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“Melbourne is a lovely city”
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Normandy Park, Washington
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39 reviews
40 helpful votes
“Melbourne is a lovely city”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2008

We found Melbourne to be a lovely city. We stayed at the Ibis Hotel downtown. This was a great location, 2 minutes to Victoria market, 10 minutes to Lygon Street (restaurants) and 15 minutes to ChinaTown. The free City Circle tram stop was about a 5 minute walk away. Loved the Great Ocean Road tour. We did this with Go West Tours. A 16 passenger van and friendly tour guides.

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Dublin
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2 reviews
3 helpful votes
“What a beautiful city”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2008

We have just arrived in Melbourne and I have to review it.

We have been traveling in Australia for a month now, but this is the best city we have been to.

It is friendly, clean, beautiful, the weather is really pleasant, the restaurants are amazing.

There is so much public transport and so much to do,

Melbourne is a place to visit for sure! We are going to come back later in our trip.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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70 reviews
43 helpful votes
“Healsville Sanctuary”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2008

We visited the sanctuary in mid-August, and it was virtually empty. The animals are very accessible, and some enclosures, like the kangaroo enclosure, invite tourists to enter. These are all native Australian animals, and Australia has an amazing variety of animals not found anywhere else! There were Tasmanian Devils, Wombats, Koala Bears, a funny looking echidna with spines and a nose like an index finger, and more.

There are close encounters with animals here that would not happen in the States. For instance, during the raptor show, the birds were flying over the audience. Not just way up in the sky, but 2 inches over my head! It was wonderful. During the day, the staff also put 2 dingos on leashes and took them for a walk through the sanctuary. This is NOT a petting zoo, and people are NOT encouraged to touch the animals, but you can see them up close.

The animal enclosures are well done with a 'natural environment' feel about them. The platypus display was delightful, with both indoor and outdoor areas. The indoor area was kept dark so these nocturnal critters were up and about, swimming and eating and easily observable. This sanctuary has an active captive platypus breeding and study program. Platypus are not endangered, but very little is known about them. Healsville Sanctuary has had second generation platypus breeding success- a world first.

Transportation to this sanctuary is easy and very inexpensive. It cost us $5 each for the hour long train and 45 minute bus trip (Zone 2) once we were out of Zone 1, the city. The trains and buses run on time, are modern, clean, quiet, and allow a view of the countryside and suburbs of Melbourne.

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Adelaide
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18 reviews
21 helpful votes
“The Better of the Big Cities in Australia”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 2008

For those of you who aren´t Australian then a trip down to Melbourne is worth it. Melbourne may not have all of the tourist glamour of Sydney (i.e. it does not have famous harbour) but it has friendlier vibes than Syndey. It has culture, cafe / al-fresco culture to be precise, making the city feel more european and far less sleazy.

As a city of 4 Million it has many attractions some of which include: Carlton and the Italian eateries in the area, Southbank and the new areas along the Yarra, the live music scene in Fitzroy and Richmond (to name a few).

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Auckland
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4 reviews
6 helpful votes
“Fitzroy, Melbourne”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 5, 2008

Stayed at self contained private accommodation, provided independence and sense of being part of the local community. Accommodation obtained via www. 55 Webb St.
Very close to charming aspects of Melbourne - food, Birdman Eating Gertrude St - food (great baked eggs), friendly service, great lunch and tapas options also. Enoteca Gertrude St - wine coffee, food and service, casual and smart, Adana - do book, Spanish tapas influenced.
Gorgeous offbeat shops Gertrude (Industria) , Smith St (Toolz gorgeous, gorgeous clothes), Brunswick St - everything and more food, wine, service, coffee - Alimentari and The Commoner (Cnr Brunswick and Johnstone - do book).
Found the area ecentric, charming, offbeat and found service in all areas helpful and charming.

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