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Any other suggestions?

Hi all,

Have planned itinerary but I still have half a day before I fly back from Melbourne. Any other suggestions to be added?

What is currently in:

1.) Great Ocean Day Tour

2.) Philip Island Day Tour

3.) Yarra Valley and Dandenongs Day Tour

4.) Visiting Farms of Yarra Valley

5.) Visiting Royal Botanic Gardens and St Kilda

6.) Chinatown, Flinders Street Station, ACIM, Federation Sq, Little Bourke Street, Degreves Street

For your advice and further suggestions! Thanks!

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Sydney, Australia
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1. Re: Any other suggestions?

That's a hefty list of tours.

May I ask the total duration you have, for all those activities? Because half a day isn't very much, and it's 'flexi' time I think you should keep free.

Melbourne
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2. Re: Any other suggestions?

Perhaps queen Vic market?

Mount Isa, Australia
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3. Re: Any other suggestions?

You really need to advise how many days you are going to be in Melbourne for so that we can then advise you

Melbourne, Australia
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4. Re: Any other suggestions?

I'm assuming you have 6 days & the activities listed are what you will be doing that day.

I'd be leaving the half day free in case you don't get to do all the things you want around the CBD on the other days. I always leave some flexibility in my itineraries, often having a list of what I want to do, but waiting to see what the weather is like before deciding when to do them.

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5. Re: Any other suggestions?

Sorry for the late response. It's about 6 days. It's 2x 0.5days plus 4 days to be exact.

2.5 days are taken up by the 3 day tours. Yes, I have QVM in the list too.

I haven't been to Australia and have no idea about the transportation etc. So would be needing your advice on the realistic time and itinerary. If there are things which I should skip or should not miss, would really appreciate your advice. Thanks! :)

Sydney, Australia
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6. Re: Any other suggestions?

With 2 half days either end, and four days in the middle, I'm worried that you'll be exhausted, and end up enjoying very little of Melbourne itself. Is the Yarra Valley Day Tour and the farm visits separate, or together?

Also, for the sake of planning, even if you have a Half Day Tour, don't count is as 0.5 it's messy and isn't realistic. Count it as a whole day.

Edited: 12:06 pm, October 31, 2013
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7. Re: Any other suggestions?

Yarra Valley and Farm visits are separate days. :) I will do self drive for farm visits.

Sydney, Australia
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8. Re: Any other suggestions?

So you've got four Day Tours outside of Melbourne but only two half days in the city. Again, my concern is that you'll be exhausted and won't see much of the city at all.

Mount Isa, Australia
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9. Re: Any other suggestions?

I agree, far too many day trips, especially if you are driving.

Do you actually want to see things in Phillip Island or do you just want to see the penguins? If its just the penguins forget the day tour and see them at the St Kilda pier on the day you are in St Kilda. Otherwise I would get rid of the farm day trip. IMO there are plenty of better things to see and do on your first trip.

Sydney, Australia
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10. Re: Any other suggestions?

I agree, the Penguins in St Kilda are gorgeous and closer.. Keep a day free to just look around town, if u like a good shop go out to Bridge Road, Richmond or look around the main shopping precint.

Other things i loved when i first visited Melbs was the Underbelly /Crime tour and Gaol. MCG tours - AMAZING.

St Kilda is great... Check out the Casino and Eureka Skydeck, the view at night from the top is magic.

Enjoy your trip. We will be down there again in December for a week... My 4th visit :)

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