program, want to go to Aussie with people who lived there long ago. I can't find this town on the map of aussie, my dad told me it was in the state of victoria in the area of Melbourne.

It's my dream to go to Aussie sometime and I want to visited the area where my dad lived.

Is somebody know how this town called now?


Regards, Surprise

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 16, 2011
Public transport in Mornington Peninsula  (6 Answers)

Hi there! I was thinking of doing an overnight trip to Mornington Peninsula from Melbourne in Nov, BUT i will not be driving. The train ride from Melbourne to the Peninsula doesn't seem that bad, but i'm just wondering about the public transport within Mornington Peninsula.

What is the best place/area to stay which is easily accessible to public transport? Mainly looking forward to doing some horse riding, taking some photos of the coastal area, dolphins, and maybe some gardens if there's time.

Do buses run at night? And how easy is it to get a taxi?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 13, 2011
Weather in Melbourne August/September  (7 Answers)

Hey everyone,
Does anybody know what the typical weather is like during Augest/September in Melb?
Is it cold? Is there a lot of rain? When does it start getting warmer coming into Spring/Summer?
Thanks for your help!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 24, 2011
Bright, Victoria  (4 Answers)

Hi! New to the forum here. I have a strange request. I am in America and my sister is in Bright. I haven't been able to see my sister in over 10 years, we haven't spoken in 4 years. Recently, we have been talking through email and she gave me her new address in Bright. She just moved there with her boyfriend. She is a down-to-Earth girl, laid back, all natural, beautiful person. She loves to travel and experience different cultures.

I want to do something special for her to remind her just how much I love her and how much I still care. I have been looking around many websites to find local attractions. I would like to get her a gift card for a massage that is close to her. I was also thinking of paying in advance for a dinner and winery tour??? I see those are pretty big over there and she loves wine.

Any ideas are much appreciated as I am having a difficult time finding things online. I don't know if it is even possible to purchase things in advance.

Thanks a million for any help!

Kind Regards,

lil' sis in America

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 20, 2010
Renting Motorcycles in Melbourne  (4 Answers)

Am thinking about renting a motorcycle when in Melbourne to get around on and be able to see the countryside. Where could I rent a motorcycles in Melbourne?

Also will I need an electric converter for my laptop and chargers when I get there?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 12, 2010
Tips for Visiting Victoria Melbourne  (12 Answers)


We are from Malaysia. I am taking my parents to Melbourne and would like to plan for my trips *out of CBD*. We intend to have some self-drive trips (say for 2 or 3 days) as well as 2 full day or half day tours.

We are visiting in September 8th - 12th.

I have done a fair bit of search.. but am getting more confused.. where are the places that I should self drive? And where are the places that I should purchase day tours (or half day tours) where self drive may not be the best options.. either its hard to self drive or you will miss out a lot of info where a guide can provide.. or unique places to visit..

For self drive, I (female) am driving mainly with the help a girl friend. So preferably a place that is not too challenging. (But I had spent 4 yrs in Perth and did drive when i was there 12 years ago.. so i pressume i can handle self drive so long as its not too challenging especially to locate places)

1) Great Ocean Road - I understand that its beautiful and must visit. And plenty of nice spots. But its gonna be a long drive there.. I intend to spend 2D1N there..

Would it be better to self drive? Or take a day tour (or half day tour)?

Possible to sight whales in September at Warnambool in September around 10th - 11th?

2) Peninsular Mornington -> Phillip Island

Self drive? Or Take a day tour?

But so far the day trips doesnt have a combination of what we wanted:
* A cruise out of Phillip island (get to sight seals, possibly dolphins.. i hope.. and whales..?). Based on the 3-hour tour description, it sounds good as it also covers other parts out of Phillip island with some historical backgrounds..

* visit to Wineries .. not so much for the wines but would love to visit the vineyard which is rare for us.. (or shall i forgo this and do it in Yarra Valley instead??)

* Sighting of wildlifes: Penguins, Koalas, Seals & etc

Would it be lovely to spend a night at Peninsular Mornington? Or Phillip Island itself ? (Heard that there isn't much to do in Phillip island apart from the penguins parade..)

3) & 4)

Where else would you recommend its a MUST VISIT place?
Self drive or guided tours?

Ultimately, we could only afford :
i) Self drive: 2 places = total of 3 days 2 nights
ii) Full day tour x 1
iii) Half day tour x 1
* My parents can't quite walk for long as they are aged..

Would appreciate if anyone can give me some ideas for MUST VISIT places... to fulfill the above mentioned requirements?

thankssss a million!!!!!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 27, 2009
Customs House Houseboat, sailing into Victoria  (4 Answers)

Hi Guys.

We are hiring a houseboat in February 2010 for 1 week and sailing from Customs House into Victoria/NSW.

Can anybody suggest a itinerary along the way, and also how far up the river are we likely to get, in a week?

Thanks in advance.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 17, 2009
camping over New Years  (1 Answer)

can anyone recommend good camp sites by the ocean in victoria to stay at over new years?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 15, 2009
April travel  (12 Answers)

I will be arriving in the Melbourne area (My friend lives about a 3 hour drive roughly east of Melbourne) some time around the first of April 2010...I understand this begins your Autumn season...would someone please help me with my packing. What sort of tempertures am I looking at and what sort of clothes should I bring? I live in Florida and in our area we have very mild winters...requiring only light jackets and jeans....I don't want to over pack with "it MIGHT be like this so I'll need this" sort of thinking....
Thanks so much in advance for your help!!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 02, 2009
Great Ocean Road  (8 Answers)

Hope this is the right thread as i can't find any specific ones to GOR.

Will be in Melbourne next month. Will spend few days in the city, leaving us with the last 2 days ( 2 full days, as flight out leaves at midnight on 2nd day).

Planning to drive the Great Ocean Road. I've brushed through through the sites briefly and need few cents worth of opinion.

Am planning to cover the road in 2 days (few mentioned a day trip is possible, but i prefer not to rush). Basic info. Plan to leave Melbourne by 9 a.m on day 1. Keen on watching sunset somewhere.
Must be at Melbourne Airport by 8 p.m on day 2.


1) Where is the best place to spend a night (halfway is preferable)

2) Is there any recommendation to watch sunset at any part of the GOR and where?

3) How far must i go before i turn back towards Melbourne without missing all the must see places?

4)To return to Melbourne, is there any alternative route to take (dont want to take the same route preferably)

5) Any disadavantages of taking an MPV instead of a normal car for the drive?

Hope this is not too much. Have few more questions regarding my trip but i'll post it in separate threads.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 25, 2009
Help! I've run out of places to take my parents  (13 Answers)

I've lived in Melbourne for a while now, but I am at a loss as to where to take my parents away for the night when they visit next month. They have been to Melbourne about ten times, and like doing something new every time they come. It needs to be within a couple of hours drive from Melbourne since we will have my infant son with us, and we've got limited time to go away. They have already been to Daylesford, the Mornington Pennisula, Ballarat, Great Ocean Road, and Phillip Island. Any other obvious spots that I'm missing that could be a goer?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 01, 2008
Need some advices on my 8D7N holiday at Melbourne (Including side trips)


I will be travelling to Melbourne after spending Sydney for 5D4N. Only 2 of us travelling, so we will not be driving. Taking a domestic flight to Melbourne. Intend to stay in either Urban Central or Claremont Guest House. Any advices on these 2 accomondation?

I intend to spend about 3-4 days exploring Melbourne.

Also, I intend to take side trips to
1) Mornington Peninsula
2) Great Ocean Rd
3) Phillip Island
4) Dandenong Ranges

Is it too much for 8D7N? How long shld I spend for each side trip? Overnight recommended for any of the side trips?

We thought of taking day tours from the tour operators as we are not driving. But we hope that the day tours are not rushed as we wanna more time for phototaking and enjoying the views. We are on budget (not very tight though), is there any recommended and budget day tour operator? Would love if someone can share their experience too. =)

We are more interested in Nature views (becoz we love taking photos on Nature), countryside experience,and not forgetting the main tourist attractions. We wanna make our trip a relaxing one.

Thanks for all the incoming advices and suggestions!! =)

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 03, 2008
Tullumarine Airport  (8 Answers)

Hi to help me track an upcoming trip can someone tell me the name of the road that Tullumarine Airport is on please...... we are driving from there to Mount Gambier
Thanks for the help

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 01, 2008
Hot Pools in Victoria  (8 Answers)

The husband has received his vouchers for senior persons' train travel anywhere in Victoria. Which is great.
I was thinking as the weather is so cold and dreary he would enjoy soaking in a hot pool. You know, a mineral spring.
Does anyone know of any that are on the train route?

Thanking you.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 29, 2008
Weekend in Victoria  (9 Answers)

Hi all,

It's my dad's birthday next month. My folks have been in Aus for about 2 years and they've barely seen any part of Victoria and we stay in Melbourne. So we thought we'd celebrate my dad's birthday over the weekend somewhere in Victoria. When he goes places, he likes to know about the culture, eat at a local diner and take in the sites. We've been to Healsville, Marysville and to the snow last year. I need help to think of some places that we can do over the weekend and be interesting to 7 people including my dad.

So if you know of a place which is scenic, has culture, laid back, not too touristy (so great ocean road is definitely out of the question), please let me know.

I've heard of the boat trip down the echuca, is that good?

Many thanks for your time


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 21, 2008
Driving through Victoria and South Australia  (4 Answers)


Mid June I will travel from Melbourne to Adelaide with one day stops at Philip Island, Apollo Bay, Port Fairy, Grampians and Robe. I have some questions about this route and the places:

- Can anyone tell me if the route realistic an nice and if we miss something in this itenary that we can't miss?
- Is it a nice drive in winter?
- Is the penguin parade on Philip Island also in June or is it seasonal?
- Can anybody give me tips about must sees in Philip Island, Apollo Bay, Port Fairy and Robe?
- Does anyone know nice hostel accommodation in these places for a thirty year old?

Kind regards,

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 20, 2008
Going to melbourne in May  (11 Answers)

Hi there
I am going to Melbourne in May. I want to ask how is the weather there in May and i already booked a hotel at Easystay at Bayside motel at fitzroy street in St.Kilda, what do you think of this motel? I booked for a single room ensuite. I want to look for a much better hostel with ensuite but cant get anything cheaper and near the city, Is St.Kilda far from the city and is it a safe place for a single woman to travel to? my other hotel option is miami hotel but its a bit expensive and not sure if this is nice, can you suggest where is the good and safe place to stay?thanks a lot

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 08, 2008
12 Apostles - How any are there?  (1 Answer)

I recently visited the 12 Apostles on the Great Ocean Road. I recall there were not 12 any longer, and have since read differing reports that at present, there are 7, 8 and 9 remaining. What is the correct number?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 25, 2008
Hotel/Motel/Room - around Genoa (Princes Hwy)  (9 Answers)

I am looking for some not expensive hotel/motel/room around Genoa just to sleep over night. Same day I will have quite long drive from Phillip Island, so I would prefer to make reservation in advance to prevent problems of searching place for sleeping in the evening.

So do you know any hotel/motel/room around Genoa for 2 people that I can book simple over internet? Thanks.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 28, 2007
Wild dolphin swim at Port Phillip Bay  (3 Answers)


has anyone done the "wild dolphin swim" at Port Phillip Bay? I've just discovered that these "swim with wild dolphins" tours are also offered at Port Phillp Bay. This would be convenient for me, as I will be in Melbourne in December. Are there any companies that you would recommend?

How close do the dolphins get? Do they come to touch you or do they rather stay a metre away?

I had heard that swimming with dolphins is very good in Western Australia, but I won't get there during my trip. So is the thing in Port Phillips Bay good as well?

Thank you very much in advance for your answers!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 20, 2007
7 Day 6 Night @ Victoria  (9 Answers)


Really requires some advice from all of you out there, who have been to the state of victoria.

My boyfriend and I shall be arriving Melbourne with the below stated self-drive itinerary:
01/11/07-03/11/07 @ Arrival from Singapore, pick-up car to Melbourne City (stay @ Nomads Industry)
03/11/07-04/11/07 @ Great Ocean Rd (Do we need to book a motel for Great Ocean Rd in advance? If so, any recommendations for a cheap, nice motel?)
04/11/07-05/11/07 @ Ballarat (Stay @ Sovereign Hill Lodge)
05/11/07-06/11/07 @ Yarra Valley (Is pre-booking of motel required as well?)
06/11/07-07/11/07 @ Phillip Island, shall be back to Melbourne Airport in the evening for departure back to Singapore.

As this is our 1st trip to Melbourne, thus, really need some good advice.
Appreciate that someone to reply me pls....Thanks a lot!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 17, 2007
Jetstar Melbourne to Bangkok  (3 Answers)

Has anyone had experience of using Jetstar for international flights - such as Melbourne to Bangkok?
How was it? Any travel tips?
Any traps in booking through the Internet?
Were the flight reasonably comfortable and ran on-time?
Were their luggage limits less than the standard 20kg
Any other helpful comments would be appreciated.

Many thanks,


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 23, 2007
A unique place to stay  (2 Answers)

My fiance is turning 30 this year and I would like to take him away somewhere really special for approximately three nights in July. I'm particularly looking for somewhere really unique to stay (for example a lighthouse, houseboat or treehouse). Unfortunately I haven't had much luck finding anything on the net so was wondering if anyone has come across anything like this in their travels. We are prepared to drive for a few hours outside of Melbourne to do this.

Thanks for your help :)

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 29, 2007
Pricing  (1 Answer)

Hi just wondering approximately how much it did cost you. We will be there just after peak season (just after the tennis has finished). Thanks.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 30, 2007
Melbourne 18 March-8 April 2007  (7 Answers)


Will be staying in Melbourne for a week arriving 18 March staying at Lords Lodge. (Anyone stayed there before?) Am travelling out there on my own and will be in the area for 1 week, then Perth for a week before then returning to Melbourne for my 3rd and final week. Just wondered if anyone else will be out that way and wishes to meet up?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 18, 2007
Where's st kilda's in melbourne?  (7 Answers)


How far is Melbourne city (i'll be staying at Flinders st probably) to St Kilda's? I can take the tram right? How long will the tram ride takes?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 19, 2006
GOR Helicopter Flights  (2 Answers)

Hi all,
The woman and i were planning on going down the great ocean road early 2007. We have heard of a great helicopter flight over the 12 apostles, but we can't get the name of it. We are after something just over the apostles and not too pricy.
Thanks for your help.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 18, 2006
Great Ocean Road - Camping  (1 Answer)

I am doing a trip along the Great Ocean Road and up through the Grampions over Christmas New Year and we are struggling to find any available camp sites. Everywhere is booked out. We are really hoping to be able to camp away from the big family groups and my question is if anyone knows of any campsites that are not booked in advance and are just based on first in first serve. Anywhere along our planned route would be appreciated.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 30, 2006
Teaching  (1 Answer)

I am hoping to relocate to Australia from the UK in 12-18 months time. I have filled out various forms and seem to qualify to move.

Anyway, I was hoping to secure a job before I arrive. Where is the best place to fins teaching jobs in the Melbourne/Victoria state area?

Anybody who lives here, or has done this move themself, please give me some help

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