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    Quote Originally Posted by k3nn3th03 View Post
    Melbourne got Bondi Beach ???

    Sorry, it's in sydney.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sulhan View Post
    You Like driving....?
    Then you can drive form Melbourne ....all the way via GOR, up till Port Fairy. I did that back then with my wife and its really beautiful drive.

    rgds,
    Sulhan
    Yeah, don't mind driving. But we're also there to relax and unwind, wanna take it easy also, don't wanna be driving 6-7 hours every day and come home more tired than when i left

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    i was in melbourne a few years back also...can check out my travelogue for the details if u are interested.

    www.adamteo.com

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    Tasmania is a fantastic place if you're a landscape type of guy - bring a tripod.

    I made a short photo series (ironically an average of a photo a day) in this thread

    http://forum.clubsnap.org/showthread.php?t=179865

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    Thanks all. Will look through your photos and sites tonight...connection at the office is super slow...

    For a good guide, would the Lonely Planet or Rough Guide be better?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gymrat76 View Post
    Thanks all, pls keep them coming!
    Edwin, I suppose your idea of flying back is good, but we have a car already (my cousin's) so we won't need to rent another one. How long do you reckon the journey (one way) from Melbourne city to Tasmania would take?
    Sorry man, forgot the details. Think it was a 45-minute flight. I remember the ferry was much longer, and at inconvenient times for us. You'd better check the details -- things may have changed!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Edwin Francis View Post
    Sorry man, forgot the details. Think it was a 45-minute flight. I remember the ferry was much longer, and at inconvenient times for us. You'd better check the details -- things may have changed!
    Thank you, will check on the ferry details. Cheers!

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    Quote Originally Posted by r32 View Post
    Tasmania is so good that you should spend a whole week there at least, there's many sights within driving distance of each other (Tassie isn't a very big island, half a day's drive would get you from the longest end to the other). However each sight takes time, and there's a lot of must-sees. You should make a Tasmania trip a trip on its own, instead of trying to fit it within 10 days.

    I would say, search Boroangel's thread on his Melbourne trip. You can also do a Google search for the Great Southern Touring route - I've done this 3-4 day trip before, and it encompasses most of the must-go locations around Victoria.

    Remember that if you harbour any intention to take photos in good light, you have to allow yourself extra time to wait around, so don't plan your schedule too tightly.
    Hello R32...heard you are back...hope everythin's going well...

    Gymrat....maybe you would like to list out some specific questions and we can all try to help...but R32 said one very important thing....that is NOT TO RUSH...really regretted trying to squeeze everything in no time to really take a step back and take in each scenery...

    If you have 10 days I would suggest taking it slow along the GOR...places like the 12 apostles are areas where u just wanna sit down or lean against the railing and just store and marvel at the sight for like 3 ,4 hours and take it in...instead we had like 1 hr to try and capture every scene there and not much time to really 'feel' the place.

    Maybe u can allocate 3 days 2 nights to GOR as there are many off the beaten track palces along the way too...

    As for accomodation...I stayed at Cockleshell Apartments at apollo bay, the town itself...if its not winter u can get yourself down to the fisherman's wharf (i think thats what its called) and see all the boats....the mariner's lookout is a DEFINITE MUST GO...you can try the Dolphin Apartments at Apollo Bay too....newly built i think...for warrnambool, I stayed at Ladybay apartments...newly developed also and still building and a very new 3 storey apartment...for melbourne city itself I stayed at Melbourne short stay apartments (sentinel towers)...the guy at the conceirge was really friendly and helpful...we were lucky we got it at a discounted rate online...

    well...too much info to share...if u need anything I m sure there are many other old birds here who are very familiar with the place.
    Last edited by boroangel; 6th October 2006 at 03:02 PM.

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    Oh forget to say...in Melbourne city itself...the tramlines really make driving difficult for frist timers there...my brother drove onto the other lane into incoming traffic !! hahaha...but that was the first morning...after that he was quite familarised and I m impressed with his driving...wa sometimes trips really shwo off the good stuff in your family haha...but erally u can take the trams i think....and the drivers in melbourne city are really quite hiong...expect middle fingers ...but of cos I give my fair share back haha..

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    Both GOR and Grampians deserve more time on their own. 2 days for GOR is really too packed! You'll be fatigued and stressed from the driving.

    Give you an idea of where to go and the days I spent there:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/chinchy...7594151067817/
    "...not taking what one doesn't desire is the hardest thing in the world" - Albert Camus

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    Lovely pictures centurion, thanks for sharing.

    After considering the amount of time we have, we may not have enough time to do Tassie after all, as it would not be worthwhile to just spend a couple of days there once we factor all the things we wanna do in Victoria

    Anyway, we'll have to re-factor in some of the trip plans once I've obtained the guide books tomorrow. Cheers!

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    Quote Originally Posted by boroangel View Post
    Oh forget to say...in Melbourne city itself...the tramlines really make driving difficult for frist timers there...my brother drove onto the other lane into incoming traffic !! hahaha...but that was the first morning...after that he was quite familarised and I m impressed with his driving...wa sometimes trips really shwo off the good stuff in your family haha...but erally u can take the trams i think....and the drivers in melbourne city are really quite hiong...expect middle fingers ...but of cos I give my fair share back haha..
    hmm... dun think so... i assume THOSE u met are ALL HIONG... haha..

    well, have been living along La Trobe street and been driving morning, noon , nite, mid-nite in and out of city to class, etc, for 2 yrs, i haven meet with pple like this...

    but yes, careful abt the RIGHT-HOOK turn... but u get the hang of it after a few times..
    Stress Man @ work... :bigeyes:

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    Forget abt Tassie.
    You should try spending quality time at a few places instead of spending time getting to many places.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Benign View Post
    Ur holiday is too common liao....

    How about visits to

    - some nudist colonies?
    - strip clubs
    - adult bookshops
    - The world first publicly listed brothel: http://www.dailyplanet.com.au/

    I wanted to write something but stopped when I remembered that this wouldn't be my first time writing about Melbourne to soon-to-visit ClubSnap members. Besides, many other Singaporeans have been to Melbourne, and have contributed a lot of recommendations. Seriously, there is really too much to explore and experience in Victoria itself but most 1-week holidays, or even an extended 1-month holiday, wouldn't be able to cover. With all honesty, commercialised tours are all too common.

    But I would agree with Benign, really. Wife or not, the truest and most unique experience you can get from Australia can only be gotten when you involve yourself in what you can't get in Singapore. While the Chinese food in Melbourne is quite good and plentiful, please don't restrict yourself to an Asian diet throughout the holiday. Australia is also known to make some of the world's best Italian food.

    And seriously, what is the shame in walking into a strip club and adult bookstore? We all know what we have on our bodies. Australia is shameless about it. Singapore is shameful about it.
    Last edited by Jemapela; 8th October 2006 at 06:40 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jemapela View Post
    I wanted to write something but stopped when I remembered that this wouldn't be my first time writing about Melbourne to soon-to-visit ClubSnap members. Besides, many other Singaporeans have been to Melbourne, and have contributed a lot of recommendations. Seriously, there is really too much to explore and experience in Victoria itself but most 1-week holidays, or even an extended 1-month holiday, wouldn't be able to cover. With all honesty, commercialised tours are all too common.

    But I would agree with Benign, really. Wife or not, the truest and most unique experience you can get from Australia can only be gotten when you involve yourself in what you can't get in Singapore. While the Chinese food in Melbourne is quite good and plentiful, please don't restrict yourself to an Asian diet throughout the holiday. Australia is also known to make some of the world's best Italian food.

    And seriously, what is the shame in walking into a strip club and adult bookstore? We all know what we have on our bodies. Australia is shameless about it. Singapore is shameful about it.


    Jema,
    Personally, I dun think Singaporeans is shameful abt their bodies. But cultural differences and the way we expressed ourselves. I used to have problem taking shower after sports in school or club. It takes time..........

    After all, family holiday is alot different than Bachelor's days.

    Gymrat, dun miss the Greek's soulavki or Vietnamese pork chop with broken rice, beef/chicken noodle. Yes, try the local pizzas...coz they are different in doughs and taste. Wat else The good old fish and chips and humble meat pies lor. Have fun, that's what holiday is all about.

    Where to find the tasty stuffs I mentioned?
    Soulavki - The one I like is in Russell St, Melbourne. Just a min walk from Chinatown once u reach Russell St

    Pork Chop broken rice? Footscray lor. Sorry, I forgot the address.

    Italian food, u got to go to Little Italy - Lygon Street.

    Best cuppaccino? Pelligrini. That joint has been there for ages. http://www.miettas.com.au/chefs/chefs_96-00/pellis.html

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    Hey man...

    it's been awhile.. anyway, follow this link where i am documenting my stay here in Melbourne.

    If you need any more info of where the pictures were taken, let me know and i will try my best to help.

    Have fun travelling!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gymrat76 View Post
    Hi guys,

    Will be making my first trip down under with the wife end of the month, and need some information on what would be the best way to spend our time. It will be a self-drive kinda trip, so we're open to suggestions.

    In the 10 days, so far we plan to visit:

    1. Melbourne city (got cousin there who can show us around), maybe 1-2 days
    2. Wineries, maybe 1-2 days going around taking pics and more importantly, drinking wine!
    3. Great Ocean Rd drive.. maybe spend 2 days driving along.. what are the 'hot' spots besides 12 apostles?
    4. Drive down to Tasmania, maybe 2-3 days? What are the main highlights there?
    5. Any other places of interest? Grampians?

    Also, any nice hotels/motels/B&B's you encountered would be great, both in the city as well as along any of the places listed - preferably below AUD$100 a night

    Any places to share that are off the beaten track? Would like to hear stories and experiences for those who've been around Victoria (or those who stay there!) on some of the highlights that you think are worth spending time on and we'll see if we wanna incorporate them into our plans. Many thanks!

    Sorry, title should be Victoria in 10 days... but can't seem to change the title now
    10 days abit short for Melbourne and so many places need to visit. Maybe 12/14days will be good and no need to rush.

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    Hi,
    Currently working in Melbourne. Agree that 10 days is a little short. End October is nice as the weather's not too hot yet. Don't think you should do Tasmania as you'll need a week for that. Check the 'Spirit of Tasmania' website for sailing times and charges. There are 2 sailings daily: 9am to 7pm, 9pm to 7am. You have to pay A$69 for the car one-way and about A$100pp for a sit or room one-way. Flying will set you back A$145pp one-way. So stay in Tassie longer to make it worthwhile.
    Lots of Wine festivals and shed-fests around this time, all over Yarra Valley, Heathcote etc. Been to a couple over the weekend and must admit that the individual ones are not as exciting as it seems and definitely not worth the drive. Look for the bigger festivals. Watch your limit as they clamp down hard on drink-driving. End Oct will see a wild-flower festival in the Grampians. GOR is worth 2-3days. As mentioned, Apollo Bay is nice, so is Lorne. Look at the Stayz website for accomodation. As it's not school holiday season, there'll be plenty of rooms. Some of my Aussie colleagues just walk in. Mornington Peninsula's OK as well. BTW, all of them have on-line pdf brochures on their website. Don't drive too much as it's pretty tiring.
    Don't forget to bring wifey shopping, unless she's a photo buff as well. Bridge Rd is great for that. You'll need a day there at least. With a car, you can drive to the DFO (Direct Factory Outlets) in Essendon and Moorabbin, or Brandsmart in Nunawading (all within half-hour drive from CBD). Petrol's cheapest Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning. Skip Chinese food, unless absolutely required. Although I must say the Dim Sum at Shark's Fin Inn (Chinatown) is excellent. Italian food's great in Carlton, must try Brunetti's confectionery and Il Gambero. Avoid those with table decorations like Pizza Hut. And don't forget Vietnamese food in Richmond. Pho Hung for pho and Thy Thy 1 for others.
    Hope this helps.

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    Hi all,

    Thanks so much for all the helpful opinions and suggestion! Will look through all suggestions as we continue planning our trip!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Benign View Post
    Jema,
    Personally, I dun think Singaporeans is shameful abt their bodies. But cultural differences and the way we expressed ourselves. I used to have problem taking shower after sports in school or club. It takes time..........

    After all, family holiday is alot different than Bachelor's days.
    I would agree with you that cultural differences is a significant factor but if you have been observing the Aussies closely, or been in contact with some of them, I realise that (and it's my personal opinion) "cultural difference" is merely a polite face-saving excuse many Asians use.

    If you think of it, most of us Asians were brought up and taught to feel shame about our naked bodies. Hence, I used the adjective "shameful". If you observe how the the Aussies / westerners are raised, they were not grilled to feel shame about their naked bodies, hence I used the word "shameless". Chances are, this would only be clear to anyone if they hang out enough with the liberal Aussies but even if no, it's evident everywhere in Australia.

    Examples: Men's striptease clubs, topless sunbathing on public beaches, and very recently, a public nude photo shoot done in Melbourne's Chinatown by a Asian guy of Aussie models.

    My personal experience includes Aussie models who stripped naked to change in front of me, and another expressing her disappointment to a studio manager that I didn't ask her to go topless (she wanted to). Two years ago, an Aussie model proposed doing a lingerie shoot in the city in public (and that scared me shitless). Totally shameless but I'm not complaining.

    My underlying message is to experience Melbourne/Australia for what she has that Singapore doesn't have, regardless of a holiday or bachelor days. Of course, such an itinerary is unsuitable for children but what's the problem with adults? Moreover, entry into a men's strip club is not restricted to men only. I have seen women patrons inside although very few. (Maybe the women want to learn the moves of those semi-naked dancers?)

    PS: I feel no shame (shameless) in admitting that I have been into a men's club because I consider it as a cultural experience. In fact, it was an Aussie mate who encouraged me to go have a look.
    Last edited by Jemapela; 9th October 2006 at 09:19 PM.

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