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Melbourne Itinerary - April/May

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Melbourne Itinerary - April/May

Hi all,

Need advice for my trip to Melbourne in April/May. Will only be spending 1 night at Halls Gap (Grampians) and staying in Mel the rest of the nights. Pardon me for the long post! Thanks in advance for any advice:)

Day 1: 27 April Saturday– Arrive 740, head from airport straight to Grampians via car.

Day 2: 28 April Sunday – Leave Grampians and drive down Great Ocean Road – Melbourne.

Is this possible? I think it is nicer to stay in Grampians and see stars at night rather than spending a night at GOR.. Maybe we can just do the main attractions in GOR - Loch Arch, 12 apostles, Triplet falls? Any suggestions?

Day 3: 29 April Monday – Chill day in Melbourne - Queen Victoria market, Arcade, Lygon street.. Would like to see some nice Graffiti places. Any idea where to go?

Day 4: 30 April Tuesday – Melbourne - Mornington Peninsular Hot Springs + Cape Shanck + Sorrento + Strawberry picking at sunny ridge - Philip island

Day 5: 1 May Wednesday – Dandenongs - miss marples, National Rhododendron Gardens, OLINDA – eat pie in the sky. Burlesque bar / club. Etc. Comedy club.

Day 6: 2 May Thursday – Puffing billy (dandenong) Belgrave – Gembrook

We are planning to take public transport to & from Melbourne. Heard that it is nicer to take the longer ride as the end is much nicer.

Day 7: May Friday - Melbourne city. Some awesome brunch/coffee/churros! Southbank yarra river. DFO. Is proud mary breakfast at oxford/ smith street nice?

Day 8: 4 May Saturday – Melbourne museum, Harbourtown shopping.

Day 9: 5 May Sunday – st Kilda market, by tram. Home sweet home.

Angeline

Darwin, Australia
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1. Re: Melbourne Itinerary - April/May

Hi Angeline - you are trying to fit way too much in, don't underestimate the distances you are trying to travel.

2 days is not enough to see the Grampians and the GOR and actually do anything other than drive. Add another day minimum, or skip the Grampians and spend 2 days on GOR. You can see the stars at night along the GOR.

Day 4 is impossible. You will have trouble just doing the Mornington Peninsula activities in one day. You need another day to do Phillip Island.

Your best bet is to choose what is an absolute must see for you and drop some of the other spots - unless you are able to extend your trip.

Happy planning.

Singapore, Singapore
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2. Re: Melbourne Itinerary - April/May

Hi ShazDwn,

My friends will be picking us up from the airport and we will be taking turns to drive.. Is it really impossible? Maybe we can wake up really early on Day 2 and set off to GOR? Really want to see the Grampians.. Would love to stay 1 night in Grampians and 1 night in GOR; but the guys can only afford 1 night coz they are having exams:(

Day 4 We only want to try the hot springs.. and chill around til about 4pm before heading to Phillip island just to see the penguins. Don't intend to venture around Phillip island..

We are sort of 'restricted' in our day trips out of Mel. We have plenty of time to spare in the city though! Don't really dare to drive by ourselves without the guys. We prefer to be driven. Haha more safe than if we drive lol.

Thanks for you feedback!

Melbourne, Australia
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3. Re: Melbourne Itinerary - April/May

It takes about 4 hours to get the Grampians. Once there, you will be exhausted and probably will not have any energy to do any hikes. Maybe drop the Grampians and replace it with another National Park out the GOR area. Maybe the Otways?

Darwin, Australia
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4. Re: Melbourne Itinerary - April/May

Ok maybe impossible was a bit overkill.

Day 1 is ok - approx 3 - 3.5 hours to Grampians, you'll have time to see a couple of spots in the afternoon.

Day 2 will be looooonnnnggg. 2.5 hours driving Grampians to Warrnambool (arguably the start of the GOR). 4 hours driving along GOR (not allowing for any stops). 2 hours driving back to Melb. So that's 8 hours in the car plus stops. Up to you if this works for you or not.

Day 4 - I highly recommend just doing Mornington Peninsula this day.

One one of your city days you could do Phillip Is in the afternoon/evening. If your friends can't drive you maybe you could do this bit on a tour?

This would work on your Harbourside day - the shopping is better in Singapore anyway!

Hope you have a great trip.

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5. Re: Melbourne Itinerary - April/May

hi, My wife and I are Seniors of 60+ from Malaysia. We plan to visit Melbourne & Adelaide in early October 2013, seeing most of the must-see in slow pace. How many days do you think we need for this trip?

We are quite flexible in time duration.. We can join escorted group tours if they are suitable. We prefer to stay in non-smoking one room apartment with full kitchen facilities in locations easy to walk around and with convenient public transport,as we are not going to drive. Any suggestions and advices are most welcome.Thank you very much.

Canberra, Australia
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6. Re: Melbourne Itinerary - April/May

➜ Hi malaysiansenior. Could you please not add your queries to other threads as it gets very confusing (eg "April/May" is different to "October").Your own thread has some replies, here is the link in case you couldn't find it.

tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g255100-i278-k6284…

Singapore, Singapore
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7. Re: Melbourne Itinerary - April/May

Thanks ShazDwn!

Day 1 - We hope to see Boroka Lookout -> Mackenzie Falls -> Reed Lookout (sunset) then buy some food for BBQ dinner & star gazing :) Any other spots we should see? Ok maybe there are a lot.. Its a pity we have limited time.

Day 2: Yepp it's gonna be a long day. I think we are sort of travelling in a circle rather than 2 straight lines (day trip to and from Mel). We are thinking of just stopping somewhere for lunch & head for the Thunder cave - > Loch Ard Gorge - > 12 Apostles; Triplet Falls/Erskine Falls (if there's time). Full day of driving! We shall wake up really early! Hope it works. Any suggestions where to stop for seafood dinner before heading back to Melb?

Day 4: Is there a lot to do in Mornington? After the hot springs, not sure what else to do. Seems like it is not the strawberry picking season in Apr/May.. Yep we could do Phillip island separately actually.

Haha I am only interested in buying Macademia nuts and maybe check out Forever New/Witchery. Other than that; yep I guess shopping in Singapore is better :)

Thanks!

Melbourne, Australia
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8. Re: Melbourne Itinerary - April/May

Although the Mornington Peninsula is a lovely region, I am not sure why you need to add another beach visit to your itinerary (unless you are real beach people?) The GOR will be enough as your beach experience plus Phillip Island. Maybe drop the Mornington Peninsula and have a look at the many other regions that Victoria has to offer. There are many beautiful places to visit, especially since you have a car.

Have a look at this site for some other regions: http://www.visitvictoria.com/Regions.aspx

E.g. rent a house boat , Echuca region, visit a winery, Yarra Valley region, Country Victoria visit, Bendigo , Ballarat ..., Dalyesford, Goldfields.... etc.

Edited: 12:15 am, March 22, 2013
Darwin, Australia
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9. Re: Melbourne Itinerary - April/May

Hi again.

In your first email you mentioned several places in Mornington Peninsula. Cape Schank and Point Nepean are good to visit. Sorrento is a great stop for lunch.

But if your main aim is hot springs, maybe you could do as Peter suggested above and check out Daylesford/Hepburn Springs. The area is famous for its hot springs, is a bit arty and has great cafes. It gives you a different view of Victoria and it's easy to do as a day trip from Melbourne.

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10. Re: Melbourne Itinerary - April/May

Oh I'd agree with the daylesford idea it's really nice - we went there too - it's a nice easy drive from Melbourne and has great cafes and things to do. Haven't been to grampians so can't comment. Have fun!