Melbourne and Victoria Essentials

Our beloved Melbourne has been voted on numerous occasions the most livable cities in the world. And it’s not hard to see why – amazing cafe scene, diverse culinary options, festivals of all types held all year round, majestic parks and gardens and the wide-ranging retailer offerings in the CBD and surrounds. Yes, you may hear a local Melbournians complain about the paltry public transport system (and notorious Myki system), traffic congestion and having four weather seasons in one day – but generally we have got it good!

The below resources have been curated from personal experiences, recommendations and either for providing a wealth of useful information. They showcase what Melbourne and Victoria in general have to offer. Ready. Set. Explore!

Note: Event resources hosted in and Melbourne are highlighted under the subheadings including ‘Events‘.


Custom map and guide of Melbourne (and overall Victoria)

Melbourne (and overall Victoria) – Life through the lens – Custom city Google map – https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=zY-64Q2XxyfU.kki4nhngX484&usp=sharing


IMPORTANT ESSENTIALS


Communication / Postal
Free wifi hotspots

Victorian Government – Free wifi program in Melbourne CBD- http://www.vic.gov.au/wifi.html
– Called ‘Vicfreewifi’ hot spots
– Run by TPG and allows 250mb of use per day

Melbourne city – Free wifi- http://www.vic.gov.au/wifi and https://www.vic.gov.au/wifi/find.html

Australia Post (Postal Service) – http://www.auspost.com

Main Melbourne post office location:
Melbourne GPO
250 Elizabeth street, Melbourne
Mon to Fri – 8.30am to 5.30pm
Saturday – 9am to 5pm

Poste Restante – Melbourne – Bourke Street – http://www.tickettotheworld.co.uk/backpacking_australia/poste_restante.php

And general information – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poste_restante

Local courier and postage services

Last mile porter – Melbourne courier service – http://www.lastmileporter.com

Victorian Public holidays
*** Victorian public holidays – http://www.business.vic.gov.au/victorian-public-holidays-and-daylight-saving/victorian-public-holidays

Directories

Directory – White Pages – http://www.whitepages.com.au/
Directory – Yellow Pages – http://www.yellowpages.com.au/
Directories order – http://www.directoryselect.com.au

Pbezy directories (rural area directories) –
True Local – Local directory – http://www.truelocal.com.au/


Essential Numbers
– More numbers listed in the Yellow or white pages telephone directories (Online or in print), Melways or other authorities websites.

Emergency services (Police, Fire and Ambulance) – 000
– Triple zero Australia – http://www.triplezero.gov.au/ and http://emergencyapp.triplezero.gov.au/

Victorian Government – Hot lines directory – http://www.vic.gov.au/hotlines.html

Crime stoppers – 1800 333 000
VIC roads emergency – 131 170
Poisons info line – 13 11 26

Australian search and rescue – http://www.amsa.gov.au/Search_and_Rescue/
– Marine – 1800 641 792
– Aviation – 1800 815 257

Medicines line – 1300 888 763
National security hotline – 1800 123 400
RSPCA Rescue – 9224 2222
Wildlife rescue – 0500 540 000
Wildlife emergency – 13 000 94535 and https://www.wildlifevictoria.org.au/

Directory assistance – 1223

Reverse-charge calls: 12550

Local Government Switchboard: 03 9208 3333
National Relay Service o- 133 677

Nurse on Call (Telephone health advice service – free) – 1300 60 60 24
SES (State emergency service – Natural disasters and weather damage) – 132 500

VicEmergency Hotline: 1800 226 226


Essential Mobile and tablet Apps (applications) and sources of Information

– 3aw Radio (Official emergency services provider)
– Twitter via emergency services accounts

Victorian state government – Applications – http://www.vic.gov.au/social-media/mobile-apps.html
Australian federal government – Applications – http://www.australia.gov.au/news-and-social-media/apps

Victorian – Consumer affairs – Shop right app (Consumer rights)
Victorian Emergency Services App – http://emergencyapp.triplezero.gov.au/

Visit Victoria – Portal of visitor tourist apps – http://www.visitvictoria.com/Information/Smartphone-apps


Victorian emergencies to keep in mind
– Bushfires
– Flood
– Storm


Essential Services

Victorian Emergency Portal (Current Alerts (Such as planned burns, bushfires and more), Warnings and Conditions – Includes; Incidents and warnings, Prepare and get ready resources, Relief and recovery resources) – http://emergency.vic.gov.au/
– Current warnings – http://emergency.vic.gov.au/respond/
– Emergencies and safety information – http://www.vic.gov.au/emergencies-safety.html
– Understanding types of warnings – http://www.emergency.vic.gov.au/prepare/#being-prepared/understanding-warnings

Victorian government – Emergencies and resources – https://www2.health.vic.gov.au/emergencies

– Emergency Broadcasters – http://www.firecommissioner.vic.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/EmergencyBroadcasters.pdf
– Fire danger ratings (Region by region) – http://emergency.vic.gov.au/map#prepare-fdr
– Fire – http://emergency.vic.gov.au/map#prepare-fire
– Flood – http://emergency.vic.gov.au/map#prepare-flood
– Emergency Manual Victoria – http://www.emv.vic.gov.au/policies/emmv
Emergency (Police, Fire Ambulance) 000 – Advice about details to give and more – http://www.esta.vic.gov.au/None/EmergencyVic+Landing+Page

Assessible Melbourne resources (For disabled, impaired or special needs–
– Lonely planet – http://www.lonelyplanet.com/assessable-melbourne
– Australia for all – http://www.australiaforall.com
– Nican – http://www.nican.com.au

Agricultural emergency (Livestock and pets) – http://agriculture.vic.gov.au/agriculture/emergencies
Ambulance Victoria – http://www.ambulance.vic.gov.au/

Australian Bureau of Meteorology – Victoria portal http://www.bom.gov.au/vic/
– Places (Search locations) – http://www.bom.gov.au/places/
– 7 day Melbourne forecast – http://www.bom.gov.au/vic/forecasts/melbourne.shtml
– Victoria weather warnings – http://www.bom.gov.au/vic/warnings
– Tsunami Warnings – http://www.bom.gov.au/tsunami
– Australia rainfall and river conditions – http://www.bom.gov.au/australia/flood

– Jane Bunn (channel 7 weather reporter) – http://www.janebunn.net/

– Heatwaves – http://www.bom.gov.au/australia/heatwave/

Australian bureau of statistics – Current population and statistics – http://www.abs.gov.au/

Australian Communications and media authority (Including do not call register) – http://www.acma.gov.au/
Australian Electoral commission (Federal voting) – http://www.aec.gov.au/
– Federal electorates – http://www.aec.gov.au/Electorates/
– Elections – http://www.aec.gov.au/Elections/
Australian Emergency Information – Visual online interactive map of current national emergencies – http://emergencyaus.info/map
Australian Federal Police – http://www.afp.gov.au/

Australian Government – Australian National security (Includes terrorism information and how to report suspicious activity) – https://www.nationalsecurity.gov.au/

Australian Government (Main federal portal) – http://www.australia.gov.au/
Australian Government – Prime minister’s office – http://www.pm.gov.au/
Australian Government – Federal Parliament (Includes live video streaming) – http://www.aph.gov.au/
Australian government – Attorney general – Emergency management – https://www.ag.gov.au/emergencymanagement/Pages/default.aspx

Australian Government – Building our future – http://www.buildingourfuture.gov.au/home

Australian government – state of the environment
http://www.soe.environment.gov.au

CFA (Country Fire Authority) – http://www.cfa.vic.gov.au/
– Current Fire Warnings (Bushfires and situations) – http://warnings.cfa.vic.gov.au/
– Total fire bans and fire ratings – http://www.cfa.vic.gov.au/warnings-restrictions/total-fire-bans-and-ratings/
– What you can and can’t do – http://www.cfa.vic.gov.au/warnings-restrictions/can/
– Fire ready app – http://www.cfa.vic.gov.au/plan-prepare/fireready-app/

Committee for Melbourne – http://melbourne.org.au/

Consumer affairs Victoria – https://www.consumer.vic.gov.au/
Council of Australian governments (COAG)- https://www.coag.gov.au/

Crime Prevention Victoria – http://www.crimeprevention.vic.gov.au/

Crime Stoppers – https://crimestoppers.com.au/

Crime – Victims of Crime Helpline – http://www.victimsofcrime.vic.gov.au/

Department of foreign affairs and trade – Passport Office – Victoria (Bourke Street) – http://dfat.gov.au/about-us/our-locations/australian-offices/victoria-state-office/Pages/victoria-state-office.aspx

Department of primary industry Victoria (Water, fire and land) – http://www.depi.vic.gov.au/home
– Planned back burning – http://www.depi.vic.gov.au/fire-and-emergencies/planned-burns/planned-burns-now-and-next-10-days

Department of Human services – Victoria – Emergency – http://www.dhs.vic.gov.au/emergency

Department of Immigration and border protection – Victorian office (Lonsdale street) – https://www.border.gov.au/about/contact/offices-locations/australia

Distress Beacons – http://beacons.amsa.gov.au/

EMelbourne – Melbourne heritage and culture portal – http://www.emelbourne.net.au/

Emergency Management Victoria – http://www.emv.vic.gov.au/
– Education resources – http://www.em.gov.au/Education/Pages/default.aspx
– Inspector general – http://www.igem.vic.gov.au/

Emergency Relief and recovery Victoria – http://www.recovery.vic.gov.au/

Energy and resources Victoria – Power Outages and utility safety – http://www.energyandresources.vic.gov.au/energy/safety-and-emergencies/power-outages

EPA Air quality updates – Melbourne – http://www.epa.vic.gov.au/our-work/monitoring-the-environment/air-quality-bulletins

Fire services Victoria (Paid Fire services of Victoria) – https://fireservices.vic.gov.au/

Forest fire management Victoria – http://www.ffm.vic.gov.au/
Forest fire management Victoria – Planned burn offs – http://www.ffm.vic.gov.au/bushfire-fuel-and-risk-management/planned-burns

Geoscience Australia (Earthquakes) – Recent earthquake alerts – http://www.ga.gov.au/earthquakes/
Geoscience Australia – Natural hazards – http://www.ga.gov.au/hazards

Heart Attack Help (Defibrilator locator) – http://www.heartattackhelp.org.au/
– Should be at all sporting clubs, Hospitals, Fire stations, Police stations and shopping centres.

MFB (Metropolitan Fire and Emergency Services Brigade) – http://www.mfb.vic.gov.au/
MFB – Emergency medical response – http://mfb.vic.gov.au/Community/Emergency-Medical-Response.html
– Safe mistake zone (Fire safety awareness) – http://safemistakezone.com.au/

Magpie Swooping portal (Report magpie swooping incidents – occurs from September to late October) – http://www.magpiealert.com/

Magpie swooping – Victorian Department of Land and wildlife – Swooping birds (Locations and reporting) – http://www.delwp.vic.gov.au/environment-and-wildlife/wildlife/swooping-birds

Melbourne city Council – Water hydration stations – http://www.melbourne.vic.gov.au/water

Melbourne forum (Melbourne community engagement and voice outlet) – http://www.melbourneforum.org.au

Melbourne safety map – Plan – free to be – https://www.plan.org.au/free-to-be and http://freetobe.crowdspot.com.au/page/welcome

Melbourne Water (Peak body for water services) – http://www.melbournewater.com.au/

Melbourne water- Desalination plant – Wonthaggi – http://www.watersure.com.au

Melway – Melbourne mapping – http://www.melway.com.au and interactive mapping – http://online.melway.com.au/melway/

*** My Hospitals (Hospital Info database) – Australian Government – http://www.myhospitals.gov.au/

National Public Toilet Directory – https://toiletmap.gov.au/ and (Printed guide) – http://www.chartandmapshop.com.au/2809429/National-Public-Toilet-Directory/9781741174953

Neighbourhood watch victoria – http://www.nhw.com.au
Nurse on Call (Phone Health Advice) – http://www.health.vic.gov.au/nurseoncall/index.htm

Parks Victoria – National park closures – http://parkweb.vic.gov.au/safety/fire,-flood-and-other-closures

Plan Melbourne – http://planmelbourne.vic.gov.au/
– Future plans – http://www.planmelbourne.vic.gov.au/the-plan

Poisons information service (poisons and bites) – http://www.austin.org.au/poisons

Pollen count –
– Australian pollen – http://www.pollenforecast.com.au/
– Pollen Count – Melbourne – http://www.melbournepollen.com.au/
– Weatherzone – http://www.weatherzone.com.au/pollen-index/vic/melbourne/melbourne

Reserve bank of Australia (Currency) – Suite of former and new bank notes – including design features – https://banknotes.rba.gov.au/banknote-features/

Royal life saving – respect the rivers – http://www.royallifesaving.com.au/programs/respecttheriver

SES (State Emergency Service) – http://www.ses.vic.gov.au/
– Current warnings – http://www.ses.vic.gov.au/warnings
– Emergency contacts – http://www.ses.vic.gov.au/warnings/emergency-contacts
– Get ready – Flood, storm, earthquake, tsunami – http://www.ses.vic.gov.au/get-ready

Social media – http://www.facebook.com/vicses and http://www.twitter.com/vicseswarnings and http://www.youtube.com/vicsestv

Shark reports – https://www.facebook.com/dorsalaus/- Victoria – https://www.facebook.com/victoriasharkreports/
https://www.facebook.com/victoriasharkreports/

Snow Safe – http://snowsafe.org.au/

Speed camera locations – http://www.camerassavelives.vic.gov.au/home/locations/

Sunsmart – UV index – http://www.sunsmart.com.au/
Sustainability Victoria – home – http://www.sustainability.vic.gov.au/

Traffic accident commission (TAC) – http://www.tac.vic.gov.au

Transport Safety Victoria – http://transportsafety.vic.gov.au/
– Bus, Marine and Rail safety

– Rail – Track safe foundation – http://tracksafefoundation.com.au/
– Rail – Rail safety week – August – http://tracksafefoundation.com.au/rail-safety-week/

Transport Safety Victoria – Wear a life jacket – http://www.wearalifejacket.vic.gov.au/

Vic Roads – Driver safety – https://www.vicroads.vic.gov.au

Victoria Rise and set times – Melbourne planetarium – https://museumvictoria.com.au/planetarium/discoverycentre/rise-and-set-times/

Victorian Activity centres – http://www.dtpli.vic.gov.au/planning/urban-design-and-development/Activity-Centres/overview

Victorian Coastguard – http://www.coastguard.com.au

Victorian Council of churches – Multi faith Chaplaincy – http://www.vcc.org.au/
– Emergency – http://www.vcc.org.au/what-we-do/emergencies-ministry and
– Emergency ministry – Emergency chaplaincy – http://www.vccem.org.au/

Victorian department of health – Emergencies – https://www2.health.vic.gov.au/emergencies
Victorian department of human services – emergencies and preparedness – http://www.dhs.vic.gov.au/for-service-providers/emergencies-and-preparedness

Victorian planning authority – https://vpa.vic.gov.au/
Victoria Police – http://www.police.vic.gov.au/
– Services – http://203.25.230.66/content.asp?Document_ID=6
Victoria police – Crime stoppers – https://www.crimestoppersvic.com.au/
Victoria Police – Eye watch – Social media pages – http://www.police.vic.gov.au/content.asp?Document_ID=35566

** Victoria Police news – https://www.vicpolicenews.com.au

Victoria Police – Victoria police news – Emergency portal – https://www.vicpolicenews.com.au/emergency-portal

Victorian government – help your self – own crime prevention strategies – http://www.helpyourself.vic.gov.au/
Victoria police – eye watch (suburban) pages – http://www.police.vic.gov.au/content.asp?Document_ID=35566

Victorian government – Crime statistics Victoria – https://www.crimestatistics.vic.gov.au/

Metro police stations
– Melbourne East – 226 Flinders lane, Melbourne East – 9637 1100
– Melbourne West – 313 Spencer street, Docklands – 8690 4444

Victorian Electoral commission – State and Council elections – https://www.vec.vic.gov.au/
– Local council maps – https://www.vec.vic.gov.au/ElectoralBoundaries/LocalCouncilMaps.html
– Electoral boundaries – https://www.vec.vic.gov.au/ElectoralBoundaries/Default.html
– Candidature helper – https://candidatehelpercouncil.vec.vic.gov.au/

Victoria Emergency services training centre – Mount Macedon

** Victorian Government – http://www.vic.gov.au/
– **** Services (Portal of all state government services) – http://www.vic.gov.au/services.html

– Publications – http://www.vic.gov.au/publications.html
– Directory – http://www.vic.gov.au/contactsandservices/directory/
– Departments and other bodies – http://www.vic.gov.au/contactsandservices/directory/?ea0_lfz149_120.&organizationalUnit&ff4a0b25-6f81-4925-8061-2191e54eabb4

Victorian Goverment – Parliament – http://www.parliament.vic.gov.au/

Victorian Government – Site Map – http://www.vic.gov.au/sitemap.html

Victorian Government – Infrastructure – http://www.Infrastructurevictoria.com.au
Victorian government – Metropolitan partnerships initiative – http://metropolitanpartnerships.vic.gov.au/

Victorian Government – Premiers’ office – http://www.premier.vic.gov.au/ and https://www.facebook.com/DanielAndrewsMP and https://twitter.com/danielandrewsmp
– media centre – http://www.premier.vic.gov.au/media-centre/#results
Victorian Government – Premiers’ department –
http://www.dpc.vic.gov.au/
Victorian Government – Premiers’ department – Community resilience –
http://www.dpc.vic.gov.au/index.php/about/community-resilience-unit

Victorian Government – Budget – https://www.budget.vic.gov.au/
– Budget explorer map (search by suburb) – https://www.budget.vic.gov.au/explore-budget-map

Victorian Government – Aerial Photography Library (Laverton North) – http://www.depi.vic.gov.au/forestry-and-land-use/spatial-data-and-resources/imagery-and-elevation/aerial-photography
Victorian Government – Towards zero (Victorian road safety) – http://www.towardszero.vic.gov.au

Victorian Government – Department of education – http://www.education.vic.gov.au/

Victorian Government – Department of Environment, land, water and planning – http://www2.delwp.vic.gov.au/
Victorian Government – Department of Environment, land, water and planning – Wildlife – ttp://delwp.vic.gov.au/environment-and-wildlife/wildlife

** Victorian Government – Department of Environment, land, water and planning – Planned fire burns (10 days in advance) and fire handling – http://delwp.vic.gov.au/fire-and-emergencies
Victorian Government – Department of Environment, land, water and planning – Land for wildlife – http://www.depi.vic.gov.au/environment-and-wildlife/community-programs/land-for-wildlife

Victorian Government – Department of human services – http://www.dhs.vic.gov.au/home

Victorian government – Animal emergency – http://agriculture.vic.gov.au/agriculture/emergencies/response/victorian-emergency-animal-welfare-plan

Victorian Health department –
http://www.health.vic.gov.au/contact.htm

Better Health – https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/
Better Health – Campaigns – Mosquitoes
https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/campaigns/beat-the-bite
Better Health – Campaigns – Heat – https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/campaigns/survive-the-heat
VIC Health – Emergency Management – http://www.health.vic.gov.au/emergency/ and http://www.vic.gov.au/contactsandservices/directory/?ea0_lfz149_120.&organizationalUnit&c7634c5a-0f1f-43ca-a198-d15231c8bf55

VIC Health – Wellbeing and health portal – https://www.vichealth.vic.gov.au/
VIC Health – Heatwaves in Victoria – http://www.health.vic.gov.au/environment/heatwave
VIC Health – Primary and Community Health Centres – http://www.health.vic.gov.au/pch/commhealth/directory.htm

VIC Health – Melbourne Hospitals Map – http://www.health.vic.gov.au/maps/index.htm
VIC Health – Victorian PUBLIC Hospitals list – http://www.health.vic.gov.au/hospitals/pubwebs.htm
VIC Health – Victorian PRIVATE Hospitals and day clinics list – http://www.health.vic.gov.au/privatehospitals/index.htm

Selected hospitals:
– Epworth – 89 Bridge road, Richmond – 9426 6666
– Royal Melbourne hospital – 300 Grattan street, Parkville – 9342 7000
– St Vincents – 41 Victoria parade, Fitzroy – 9288 2000
– Royal childrens – 50 flemington road, Parkville – 9345 5522

Vic Roads – https://www.vicroads.vic.gov.au
Vic roads – Consultation – http://www.consult.vicroads.vic.gov.au

Vic Roads – Driver safety – https://www.vicroads.vic.gov.au/safety-and-road-rules/driver-safety

Victorian Volunteer Coastguard – http://www.coastguard.com.au/

Wildlife victoria – https://www.wildlifevictoria.org.au/
Worksafe Victoria – http://www.worksafe.vic.gov.au

Water safety Victoria – http://www.watersafety.vic.gov.au/


Embassies / Consulates

Embassy / Consulates areas (Notable)
– St Kilda road, Melbourne
– Melbourne CBD
– Carlton


Language services / Translators

Portals:

Auslan signbank – http://www.auslan.org.au/

National accreditation authority for translators and interpreters Australia – http://www.naati.com.au/

Translator services

Oncall interpreters – http://oncallinterpreters.com.au/
Victorian Institute of translators – http://www.vits.com.au/

Laundry Locations (Laundromat)

– Various coin operated laundromat places are scattered through Melbourne
– There is also home collection and return delivery of laundry services available.


Essential Visitor Information / Tourism Information Centres

Locations of information centres
– Visit Victoria – visitor information centres – http://www.visitvictoria.com/Information/Visitor-information-centres.aspx
– Victorian tourism industry association – Victorian visitor information centres – http://www.vtic.com.au/policy-advocacy/victorian-visitor-information-centres/

Australian visitor centres (Formerly best of Australia) – Melbourne Airport and Federation square) -http://www.australianvisitorcentres.com.au/
https://www.facebook.com/bestofvic
– Melbourne airport visitor information centre – https://www.facebook.com/MELairportinfo

Cultural Tourism Victoria – http://www.culturaltourismvictoria.com.au/ and Regions of Victoria – http://www.culturaltourismvictoria.com.au/index.php?pageID=10599&action=retail&sectionID=10583

** Insider Guides – International Student guides to Australia and Australian Major cities (Handy practical PDF guides about living, studying, working and enjoying Australia – especially Melbourne) – http://insiderguides.com.au/international-student-guides/

*** Melbourne City Council – Visitors to Melbourne Information – http://thatsmelbourne.com.au/visitors/Pages/VisitorInfo.aspx

– Melbourne Awards – http://www.melbourne.vic.gov.au/AboutMelbourne/MelbourneAwards/Pages/MelbourneAwards.aspx

Michael Page – Melbourne city guide – http://www.michaelpage.com.au/global-opportunities/city-guides/melbourne

Only Melbourne – Melbourne essentials guide – http://www.onlymelbourne.com.au/melbourne-guides.php

Study Melbourne (International students resource centre and services) – http://www.studymelbourne.vic.gov.au/
– Study Melbourne – Blog – http://blog.studymelbourne.vic.gov.au/

Study Melbourne – International Student centre – http://www.studymelbourne.vic.gov.au/help-and-advice/support-services/study-melbourne-student-centre

Thats Melbourne – Foreign language guides – http://www.thatsmelbourne.com.au/visitors/foreignlanguage/Pages/Foreignlanguageguides.aspx

Visit Victoria (Official tourism information centres – Melbourne CBD and Regional Victoria) – http://www.visitvictoria.com/Information/Visitor-information-centres

Weekly Melbourne Events Newsletter –
Do you want to know what’s on in Melbourne each week? Subscribe to receive the newsletter direct to your inbox. Email: whatson@melbourne.vic.gov.au

City of Melbourne visitor centres:

Telephone – 9658 9658
Email: visitor@melbourne.vic.gov.au
Website: Melbourne.vic.gov.au/visitor
Facebook /whatsonmelb
Twitter – @whatsonmelb
Instagram @whatsonmelb

– Federation Square (Main)
– Bourke Street mall
– Fitzroy gardens
– Hamer Hall / Arts centre(Ticketing booth a visitor hub)
– Roaming red city ambassadors
– Melbourne greeter service

Suburban information centres

– Williamstown (Near pier) – Williamstown Info centre – http://www.hobsonsbay.vic.gov.au/Arts-Leisure/Visitor-Information-Centre
– Frankston (Near pier)

Australian visitor centres – Melbourne central –
https://www.melbournecentral.com.au/what-s-happening/australian-visitor-centres

Wikipedia – List of Melbourne Suburbs – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Melbourne_suburbs

Wikipedia – Melbourne CBD – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melbourne_City_Centre


Main melbourne Federation square – Centre sections (Counter clockwise direction)

Info sections
Main Melbourne guide
Creative and performing arts
Public transport
Melbourne walks

Cbd and regional guides
Regional Vic
Travel bookings
Best of Vic agent booking desk
Souvenir desk
Day trips and tours
Indigenous
Cbd fringe
Main attractions
Docklands
Outdoors
Streets and villages
Big melb region map
Dining
Nightlife
Arts and culture
Big cbd map
Shopping
Feature area
Main info desk


Melbourne and regional guides / Publications

Melbourne city council – Brochure series
– Arts and culture
– Attractions
– Bars
– Dining
– Docklands
– Laneways
– Shopping

Melbourne city tourism – special seasonal publications
– Spring
– Summer
– Autumn
– Winter – http://www.melbourne.vic.gov.au/winter

Independent Tourism publications:
– Usually created by local newspapers – tourism guides
– Local and state publications usually printed by seasons ( every four months)

Alpine news (Victorian alps and snow areas) – http://www.nemedia.com.au and http://www.nemedia.pressreader.com
Culture guide Victoria – Guide (Annual) – http://www.culturaltourismvictoria.com.au/?sectionID=10583&pageID=10621
and http://www.culturaltourismvictoria.com.au/

Central Victoria tourism news –
Docklands news – http://www.docklandsnews.com.au
Explore – Bellarine Peninsula, Geelong and Great Ocean Road (By Geelong Advertiser)
Goldfields getaway by Maryborough Advertiser
Great alpine road visitors guide – http://greatalpineroadguide.com.au/ and https://eastvicmedia.com.au/index.php/en/
Hello Melbourne
Lakes coast visitors guide (Lakes entrance) – http://lakescoast.com.au/
Midland tourist news – http://www.elliotmidnews.com.au
Mildura and sunraysia tourist news
Mornington peninsula magazine – http://www.morningtonpeninsulamagazine.com.au
Murrindini guide – http://www.murrindindiguide.com.au
http://www.issuu.com/murrindindiguide
Northeast tourist news – http://www.nemedia.com.au and http://www.nemedia.newspaperdirect.com
Out and about – Albury – published by border mail
Secrets Magazine (Central victoria region – Daylesford, Castlemaine, Maldon, Creswick and the regional cities of Ballarat and Bendigo) – http://www.secretsmagazine.com.au
This week (Melbourne) –
What’s on Berwick to Trafalgar – clpublishing.com.au
What’s on Echuca –
What’s on Geelong –
What’s on – from murray to the mountains
Where magazine – Melbourne – http://www.wheretraveler.com
Yarra valley, Dandenongs and ranges – Tourist news – by Mail news group –

Official Tourism Victoria tourism guides (Printed):
– Seasonal tourism guides (Quarterly by season)
– Melbourne now (quarterly by season)
– Melbourne accommodation guide (annually)

Official Metropolitan city tourism guides (Printed):
– Werribee
– Frankston
– St Kilda

Official Tourism Victoria Regional Tourism Guides (Printed):
Albury Wodonga
Ballarat and surrounds
Baw Baw
Beechworth
Benalla
Bendigo and Heathcote Region
Bright and surrounds
Buloke country
Castlemaine, Maldon and surrounds
Central Gippsland
Chiltern
Corowa – Howlong – Mulwala
Daylesford
Dinner plain
East Gippsland
Echuca, Moama and surrounds
Euroa, lake Nagambie and Strathbogie
Geelong and Bellarine Peninsula
Grampians
Great ocean road
Greater Shepparton
Hamilton region
Hindmarsh
Koondrook, Cohuna and Kerang Region
Lake Mountain, Lake Eildon
Loddon valley
Mansfield Mt Buller and surrounds – high country
Maryborough and surrounds
Mildura
Mornington peninsula
Numurkah and District
Philip island and bass coast
Portland, Casterton and surrounds
Prom country
Pyrenees region
Rutherglen
Sun Country on the Murray
Swan Hill Region
Wangaratta and surrounds
West wimmera
Yarra Valley and surrounds


Victoria travel hotspots (Especially during Summer break):
Rye / Dromana / Rosebud / Portsea
Great ocean road – Torquay / Lorne
Phillip island
Inverloch / venus bay


Notable Melbourne Publications – Paid

Annual or frequent revisions:
Age good food and wine guide (Annual)
Citix – City guide
Smudge eats – Food guide
Timeout Magazine

General books:
DK Melbourne
Foodies guide to Melbourne – hardie grant – http://www.campionandcurtis.com
Melbourne – marvellous to modern – mark strizic


Notable Melbourne Publications – Free (Street press)

Council publications
– Tourism
– Resident newsletter
– Melbourne city living guide – http://www.melbournemedia.com.au

Notable council
– Stonnington south magazine – https://issuu.com/furstmedia/docs/south

Overall culture
– Music (The)
– Fashion journal – https://issuu.com/furstmedia
– Beat
– Open journal

Family oriented
– Lets go kids (Family tourism guide) – Melbourne – https://www.letsgokids.com.au/ and https://issuu.com/letsgokids
– Mama Mag – http://www.mamamag.com.au
– Melbourne’s child


Opening Hours

Shops (Generally – Check locally)

Mon to Thurs – 9am to 5.30pm
Fri – 9am to 9pm
Sat – 9am to 5pm
Sun – 10am to 5pm


Making International calls
Dial the international access code 0011 and then the country code (which you are calling to) and then the rest of the number.


Essential State (and relevant Federal) Information

Australian Department of Foreign Affairs – Australia country and lifestyle Profile – http://www.dfat.gov.au/about-us/publications/Pages/australia-in-brief.aspx

Australian Local government association – http://alga.asn.au/

Australian Government (Australian government services portal and lifestyle information) – http://www.australia.gov.au/

*** Community Finder (Visual interactive map of services, essential businesses and other near you) – http://www.communityfinder.net/

Council areas – ID – Council areas and demographics – http://atlas.id.com.au/
Council areas – Profiles – http://profile.id.com.au/

Data Victoria – Victorian government data portal – https://www.data.vic.gov.au/

EPA Air quality updates – Melbourne – http://www.epa.vic.gov.au/our-work/monitoring-the-environment/air-quality-bulletins

EPA – Prohibited times for residential noise – http://www.epa.vic.gov.au/your-environment/noise/residential-noise/prohibited-times-for-residential-noise

Infrastructure Victoria (Victorian Government) – http://www.infrastructurevictoria.com.au/
Infrastructure Victoria – Your say – http://yoursay.infrastructurevictoria.com.au/

Live in Victoria (State Portal) – http://www.liveinvictoria.vic.gov.au/

Know your council (Summary of Melbourne councils and figures) – https://knowyourcouncil.vic.gov.au/

Local Government Areas of Victoria (Wiki) – Metropolitan and regional – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Local_government_areas_of_Victoria
Development Victoria (Merger of major projects Victoria and places Victoria)- Victorian Government public projects – http://www.development.vic.gov.au
– Victorian government – Department of economic development – major projects – http://economicdevelopment.vic.gov.au/transport/major-projects

Melbourne City council (portal) – http://www.melbourne.vic.gov.au/
– site map – http://www.melbourne.vic.gov.au/pages/site-map.aspx
– Twitter https://twitter.com/cityofmelbourne
– Facebook –

Melbourne city council – pedestrian movements – http://www.pedestrian.melbourne.vic.gov.au/

Melbourne city council – Council resources and services interactive map – http://maps.melbourne.vic.gov.au/
Melbourne city council – Melbourne Magazine – http://magazine.melbourne.vic.gov.au
Melbourne City council – Feedback on development and project feedback – http://participate.melbourne.vic.gov.au/
Melbourne city council – Future Melbourne 2026 – http://participate.melbourne.vic.gov.au/future

Melbourne City council – People for places report – http://participate.melbourne.vic.gov.au/placesforpeople
Melbourne City council – Green laneways – http://participate.melbourne.vic.gov.au/greenlaneways

Melbourne city councul – Heatwave tips – http://www.melbourne.vic.gov.au/CommunityServices/EmergencyManagement/Pages/SummerSense.aspx and http://www.melbourne.vic.gov.au/community/safety-emergency/emergency-management/pages/heatwaves.aspx

Regional development Victoria – http://www.rdv.vic.gov.au/
– News – http://www.rdv.vic.gov.au/news
– Information Portal – http://www.rdv.vic.gov.au/information-portal/home
– Victorian regions – http://www.rdv.vic.gov.au/victorian-regions
– Business centres – http://www.rdv.vic.gov.au/contact-us

Rural councils Victoria – http://www.ruralcouncilsvictoria.org.au/

Truelocal (Local services directory) – http://www.truelocal.com.au/

**** Time and Date – Melbourne – Moon cycle, Sunrise and sunset – http://www.timeanddate.com/astronomy/australia/melbourne

Time: Timezone – UTC/GMT +10 HOURS (October to March- Daylight saving – +11) – http://www.business.vic.gov.au/victorian-public-holidays-and-daylight-saving/daylight-saving

*** Victorian Councils and suburbs within each council area (Wikipedia) – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Melbourne_suburbs
– Main functions include plannning and development.

Victorian Daylight Savings – http://www.business.vic.gov.au/victorian-public-holidays-and-daylight-saving/daylight-saving
Victorian and Australian Daylight savings – Wikipedia – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daylight_saving_time_in_Australia

Victorian Government – http://www.vic.gov.au/ and http://www.vic.gov.au/browse.html

Victorian government – Economic development –
http://economicdevelopment.vic.gov.au/
Victorian government – Economic development –
Transport – http://economicdevelopment.vic.gov.au/transport
Victorian government – Economic development –
Websites – http://economicdevelopment.vic.gov.au/what-we-do/websites
Victorian government – Economic development –
Events and tourism – http://economicdevelopment.vic.gov.au/what-we-do/events-and-tourism

Victorian government – Economic development –
Cultural and creative economy – http://economicdevelopment.vic.gov.au/what-we-do/cultural-and-creative-economy

Victorian Government – Local Councils – http://www.dtpli.vic.gov.au/local-government
Victorian Storm Chasers – https://www.facebook.com/victorianstormchasers

Womo – Local services and more – directory – https://www.womo.com.au/category


Melbourne – Local news – Online based

CBD News – http://cbdnews.com.au/
Southbank Local news – http://www.southbanklocalnews.com.au/
Docklands news – http://www.docklandsnews.com.au
Westsider news – Inner Western Melbourne local newspaper – http://thewestsider.com.au/ and https://www.facebook.com/thewestsidernewspaper/


Melbourne – Newspapers

State Wide:

Newspapers Australia – http://www.newspapers.com.au/

Age Newspaper (The) – http://www.theage.com.au/

Features:

Monday
Tuesday – Taste (Food)
Wednesday – money
Thursday – Green guide
Friday
Saturday – (Jumbo day) Travel, Domain property, entertainment, Good weekend magazine
Sunday – Sunday life magazine, Melbourne arts and entertainment, Domain property

Australian regional media – http://apnarm.com.au/brands/ and http://apnarm.com.au/print/daily/

Australian Financial Review –

Features:

Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday –
Thursday –
Friday
Saturday / Sunday –

Australian Newspaper –

Features:

Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday –
Thursday –
Friday
Saturday / Sunday – Travel and indulgence, Weeekend Australian magazine, Weekend Australian Review,
Herald Sun Newspaper – http://www.heraldsun.com.au/

Features:

Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday –
Thursday –
Friday
Saturday – Home magazine, Weekend lifestyle liftout
Sunday – (Bumper day) – Travel, Sunday style magazine, Tv Guide, Body and soul, property.

Suburban:

Star Newspapers – http://www.starnewsgroup.com.au/newspapers/
– Star weekly – Wednesdays – https://issuu.com/starweekly/
Brimbank and Northwest
Maribyrnong and Hobson bay
Melton and Moorabool
Northern
Sunbury and Macedon ranges
Wyndham

Leader Newspapers (by Herald sun / news limited) – http://www.heraldsun.com.au/leader
– Tuesdays
Regions portal – http://leader.newspaperdirect.com/epaper/viewer.aspx

Leader Newspaper online (View online local paper)http://leader.newspaperdirect.com/epaper/viewer.aspx OR GENERAL – http://leader.newspaperdirect.com/

Weekly review – http://www.theweeklyreview.com.au/digital/
– Digital – https://issuu.com/theweeklyreview.com.au
– Wednesdays

– Eastern, Stonnington and booroondara, Bayside and port philip,, ivanhoe and valley, moonee valley, melbourne times.

Regional:

Wikipedia – List of newspapers in Australia – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_newspapers_in_Australia

Weekly times (Herald Sun) – http://www.weeklytimesnow.com.au/

Fairfax Regional media – http://www.fairfaxregionalmedia.com.au/

Notable –
Albury Wodonga Border Mail – http://www.bordermail.com.au/
Ballarat Courier – http://www.thecourier.com.au/
Bendigo Advertiser – http://www.bendigoadvertiser.com.au/
Echuca Moama Riverine Herald – http://www.riverineherald.com.au/
Geelong Advertiser – http://www.geelongadvertiser.com.au/
Yarrawonga Chronicle – http://www.yarrawongachronicle.com.au/


Melbourne – Local neighbourhood community matters and resources

Nabo – Neighbourhood social media – https://www.nabo.com.au/

Other neighbourhood points of interest:
– Block parties
– Local newspapers
– Council websites
– Neighbourhood watch
– Residents groups
– Lobby / issue groups


Melbourne – Summarised


Melbourne – Hot topics

– AFL Football
– Airport Rail link – and how long it has been proposed
– Australia day – Does it celebrate all Australians or make the Aboriginal community offended?
– Bicycles and Cars – the interactions and views on the road.
– Big issues magazine sellers – Annoying or just trying to make a living?

– Clothing – Dressing for four seasons in one day – Dress in layers, including something warm and waterproof

– Cost of living – Electricity, gas, registration, insurance prices rising
– Desalination plant
– Docklands precinct
– East West Link Tunnel

– Express fast rail from Melbourne to Sydney
– Federation square – polarising opinions on the architecture
– Flinders street station – How neglected and in need of repair the station is.
– Herald sun or the Age newspapers – Which one you read.
– Housing affordability

– Jaywalking in the city (And police fining people)

– Melbourne grand prix – Does Melbourne want it?
– Melbourne Observation wheel – and it’s history
– People wearing black in winter – almost everyone
– Public transport – Overcrowding, delays and overall poor system

– Smoking in public – Are the new regulations good or step on personal liberties?
– Sydney Vs Melbourne city rivalry
– Taxi drivers and the use of Uber
– Trucks on the road – relationship with cars

– University Fees – How expensive it’s getting
– Universities – Which university in Melbourne is best?
– Western Melbourne Vs Eastern Melbourne – The cultural and economic differences.
– Which coffee shop or cafe is best in Melbourne?
– Yarra river – is it polluted or just naturally brown-ish
– Yellow peril art work


Melbourne – Loves

– Arts scene – Performance, visual arts and music
– Beaches – Edithvale / Chelsea beach
– Coffee and cafe food culture
– Festivals – diversity on offer
– Festive season break (Christmas to New Year period).
– Fresh produce (World leading restaurants source food fresh from local rural growers – such as Yarra valley and Mornington Peninsula).
– Hospitals – World class facilities

– Laneways and streetart
– Meeting points – Flinders street station steps, Melbourne Central station clock, Federation square, Bourke street mall.
– Multiculturalism
– Parks and gardens
– Planned city – Explains the grid pattern to the CBD
– Restaurant and food scene – think Heston, Nobu, Burch and purchese deserts.

– Shopping centres – Australia’s largest centre – Chadstone.
– Snow fields – Selection of snow fields only 2.5 hours from Melbourne.
– Sporting facilities within the CBD area – Two stadiums and Olympic precinct
– Street Art installations / interactive street art
– Street marches – Protests, Hare Krishna walks or random dress up walks – such as Zombie walk.
– Street performance buskers (including quirky dressed up ones, inca music and more) – around Swanston St, Bourke st mall, Southbank Promenade and Federation square.

– Summer outdoor cinemas

– Trams – Major network unique in the world
– Two airports – Melbourne Tullamarine and Avalon airport.
– World’s most livable city


Melbourne – Dislikes

– 40c extreme heatwaves in summer
– Chuggers (Charity street hasslers)
– City Parking – Expensive
– Drugs – the spread of drugs such as Ice and ecstasy in the community

– Hoddle Street
– Hook turns (Turning right from the left side of the road)
– Gambling – The culture of gambling on anything – Especially on Melbourne cup
– King street, CBD – sleazy street district full of adult entertainment

– Magpie (birds) swooping on pedestrians in Spring – Explains why cyclists have zip ties sticking out the their helmet.
– Metro Trains (and public transport in general)
– Myki Ticketing system

– Poker machines in sports clubs and entertainment venues
– Seagulls and Pigeons hassling you at the beach and parks
– Street crime – Assaults and indecent behaviour to women late at night
– Skybus – Airport bus

– St Kilda beach – Risk of needles in the sand
– Ticket inspectors
– Traffic congestion
– Westgate bridge


Melbourne (and Victoria) Developments

Major Projects Victoria (Victorian Govt) – http://www.majorprojects.vic.gov.au/
– Victorian government – Department of economic development – major projects – http://economicdevelopment.vic.gov.au/transport/major-projects
and http://economicdevelopment.vic.gov.au/transport
Places Victoria (Developments) – http://www.places.vic.gov.au/

Vicroads – Melbourne road projects – https://www.vicroads.vic.gov.au/planning-and-projects/melbourne-road-projects

Specific developments:

Footscray complex – Cinema and integrated retail centre
New Schools
Footscray Hospital
Mordialloc bypass
Westgate Tunnel project

– Collins Square
– Citylink Tullamarine free/tollway widening – http://citylinktullawidening.vic.gov.au/
– Docklands precinct (Continuing evolution)
– East West Link Freeway (proposed)
– Green square – development – http://greensquareapartments.com.au/

Level Crossing removal project – http://levelcrossings.vic.gov.au/
– Melbourne airport – Terminal 2 (International) and VIP area – http://melbourneairport.com.au/for-business/retail-leasing/t2-leasing/t2-expansion.html
– Melbourne Metro (New Metro CBD train line) – http://mmrailproject.vic.gov.au/ and metro tunnel – http://metrotunnel.vic.gov.au/
– Melbourne Park (Tennis centre) – Renewal
– Melbourne ports redevelopment
– Melbourne quarter (Docklands)
– North East Link Freeway (Proposed)
– Port Phillip bay ferry service – from CBD to Werribee and Portarlington

Public Transport Victoria – projects – https://www.ptv.vic.gov.au/projects/rail-projects/

Public transport victoria – Economic development projects –
http://economicdevelopment.vic.gov.au/transport/rail-and-roads/public-transport

Royal exhibition centre observation deck – https://museumvictoria.com.au/reb/

– Southland train station
State library redevelopment (Including Victoria gallery) – due 2020 – https://www.slv.vic.gov.au/redevelopment-project and http://vision2020.slv.vic.gov.au/
– Federation Square extension / Jolimont Railyards
– Fishermans bend
– Flinders street station redevelopment – http://www.majorprojects.vic.gov.au/project/flinders-street-station/

– Victoria square – Footscray
– Westgate tunnel project (Formerly known as the western distributor) – http://westgatetunnelproject.vic.gov.au/
– Information sessions – http://westgatetunnelproject.vic.gov.au/infosessions/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/westgatetunnelproject
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8e7K39UjHjnUFjnIZzN9tg

 



Victorian Transport


General Databases

Department of Transport – http://www.transport.vic.gov.au/
Google maps – Melbourne public trabsport timetabling and options fully integrated with google maps – directional search.
Level crossing removal – http://levelcrossings.vic.gov.au/crossings

Embark – Global transit planner – http://www.getembark.io/

Public Transport Ombudsman (Handles complaints and disputes relating to transport) – http://www.ptovic.com.au/

Public Transport Users Association Victoria (Lobby group) – http://www.ptua.org.au/

Transport troubles – Greens party sponsored – reporting transport issues and mapping- http://transporttroubles.org.au/

*** Public Transport Victoria – http://ptv.vic.gov.au/

– Telephone – 1800 800 007
– Language accessibility services – http://www.ptv.vic.gov.au/languages

**** Public Transport Victoria – Train, Tram, Buses, Night network, Telebus, Regional trains, Regional buses – Routes and Timetables – http://ptv.vic.gov.au/route/

Public transport Personnel:
– Authorised officers (Ticket inspectors) – http://ptv.vic.gov.au/getting-around/authorised-officers/
– Protective service officers – Patrol the train stations – http://www.policecareer.vic.gov.au/pso

Key site areas:

Essential tools:

• Journey Planner
• Timetables
• Live travel updates
• Tickets
• Customer service

Getting around:
• Maps
• Stations and stops
• ** Local areas (Local area public transport maps) – http://ptv.vic.gov.au/getting-around/local-areas/
• Authorised officers
• Mobile apps
• Visiting Melbourne
• Lost Property
• Airport buses
• NightRider
• Luggage, bikes and animals
• Travelling safely
• Ferries
• Interstate travel

**Public Transport Victoria – Real time network service updates, Alerts and planned service replacements – http://ptv.vic.gov.au/live-travel-updates

** Public transport Victoria – Transport arrangements for major events (Including precinct maps) – http://ptv.vic.gov.au/news-and-events/events/

Public Transport Victoria – Network Maps (Trams, Trains)- http://ptv.vic.gov.au/getting-around/maps/

Public Transport Victoria – Smart phone app – http://ptv.vic.gov.au/getting-around/mobile-apps/

Public Transport Victoria – Ticketing portal – http://ptv.vic.gov.au/tickets/

Public transport Victoria – Annual service changes – http://ptv.vic.gov.au/projects/network-changes-for-the-new-year/
Public Transport Victoria – Tram changes – https://www.ptv.vic.gov.au/getting-around/network-changes/tram-changes/

Public transport Victoria – University shuttle services – http://ptv.vic.gov.au/getting-around/university-travel/new-university-shuttle-services/

** Public transport Victoria – Get involved (Public feedback and consultation on changes) – https://getinvolved.ptv.vic.gov.au/

Public Transport Victoria – Local Area PDF Transport Maps – https://www.ptv.vic.gov.au/getting-around/local-areas/

Public Transport Victoria – Local Area travel smart transport and bike Maps – https://www.google.com.au/search?q=-+Travelsmartmaps

Victorian government – Department of economic development – transport for Victoria – http://economicdevelopment.vic.gov.au/transport

Travellers Aid (Support Services for Travellers in Melbourne (Southern Cross station and Flinders street station – and Rural Train stations – Showers, Luggage storage, private rest rooms, internet, mobility equipment hire) – https://www.travellersaid.org.au/

Luggage lockers
– Southern cross station – 24hrs – $10 to $16 for 24 hours
– Flinders street station 8am to 8pm daily – Travellers aid – same day only

Travelsmart – Melbourne CBD and surrounds Transport Guide – http://www.melbourne.vic.gov.au/ParksandActivities/ActiveMelbourne/WalkingCyclingandSkating/Documents/Travelsmart_Melbourne_map_16MB.PDF

Wikipedia – Transport in Melbourne – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transport_in_Melbourne

Melbourne subway map – fantasy mapping – https://blogs.crikey.com.au/theurbanist/2017/05/17/melbourne-subway-map-rail-fantasy/

Public transport apps –

Public transport Victoria –

Citymapper app – world transport app – https://citymapper.com/melbourne
Live map 24 – Real time public transport maps – https://www.livemap24.com/
Tripgo – Transport app – https://tripgo.com/
Trip view – Melbourne and Sydney public transport – https://www.grofsoft.com/tripview.php
Waze – Melbourne traffic and public transport mapping – https://www.waze.com/livemap


Airport (and transport to/from)

Airport buses (Public and private suburban / regional services)- PTV – http://ptv.vic.gov.au/getting-around/airport-buses/

Avalon Airport – http://www.avalonairport.com.au/
Avalon Airport buses
– Skybus – (Avalon to Melbourne CBD (Southern Cross station) – http://www.skybus.com.au
– Murrell – Avalon to Geelong shuttle buses – http://www.murrell.com.au

Greens bus (Airport bus) – http://greenbus.com.au/ and http://greenbus.com.au/australian-airport-transport/

Melbourne Airport – http://www.melbourneairport.com.au/

Airport Transit link – Via DFO – http://www.airporttransitlink.com.au/
Skybus (Airport Bus) – Melbourne airport to various routes– http://www.skybus.com.au/

– St Kilda – https://www.skybus.com.au/st-kilda-express-service/
– Melbourne CBD (Southern Cross station) – https://www.skybus.com.au/melbourne-city-express-service/
– Frankston and the mornington peninsula – https://www.skybus.com.au/fapas/

– CBD Southern Cross station to City hotels (Shuttle bus service) – https://www.skybus.com.au/free-hotel-transfer-service/

Starbus – Melbourne CBD to Airport and visa versa (from $18 adult ticket one way) – http://wwww.starbusshuttle.com.au


Public Transport (Trains, Tram and Bus)

Note:

PTV – Timetables (Bus, train, Tram) – http://ptv.vic.gov.au/timetables
PTV – Events – http://ptv.vic.gov.au/news-and-events/events/
PTV – Live travel updates – http://ptv.vic.gov.au/live-travel-updates/

Free Tram Zone

Travel within the CBD area of Melbourne by tram is free, but you will need a myki card if you plan to start or finish your journey outside of this central area.

For more information on the area covered by the Free Tram Zone and maps, refer to the ‘Public transport Victoria’ website: http://ptv.vic.gov.au

Australian rail network – https://www.artc.com.au/about/

Bus – Public Transport Victoria – Smart Bus Network (Orbital bus system) – http://ptv.vic.gov.au/projects/buses/smartbus/

Bus – Melbourne metropolitan buses – http://ptv.vic.gov.au/projects/buses/

Bus – Public Transport Victoria – Melbourne by Bus – Bus route mapping and area bus guides – https://www.melbournebybus.com.au/
– Destinations – https://www.melbournebybus.com.au/#destinations

Bus – Melbourne bus interchange – Southern cross station –

Providers:
– Firefly – http://www.fireflyexpress.com.au
– Greyhound – http://www.greyhound.com.au
– Skybus – http://www.skybus.com.au

City Circle Tram (Free – Travels a perimeter route of the CBD and docklands areas of Melbourne) – http://www.yarratrams.com.au/using-trams/visitors-new-users/city-circle-tram/

CLARA (Consortium proposing Sydney to Melbourne Fast rail) – http://www.clara.com.au/

Flinders Street Station (Primary Metropolitan Train station in Melbourne) – http://www.metrotrains.com.au/stations/flinders-street/

Melbourne airport rail link (Proposed) – Air shuttle australia – http://www.airshuttleaust.com.au

Melbourne City Tourist Shuttle ($10 for two days – Tourist bus service with a route covering the CBD and neighbouring suburbs) – (Timetables, Route stop information and buy online tickets) – http://www.thatsmelbourne.com.au/visitors/transport/shuttle/Pages/VisitorShuttle.aspx
Metro Trains (Metropolitan Melbourne Train services) – http://www.metrotrains.com.au/

Myki (Victorian Public Transport Card) – https://www.mymyki.com.au/

Mypal app – Unofficial myki app to track cards – https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.longzheng.mypalionic&hl=en
Myki Tourist explorer pack – Visitors Public Transport Card and Pack (Preloaded visitor myki card, tourist maps, waller and tourist attraction discounts booklet)- – http://www.ptv.vic.gov.au/mykiexplorer

Myki – card sale and top up locations – http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/melbournes-myki-retailers-where-is-the-nearest-place-to-top-up-my-myki-20170307-gus8x7.html

Southern Cross station (Primary Melbourne Station for Skybus airport service, Vline services, Bus Services and Train services) – http://www.southerncrossstation.net.au/

Night network (24/7 – buses, trains, trams and regional coaches) – http://ptv.vic.gov.au/getting-around/night-network/

Tram – http://ptv.vic.gov.au/getting-around/night-network/night-tram/
Bus (Night) – http://ptv.vic.gov.au/getting-around/night-network/night-bus/

Transdev Melbourne (One Bus Operator) – http://www.transdevmelbourne.com.au/
Travellers Aid (Southern Cross and Flinders street station) – http://www.travellersaid.org.au

Vline Trains (Rural / Regional Victorian Train services) – http://www.vline.com.au/home/

Vline ticketing:
– Myki available on: Geelong, ballarat, Bendigo, Traralgon and Seymour lines
– Paper tickets for trains and coaches to: Bairnsdale, albury, Shepparton, Echuca, swan hill, Ararat, Maryborough and warrnambool

Vline Trains – network maps – https://www.vline.com.au/Maps-stations-stops/Network-Maps
Victorian Bus Operators – Directory – http://ptv.vic.gov.au/customer-service/operator-contacts/bus-operators/
Victorian Government – Train Level crossings – http://your.levelcrossings.vic.gov.au/

Victrack – https://www.victrack.com.au/

Wikipedia – Victorian railway lines – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Template:Victorian_Railway_Lines
Yarra Trams – http://www.yarratrams.com.au/

– Tram classess and types:


Interstate trains

PTV – Interstate travel – https://www.ptv.vic.gov.au/getting-around/interstate-travel/


Boating / Ferries

Port Phillip ferries – Port Philip bay ferry service – werribee south and Portarlington to CBD Docklands – (Trial stage) – http://www.portphillipferries.com.au/

Melbourne city council – Melbourne waterways – http://www.melbourne.vic.gov.au/waterways
Melbourne water taxis – http://www.melbournewatertaxis.com.au
Searoad Ferries (Queenscliff to Sorrento – Passengers and Cars – across the bay) – http://www.searoad.com.au/

Sprit of Tasmania (Overnight Boat service to Devonport, Tasmania) – http://www.spiritoftasmania.com.au/
Westgate Punt (Small boating service providing connection across the Yarra River) – http://ptv.vic.gov.au/getting-around/westgate-punt/ and http://westgatepunt.com/

Williamstown Ferries – http://www.williamstownferries.com.au/
Yarra River Cruise Services – http://www.fedsquare.com/shop/yarra-river-cruises

Boat rental:
– Includes boat rental clubs

Pleasure cruising – http://www.pleaseurecruising.com.au

Boating Portals:

Parks Victoria – Recreational Port Phillip boating guide –

Parks Victoria – Moorings and berths – http://parkweb.vic.gov.au/park-management/bay-and-waterways-management/moorings-and-berths
My Boating life -Boat ramp and Marina Locator – http://www.myboatinglife.com.au/on-the-water/boat-ramp-marina-locator

Australian search and rescue – http://www.amsa.gov.au/Search_and_Rescue/
Australian Search and Rescue (AusSAR) – http://www.amsa.gov.au/Search_and_Rescue/
– Marine – 1800 641 792

Australian Volunteer Coast Guard – https://www.coastguard.com.au/
Department of sustainability and environment – http://www.dse.vic.gov.au
Fisheries Victoria – http://www.dpi.vic.gov.au/fishing

Marine safety Victoria – http://www.marinesafety.vic.gov.au
Maritime safety Victoria – http://transportsafety.vic.gov.au/maritime-safety
Parks Victoria – http://www.parkweb.vic.gov.au
Port of Melbourne – http://www.portofmelbourne.com/
Victorian water police – http://www.police.vic.gov.au/content.asp?Document_ID=176

Notable Boating ramps:
Altona –


Taxis, Car sharing, Uber, Driving (Car) and Parking

 

Driving (Including Toll ways)

Four wheel drive victoria – http://www.fwdvictoria.org.au

Australian Parking Locator – http://au.parkopedia.com/

Car Parkit – Hotel and peer parking space portal – https://www.carparkit.com.au/

Citylink Toll road (Brunswick to Westgate bridge portion of the Tullamarine freeway, Domain and Burnley tunnels) – https://www.citylink.com.au/
Eastlink (Eastlink tollroad from Springvale to near Frankston) – http://www.eastlink.com.au/
– Day passes can be bought over the phone or online – before or after your journey
– The electronic device from either citylink or eastlink can be used on both systems.

Iconic four wheel driving routes – http:/www.iconic4wd.com.au

Only Melbourne – Hook turns in Melbourne – http://www.onlymelbourne.com.au/hook-turns

Parking Australia – http://www.parking.asn.au/

RACV (Victorian roadside assistance and car services) –

Road rules (RACV) – http://www.racv.com.au/roadrules

Road closures – Melbourne city – http://www.melbourne.vic.gov.au/parking-and-transport/roads/Pages/road-closures.aspx

Traffic – Waze – Melbourne traffic website and app- https://www.waze.com/livemap
Snarl – Australian traffic app – http://victoria.snarl.com.au/ and http://www.snarl.com.au/

Traffic – 3aw Radio (also other radio stations)
Traffic – ** Victorian Traffic – Live updates – http://livetraffic.vicroads.vic.gov.au
Traffic – Melbourne real time traffic conditions and times (RACV) –
http://www.racv.com.au/wps/wcm/connect/racv/Internet/Primary/travel/before+you+go/real-time+traffic

***** RACV – Melbourne petrol prices – Cheap petrol locator –
https://www.racv.com.au/on-the-road/driving-maintenance/fuel-prices.html

Vic Roads (Car travel and road safety Victoria) – https://www.vicroads.vic.gov.au/

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Car Sharing and peer driving services

Melbourne Car sharing services (Portal) – http://www.melbourne.vic.gov.au/ParkingTransportandRoads/Pages/Carshare.aspx

Go catch – Ride share – http://www.gocatch.com/gocar/
Shebah ride sharing (Women and children only) – https://shebah.com.au/

Uber (Peer car services) – http://www.uber.com
Uber Estimate (Uber fare estimate) – http://uberestimate.com/costs.php

Taxi Services

– Note taxi services are prepaid between 10pm to 5am

In the Melbourne CBD, there are taxi ranks located across the city.

13 Cabs (Taxi portal) – http://www.13cabs.com.au/
Rydo – Australia Taxi app – https://www.rydo.com.au/
Taxi Victoria – http://www.taxi.vic.gov.au
Silvertop taxis – http://www.silvertop.com.au
Cabit – http://www.cabit.com.au
Taxi Victoria – Fare estimator tool – http://www.taxi.vic.gov.au/fareestimator
Victorian Taxi Association – http://victaxi.com.au/
Victorian Taxi Commission Information – http://www.taxi.vic.gov.au/passengers

Car Rental / Car hire

East Coast Car rentals – http://www.eastcoastcarrentals.com.au

Hire a Combi – http://www.hireakombi.com/

Adventure car use / four wheel driving (4WD)

Four wheel drive Victoria (4WD) – http://www.4wdvictoria.org.au/
– Discover four wheel driving guide


Cycling

– Includes – council bike trails

Bicycle Network Victoria – https://www.bicyclenetwork.com.au/

– Resources and advice – https://www.bicyclenetwork.com.au/general/resources-and-advice/
– Bike maps – https://www.bicyclenetwork.com.au/general/resources-and-advice/193/

*** Bike Paths Melbourne and Victoria (Guide to cycling paths and also hardcopy book) – http://www.bikepaths.com.au/

Bikely (Global GPS bike route helper) – http://www.bikely.com/

Bikes at work – Bike handling classes (Run via local council) – https://www.eventbrite.com.au/o/bikes-at-work-6243701093

** Bikes on public transport (Guide – PTV) – http://ptv.vic.gov.au/getting-around/luggage-bikes-and-animals/bikes-and-public-transport/

Bike Safe – http://www.bikesafe.com.au

Casual Cyclists guide to Melbourne (Book) – http://thehumblevintage.com/book/
Council – produces local area cycle guides (including cycling paths, cycling repair stations, cycling clubs, cycle shops and many more)
Good Cycles (Bike hire and also bike repairs – Docklands) – http://www.goodcycles.org/
Humble Vintage (Bike Rental and online Bicycle news / tips) – http://thehumblevintage.com/melbourne-cb/
Lost bikes of Melbourne – http://www.lostbikesofmelbourne.com/
Maribyrnong council – Cycling portal and bike classes – http://www.maribyrnong.vic.gov.au/Page/page.aspx?page_Id=379
Melbourne Bike Share (Free helmets left on bike, $5 to purchase store helmets) – http://www.melbournebikeshare.com.au/

Melbourne Bike share app (Identify where bike share stations are at) – http://www.spotcycle.net/

Melbourne City Council – Cycling Routes, lanemaps and support – http://www.melbourne.vic.gov.au/ParkingTransportandRoads/cycling/Pages/Cycling.aspx

Melbourne city council – Cycling – http://www.melbourne.vic.gov.au/cycling

My Trails (Trail maps and information with the outdoor adventure communities) – http://mytrails.com.au/

National bike register – http://www.nationalbikeregister.com.au/
OBike – Melbourne bike share – Dockless – https://www.o.bike/au/about.html

Parkiteer – Victorian secure Bicycle Parking locations in Train stations – https://www.bicyclenetwork.com.au/general/programs/370/ and http://www.parkiteer.com.au and https://www.bicyclenetwork.com.au/general/programs/372/

Pedicabs (Cycle bike taxis) – http://www.greencabs.net.au

Rail trails (Melbourne and regional Victoria – Bicycle rail trails) – http://www.railtrails.org.au/trail-descriptions/victoria/melbourne-metropolitan
Rent a Bike Melbourne (Bike tours and also electric bike rentals – Federation square) – http://www.rentabike.net.au

Ride on Magazine (By Bicycles Victoria) – https://rideonmagazine.com.au/
Ride the city (Australia city bike trail maps) – http://www.ridethecity.com/
Start riding – http://www.startriding.com.au/
Tokyo Bike (Bike Shop and rentals – Collingwood) – http://www.tokyobike.com.au/hire-bike/

** Vicroads – Bicycle and walking routes and maps (Melbourne and rural Victoria – organised by council / district area) – https://www.vicroads.vic.gov.au/traffic-and-road-use/cycling/bicycle-route-maps

Wikipedia – Bike paths in Melbourne – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Bike_paths_in_Melbourne

Where to Ride – Melbourne (Guidebook on Inner city and suburban Melbourne Cycle tracks) – http://bicyclingaustralia.com.au/wheretoride/books/melbourne/


Cycling – Peditaxis

Green Cabs (Pedicabs) – http://www.greencabs.net.au


Cycling – Mountain biking places

– Lysterfield park


Helicopter services

Microflite (Helicopter services) – http://www.microflite.com.au/


Luxury road transportation – Hummer, Limousine, Chauffeur driver


Shipping Vessels and Cruise Ships – Port of Melbourne

MIRRAT (Car freight port) – http://www.mirrat.com.au/

Port of Melbourne – http://www.portofmelbourne.com.au/
Port of Melbourne – Emergency contacts and useful links – http://portcapacity.portofmelbourne.com/about-the-port/useful-links
Port Of Melbourne – Waves, wind and weather – http://portcapacity.portofmelbourne.com/port-operations/waves-wind-and-weather
Port of Melbourne – Cruise shipping and station pier – http://www.portofmelbourne.com/port-operations/cruise-shipping-and-station-pier
Port of Melbourne – Cruise ships Arrival and departure schedules – http://www.portofmelbourne.com.au/port-operations/cruise-shipping-and-station-pier/cruise-schedule-1

Port of Melbourne – Shipping Lines Arrival,departure and currently in port schedules -http://www.portofmelbourne.com.au/port-operations/ship-movements/

Port of Melbourne – Webcameras (Various – able to gain online limited control) – http://www.portofmelbourne.com.au/Community-and-recreation/View-the-port/Webcams

Port of Melbourne – Development works updates – http://portcapacity.portofmelbourne.com/webbdocklive/index.asp

Port of hastings – http://www.portofhastings.com/
Regional channel – water – http://www.regionalchannels.vic.gov.au/

Public Transport Victoria – Cruise ship connecting public transport services – https://www.ptv.vic.gov.au/news-and-events/events/
Public transport Victoria (bus 109 – Port melbourne to city – only during cruise ships) – https://ptv.vic.gov.au/route/view/6851
Victorian ports – http://www.vicports.vic.gov.au/

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Melbourne Suburbs – Most Affluent / Wealthiest / Emerging

Albert park
Ascot Vale
Balwyn
Brighton
Canterbury
Carlton
Caulfield
Docklands
Doncaster
Elwood
Essendon
Flemington
Glen Iris
Hampton
Ivanhoe
Kew
Kooyong
Malvern
Middle Park
Moonee Ponds
Newport
Port Melbourne
Sandringham
Seddon
South yarra
Southbank
Spotswood
St Kilda
Toorak
Williamstown
Windsor
Yarraville


Melbourne Suburbs / areas – Least or lesser affluent / Disadvantaged (Includes Crime hotspots)

Ardeer
Braybrook
Broadmeadows
Brooklyn
Cambellfield
Coolaroo
Craigieburn (Pockets)
Cranbourne
Dallas
Dandenong
Endeavour hills
Footscray (Emerging)
Greenvale
Hoppers Crossing
Kealba
Keon Park
Keysborough
Kings Park
Laverton
Lynbrook
Meadow heights
Melton
Noble Park
Preston East (Pockets)
Reservoir (Pockets)
Richmond (Pockets)
Springvale
St Albans
Sunbury
Sunshine
Taylors Hill
Werribee
Westmeadows
Williams landing (Pockets)
Wyndham


Notable Eatery / Lounge / Cafe / Shopping Precincts
– Also major shopping complexes around Greater Melbourne have gourmet food eateries and cafes (Refer to Shopping).

North

Bell street mall, West Heidelburg – http://bellstmall.com.au/

• Brunswick Street / Johnston street, Fitzroy / Abbotsford
• Eltham district
• High Street, Northcote / Thornbury
• Lygon Street / Elgin Street / Nicholson Street / Rathdowne Street, Carlton
• Lygon Street / Nicholson Street, Brunswick East

• Nicholson Street / St Georges Road, North Fitzroy – http://www.northquartervillages.com.au
• Smith Street / Gertrude Street, Fitzroy/Collingwood – http://www.gertrude.org.au
• Sydney road, Brunswick/Coburg – http://sydneyroad.com.au/
• Yarra street – Heidelberg –

CBD / Inner East

• Ackland Street / Barkly Street, St Kilda – http://www.aclandstreetvillage.com.au/ and http://fitzroystreetstkilda.com.au/
• Bay road, Port Melbourne
• Bay Streeet , Brighton
• Black rock district
• Burke Road and the Camberwell Junction, Camberwell – http://www.camberwellshopping.com.au

• Carlisle Street, Balaclava
• Chapel Street / Greville Street / High Street / Toorak Road – Prahran / Windsor / South Yarra – http://www.chapelstreet.com.au/ and http://www.toorakroadsouthyarra.com.au
• Church Street / Swan Street, Richmond
• Church street, Middle brighton
• Clarendon Street / Cecil Street, South Melbourne
• Docklands – Waterfront City, New Quay, Harbourtown
• Docklands – Collins and Bourke Street

• Doncaster Road (Village) , Balwyn North / Doncaster

• Glenferrie Road, Hawthorn / Glenferrie – Glenferrie.com.au
• Glenhuntly road – Elsternwick / Caulfield
Greythorn – Greythornshoppingcentre.com.au
• High Street, Armadale / Hawksburn / Malvern / Ashburton – Ashburtonshopping.com.au
• Inkerman Street, Balaclava

• Kew Junction, Kew – http://www.kewjunction.com.au/

• Mailing road – Canterbury – Malingroad.com.au

• Melbourne CBD InnerBordered by Spencer Street (West), Victoria Market (North), Spring Street (East), Flinders Street (South) – View Google Map of Melbourne CBD to explore Notable eatries and areas of the city proper – http://goo.gl/lQpyLf

Includes:
– Docklands Precinct – http://www.docklandscc.com.au/
– Campbell Arcade, Degraves Subway (Near Flinders Street Station)
– City precinct (Overall) – http://www.cityprecinct.com.au/

– Federation Square and Federation wharf vaults
– Banana Alley
– Northbank
– ‘Paris end’ (Near Parliament station) of Collins street Precinct- http://www.collinsstreet.com.au/
– Degraves street
– Yarra river precinct – http://www.yarrariver.info/
– South wharf Promenade (CBD) – http://www.southwharfpromenade.com.au

Notable laneways, alleys, back streets and place roads of Melbourne
– Block place
– Celestial Dr
– Cohen Place
– Hardware Lane
– Howey Place
– Meyers Place

• Ormond Road, Elwood
• Sandringham District
• Southbank / Crown Casino Promenade, Melbourne CBD
• Southwharf, (Near Melbourne Exhbition Centre), Southbank, Melbourne CBD
• Swan Street, Richmond

• Toorak Road / Burwood Highway – Burwood – Burwoodvillage.com.au
• Toorak Road, Toorak (Toorak Village) – http://www.toorakvillage.com.au/
• Union road, Surrey Hills
• Victoria Avenue, Albert Park
• Victoria Street, Richmond

Outer East
• Chelsea Beach precinct
• Dandenong precinct
Moorabbin Airport Precinct
• Mornington precinct
• Mount Eliza Precinct

North West / West
• Anderson Street and surrounds, Yarraville
• Barkly Street, West Footscray
Essendon Airport Precinct / Essendon fields – http://www.ef.com.au/
Essendon Junction
• Gamon Street and surrounds, Seddon

• Ferguson Street / Douglas Parade, Williamstown
• Hall Street, Newport
• Hopkins Street, Footscray
• Hudsons Road, Spotswood

• Keilor Road, Niddrie
• Pier Street, Altona
• Puckle street / Mt Alexander Road, Moonee Ponds / Ascot Vale – http://www.pucklestreetprecinct.com.au/
• Racecourse Road, Kensington / Newmarket
• Union Road, Ascot Vale

• Victoria Street / Errol Street / Queensberry Street, North Melbourne – Inner north and west Melbourne -http://www.northwestmelbourne.com.au/


Accommodation Options

Portals (Selected)

– For more accomodation portals refer to the ‘Accomodation’ tab in the header links.

Melbourne now – accommodation – http://www.melbournenow.com.au/operator/search#/type/stay
– Includes the printed Melbourne now Accommodation guide – https://issuu.com/destinationmelbourne/

Trip Advisor – Melbourne Hotels Ranked – http://www.tripadvisor.com.au/Hotels-g255100-Melbourne_Victoria-Hotels.html

Visit Victoria – Accommodation –
http://www.visitvictoria.com/Accommodation and http://www.visitvictoria.com/Regions/Wander-Victoria/Accommodation

Glamping parks and alternative Accomodation options:
Cosy tents (Daylesford) – http://www.cosytents.com.au/
Glamping hub (Portal) – https://glampinghub.com/australia/victoria/
Happy glamper (Mornington peninsula) – http://www.happyglamper.com.au/
Melbourne zoo – Roar and snore – http://www.zoo.org.au/melbourne/wild-encounters/roar-n-snore
Parks Victoria – accommodation – http://www.parkstay.vic.gov.au/ and http://wildernessretreats.com.au/
Werribee zoo – safari huts – http://www.zoo.org.au/werribee/wild-encounters/slumber-safari

Notable Melbourne Hotels (Selected)

Adelphi
Adina

Art series hotels

Olsen
Blackman
Larwill studio

Alto hotel

Bayview
Causeway Inn
Citadines
Clarion

Crown Casino

Towers
Metropol
Promenade

Doubletree (By Hilton)
Grand Chancellor
Grand hyatt
Grand Mecure
Hilton south wharf
Holiday Inn
Ibis
Intercontinental rialto
Jasper Hotel
Langham

Mantra
Marriott

M Gallery collection

Como
Hotel Lindrum

Hyatt place hotel – Essendon fields – http://www.hyattplacemelbourne.com

Mercure
Meriton serviced apartments
Notel – Airstream trailer accommodation in the city – http://notelmelbourne.com.au/
Novotel

Oaks
Ovolo Laneways
Park Hyatt
Parkview
Peppers
Pullman
QT Hotels
Quest
RACV Club
Radisson

Rendezvous

Ritz Carlton (Under Construction)
Rydges
Sebel Flinders lane
Sheraton
Sofitel

Space hotel (CBD and St Kilda) – http://www.spacehotel.com.au/

St Jeromes Hotel (Melbourne Central rooftop)
Travelodge
Tune Hotel
Urban nest (Student living) – http://urbanest.com.au/
Vibe
Westin
Windsor Hotel
Wyndham hotel

Student accommodation options:
Student housing company – http://thestudenthousingcompany.com.au/

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