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    hi all, I would be going to Aus for holiday next week. Staying in Syd for 6 days and Mel for 5 days. Would like to find out from those who have been to Mel & Syd about their recommendations for places to sight see, places to eat, things to do, what's worth buying. First time there and I would appreciate all the info and advice that you people have to offer.

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    Sorry can't provide you the exactly how you reach there. I hope you got your own transportation; some of the places I remembered

    Sydney
    - Opera House

    - Royal Botanical Gardens
    walk to the end, there is a nice photographic lookout of the opera house; whether the sunset is good, depends on your luck; don't have much luck previously when I was there

    - Bondi Beach (You could take a bus from the Central Pier)
    have some seafood, feed fries to the birds but do watch out for their "bomb

    there is a public pool by the sea; the pool & sea is separated by only by a wall. have a dip if you like

    furthur down & up, there is a good look out at the sea & horizon. don't bother look for sunset coz that's the east direction, perhaps sunrise

    - blue mountains
    nice drive there

    - eating pho
    if you crazy about vietnamese pho, you can find them in chinatown. there are 3 shops around there. take the one with the most crowd of course. ignore the one with very up market-classy decor, very bad customer service.

    -sydney harbour bridge
    there is a tour to walk up the bridge, pretty interesting if that's your cuppa

    Melbourne
    - Grampians
    - Great Ocean Road
    - Philips island
    - the old railway is pretty
    - st kilda's beach

    some sure others will have more info that this.

    p.s: strange, nobody interested in remote places like ayers rock (centre), katherine gorge, kakadu national park up in the north


    Originally posted by sneezybum
    hi all, I would be going to Aus for holiday next week. Staying in Syd for 6 days and Mel for 5 days. Would like to find out from those who have been to Mel & Syd about their recommendations for places to sight see, places to eat, things to do, what's worth buying. First time there and I would appreciate all the info and advice that you people have to offer.

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    Definitely go experience the Great Ocean Road while in Melbourne. Other places that I think are worth going would be Sovereign Hill, Grampians and the Dandenong Ranges.

    If you love shopping, do visit the suburbs of Richmond, Toorak and Smith Street at Collingwood. All these places are easily reached by trams from the city. Take a wake along the Yarra River for some excellent night views. Also can try going up to the viewing gallery of the Rialto Towers to see Melbourne from above.

    If you enjoy architecture photography, Melbourne city is the place to hang around. Excellent subjects like the Flinders Street station, St. Paul's Cathedral and the newly opened Federation Square. On top of that, there is a mixture of old and new buildings within the city which will provide good photo opportunities.

    Other places I can think of now would be Queen Victoria market, Southbank and the casino.

    I'm in Melbourne at the moment and if you need any help, feel free to drop me a message. I would be mroe than happy to meet up with you when you're here.

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    Melbourne

    Grampians is a little far tho it is worth it. U might like to try Soverign hill for its mining history and kangaroo park in Melbourne. Where food is concerned, u might like to drop in at Geelong/mel central where there's this western retaurant called la Porchetta which serves hearty meals. It was my fav anyway. And of course Crown Casino and Salt.

    Sydney

    There's also the olympic stadium which is worthy of a visit. I suppose fish & chips is the highlight of Manly(cant remember if it is spelt like that).

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    Originally posted by kylelam77
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    Grampians is a little far tho it is worth it. U might like to try Soverign hill for its mining history and kangaroo park in Melbourne. Where food is concerned, u might like to drop in at Geelong/mel central where there's this western retaurant called la Porchetta which serves hearty meals. It was my fav anyway. And of course Crown Casino and Salt.

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    There's also the olympic stadium which is worthy of a visit. I suppose fish & chips is the highlight of Manly(cant remember if it is spelt like that).
    Huh!! Who can forget about good O' La Porchetta? Its everywhere btw but I don't remember there's one at Melbourne Central though.

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    sydney:

    darling harbour, very nice views of the opera house, and lots of musuems on the way too. and some cool water structures thing that u can play around.

    take the trains man. buy an all day pass or something, very cheap. got to redfern for paddy's markets on weekends, its a huge weekend market very cheap produce.

    also, just take the trains and you can go to lots of places that tourists like us don;t really read about in the guide books..

    where else where else?hmm...its summer time, so must go to the beaches of course! bondi quite famous (its a nude beach i think) but cronulla's jst as nice but not so crowded.

    melbourne:

    crown casino can do some gambling there...but can go watch the water show in the main atrium at night very nice. and the flame throwers on the walls outside the casino along the river will light up every hour on the hour, if i remember correctly.

    can also try the trains in melbourne too, though they're not as comprehensive as the system in sydney.

    can take the trams in melbourne. they've a service to this beach quite famous can't remember the name. the tram service runs from the center of town.

    oh..i remember! there's this huge shopping complex @ tea tree gully, you've to go by taking a 'special' bus service. special cos the bus will run on rails @ 100 kmh in the middle of the journey, very cool. i think the bus can be taken from behind burke street.

    hmm..in melbourne town at least there's lots of museums..and there's always street performances @ southbank along the yarra.

    must go visit the vinwyards there if you're into wines and stuuf. cheaper to buy@vineyards than in town.

    cheers, enjoy yr trip

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    I went to Melbourne and Sydney about 1 and a 1/2 year back. You can find the things and places that I did here

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    Originally posted by Kit


    Huh!! Who can forget about good O' La Porchetta? Its everywhere btw but I don't remember there's one at Melbourne Central though.
    I think the nearest one is either at Lygon St or near Victoria Market...

    Hmm..how come people forgot abt the nice Mel Central, Vic Mkt and Lygon St?..what about St Kilda Beach??

    And not to forget, my university..the university of melbourne

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    Originally posted by sneezybum
    hi all, I would be going to Aus for holiday next week. Staying in Syd for 6 days and Mel for 5 days. Would like to find out from those who have been to Mel & Syd about their recommendations for places to sight see, places to eat, things to do, what's worth buying. First time there and I would appreciate all the info and advice that you people have to offer.
    These are a good time frame for a thorough tour of the city and short trips out to the country side. Personally I love cityscapes so I could spend one whole week in a city and not get bored. Wish I could say the same for Singapore

    Anyway, for Melbourne you simply have to go out along the Great Ocean Road. And I do mean drive there, not on some bus tours. By driving you get to stop wherever you wish. Set up *early* in the morning and the sun will be behind your back when you head out west and come back in the evening the sun will be on your back again as you head east, nice directions. Drive down to at least Port Campbell just beyond the 12 Apostles. If the weather's right you get clear sky all the way. But I'd advise a two-day itinerary, where you could drive up to Cape Otway through the forest park where it feels like you're driving along Lord of the Rings country. The lighthouse makes a good photo op. But then again if you don't enjoy road trips then there's not much of a point.

    The city of Melbourne is nice to walk around. The tram system is pretty good way to get round and if you're short of cash, you can also take the City Circle tram, free for all. Just look for the brown round sign at stops and the cute-looking brown tram, you can't miss it. Go down to chinatown and try the dim sum at Westlake chinese restaurant, it's better than Crystal Jade here. As an aside, the Oriental Ocean restaurant at Sydney's chinatown has the BEST dim sum in the Southern Hemisphere! Anyway, back to Melbourne, Queen Vic Market has absolutely the best selection of grocery anywhere with prices that puts NTUC to shame. You have to visit it during the weekend, where baskers and stuff make the place come really alive. Lygon Street, or Little Italy, has about the best row of Italian restaurants at Boat Quay prices but the hosts and folks make it a much better place to dine compared to Boat Quay. I forgot the name of the establishment I patronised by your hosts are Frank and Pino, ask for a complimentary glass of wine to go with the oxtail rice! Richmond area has the concentration of Chinese/Vietnamese stalls where you'll find very good selections of Chinese grocery and restaurants at unbelievable prices, just drive straight along Victoria Street from the city towards the east and you'll reach it in 10 minutes.

    Anyway here are some pics I took in 2001 and 2002, both in winter.

    http://www.photo.net/photodb/folder?folder_id=187220

    http://www.photo.net/photodb/folder?folder_id=222906

    have a GREAT time in the Land Down Under!

    andrew

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    visit darling harbour and the rocks. advance warning - both are tourists trap i like the rocks coz on the weekends there should be some sorta street markets and street performances. darling harbour... well its nicer @ nite than during the day time.

    oh if u have time, take the tram over to the fish market and have some nice seafood. get a packet of cooked prawns or crayfish, orange juice or wine and enjoy the outdoors.

    aside from the other usual tourist traps like QVB (Queen Victoria Building), Centerpoint Tower, the above mentioned Darling Habour and The Rocks

    for beaches, well I would recommend - Bondi and Manly. Bronte, Coogee and Cronulla's nice as well. If you got a car, go to Palm Beach in the mornings and watch the sunrise. heard its nice but it is abit of a drive.

    for parks and stuff... well close to the CBD area is Hyde Park, just becareful not to go during nite time and there's also Mrs Macquarie's chair - lovely place about 20 mins walk from the Opera House. And as Zoom recommended - The Royal Botanic Gardens.

    interesting places... well aside from the CBD and town area. there's King's Cross for those who are adventurous, Oxford Street - again for those who want an eye-opening experience and Sydney's Chinatown! Glebe is an interesting suburb of Syndey... very rustic and has alot of photographic potential. Oh and the French Riveria @ Double Bay serves up awesome ice cream!

    and no trip to sydney would be complete w/o a visit to Harry's Cafe de Wheels!

    if in doubt, use this website.

    cheers, enjoy ur holiday and bring back lots of fotos!!!

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    Originally posted by sneezybum
    hi all, I would be going to Aus for holiday next week. Staying in Syd for 6 days and Mel for 5 days. Would like to find out from those who have been to Mel & Syd about their recommendations for places to sight see, places to eat, things to do, what's worth buying. First time there and I would appreciate all the info and advice that you people have to offer.
    simple! SEE chio bu!! TAKE PHOTO LIAO!! mai tu liao!!
    u are tourist! they'll never see u again muahahahaarrrrrrrrr

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    For Sydney:

    If u like wine, try Hunter Valley, though I am not sure if it is currently affected by the bush fire though. Have lunch and wine appreciation...buy some bottles of exclusive wines at prices u cannot believe!

    Also, sign up with a local agent for dolphin or whale watching, at Port Stephens, quite interesting. My advice, pse use a video cam and not a still camera ok, otherwise, shoot nothing!

    If u like adventure, go for the sand dunes at Port Stephens. Sand tobboganing I think it is called (sliding down sand dunes on a board) and then they bring u around in a four wheel drive plus a visit to the beach to watch pi-pi.

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    Originally posted by sneezybum
    hi all, I would be going to Aus for holiday next week. Staying in Syd for 6 days and Mel for 5 days. Would like to find out from those who have been to Mel & Syd about their recommendations for places to sight see, places to eat, things to do, what's worth buying. First time there and I would appreciate all the info and advice that you people have to offer.
    Sydney:

    was there in August.... for taking pics try The Rocks , Circular Quay, Mrs Macquarie's Chair for sunset shots(tip given to me by Ian ), Darling Harbour, Bondi Beach, Manly (rent a car and drive up to North Head), Coogee Beach and if you have the time, Hunter Valley (visit the winery).

    As for food..... try Forresters($5 steaks and chicken during lunch from Sunday to Wednesday, www.forresters.com.au), SuperBowl at Chinatown (try the congee and noodles and you will forget the one in Singapore), Kam Fook or East Ocean for timsum and for ice cream try Passion Flower at Capitol Building(the black sesame ice cream is a must try). The definite must-try is Harry's pies at Woolloomooloo(the site will tell you everything.... http://www.harryscafedewheels.com.au/ )

    Hope that helped!!

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    Hey. One more thing, if you are driving along the Great Ocean Road during winter and it rains... ahh... Melbourne weather is sucky and unpredictable anyhow, during whenever it rains, be careful. The roads are slippery and the winds can be quite strong.

    Bon voyage

    OH... and if you do have time, Melbourne Uni is very beautiful. Supposed to be the 'Oxford' of the East.

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