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post Oct 12 2012, 06:48 PM


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QUOTE(adriankhoo153 @ Oct 12 2012, 11:04 AM)
It's all depend on yourself wether u are a risk taker o not. Me myself are a risk taker hence i didnt buy any insurance. One day insurance can set you $28 per day. Hence it is pretty hefty for me. It's up to you, really. If there even a minor or major accident, without insurance, you will be charge a maxiumum of $2500. If with insurance, if not mistaken you will only be charge abour $200.  icon_rolleyes.gif
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QUOTE(jchong @ Oct 12 2012, 12:20 PM)
I think all rental cars come with basic insurance. However, the excess is quite high (like you said could be $2500). So if you want to reduce the excess you can pay extra.
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QUOTE(minto13 @ Oct 12 2012, 12:39 PM)
Car Park in the city is very expensive. If you use car to travel the Great Ocean Road and Grampians, then should be fine.

For Car Insurance, may be you can limit the number of driver, this can help you save some $ for additional driver charge.
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post Oct 15 2012, 09:16 AM


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Hi, I am about to travel to Melbourne in a couple of days time, so it is advisable to go drive or go on local tour to Philip Island ?

As you perceived, driving could be much cheaper cost.

Share with me.

Thanks.
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post Oct 15 2012, 09:23 AM


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just drive..easy and simple
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post Oct 15 2012, 09:26 AM


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Yes, but if I am new, I am not sure of other nearby attraction area.
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post Oct 15 2012, 09:48 AM


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if u r travelling alone, then join tour..
if more than 2, driving will be better.. as u can share the cost..
just google and see whats nearby.. u can drive to mornington penisula in d morning, then only to philip island.. since u will be there when the penguins r out which is usually after 5pm...

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Yes, but if I am new, I am not sure of other nearby attraction area.
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post Oct 17 2012, 02:11 AM


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People, can help comment on my itinerary I done based on what I've heard from forumers here?

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Day 1 (Tuesday, 18 Dec) - Melbourne City
1) Arrival at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport (4PM)
2) Chinatown
3) Dinner: Any ideas?
4) Accommodation: Formulae 1

Day 2 (Wednesday, 19 Dec) – Melbourne City
1) Breakfast: Proud Mary -Hodgson St
2) St. Patrick's Cathedral - Albert/Gisborne St
3) Federation Square, Flinders Street, St. Paul's Cathedral, Eureka – Swanston/Flinders St
4) Accommodation: Formulae 1

Day 3 (Thursday, 20 Dec) – Melbourne City
1) Breakfast: Manchester Press (Raisin Bagel, Salmon Bagel, Creamy Latte) - Lonsdale St
2) Victoria Market – 6am-2pm Queen Victoria Market/Elizabeth St
3) Lunch: Hardware Societe (Baked eggs, Banana bread with caramel, Crema) - Elizabeth St
4) Shrine of Remembrance, Royal Botanic Garden - Shrine of Remembrance/St Kilda
5) Accommodation: Formulae 1

Day 4 (Friday, 21 Dec) - Melbourne City - Yarra Valley
1) Breakfast: Beechworth Bakery
2) Vineyard wineries: Yering Station, Domaine Chandon
3) Lunch: Beechworth Bakery
4) Warratina Lavender Farm – 10am – 4pm
5) Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary - 9am – 5pm ($26.10)
6) Accommodation: (AirBnB - Healesville)

Day 5 (Sat, 22 Dec) - Yarra Valley - Phillips Island
1) Breakfast:
2) Brunch: San Remo Fisherman (Fish n Chips)
3) Philip Island Chocolate Factory - 9am till 5.00pm ($12.00)
4) Churchill Island Heritage Farm - 10am to 5pm daily. (3 Park Pass -$37.50)
5) Koala Conservation Centre
6) The Nobbies (FOC)
7) Penguin Parade (evening-6pm)
8) Accommodation: (AirBnB - Healesville)

Day 6 (Thursday, 23 Dec) -  Yarra Valley - Great Ocean Road
1) Breakfast: The Sister Kitchen Garden Café (Coffee, egg)
2) Sorrento to Queencliff via Searoad Ferry (Hourly) –7am-6pm
3) Queenscliff, Torquay, GOR
4) Lunch: The Salty Dog Fish and Chippery (Fish n Chips!)
5) Seaside towns of Lorne
6) 12 Apostles, Loch Arch Gorge, Gibsons Step and Port Campbell
7) Accommodation: (any ideas)

Day 7 -  (Thursday, 24 Dec) - Melbourne
1) Breakfast: Seven Seeds
2) Swanston St, Flinders St - Swanston/Flinders St
3) Brighton Beach – Brighton Beach
4) Last minute shoppings

Day 8 - (Friday, 25 Dec) – Melbourne - Airport (Avalon/Tullamarane)
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post Oct 17 2012, 09:25 AM


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People, can help comment on my itinerary I done based on what I've heard from forumers here?
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Hmmm, seems like from my itineraly only.. hmm.gif
Anyway, why didnt cover puffin billy and ballarat?
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i guest u're Muslim, is it?

try use http://www.halalsquare.com.au/melbourne/
it help me out when i was at Melbourne last month..

I recommend Kasturi Restaurant, just a walk away from Chinatown.
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post Oct 17 2012, 10:03 AM


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QUOTE(adriankhoo153 @ Oct 17 2012, 09:25 AM)
Hmmm, seems like from my itineraly only..  hmm.gif
Anyway, why didnt cover puffin billy and ballarat?
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A big chunk of it lo, your one cover most of it d, but some of the items is left out knowing I might be dragged into shopping doh.gif

I included it earlier, but dropped those due to lack of interest, the draw of Melb city is strong till we are considering dropping Phillip Island blink.gif
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post Oct 17 2012, 02:33 PM


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QUOTE(fuzzy @ Oct 17 2012, 10:03 AM)
A big chunk of it lo, your one cover most of it d, but some of the items is left out knowing I might be dragged into shopping  doh.gif

I included it earlier, but dropped those due to lack of interest, the draw of Melb city is strong till we are considering dropping Phillip Island  blink.gif
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Yes, mine cover almost all the famous point in CBD including Melbourne outskirt. But if your interest is in shopping then of course CBD will be more suitable for you. tongue.gif

Some flow are not quite right. It seems you jes cut and paste out but u need to see the journey if it flow in smoothly. Like as in Day 4 and Day 5. You are staying in Healesville and will need to travel about 2 hour + to Philips Island. You maybe short of time if u didnt travel early. Then from Philip Island u will drive back all the way to Healesville. That will be way too tiring. Healesville is mountain road hence driving in the dark is really tiring after having a good day in Philips Island.

From Healesville the next day you travel again back to Sorrento? Looks like a lot time will waste on travelling.. hmm.gif

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post Oct 17 2012, 03:01 PM


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QUOTE(adriankhoo153 @ Oct 17 2012, 02:33 PM)
Yes, mine cover almost all the famous point in CBD including Melbourne outskirt. But if your interest is in shopping then of course CBD will be more suitable for you.  tongue.gif

Some flow are not quite right. It seems you jes cut and paste out but u need to see the journey if it flow in smoothly. Like as in Day 4 and Day 5. You are staying in Healesville and will need to travel about 2 hour + to Philips Island. You maybe short of time if u didnt travel early. Then from Philip Island u will drive back all the way to Healesville. That will be way too tiring. Healesville is mountain road hence driving in the dark is really tiring after having a good day in Philips Island.

From Healesville the next day you travel again back to Sorrento? Looks like a lot time will waste on travelling..  hmm.gif
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Some part is C+P, because no one is certain where they want to go, nor do they want to tie themselves down to places we must go.

Day 4 & 5 is due to several reasons, 1st is we might get a decent deal on accomodation in Healesville, but it is only valid if we book longer and since no one is quite interested to stay overnight in PI, therefore the driving through and fro despite the 2hr journey. 2nd, we might still consider taking a tour to Phillips Island rather than drive, which means we will switch between Yarra and Phillips Island and stay an extra night in Melb.

I agree the journey time is already a concern, which is why I chose to come back to city on the last day (instead of going straight from Port Campbell) so we would not be as rushed.
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post Oct 17 2012, 07:28 PM


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If u renting car, I wouldn't suggest u to drive back into CBD again. Parking and jam is a big issue here. Anyway, draft out the journey on google map and u will be more likely to know the flow better. No
Anyway, just my 2 cent worth. Hehe
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My comments on Day 1-3.

You plan to drive to Great Ocean Road?

QUOTE(fuzzy @ Oct 17 2012, 02:11 AM)
Day 1 (Tuesday, 18 Dec) - Melbourne City
1) Arrival at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport (4PM)
2) Chinatown -  Nth much. Just a street with restaurant.
3) Dinner: Any ideas?
4) Accommodation: Formulae 1

Day 2 (Wednesday, 19 Dec) – Melbourne City
1) Breakfast: Proud Mary -Hodgson St
2) St. Patrick's Cathedral - Albert/Gisborne St
3) Federation Square, Flinders Street, St. Paul's Cathedral, Eureka – Swanston/Flinders St
4) Accommodation: Formulae 1

Day 3 (Thursday, 20 Dec) – Melbourne City
1) Breakfast: Manchester Press (Raisin Bagel, Salmon Bagel, Creamy Latte) - Lonsdale St
2) Victoria Market – 6am-2pm Queen Victoria Market/Elizabeth St
3) Lunch: Hardware Societe (Baked eggs, Banana bread with caramel, Crema) - Elizabeth St
4) Shrine of Remembrance, Royal Botanic Garden - Shrine of Remembrance/St Kilda  St. Kilda is a good spot. Can consider have dinner here. Use tram to go.
5) Accommodation: Formulae 1

Day 4 (Friday, 21 Dec) - Melbourne City - Yarra Valley
1) Breakfast: Beechworth Bakery
2) Vineyard wineries: Yering Station, Domaine Chandon
3) Lunch: Beechworth Bakery
4) Warratina Lavender Farm – 10am – 4pm
5) Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary - 9am – 5pm ($26.10)
6) Accommodation: (AirBnB - Healesville)

Day 5 (Sat, 22 Dec) - Yarra Valley - Phillips Island
1) Breakfast:
2) Brunch: San Remo Fisherman (Fish n Chips)
3) Philip Island Chocolate Factory - 9am till 5.00pm ($12.00)
4) Churchill Island Heritage Farm - 10am to 5pm daily. (3 Park Pass -$37.50)
5) Koala Conservation Centre
6) The Nobbies (FOC)
7) Penguin Parade (evening-6pm)
8) Accommodation: (AirBnB - Healesville)

Day 6 (Thursday, 23 Dec) -  Yarra Valley - Great Ocean Road
1) Breakfast: The Sister Kitchen Garden Café (Coffee, egg)
2) Sorrento to Queencliff via Searoad Ferry (Hourly) –7am-6pm
3) Queenscliff, Torquay, GOR
4) Lunch: The Salty Dog Fish and Chippery (Fish n Chips!)
5) Seaside towns of Lorne
6) 12 Apostles, Loch Arch Gorge, Gibsons Step and Port Campbell
7) Accommodation: (any ideas)

Day 7 -  (Thursday, 24 Dec) - Melbourne
1) Breakfast: Seven Seeds Good coffee
2) Swanston St, Flinders St - Swanston/Flinders St
3) Brighton Beach – Brighton Beach
4) Last minute shoppings

Day 8 - (Friday, 25 Dec) – Melbourne - Airport (Avalon/Tullamarane)
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QUOTE(adriankhoo153 @ Oct 17 2012, 07:28 PM)
If u renting car, I wouldn't suggest u to drive back into CBD again. Parking and jam is a big issue here. Anyway, draft out the journey on google map and u will be more likely to know the flow better. No
Anyway, just my 2 cent worth. Hehe
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Yea, will be renting a car when we are travelling to Yarra, Phillips and GOR. The plan is to return the car back to CBD then subsequently use the public transport while we are there and when we need to go to airport.

QUOTE(minto13 @ Oct 17 2012, 09:46 PM)
My comments on Day 1-3.

You plan to drive to Great Ocean Road?
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Thanks! Yes, the plan is to drive to GOR.
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post Oct 19 2012, 11:58 AM


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agreed with minto13. Chinatown is really ntg much. Sorts of like any going to Malaysia shop. Very boring. I only spend about 10-15minutes here. Unless u are those chinaman who want to see chinese thing like feng shui, paint art, antique, u may visit chinatown only for the sake of makan. (that also didnt have any decent good food for me)
I makan at Petaling Street, char kuey teow and fried rice. Ma ma only. Price is AUD9 a plate. tongue.gif

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I makan at Petaling Street, char kuey teow and fried rice. Ma ma only. Price is AUD9 a plate.  tongue.gif
Wah, go all the way to Melbourne to eat Malaysian food? smile.gif
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Wah, go all the way to Melbourne to eat Malaysian food? smile.gif
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Buy for my aunty and mum actually as they are bored with western food dy. (Last two day before going back) tongue.gif
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QUOTE(fuzzy @ Oct 17 2012, 02:11 AM)
People, can help comment on my itinerary I done based on what I've heard from forumers here?
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There's a nice small japanese restaurant next to es teller in front of QV. If you up for japanese tongue.gif


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QUOTE(adriankhoo153 @ Oct 19 2012, 03:02 PM)
Buy for my aunty and mum actually as they are bored with western food dy. (Last two day before going back)  tongue.gif
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LOL, I work just across petaling street, I see 'chinatown' everyday but no chinese laugh.gif
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QUOTE(fuzzy @ Oct 17 2012, 02:11 AM)
People, can help comment on my itinerary I done based on what I've heard from forumers here?
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Bro,

Breakfast: Manchester Press (Raisin Bagel, Salmon Bagel, Creamy Latte) - Lonsdale St
I must go check this out.

Shrine of Remembrance, Royal Botanic Garden - Shrine of Remembrance/St Kilda
Take the Tourist Bus from Stop 12 at Southbank - very near the Aquarium.
Make sure you take the bus leaving Botanic Garden before 4pm just in case it is the last bus.
And if you have time, drop by Aquarium, it's in the city.

QUOTE(adriankhoo153 @ Oct 19 2012, 11:58 AM)
agreed with minto13. Chinatown is really ntg much. Sorts of like any going to Malaysia shop.
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Still, one must check it out. If like Dim Sum, Sharkfins Inn pretty good.

And if one likes spicy food, I mean real spicy, must try out Sichuan House at Corrs Lane (opposite Shark Fin House, note not Shark Fin Inn)

QUOTE(ciahcra @ Oct 19 2012, 06:12 PM)
There's a nice small japanese restaurant next to es teller in front of QV. If you up for japanese tongue.gif
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Yah, I passed by this place many times when I was back there in May. This time I have to check it out.

Last time I had the sushi soft shell crab burger at a Jap restaurant on Exhibition Street, can't remember the name.

I'll be in Melbourne the entire next week...... Brother Baba Budan, here I come.

For those of you who are new to Melbourne, check out my article Melbourne Australia Here I Come Again

Oh by the way, where can I get Dell latest notebooks in Melbourne CBD, thinking of getting the 17" Inspiron i7 which is selling for less less than AUD999 at dell.com.au

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