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Melbourne in July

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Msia
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Melbourne in July

Hi all,

Need some planning advise from the DEs.

We will be arriving Melbourne on Saturday night, and leaving on following Sunday morning.

Hence, we have 7 full days in Melbourne.

**We will pick up car rental from the airport, to & fro.

Please advise if my following itinerary do-able?

Day 1 : Travelling within city - Eureka Sky Tower, City hop on & off, Federation Square, Crown Casino

Day 2 : Day trip to Great Ocean Road

Day 3 : Yarra Valley/ Melbourne SkyDive Centre for Sky Diving

Day 4 : Phillip Island (1 night stay) Could anyone suggest a very cheapdeal for overnight stay approx less than AUD 30/ pax?

Day 5 : Travelling back from Phillip Island - could we drive straight to Puffing Billy?

Day 6 : Day tour coach to Mt Buller

Day 7 : Travelling within City

Broadford, Australia
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1. Re: Melbourne in July

This is a fairly busy itinerary.

How many is we? $30p won't get you a lot anywhere in Victoria. See: visitphillipisland.com/listing/amaroo-park/ or http://theislandaccommodation.com.au/

Were you planning in driving or taking a day tour to the GOR? Otherwise it will be a very long and tiring day. If you are planning on an organised tour you probably don't need a car for the first 2 days; you can catch the Skybus into Melbourne CBD, pay no parking for those 2 days and pick up your hire car from the city depots and drop it back at the end of your puffing Billy day

Yes, you can drive from Phillip Island to Puffing Billy pretty straightforward and parking available in Belgrave.

Msia
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2. Re: Melbourne in July

Hi,

There are 3 of us in total. Hence, driving as opposed to taking organised day tour will be much feasible & cost saving.

Except trip to Mt Buller, as afraid will be too winter windy, not knowing the routes,

hence we shall take the organised day tour to Mt Buller

Canberra, Australia
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3. Re: Melbourne in July

>>Except trip to Mt Buller, as afraid will be too winter windy, not knowing the routes<<

For similar reasons you should also take an organised tour along the Great Ocean Road if you only have one day. The road is very long and often winding, and in winter the days are very short. Do you know the route? Do you know which stops you want to make?

Msia
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4. Re: Melbourne in July

Hi,

I have not study in depth on the routes to GOR.

But may perhaps something along this route?

Melbourne -Geelong - GOR to Port Campbell & Bay of Islands, then back to Melbourne via Colac.

What are my options if we decided to put up a night in GOR, then the next day travelling to Yarra Valley.

How long will it takes for me to travel from GOR to Yarra Valley?

We initially wanted to travel frm GOR straight to Phillip Island,

but after research we found, we'll need to pass by Melb City (4 hours) and another 1.5 hours to PI.

Isn't that quite tiring for a day?

Canberra, Australia
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5. Re: Melbourne in July

>>Isn't that quite tiring for a day?<<

Yes, I'm always concerned when I see posters trying to fit the geography into their holiday instead of their holiday into the geography, especially in this modern era when reliance on GPS seems to have all but negated the sort of pre-planning that old fogeys like me used to do. Have you booked the rental car yet?

Broadford, Australia
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6. Re: Melbourne in July

Your return trip following the route you propose is nearly 600km and 8 hours of driving on winding roads. Without stopping at all.

The GOR starts at Torquay and ends in Warrnambool.It is 250 km long. The speed limit is mostly 80km/hr and it is only one lane each way for the entire length.

You don't travel "from the GOR" but from a town on the GOR. If you sit down with a map and look at the distances it will help you. Here is the site:

http://www.visitgreatoceanroad.org.au/

It will be cold, possibly wet and windy in July. This will also be a factor in your skydiving day. Do you know the skydiving can also be done at Barwon Heads at the Geelong end of the GOR? If you only want to go to the Yarra Valley for skydiving it might be better to enquire about this option on the Sky Dive Melbourne site.

Cheers,

UF

Edited: 1:49 am, April 16, 2013
Msia
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7. Re: Melbourne in July

hmm, ok. I thought the Melbourne sky drive sounds pretty reputable & Yarra Valley is one of our sight seeing places too.

How about Mt Buller?

Any cheap day tour coach to recommend & where shd I hire the clothes/ ski equipment in the CBD?

I reckon would be cheaper to hire down town than in the mountain itself :)

thanks

Broadford, Australia
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8. Re: Melbourne in July

Cheap and skiing never occur in the same sentence.

This post might help you.

tripadvisor.com.au/…47661760

malaysia
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9. Re: Melbourne in July

" in winter the days are very short" @ MacKnee

how short is short?

what time the sunrise and what time the sunset?

what the temperature roughly will be?

Aberdeen, Scotland
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10. Re: Melbourne in July

Sunrise for July is roughly 7.30am and sunset around 5.15-5.30pm.

timeanddate.com/worldclock/astronomy.html…