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Two weeks in Melbourne mid-July - some pointers please? :)

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Kuala Lumpur
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Two weeks in Melbourne mid-July - some pointers please? :)

Hi folks,

We are a group of four friends (ages spread out from 20 to 50) with two weeks in Melbourne in mid-July. Here's what we know for sure:

1) We will be hiring a car for the duration

2) We have use of a friend's empty home for the duration, so we need to leverage on this as much as we can to save on accommodation costs. We don't mind staying a night or two away from town if the situation warrants it, but generally we would expect to use the place as a base. The home is in a place called Toorak, if it makes a difference.

3) We want to do some skiing or snowboarding. I'm guessing from what I've read, Mt Buller is the go-to place for that. And given it's a few hours away from the city, my thinking is that it makes more sense to stay there for a couple of nights.

4) We want to spend maybe about 5 days in the city area itself, including time spent visiting friends and family.

Other than that, it's an open book. I'm not really looking for a full itinerary, but more a list of must-dos or key highlights to take in, and whether they are short trips, day trips or involve overnight stays. Our interests are varied, so we're good for anything. Any hikes or walks needs to be limited to a couple of hours at the most though, and no camping and dorms for our group.

Would appreciate any feedback - thanks much!!! :)

Melbourne, Australia
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1. Re: Two weeks in Melbourne mid-July - some pointers please? :)

Hi DeaDL0ck

Your question is too broad. Good point to start will be FAQs on the right. Otherwise it is too difficult since we don't know your interests/likes/dislikes.

On a general side of things:

Phillip Island better done as an overnight trip if you want to see penguins. Otherwise day trip ok.

GOR is definitely overnight and 2 nights even better.

Yarra Valley/Dandenongs/Mornington Peninsula/Ballarat - day trip ok.

Don't forget to rug up

Enjoy your trip!

Melbourne, Australia
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2. Re: Two weeks in Melbourne mid-July - some pointers please? :)

Re: Mt Buller. yes, this is the closest mountain for downhill skiing but it does take 3.5-4 hours drive so an overnight stay is essential, especially for you as you are unaware of the road conditions in Australia.

If you only want to see snow (or try cross country skiing) then you can try Lake Mountain (1.5 hours from CBD/Toorak) but as a smaller mountain, it will be hard to guess if there is enough snow in mid July. If going to Lake Mountain, you stay off the mountain, in a lovely little town called Marysville.

If planning to go to either mountain, you best look into accommodation asap.

Melbourne, Australia
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3. Re: Two weeks in Melbourne mid-July - some pointers please? :)

You are lucky to be staying in Toorak, it is arguably one of Melbourne's nicest suburbs. It is not that far from the city so it should be easy to access the city tourist spots from here. Some places that tourists would usually visit in Melbourne or around the city include; Queen Victoria markets, federation square, MCG, Melbourne aquarium and Melbourne Zoo. You can catch a city circle tram for free around the city to see some of the sites. There is also a tram restaurant that might be a good tourist thing to do for a meal. Lygon Street is a famous place to dine with its many Italian restaurants. There are a lot of shows in Melbourne too, it would be worth looking into what is on when you are here as that would be a good night out. Further out places like St Kilda are nice to visit, they have a street market on Sunday that is interesting. Brighton beach is famous for the beach boxes, nice on a sunny day. Things like the GOR and Phillip Island already mentioned are more for a day or overnight trip option. Mornington peninsula wineries are also a nice day trip option. Enjoy your trip!!

Melbourne, Australia
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4. Re: Two weeks in Melbourne mid-July - some pointers please? :)

Take a few days drive to visit Ballarat then to Bendigo through the Central Highlands visting some of the smaller towns Daylesford, Castlemaine, Maldon, etc. is a nice example of country Victoria.

Kuala Lumpur
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5. Re: Two weeks in Melbourne mid-July - some pointers please? :)

Thanks everyone. That's more than enough information for a couple of weeks. :)

Melbourne Aust
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6. Re: Two weeks in Melbourne mid-July - some pointers please? :)

My two top recommendations for your trip:

Healesville Sanctuary, Australia's best wildlife destination, 90 min from Melbourne (and have lunch at Giant Steps)

Soverign Hill at Ballarat, fun for all ages, www.sovereignhill.com.au/‎

Please note you will need snow chains for Mt Buller.

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