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Hi, we (2 adults and 2 kids – 11 yo and 6 yo) will be visiting Melbourne in mid-November for 9 days. We plan to stay at The Blackman Hotel.

We read that the City Circle Tram route passes many major tourist attractions. Does anyone know how much it would cost for us to travel from Stop 23 (which is outside The Blackman) to the nearest City Circle Tram stop please? And from that City Circle Tram stop back to Stop 23?

Also, we wish to fit the following attractions into our itinerary:

- Luna Park

- Werribee Open Range Zoo

- Sovereign Hill

- A strawberry / cherry picking farm

- Queen Victoria Market

- St Kilda Beach

- A factory outlet mall

- ScienceWorks

- Puffing Billy

- The Great Ocean Road

Is this doable in 9 days? Any advice, recommendations, directions, cost estimates etc would be most helpful. Many thanks!

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1. Re: Tram fare, itinerary advice

Hmmm ... 9 days for all of that ? You are going to be tired :-)

. Sovereign Hill needs a whole day ... about 1-1/2 hours drive from Melbourne. And if you can stay in Ballarat overnight you could do the sound and light show in the evening which is great!

. You could probably combine strawberry picking with Puffing Billy, so another whole day (Puffing Billy is about an hour's drive from Melbourne, or you can actually catch one of the normal suburban trains there)

. Luna Park is virtually on St Kilda beach, and the light rail goes right there from the city, so that's no problem - and while you are in St Kilda you should have a walk along Ackland St, especially for the cake shops, which are renowned

. Werribee Open Range zoo would need a day to do properly, but again that's just imo. Visit the mansion while you are there.

. Scienceworks is a short taxi ride from the city, just over the other side of Westgate Bridge - make sure you visit the old sewage pumping station while you are there - they have one of the old steam driven pumps operating (admittedly on compressed air but it's still really impressive). You might get away with a 1/2 day visit to Scienceworks.

. The Great Ocean Road is spectacular, but again you need a day and probably best to go in a small vehicle tour rather than drive yourself

. You can probably walk to Queen Vic market if you are reasonably fit, so no issue there.

. There are some factory outlets on the other side of the Hilton Hotel on Southbank where the old (National Trust) Polly Woodside sailing ship is moored, and you can walk there too from the city.

. Lastly, tram travel is pretty cheap - make sure however that you purchase the necessary Myki cards before you board the first time - you can't pay on the tram, you have to buy a card first. You can get Myki cards almost anywhere, but if you find it confusing there is a major Myki outlet at Southern Cross station, where there are also lots of factory outlet-style shops.

Hope that helps.

Scott

Edited: 3:07 am, August 22, 2013
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2. Re: Tram fare, itinerary advice

Hi Scott,

Wow this is indeed very useful information. Really appreciate your time to reply to my query. Thanks!

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3. Re: Tram fare, itinerary advice

Oops, I have just realised the Blackman Hotel is not in the city proper. But trams go past the front door virtually all day long. To get to Queen Vic market and St Kilda you can certainly take a tram (or trams). The hotel should be able to explain to you how the Myki card works. To get to the Polly Woodside, you could take a tram to Princes Bridge, then walk along Southbank past the Casino ... it's only a couple of km at the most and the walk is rather nice. Lots of cafes etc. along the way as well. And you should also most definitely schedule some time for the Botanical Gardens - you can take a short tram ride towards town that gets you almost to the door, and while you are walking to the Gardens entrance (it's free admission) you could take in the Shrine of Remembrance. And, if you have time, the Melbourne Museum is terrific - trams will get you there too. And don't forget the National Gallery, although the Potter Gallery at Federation Square is probably a better one to visit (it covers Australian art) and it's free, from memory.

So much to do, and so little time.

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4. Re: Tram fare, itinerary advice

Lastly, here's a useful link ...

…vic.gov.au/tickets/metropolitan-myki-fares/

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5. Re: Tram fare, itinerary advice

I'd swap Weribee for Healesville Sanctuary

Assuming you want to see Australian wildlife, you won't see it at Werribee which focuses on big mammals mainly from Africa - lions, elephants, giraffes etc.

Your koalas, kangaroos, wallabies, echidnas, platypus and wombat are all at Healesville.

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6. Re: Tram fare, itinerary advice

Scott - thanks for the additonal info :) Yes, so much to do and so little time *sigh*

Hi evamelb - thanks for your recommendation. Will centainly consider Healesville Sanctuary. We have those big mammals in our Singapore zoo. Kangaroos and wallabies too, but not echidnas and wombats. We saw platypus when we visited the David Fleay Wildlife Park in Gold Coast last year. Interesting little creatures!

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7. Re: Tram fare, itinerary advice

I'd squash St.Kilda and Luna Park into one half of a day and then combine it with the QV market or outlet shopping as it's not worth a whole day. Luna Park is quite small and your 6 year old may not be able to go on all of the rides due to age or height restrictions (Luna Park is not enormous like Universal Studios) Also, pls be aware that St Kilda is an inner city beach so it's not the nicest beach to lounge around.

I'm not sure about Werribee Zoo either as I believe you have comparable (or better) night/safari experience? I would agree that it's best to stick to seeing Australian animals whilst your here.

I think you also need more than one day for the Great Ocean Road. Maybe look for a 2 day tour that involves horse riding, the Otway fly , surfing lessons, fishing, hiking, seeing a waterfall etc etc. It would be a shame not to be able to enjoy the magnificent beaches in this region due to time constraints.

visitmelbourne.com/Regions/Great-Ocean-Road/…

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8. Re: Tram fare, itinerary advice

Hi Peter,

Thanks for your suggestion to fit Luna Park and St Kilda beach into half of a day and freeing the other half for shopping. Will do that :) At St Kilda beach, we would like to take a walk to the pier.

As for the Great Ocean Road, we will take Scott's and your advice to join a tour instead of self-drive. This way, I get to soak in all the sights!

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9. Re: Tram fare, itinerary advice

Re: fruit picking: see this site for more info re how you can fit it into your intinerary. As previously mentioned, you might be able to do some strawberry picking whilst in the Dandenong Ranges (Puffing Billy) but I'm not sure if you will have the time or the energy left after a big day out on a train trip.

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piecesofvictoria.com/international/…

This one is in the Dandenong Ranges region: Berries and Cherries: visitvictoria.com/regions/Yarra-Valley-and-D…

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10. Re: Tram fare, itinerary advice

Wow, thanks for the links, Peter! We are thinking of doing Puffing Billy on its own and on another day, visit Blue Hills Berries and Cherries and Healesville Sanctuary, as they are within 20 mins of each other. Will this work?

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