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Where to stay

I'm planning a trip to Australia in May, and started looking into Hotels. I will be staying in Melbourne for 5 nights, in Sydney for 8 nights, and I want to be close to the attractions, nightlife, and transportation. I am considdering Nova Harbourview(Flaggstaff Gardens), and Merriton Tiffany Apartments(Bondi Junction). Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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1. Re: Where to stay

LeeAnn, can't help with Sydney but have read other posts there with advice. In Melbourne there are a number of great choices. Have a look at the Melbourne Forum and go back a page or two and you will see a post titled Melb Hotels or similar...it has some great suggestions. Feel free to ask me about streets, areas etc of places that you think sound ok. Transportation is great throughout Melb, well all city and most inner city suburbs. Nightlife is all around also, all ends of the city have different attractions, depending on what you are after. Attractions....well they are all over the state, once again let me know your interests and we will see what we can come up with.

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Bondi Junction is a great place if you don't want to stay in the city. It's a 10 min trip into the city by train (checkout cityrail nsw) for timetables. However our trains at the moment are far from reliable. You need to catch a bus to the beach but as it's May it'll be too cold for anything other than a look. there are plenty of restaurants and great shopping nearby.

I'd suggest having a look for options in the city itself. Quay West is right on the harbour and near to the ferries, rail and buses. There are numerous restaurants and bars within walking distance. Not sure of the rates in comparison to Tiffany. meriton has properties in the city. (world tower?) Most of the attractions are in the city itself or across the Harbour. With 8 nights you should consider a trip up to the blue Mountains.

Melbourne, Australia
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Funny you should pop up GW, as I was writing my post I thought I should mention to LeeAnn that getting some info from you on Sydney was the way to go..haha. LA just has her itinerary wrong, should do 8 nights in Melb and 5 in Sydney. :-))

I should also mention LeeAnn that May is a border month, just going out of our great Autumn weather in Melb and starting to get some cold stuff. So expect a mix or range of weather temps here, maybe 20 to 30C.

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I am traveling to Sydney and Melbourne in January 2005 and have been doing a lot of research on hotels. Subject to any firther advice, I have decided on the Travelodge South Bank in Melbourne. I have not yet decided on a hotel in Sydney, but am thinking about the Crowne Plaza Darling Harbour. Any comments?

Melbourne, Australia
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Well your trip CA is a bit different but you are in a great location. You can walk everywhere from southbank. Jan is one of our hottest months so be prepared for days as cool as low 20's Celsius, up to days that can go over 40C. The Aus Open tennis is on in Jan and there will be a lot of visitors in the state. Are you here for the tennis...?? Easy walk to Rod Laver arena if you are.

Your choice is also easy LeeAnn, the Nova at flagstaff is covered by trams right outside your front door and the train station nearby. Some of the best nightlife places are Crown Casino (southbank), the bottom end of King St, Flinders Lane and many, many more in and around the city. If you like Italian food, make sure you get over to Lygon St, there are wall to wall Italian restaurantts for about a kilometre and spruikers outside most of them telling you they have the best food...haha. There are attractions all over the state, you will have to mention what you want to see and do. Cheers.

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Hi LeeAnn

Well if your planning to stay in Bondi Junction you will not be near the sites as you say. It does however have a huge shopping complex and small shopping mall which are worth a visit even if you don't stay there. Bondi Junction is about 15min by train from the centre of town. The trains run every 10 mins so you should have no problem with transport if your planning to stay in the junction. You can also catch a bus from Bondi Junction to Bondi Beach about another 15 min trip. To be closer to the action consider suburbs like Darlinghurst, Darling Harbour, Potts Point or Kings Cross (though be warned Kings Cross is the red light district).

For accomodation you may like to consder the Travelodge Sydney. Resonable rates, modern no frills property in the city. Close to Hyde Park, Train station, bus routes including those that go to Bondi are about 1 block away. Oxford street is a short walk which is full of clubs, pubs ,and restaurants. Plus the city centre is only about 10 min walk away and the Opera house and Harbour about 20 min walk away.