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What is there to do in Melbourne for 7 days?

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What is there to do in Melbourne for 7 days?

I will be arrinving in Melbourne on 12th November for 7 days, anybody got any suggestions on what to do .. so far my thoughts are .. botanic gardens, rialto tower, great ocean road tour, river cruise and St Kilda. Any other suggestions will be most welcome.

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1. Re: What is there to do in Melbourne for 7 days?

Mozbru, there are of course many things to do in Melbourne and around Victoria. What would help you get the best possible advice is a bit of info on your interests, your expectations, how physical you want to be, your budget, etc. Do you want to drive? do you like long walks, climbing, swimming, etc? Melbourne is well known for it's restaurants, do you want to visit different ones and do you like wine? If you can give us a bit more of a rundown on yourself and anyone you are travelling with, we can give you a more tailored answer. Weather is unpredictable though, temps up over 30C one day and then plunging to around 20C, this is normal for November.

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2. Re: What is there to do in Melbourne for 7 days?

Hi, we are a married couple aged 48 and 69, we like sightseeing, but prefer quiet places. We enjoy eating and drinking in the places locals go to and do not want to do anything particularily strenuous, we like walking, but no sky diving!

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3. Re: What is there to do in Melbourne for 7 days?

Sorry Willnino, I should have also said we don't want to drive and would prefer to go on organised day tours in small groups, say 20-30 people. Our budget is what we would call average, we are not overthetop spenders, no gourmet meals, but believe in value for money. We have already booked accomodation at the Radisson on Flagstaff Gardens.

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4. Re: What is there to do in Melbourne for 7 days?

Hi there. I've been thinking of a few things in inner city Melbourne that you might be interested in. I don't know much about day tours except Phillip Island and the fairy penguins, which is now quite touristy but good. Your hotel will have info on these tours for sure.

If you are staying at the Radisson, you are close to the Victoria Markets (go away from the city along William Street for a couple of blocks - the markets are on the same side as the hotel) which are great, if you like markets. Sunday is the best day to go, or anytime if you want to get some fresh produce.

Take a City Circle Tram ride when you arrive - the dark red trams - they don't take long and circle the city, so you'll get an idea of the layout and what is where.

If you like art galleries, there is the National Gallery of Victoria on St Kilda Road, and the Australian Gallery at Federation Square (worth a look because of the architecture) in the city, but there are lots more. A walk along Southbank near the National Gallery is often entertaining; go in the early evening to see the gas flames shooting into the air (you might be able to catch this if you go on an evening river cruise).

Lygon Street in Carlton is full (probably over-full) of restaurants, most reasonably priced; it's not too far from your hotel, although not on any direct tram routes. There's also many, many restaurants in the city.

Hope this helps!

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There are a number of areas in which to answer your question about things to do. Vic Market is a good suggestion as mentioned by the last poster, the Rialto you have mentioned. Re. the river cruise, I would suggest you get the ferry at Southbank and head across to Williamstown for a feed of fish and chips (pubs, cafes and restaurants there as well). You can detour to Scienceworks which is an interesting place to visit. From Willy, catch the ferry back to StKilda rather than the city. You can cruise around StKilda and check out the bars/restaurants on the waters edge or the cafe/restaurant strip of Ackland St and the hustle and bustle of Fitzroy St.

Talking of Fitzroy, my best advice for eating with the locals and seeing some real old style Aussie pubs (not old like your pubs in London) and pubs with NO POKIES, you can head out on the tram to Brunswick St, Fitzroy. Cruise up Brunswick St from Johnston St towards Alexandra Parade. This strip of shops, pubs and cafes is very interesting and great entertainment. Nestled in the back streets of Fitzroy, close to Brunswick St are the pubs like the Napier, Standard, Rainbow, etc. My favourite is the Rose, great cheap pub meals and very much a local crowd.

Day tours could include Yarra Valley and wineries, Phillip Island and penguins, Healesville Sanctuary. Be aware that the favoured Great Ocean Road is a lot of driving for a one day trip.....much better done as an overnight stay. Don't do it in one day if you don't like 6 to 8 hours of driving.

For the Botanic Gardens, enjoy the fantastic walk along the Yarra. Get a tram or walk down to Flinders St, then make your way onto the banks of the river and head east (turn left from your approach). You can walk along either bank, the north side takes you through Fed Square and Burrarung Marr, the south side along Southbank and through the rowing sheds....both are nice. The track around the outside of the Gardens (3.8kms in length is known as the Tan, very famous location for walkers and runners). Also consider a visit to the MCG which will be right across the road from the Botanic Gardens.

One point of interest and something that confused me when I went to London. Your sun travels through the southern sky.....here it moves from east to west through the northern sky. If you have no sense of direction, just disregard that...:-)) Will

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6. Re: What is there to do in Melbourne for 7 days?

I am a Melbourne girl and a bit bias (I love this city) but here goes

If you like animals the Melbourne Zoo is a good day out.. its flat to walk around, not far from the city.. The city circle tram (mentioned in previous posts) is good, and its free. There is also a free tourist bus through the city.

A wander through the Crown casino complex & Southbank gives you a choice of various restaurants, shops, movie theatres & of course the casino and on Sunday's there is a market along Southbank and outside the Arts Centre. A river cruise can be picked up from here for about $15.00. each.

Federation sqaure in the city corner of Swanston st & Flinders St- has a huge tourist center to enable you to get maps, book tours etc..

Great Ocean road is nice.. or for a night time tour the fairy penguins down at Phillip Island are good.

If you like to do wine tours there are many to the Yarra Valley wineries. Or a day trip to one of the regional cities like Ballarat or Bendigo.

Your hotel is across the road from a park and next to the Victoria Market, the tram to the Zoo stops out front and the free city circle tram is about 100 meters down the street.

Feel free to email me with any questions lucyc1969@hotmail.com

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7. Re: What is there to do in Melbourne for 7 days?

check out the nightclubs and QV is a good place to look around

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8. Re: What is there to do in Melbourne for 7 days?

Willnino I have at last found a kindred spirit in you!

I have always prided myself in having a fairly good sense of direction but found in the northern hemisphere I was just utterly hopeless. My efforts to navigate a car by "the seat of my pants" in Portland Oregon in the USA was laughable, and entertained my American friends no end.

I developed a personal theory that is was because of the north/south position of the sun in the northern vs southern hemisphere just as you have, viz quote "One point of interest and something that confused me when I went to London. Your sun travels through the southern sky.....here it moves from east to west through the northern sky. If you have no sense of direction, just disregard that...:-)) Will"

A number of people I put my theory to found it exceptionally funny, but none offered whether they thought it actually made sense. Thanks for your comments, it gave me heart to think at least one other thinks the theory could be observable in fact, Cheerz Wab

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