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      Australia Oct 17, 2016 at 11:16 PM

      Hi all,

      Here's my problem.
      I applied on the 2nd of October for an eVisitor visa class 651 to Australia, after have spent a year there through a WHV (which expired the 28th of September).
      I've been waiting over two weeks so far for a process which seems smouth and quick.. I'd like to know if there is any way to accelerate it cause it started to be way more expensive than expected.
      Indeed I had to buy a flight back to Cairns when I left there on the 25th of September. This flight was on the 14th of October so I've already pushed it away once to this 21st. Moreover being now in Indonesia, my visa here will expired soon and I would have to pay to extend it if I still don't receive any answer..
      I've email few times the office in charge of the application, asked if there were any issues or unexpected delays, no answers.
      I've called the department in Hobart and have been told that they can't help me.
      I've check heaps of website and posts without finding any real solution for this problem..
      I would be so grateful if anyone can help me out with this and give me a solution. For example a successful way to contact them, a try to apply for an other evistor visa, anything actually.
      I start to be really worried and frustrated about that, and don't want to have to extend my stay in Indonesia or have to pay more to change my flight.

      Thanks guys !

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      Australia Oct 13, 2016 at 2:31 PM

      any recommendations for travel insurance for a trip (30 days) to australia?

    • Great Barrier Reef - base location

      Cairns Oct 18, 2016 at 1:50 AM

      Hi - I'm travelling to Cairns for 5 days in the last week of December. This is the last leg of my holiday in Australia and we will be returning to London from Cairns. We are family of 3 with a 11 year old. We are interested in snorkelling and scuba diving in the outer reef and may be some watersports. Not keen on rainforest etc. I'm struggling to find a good base for the GBR exploration. Do I stay in Cairns and take one of the tours (will make it easier flight-wise) or do I stay in one of the beach resorts? Budget isn't a big consideration and a luxury option would be just fine. Many thanks for your help.

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      Australia Oct 18, 2016 at 4:05 PM

      where would we obtain an opal card for our travels in australia can you use it state to state and what is the cost many thanks

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      Great Barrier Reef

      State of Queensland Oct 1, 2016 at 7:59 AM

      I am very interested in snorkeling (not scuba diving) the Great Barrier Reef. So far, I know the better time of the year would be between May and October. Does anyone know, specifically, when the best month to visit is? I'm concerned if there is any particular time when it's more dangerous such as more sharks are in the area because the water temperature changes. Thanks for your help!

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      New Years Eve Hotel/Home/AirBnB viewing vantage point recommendations

      Sydney Sep 28, 2016 at 9:22 PM

      I'll be with 4 other American adults the week prior to and a few days after New Years in Sydney and there primarily for the New Years celebration.

      We are most interested in ideas for viewing the fireworks---preferably from a balcony of a high rise hotel, condominium or home. I would be happy to spend the week outside the CBD or Sydney proper except for New Years Eve where I would not mind splurging on a prime viewing accomodation for one or two nights.

      Any suggestions outside the ordinary would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.

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      by poepat Online Now Sep 26, 2016 at 11:41 AM

      So plans have hanged a little bit... We now are planning to arrive in Adelaide by air early February 2016. We then want to drive to Melbourne on the coast route via the Great Ocean Road..
      We really aren't sure how many days to take or which towns are the best for overnight stays...
      We are still really flexible on this part of our travels...
      Any recommendations please, in particular how many days to make the journey, best overnight towns to stay and must sees on the route..
      happy travellin

      6 Answers Oct 25, 2016 at 6:23 AM
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      Name of Hotel

      by margsch Online Now Aug 13, 2016 at 2:25 AM

      Some years ago I stayed at a hotel across the road from Southern Cross Station, I think it was on the corner of Little Collins or Little something and Spencer street. It was a Holiday Inn but when I look up the map now the Holiday Inn shown is on the same side as the station. Can anyone tell me the name of the Hotel I,m looking for, it is definitely on a corner and the breakfast room is on the ground floor . It is only a couple of hundred metres south of Southern Cross but on the other side of the street.

      6 Answers Aug 13, 2016 at 7:39 AM
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      by DaHongHua Online Now Aug 8, 2016 at 1:21 AM

      This programme started since 2010. In Melbourne CBD and its nearby area, there are 50 bicycle stations and 600 bikes are available. I have read their website : and think to used a bike is rather easy and not expensive.
      Who in VT has experience the ride ?

      14 Answers Aug 13, 2016 at 5:51 AM
    • hotels accommodation in melbourne for family

      by KidambiR Online Now Jul 1, 2016 at 9:14 PM

      we are coming on a shoe string budget and will spend 4 nights in Melbourne. Can you pl. suggest some decent accommodation which is not expensive

      8 Answers Jul 16, 2016 at 10:18 PM
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      How valid is ETA Visa ? Is booking a domestic flight seat a necessity ?

      by DaHongHua Online Now Jul 1, 2016 at 3:40 AM

      1. I applied for the ETA Visa for 2 Malaysian International Passport, the approval was fast, after only 30 minutes, I received the reply email given to us a simple reference number for the ETA Visa approval. Any member from ETA eligible nations know how reliable the ETA Visa approval is ?
      2. I booked Tigerair for 11 Oct 2016 domestic flight Sydney to Melbourne on 30 March, I did not book the seat until today. Today I login again, I found no one book the seat as all 30 rows of seat are all available. Is booking a domestic flight seat a necessity ? Tigerair charge A$5 per seat for standard seat.
      Thank you.

      4 Answers Jul 8, 2016 at 4:14 PM
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      Melbourne CBD to Brighton Beach

      by DaHongHua Online Now Apr 8, 2016 at 9:42 PM

      I have a chance to fly from Sydney to Melbourne after the Big Sydney Meet.
      Beside other tourist spots, I want to go to Brighton Beach for the colorful small houses.
      What is the best budgeted way?
      The train from Flinder Station to BB need a Myki card but I worry only to use it once, not worth it and to get refund is not easy.

      5 Answers Apr 25, 2016 at 3:14 AM
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      Avalon Airport or Tullamarine International Airport ?

      by DaHongHua Online Now Mar 29, 2016 at 2:39 AM

      I have a chance to fly from Sydney to Melbourne after the Big Sydney Meet. I want to explore more but I found Avalon is a smaller airport with less budgeted transport to Melbourne CBD. Is it worth to try two airport ? What is the different ? I will depart for home a few days later from Tullamarine Int. Airport anyway.

      1 Answer Mar 29, 2016 at 2:52 AM
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      Federation Square > Royal Botanic Garden

      by DaHongHua Online Now Mar 15, 2016 at 3:05 AM

      I look on the map it is not far if I walk from the Federation Square to the Royal Botanic Garden and the Shrine of Rememberance. I would like to know how to walk to reach there. Are the traffic or road has block the way ? Thank you.

      3 Answers Mar 15, 2016 at 6:47 AM
    • Hotel recommendation

      by kathleenmdunham Online Now Feb 19, 2016 at 1:09 PM

      Will be staying four nights in April want easy access to public transportation or ability to walk to attractions. Will take day tour to GOR

      7 Answers Feb 20, 2016 at 5:28 AM
    • areas to stay

      by RodL Online Now Feb 18, 2016 at 7:56 AM

      Plan to try to stay at Airbnb in Melbourne but wondered if any areas to avoid. For example one travel book listed some areas in St Kilda were not the best

      7 Answers Mar 12, 2016 at 2:16 AM
    • will I have to handle baggage while I Amin transir

      by MildredP Online Now Feb 7, 2016 at 3:27 PM

      Am flying Emirates economy from Manchester to Melbourne but have to change planes in Dubai. Will I have to handle my baggage in Dubai or will my case go automatically onto next plane. Thankyou

      7 Answers Feb 8, 2016 at 3:10 AM
    • Can I take an electric hair dryer in my hand luggage

      by MildredP Online Now Feb 7, 2016 at 11:06 AM

      Can I take a small hand dryer and electric styling brush in my hand luggage flying Emirates economy from Manchester, UK , changing planes in Dubai and flying on to Melbourne Australia.

      16 Answers Feb 8, 2016 at 4:56 PM
    • Sightseeing

      by barbara33london Online Now Dec 21, 2015 at 6:37 AM

      We have one whole day only in Melbourne to see as much of the city as possible. Please can you recommend some "must see" things to do. We are staying in the centre on Flinders Street and will be there the second week of February 2016.

      9 Answers Dec 26, 2015 at 3:32 PM
    • Lindrum Hotel

      by barbara33london Online Now Sep 26, 2015 at 11:56 PM

      We have booked Lindrum Hotel a studio room this coming February. Can anyone recommend this ? Apparently the reviews that I have read are that the hotels is very noisy with traffic or poor views If you choose a quiet room.
      Thank you.

      3 Answers Sep 27, 2015 at 5:33 AM
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      Applying for Australian Visa online (Easy ETA)

      by Avya Online Now Sep 25, 2015 at 7:12 PM

      Hi, has anyone used Easy ETA before? Is it a reliable online service? Am attracted by their lower rates but am afraid that my visa won't be valid when I arrive in Melbourne!
      Thanks in advance!

      5 Answers Jan 31, 2016 at 1:28 AM
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      One day in Melbourne

      by praveenpd Online Now Sep 7, 2015 at 3:55 PM

      Hi ,

      I am visiting Melbourne from USA. I just have one day to explore Melbourne. ( i have seen MCG already). Could you please suggest at least couple of things I shouldn't miss visiting.
      One I shortlisted is Shrine of Remembrance.

      Any advise will be appreciated.


      5 Answers Sep 10, 2015 at 6:58 AM
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      Local knowledge required for Melbourne in State of Victoria Australia

      by KoalaB Online Now Jul 24, 2015 at 11:20 PM

      Trying to find a hotel for accommodation close to where I can hop on a tram to get to Etihad Stadium. We have tickets to the Royal Military Tattoo next February but most hotels in the CBD are either booked out or very expensive and we're not after 5 star accommodation. Someone with local knowledge may be of more assistance than staff at travel agents and Victorian Tourism!

      7 Answers Jul 25, 2015 at 10:10 PM
    • Melbourne DEC Itinerary!! HELPP

      by Blackxwhitexo Online Now Jul 13, 2015 at 7:41 AM

      im coming to Melb this Dec with my best friend for the 1st time! is there any suggested itineraries?? i'll be there for 4 days 4 night! thankss :)

      2 Answers Jul 15, 2015 at 1:46 AM
    • August itinerary, HELP!

      by AtmiraU Online Now Jul 4, 2015 at 11:32 PM

      Dear all, I am wondering if you could help me for the updating news for itinerary this August. Me and my partner will go to Melbourne on 1st August, and stays for my friend's wedding on 8th (at Melbourne). I am planning on visit Sydney (or maybe other interesting places/cities) during that time, or wander around Melb before 8th. i will go back on 11th.

      I am not really into wildlife (like climbing or such) but i am excited to see koala and kangaroo since it's my first time to Aussie. I like taking selfies so i hope there're pretty places included.
      If it possible could you please suggest several places to visit in one location so i wouldn't spend much time on the road. Plus, i couldn't rent a car since we dont have international driving license. Please also suggest the public transport we could have.

      Thank you so much for your help! really appreciate it. Hope you could help me.

      4 Answers Jul 11, 2015 at 1:07 AM
    • Visiting in July

      by vt1026 Online Now Jun 29, 2015 at 8:42 PM

      I will be travelling to melbourne this weekend and will stay there for a month. I see it's winter there and am planning my packing accordingly. It would be great though if somebody who is/ have been there can answer a few queries for me:

      1. What to pack for a month in July? I will be working till 17:00 on weekdays and will have weekends for myself.

      2. Any good trek/ mountain area nearby that can be covered in a day?

      3. Any specific area for good food? And beer :D

      Also, i would love to meet you guys on weekends to explore the city for a day or two together, the local way. Please let me know and let's plan.

      TIA, vt1026


      10 Answers Jul 5, 2015 at 1:32 AM
    • Suggestion for outings that are cheap or free for kids below 5 years

      by Cincklt Online Now Jun 27, 2015 at 12:44 AM

      Can anyone suggest some places to visit for kids below 5 years that are cheap or free. Thanks

      3 Answers Jul 6, 2015 at 6:56 AM
    • How much to budget for 10 days in Melbourne?

      by Cincklt Online Now Jun 27, 2015 at 12:41 AM

      Will be traveling to Melbourne in Dec. Staying with friends but plan to rent a car for a week. Any good and cheap car rental to recommend? We are a family of 4, 2 adults and 2 kids (2 & 3 years). How much to budget for the 10 days including car rental? Where and how much would it cost to rent childseats? Thanks in advance

      3 Answers Jun 27, 2015 at 4:36 PM
    • Melbourne 3day visit

      by Artmike Online Now May 29, 2015 at 4:29 PM

      Hi, I am visiting Melbourne in October. I am a female lone traveller 60 yrs old. I have been booked into a hotel on little bourke street but the area looks a bit run down. I am seriously thinking of changing my is next to a night club and I am there Friday to Monday. What do you suggest.
      Thank you so much

      4 Answers Jun 9, 2015 at 11:20 PM
    • taxi fare port melbourne to A'beckett street near junction with Elizabeth St

      by geoffhongkong Online Now May 9, 2015 at 7:47 PM

      from Beacon Cove Port Melbourne to A'Beckett street( Melbourne car rentals)'s near the jucntion with Elizibeth street,........ I know I can get 109 tram to Eliziabeth st and change to La Trobe st. then walk........................................          

       I am thinking of a taxi around..$16 ?...and believe they don't charge for luggage .....could someone please confirm whether I am right and also ,must melbourne taxis  they put on the meter, and do you tip taxi drivers ?............... 

      other ideas for this trip would be welcome

      Thanks Geoff

      5 Answers May 10, 2015 at 12:37 AM
    • school fees

      by Clareowen03 Online Now Apr 23, 2015 at 3:17 AM

      Hi we are moving to Australia this August melbourne hopefully bayside mckinnon.. I like the look of the area and the school is know it's a government school. We are coming over on my husband 457 visa does anyone know if I have to pay school fees? And how much
      Does anyone have info on the area mckinnon?

      Can anyone suggest somewhere else in bayside that's nice with a good school government?
      That is close to the train line my husband will be working in the cbd thankyou so much for your help :)

      8 Answers Apr 27, 2015 at 8:48 AM
    • 12 Days Melbourne Itinerary. Any idea to improve it ?

      by KcWong888 Online Now Apr 13, 2015 at 7:10 AM

      If you have better suggestion, kindly suggestion. thank you

      Day1 (Accommodation Melbourne)

      Arrive Melbourne Tullamarine Airport 1.05 am
      Sundries Shopping (South Melbourne Market)
      Melbourne Visitor Tourist Center
      (Federation Square, 2 Swanston Street Melbourne VIC, Australia +61 3 9658 9658)

      Day 2 (Accommodation Melbourne)

      Queen Victoria Market
      Old Melbourne Gaol
      Flinders street station
      City Travel Tram
      Degraves Street
      Hosier Lane
      St. Paul's Cathedral

      Day 3 (Accommodation Melbourne)

      River Melbourne Cruise
      Riverland Bar
      Eureka Skydeck 88
      Draculas Show and Dinner

      Day 4 (Accommodation Melbourne)

      Mt Dandenong lookout ($5 per car for entrance)
      Chandon Winery (Free Entrance)
      Yarra Chocolate Factory
      12pm Pie in the Sky Restaurant
      1pm Lake Mountain (1.30 hours, 100km)

      Day 5 (Accommodation Melbourne)

      PUFFING BILLY RAILWAY(1 Old Monbulk Road, Belgrave VIC ,50KM)
      10.30am Arrive Belgrave
      11.10am Train depart to Lakeside (adult $49, child $25, family $99)
      12.08pm Arrive Lakeside (Lunch at the park)
      Paddle boat (Price per paddle boat (2 seats, ask 1 adult & 2 kids/ 2 adults &1kid can fit?):
      15 minutes $14
      20 minutes $15
      30 minutes $18
      2.25pm Train return to Belgrave station
      3.30pm Arrive Belgrave

      Day 6 (Accommodation Philip Island)

      PHILIP ISLAND (140 KM)
      Chocolate factory
      Nobbies Centre
      1. Churchill Island Heritage farm (Cow Milking,Sheep Shearing,Working dog)
      2. Koala Conservative Centre (Koala, wallabies, echidnas, bats and birds)
      3. Penguin Parade 4.30 pm has to be there (5.30 pm Penguin Parade)

      Day 7 (Accommodation Melbourne)


      Phyll Trout & Bush Tucker Farm
      Brighton Beach
      St. Kilda Beach

      Day 8 ( Accommodation Apollo Bay)

      Split Point Lighthouse
      Teddy's Lookout (137 km, 2 Hours)
      Wild Koala / Wild Feeding Kenneth River (22 Km, 30 min)
      Wild Koala, Cape Otway Light station
      The Otway Freetop Walk (Optional)
      Triplet Falls Otways National Park (optional)

      Day 9 ( Accommodation WARRNAMBOOL)

      APPOLLO BAY to WARRNAMBOOL (162km, 2 Hr 30Min)
      1. Marine Lookout, Apollo Bay
      2. Gibson Step, Twelve Apostles Visitors Centre
      3. 12 Apotles (Sunrise)
      4.Loch Ard Gorge,
      5.The Arch
      6.London Bridge
      7.The Grotto
      8.Bay of Island
      Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village - Noon Experience
      Logans Beach (Whale Watching platform)
      Tower Hill Lake (Spot Animal)
      Moyne Rover
      Sound And Laser Show - Night Experience

      Day 10 ( Accommodation Melbourne)


      WARRNAMBOOL to BALLARAT (174km, 2 Hour, 30 Min)
      BALLARAT to MELBOURNE (113km, 1 Hour, 30 min)

      Sovereign Hill, Ballarat
      Drive/walk around Ballarat town
      Dinner at 400 Gradi, world best pizza

      Day 11 (Accommodation MELBOURNE)

      Free Day
      DFO Essendon (SHOPPING)
      South Wharf (SHOPPING)
      St Kilda Penguins (St Kilda)

      Day 12 (Accommodation MELBOURNE)

      St Kilda
      Acland Street
      Esplanade Sunday Market
      Brighton Beach
      Berry Farm
      Chadstone shopping centre
      Collins Street - Paris End
      Crown Casino

      5 Answers Jun 15, 2015 at 6:43 PM
    • Driving in Febuary

      by geoffhongkong Online Now Mar 27, 2015 at 12:38 AM

      I am planning to come to Melbourne next Febuary and hire car for around 10 days......I have noted from the weather reports that there may be one or two days of very hot weather...also there may be one or two days of torrential rain and flooding.......Any views on this for the greater Melbourne area,is the flooding as bad as it appears in reports and if so..any areas to be avoided?

      Thanks Geoff

      Hong Kong

      10 Answers May 28, 2015 at 4:59 AM
    • Melbourne (after a business trip)

      by wuthipol.uj Online Now Mar 19, 2015 at 5:44 AM

      Hi there,

      I'm thinking of visiting Melbourne after a business trip in Sydney. But I'm still indecisive on whether or not to stay in Sydney, head to Brisbane or Melbourne. I would like to get a few ideas of what Melbourne has to offer (comparing to other cities in Australia).

      Thanks in advance, and I look forward to hearing your thoughts.

      Tum, from Thailand

      8 Answers Mar 25, 2015 at 6:32 AM
    • uk to melbourne

      by Clareowen03 Online Now Mar 18, 2015 at 1:53 PM

      Hi there Im 33 and my husband is 36 we have an 11 year old son his 12 September can anybody tell me what year he will be in for Feb 2016? I'm confused thankyou..
      Also I've been looking at the areas my husband will be working in the CBD and doesnt wanna commute no more than 30 mins but I want walking distance to a good school I've been looking at camberwell hawthorn, carton does any body have views of the schools or areas? They all seem so lovely and the schools all look good to.. Help :)
      Also ideally I'd like a house to rent with a garden in not sure this effects the areas.. And my budget would be $2500 a month max 2/3 bedrooms is this possible am I looking at more money? Or less?
      Thankyou so much clare ;)

      5 Answers Mar 18, 2015 at 4:43 PM
    • A place to stay near Melbourne Cricket Ground

      by Britontour Online Now Mar 12, 2015 at 4:56 AM

      Hi Guys, Can you suggest or lead me to find a decent place to stay near the World Cup Cricket venue?
      My budget is 40 - 60 AUD. Thanks for your time.

      8 Answers Mar 13, 2015 at 10:10 PM