Trip 3: Walking, shopping around the CBD
Major shopping malls in CBD: Melbourne Central, QV, Bourke Street Mall & Emporium. Rich teammates can go to Collins Street, where centralize the many brands of expensive, genuine. For us, the CBD is the right place for “small but has martial arts”. Hiding behind the modern buildings are a dozen of tiny lanes, each lanes has something nice to explore, maybe a pretty cafe, an old bookstore or a mysterious bar. There are two most famous lanes are the Block Arcade and Royal Arcade, which sell luxury souvenirs. So if you do not like shopping then do not worry about nothing to do here.
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Address: Block Arcade: 282 Collins St; Royal Arcade: 335 Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000
Melbourne itinerary 7 days — Day 5: Great Ocean Road Trip
Traveling to Melbourne, you can not miss The Great Ocean Road – one of Australia’s most beautiful coastal roads with deep blue ocean, with its majestic and extremely impressive cliffs and the twelve apostles standing on the sea for hundreds of years despite the sun or rain. It is not natural that this 234 kilometers long road brought back to Australia nearly 2 billion dollars. On this winding road you will be experiencing innumerable levels of emotions from surprise to overwhelm, exciting, enjoyment and the end is satisfied. This is not just a normal coastal road, throughout the length of the road, the scene will be changed, quick metamorphosis (seems a bit exaggeration but in general is very diverse, not boring). The main rout of the Great Ocean Road stretches from Torquay to Cape Otway, embracing the coast. This road also passes through many tropical forests, white sandy beaches characteristic of the South Great Ocean. In addition, you can encounter kangaroos, Australian seals or koalas, and many other cute animals.
Because this road must go by car so if you do not have friends or rent a car, you can book the tours from TripAdvisor, GetYourGuide, Viator, KKDay, …
Oh, and before you go, remember fully charge your camera/phone battery. The scene here is not much to say that it is (one’s) reputation is well merited, very beautiful, spectacular, stunning, astonishing, beautiful not imagined make you have to holding the camera up and take so many photos. The photos could not retouch or edit, post up straight from your camera. Wow, it’s great!
Melbourne itinerary 7 days — Day 6: Fitzroy Gardens -> Parliament House of Victoria -> Brighton Beach
Trip 1: Fitzroy Gardens
Add a “garden as a forest”, dear friends. Fitzroy Gardens is a classic English garden, surrounded by elm trees, fountains and miniature sculptures that create a green ecosystem. There is also the home of Captain James Cook (Cook’s Cottage), and now it holds valuable records of his childhood and career.
A brief of history: For those who do not know James Cook: He is British, living in the 18th century, is an explorer, navigator and cartographer. He was the captain of the British Royal Navy, and was the first European set his footprint on Australia’s east coast.
Address: Wellington Pde, East Melbourne VIC 3002
How to go:
Tram 48 (North Balwyn), get off at stop point 9/Lansdowne St & Wellington Pde
Tram 75 (Vermont South), get off at stop 9 above or stop point at 10/Jolimont Rd & Wellington Pde if you go straight to Cook’s Cottage.
Tram 35 (clockwise), get off at stop point 10/Nicholson St & Victoria Pde
Tickets for Cook’s Cottage: AUD5 per person, buy at visitor center at the garden gate.
Cook’s Cottage Opening hours: 9am – 5pm
Trip 2: Parliament of Victoria
The Parliament House is open for visitors at 9:30, 10:30, 11:30, 13:30, 14:30 & 15:30 daily from Monday to Friday. Note, you should be present here about 30 minutes before the tour starts because the tourists are so crowded, It is easy to lose your position when coming close to opening hours. Remember to bring your identity papers and let sharp objects at home, because before entering you will have to check security such as at the airport. Then you can go to the Old Treasury Building next door. Understanding, this building is like the State Treasury, but now no longer use and become a museum for visitors. In this building, used to store a lot of precious jewels, valued things, gold blocks, is worth visiting.
Address: Spring St, East Melbourne VIC 3002
Getting There: Walking a few steps from Fitzroy Garden
Opening Hours: 8:30 – 17:30
Trip 3: Brighton Beach
With 82 colorful bathing boxes running along the clear blue water, Brighton has become a tourist symbol of Melbourne. Our team came here to take pictures all the time, because all 82 bathing boxes are so beautiful, each one is decorated in a separate style so you do not want to miss anything.
Sea water here is also famous for being blue, clear, clean, shallow and less waves so it is safe for those who do not swim well. If you pay close attention, you will see the oysters will stick to the rocks.
Getting There: Take the train to Sandringham from Flinders Station, get off at Brighton Beach Station. The station is located next to the beach but to get to the bathing boxes, you have to walk a short distance.
Melbourne itinerary 7 days — Day 7: South Bank -> DFO South Wharf
Trip 1: South Bank
When we were in Melbourne, one of the memories we remember was gathering friends for BBQ party. This is also the cultural characteristics of Australians on every weekend, enjoy BBQ, go anywhere you can smell aromatic of barbecue. We only have to buy cooking ingredients, usually meats, salads, water, disposable plates, aluminum foil & cooking spray (oil for BBQ). Remember to keep the clean at the public area with a layer of aluminum foil on the cookers before grill and clean the garbage after you use it!
One of the most popular picnic spots in the CBD is Batman Park – a small park with a magnificent view of the Yarra River. You can spend your last day in Melbourne for a stroll around the South Bank and energize with a BBQ at Batman Park!
Address: 2A Spencer St, Melbourne VIC 3000
Getting There: Tram 12 (St Kilda Fitzroy St), get off at 124/Batman Park – Flinders St. Or walking 10 minutes from Federation Square to reach it.
Trip 2: DFO South Wharf
Because it is a direct factory outlet (products direct from the factory rather than retailer), so the price here is much cheaper than the shopping centers. You can easy choice of clothes, shoes, wallets … full of brands. Even though not a shopping devotees, make sure you will have to spend at least whole afternoon here.
Address: 20 Convention Center Pl, South Wharf VIC 3006
Getting There: Walking along South Wharf promenade for 10 minutes is reach DFO
Opening hours: 10am – 6pm, Friday open until 9pm
7 days in Melbourne — What to do in Melbourne in the evening?
In Melbourne, most shops & entertainment zones are closed after 6pm. Only restaurants, bars & movie theaters are open. But do not rush “puzzled”, you can take a walk in Docklands or South Bank, these places are very beautiful when lights up. Except in May and September, on every Wednesday night there is a Queen Victoria Night Market with street food, clothing, old books, live music and tarot readings, in general, a lot of activities, do not worry have to go home to cover the blanket from 6 pm.
A few notes before traveling to Melbourne
- Located in the southern hemisphere, the weather in Australia is the opposite of Vietnam (when Vietnam is summer, Australia is winter and inverse), so you pay attention to choose the right clothing, it is best to check the weather before to go. The best time to visit Melbourne is from September to December and February to May, when the weather is not too hot nor too cold.
- Melbourne weather is unpredictable, sometimes sunny but suddenly rain soon after. So, you always remember to bring an umbrella or a raincoat and a light jacket to against the weather change. In addition, Australia’s ozone depletion is not mild, ultraviolet rays can be harmful to the skin so you remember to bring sunscreen, hats and sunglasses, things you must bring when traveling Australia self-sufficient.
- In Australia, using a 3-pin plug charger, so you will need an adapter. If available, you can bring them, otherwise you can buy them at supermarkets or 7-Eleven stores.
- Because there is no place to exchange money from VND to AUD in Melbourne CBD so you remember to change money before you go or when you go arrives at the airport at the exchange counter.
- In the Free Tram Zone, you can go up and down freely, but do not forget to swipe your card before boarding the train when entering the cash charge area. Unfortunately, if the police detect you smuggle, you have to pay a fine of 200 Australian dollars.
- Top 3 applications are indispensable when travel self-sufficient in Melbourne: Google Maps, PTV (used to track the route, departure/arrival time of all public transport in Melbourne), Tram Tracker. Have these 3 “useful apps” in your phone, you can be assured, Melbourne will be like your home, don’t worry about lost road.
- Avoid walking alone in the suburbs such as Footscray, Sunshine, St Albans, Epping, Dandenong, Craigieburn after 7pm, because they are considered less safe at night.
Some best day tours, trips, activities and transfer services, tickets in and from Melbourne you can refer to
- Melbourne Tullamarine Airport (MEL) Express Transfers by SkyBus
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- Private Melbourne Airport (MEL) Transfers for Melbourne
- Avalon Airport (AVV) Express Transfer by SkyBus for Melbourne City
- Private Melbourne Airport (MEL) Transfers for Melbourne CBD
- Private Avalon Airport (AVV) Transfers for Melbourne
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- iVenture Melbourne Unlimited Attractions Pass
- Melbourne City Sightseeing
- iVenture Melbourne Flexi Attractions Pass
- Greyhound Australia Hop On Hop Off Bus Pass from Melbourne (3 Months)
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