Econo Lodge City Square
67 Swanston Street
Melbourne, VI 3000
Phone: (61) 3 96547011
Fax: (61) 3 96507107
Since its early days, Melbourne City Centre has been a shopping Mecca for residents and visitors alike. This is still the case today despite the advent of the suburban 'megamalls'. In contrast to these somewhat bland establishments, a day's shopping in the city offers the excitement of discovering hidden treasures. As well as the 'everything under one roof' convenience of the major department stores, the city's tiny alleyways and historic arcades contain fascinating little boutiques and specialty stores. An added attraction is the different experience offered by ethnic precincts. The huge shopping and restaurant development is another city drawcard. Variety is the key to the city's myriad of shopping opportunities. There are malls, department stores and specialist retailers. Be it fashion or food, sports gear or souvenirs or anything in between, you will find it here.
The Met is the major public transport body for Victoria. The staff at this shop will help with any public transport queries you have, tram, train or bus. They are also happy to help with general tourist inquiries. There are additional staffed booths at Flinders Street and Spencer Street train stations, and in the Royal Arcade (between Elizabeth and Swanston Streets). Check website for more information.
If Wellington's statue in London is a meeting place for Londoners, then Flinders Street train station is Melbourne's equivalent. People of Melbourne meet each other under the clocks to the music of buskers and the constant roar of traffic. Built in 1899 on the site of the city's first fish market, the Victorian station has been well preserved and by night the clocks on the front of the station are bathed in a quite spectacular golden glow. The railway shops sell food to go, magazines and souvenirs. A police station provides security for passengers. For more information, contact the Victorian Department of Transport on the numbers below.
Located on the little telecommunications strip along Bourke Street, a few steps from Telstra and Vodafone, Crazy John's store has a range of different brands and plans on offer. Although a Telstra Mobilenet dealer, with a special counter for Telstra related queries, it also sells phones and arranges plans with different telecommunications companies including Nokia, Alcatel, NEC, Ericsson and Panasonic. The usual array of cordless and home phones, answering machines and accessories and a small range of computer software is also available.
Melbourne Sports Tours offers unique and fun half and full-day tours. See Aussie Rules Football live with a local host explaining all its rules, bumps and brawls. A Sports Lovers Tour allows you to explore the excitement and history of Melbourne sports by visiting venues that host Australia's favorite sporting events. On the Surf Coast Tour, you can visit Victoria's world-famous coastline and experience a day of more than just a beautiful view. Clean out your wallet on the Shopping & Brewery Tour as you explore Melbourne's best discount clothing outlets with a half-day of power shopping. You can then spend the afternoon at more shops or go for a tasting at a brewery.
Gray Line Melbourne, which bills itself as -the leading day tour company- has tours covering all the highlights of Melbourne and surrounds. There are morning, afternoon or full day tours through the city and suburbs, including Yarra River cruises, tramcar restaurant and trips to the Dandenong Ranges. There are lots of options for viewing Phillip Island's world-famous penguin parade. You can either go straight there and back or combine it with stops in the Dandenongs, a ride on the Puffing Billy steam train, or a visit to a typical Australian farm. Tours further afield include Sovereign Hill and Ballarat, the Yarra Valley and its wineries, the Grampians National Park and the Great Ocean Road. Contact them on: +1300 85 8687 or visit the website for more details.
If you only have a short time in Melbourne and want to see as much as possible of the city and surrounding areas, you cannot go past a day tour. Great Sights offers a great selection of activities ranging from morning or afternoon jaunts around the city center to full day trips to the Grampians National Park, Sovereign Hill, Phillip Island and the Great Ocean Road. The city tours cover themes such as The Garden City, Historic Melbourne and Downtown and can include a meal on the ColonialTramcar Restaurant or a visit to the Rialto Towers and Observation Deck , the tallest office building in the southern hemisphere. Call +1300 850 850 for details.
Melbourne is the second most populated city in Australia. It is a major business and financial center and has the nation's busiest seaport. Known as a city that never sleeps, it offers a wide choice of theaters, concert halls, restaurants, boutiques, cafes, bars, galleries, parks and village-like inner suburbs, each with its own special character. Famous for its sports, fashion and festivals that go on throughout the year, it's one of the most desirable cities to live in and visit. Luna Park and Flinders Street Station are some of the notable attractions found in this vibrant city.
Located in the heart of the city in Little Bourke Street, Chinatown is the focus for Melbourne's Chinese community. It is home to a plethora of Chinese and other Asian restaurants and curiosity shops. Colorful Chinese New Year celebrations are held here annually. Since the 1850s gold rush that brought many Chinese to Victoria, Melbourne's Chinatown has grown to become the only continuous Chinese settlement in Australia. Among today's restaurants and shops, there is still a fascinating sense of the brothels and opium dens that prevailed in bygone days. To discover more of the area's history visit the Chinese Museum or take the Chinatown Heritage Tour.
Sunbus Airport Transfers boast of a "Meet & Greet" service that not only ensures you a safe ride back from the airport but also makes it as comfortable as it can get. This 24-hours bus service provides pick ups and drops to various neighborhoods of the city along with quick and punctual service so that you do not miss out your flight.
All the latest networking technology from this Internet service provider who is able to advise on high speed Internet access for both individuals and corporate users. AINS is located in Melbourne's city center and has acquired a great reputation for providing a reliable and affordable service, which includes domain name registration, web site hosting, and design and housing facility. Well worth a visit to ensure that you get the best in Internet and hosting facilities. Call ahead for technical support and other inquiries.
You will find all the computer related facilities you could possibly need at Myer's. The computers cost AUD10 for the first hour and then AUD5 for each subsequent hour. Special offers per half hour are on offer at backpacker hostels throughout the city. Classes are available on Windows applications, as well as how to surf the net. Other facilities include fax, black and white printing and scanning. A special membership program allows the advance purchase of hours.