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When I have the time I always take the bus between Melbourne and Sydney, but some people say I'm crazy. Usually, if you book in advance, and especially if you only have carry-on luggage, it will be cheaper to fly with one of the low-cost airlines, but when you include getting to and from the airport at each end it will always be more expensive and buses and ...


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There are two trains per day between Sydney and Melbourne, one during the day, and one at night, run by CountryLink. On the overnight train, you can book into a 2 berth sleeping car, or try and sleep in a regular seat. One thing to be aware of with the sleeper is that there's only the 1 coach with sleeper berths in it, the rest of the train only has normal ...


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There is no direct transfer, Avalon gets only a few flights a day and nobody books connecting flights between the two on purpose. The only remotely sane non-taxi option is to take the Sunbus from Avalon to Southern Cross (adult $22), and then switch to the Skybus to Tullamarine ($18). If you're really pinching pennies, there are zero public transport ...


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Ok, first of all there is a list of restaurants apart from the big chains which offer free Wifi as long as you consume something. Obviously you will have to make sure that these places are open and according to your taste. A cafe or pub might be more suitable than a sushi restaurant for long-term surfing. Second of all there is a HUGE list of places with ...


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The Melbourne airport website has a section on public transport, which basically means buses. They recommend using Skybus to get into the city centre. I've used Skybus before during rush hour going the other way, and found it fine. The price should be quite a bit less than a taxi too. It sounds like you should be arriving at the right time to take advantage ...


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Firstly you'll want to keep in mind that the "Gold Coast Airport" is not really on the Gold Coast - it's in Coolangatta (or more correctly, half of it is in Coolangatta, half of it is across the state border in Tweed Heads). There are a few coach services between the Coolangatta/Tweed Heads areas and Byron Bay as a part of longer runs (eg, Brisbane -> ...


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As dianod says, van rental is easy in Australia. While there are many hire companies, the vehicles are usually supplied by a relatively small number of rental companies. eg Britz supply vans to literally dozens of hire companies who differentiate themselves by information packs or optional extra equipment etc. I'd choose a van over train etc - the ability ...


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It is very easy to rent a van in Australia. Most major rental agencies offer vans and there are no additional driving requirements on them over a standard car. They will also have locations in both Sydney and Adelaide for one way rentals. Whether you drive or not is really dependent on what you want to see. Driving gives you a lot more options like the ...


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I'm not sure that any cafés will have this on the menu to be honest. What you could try doing is purchasing a bag of the beans and then taking it to a good barista and ask them to brew it for you. No guarantees that will work, but it might be worth a try. Particularly if you catch them when they're not too busy. If you are on a quest to taste some great ...


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You should be fine - people have done it in the past, even driving Melbourne to Gold Coast, with plenty of stops. However, if you want to be certain, the Shell gas stations have an online Fuel finder site to locate the different types of stations, as well as iPhone and Android apps. And they're certainly not the only fuel company in Australia.


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Possible, yes. Feasible, only barely. Yarra Valley is fundamentally car country and not having your own wheels handicaps you pretty badly; you can use the buses to get to the towns, but the whole point of visiting Yarra (for most visitors, anyway) is to tour the wineries, most of which are nowhere near a bus stop. There is, however, one good way to both ...


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I'd stop in Albury then Goulburn both about 3.5 hours drive and on the Hume Highway. I've visited both and Albury has some nice parks and if you're onto big things Goulburn has the Big Merino.*


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The official statistics only give the percentage of trains that were no more than 10 minutes late. The Melbourne to Sydney night train is train 622 (second green bar from the left). The on-time performance is pretty bad: only 60% achieved the 10-minute objective. There doesn't seem to be any official tracking of how late the late trains are. Google finds ...


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According to the Airport Website, there are three hotels at the airport itself. As you're there for the night, you might want to book one and get a decent bed! It also rates well for sleeping in the airport itself if you needed to... If you have 14 hours, then that's probably long enough to head into town, see some of the city by night, crash there and make ...


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The obvious answer is to stay in backpackers (Australian for hostel). All backpackers I've been to in Australia have guest kitchens where you can cook your own food. You can buy stuff in the grocery store and then cook in the hostel. The hostel kitchen is also one of the best places to meet people, there are always people there and they usually don't use ...


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You will have absolutely no issues. By far the majority of Sydney and Melbourne petrol stations have LPG, especially the chains, so assuming your car has 400 kilometres range (600 km was not unreasonable five years ago) on a full tank minimum, you can make the following stops without even going out of your way: Sydney Gundagai (400 km) Albury/Wodonga (200 ...


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You can catch a train out to Lilydale which is the end of the line and on the edge of the Yarra Valley. From there, you're reliant on public buses. Bus #927 will take you to Healesville Sanctuary which is the biggest tourist attraction in the Yarra Valley. Alternatively, there is also a bus that runs all the way from the city out to Healesville, but it ...


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After exploring for a few days, I've found some options. Many local coffee shops offer free wifi, often as part of a 'complete a survey, get free wifi' deal. The Gloria Jeans Coffee chain has free wifi. Flinders Street Coffee has an Internode free wifi option, which I suspect is in several places. Melbourne Central station and food court has free wifi. the ...


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If you always want to cook in hostels, then have a look at the kitchen first before you decide to stay there for a month. Some hostels close the kitchen at night so you can't even access your food in the fridge, and I have seen hostels where the toilets actually looked much cleaner than the kitchen area. You could also try CouchSurfing, airbnb, the ...


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Melbourne -- go to the city centre, will take you half an hour by taxi or SkyTrain (I think that is what it is called but I may be wrong) from Tullamarine Airport (MEL) and then get off at Southern Cross Railway Station. From Southern Cross, take a TRAM (a quintessential Melburnian experience) to Flinders Street Station. After alighting at Flinders Street ...


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Find yourself a sharehouse. You'll meet people, have access to a kitchen and it'll be a lot cheaper than staying in a hostel. Gumtree is probably your best bet. Often, when people leave Austraila for a month or two they'll use it to sublet their room so you get a lot of furnished rooms available short-term. Failing that, you might want to check out Flatmate ...


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It's fairly easy to rent a van in Australia. I don't see why it should be a concern. Although there are some other privileges which might cost dear to your pocket. A good idea is to consider the following when booking a car: One-way rentals are set at an exorbitantly high rate. Run a cost benefit analysis before signing the dotted line. Try to get your ...


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I'm going to assume (similar to Rob) that you're initially looking for suburbs which are well connected by public transport. Australian cities are layed out in a similar manner to the US, with a central business core or downtown area (which we call the CBD or Central Business District), and suburbs fanning out from there. Public transport is generally ...


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Take taxi from Avalon Airport to Lara Railway Station and from there take V/ Line Regional train to Footscray Rail Station. From there take Metro train with direction Williamstown and stop at North Melbourne Railway Station, platform 5. Go to platform 2 and take Metro train with direction Craigieburn to Broadmeadows Station, platform 2. Then take Bus Route ...


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I'm assuming you're mainly interested in public transport options. The choices of where to live would be very different (and perhaps more like a local) if you were car-based. Trams are still a great way to get around Melbourne. Yarra trams now operate the network, and they have a 7 day pass available: http://ptv.vic.gov.au/tickets/myki/myki-pass/ The ...


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As it is, the only public transport option from Melbourne Airport (known locally as Tullamarine) to the city centre is the privately run SkyBus, which will set you back $18. The Airport is connected to the city by freeway, and you can expect congestion during peak hours. Alternatively, you could take one of the suburban public buses which connect to the ...



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