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    South East Suburbs, Melbourne, Australia
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    Genealogy, traveling and family
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    Australia, New Zealand & South Pacific

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  1. I hope all is well with you John or family re casualty department visit yesterday. Fortunately, we haven't had to disembark in bad weather in Melbourne but have in Sydney when it was pouring and we were walking to Circular Quay to catch the train. It was raining in the port for Ho Chi Minh City when we were boarding, passengers were lined up right back from the top of the gangway to out on the pier waiting to board. We were soaked! But at least we were able to shower and change our clothes before heading to dinner. It doesn't appear that the government, either state or federal are all that interested in doing anything to improve the facilities at Station Pier. We have had easy embarkations and disembarkations thankfully but I guess the worst part is the walk from the terminal to the gates or vice versa at the beginning of the pier over an uneven and narrow path. We have found the terminal to be fine if somewhat dated. Leigh
  2. I actually don't find all that many Aldi items good quality, but I must be in the minority though as it is always busy in our local store. I agree some of the cheeses are great and we do buy their milk if going past and in need of it. Some of their chocolate I occasionally buy is good too. Leigh
  3. Another good option but you don’t need to go over the bridge to the MCG, just continue walking along the river to Melbourne Park. Leigh
  4. It can be very congested where the Uber pickup point is with people and luggage waiting to be picked up. After our last cruise, we struggled to walk through there and there was a group having an argument as well! Leigh
  5. It's an easy walk to Melbourne Park from Quest Apartments at Southbank - walk along Southbank Blvd to St Kilda road and cross over onto Linlithgow Ave and walk through the gardens/park to Alexandra Ave to Swan Street Bridge and once across the bridge Melbourne Park is over to your left. https://www.google.com/maps/dir/Melbourne+Park,+Melbourne+VIC/Quest+Southbank+Apartment+Hotel+-+Book+Direct+%26+Save,+14+Kavanagh+St,+Southbank+VIC+3006/@-37.8210282,144.9687721,16z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m14!4m13!1m5!1m1!1s0x6ad642befaaa5361:0xf0456760531f860!2m2!1d144.98005!2d-37.82267!1m5!1m1!1s0x6ad642b2069534b9:0x7bb548df80242173!2m2!1d144.966444!2d-37.822758!3e2 Leigh
  6. The bigger souvenir shop near McDonalds is the one we have shopped at, to buy gifts for an American friend. I'll point out that most souvenirs are not necessarily made in Australia either. Awe have also shopped at the Rocks' markets and at Paddy's Market. Leigh
  7. I also would take the tram (light rail) from Port Melbourne to Southern Cross Station and then the Skybus to the airport. The cost of the Skybus at the moment is $18.75 (Aus). For the tram trip you will need a Myki card - https://www.ptv.vic.gov.au/more/travelling-on-the-network/visiting-melbourne-and-victoria/ https://www.skybus.com.au/ It is about a 300 metre walk from the terminal to the tram stop. The stop for Southern Cross Station is No. 1, from there you will walk along Spencer Street to just past Bourke Street where you will see a sign (next to the Pie Face shop) indicating where to go for Skybus. I would also see what time the earliest Princess transfer is and perhaps if it works for you try to get on that. I haven't used taxis from Station Pier and to be honest haven't taken notice of them, as I am too busy looking for whichever family member is picking us up. Enjoy your time down under. Leigh
  8. Buddy could be a big loss for the Swans as he has been playing quite well - he kicked the first goal of each of the first three quarters after taking strong marks on the lead. Leigh
  9. Hawks came back in that quarter and Swans lead by 7 points only. 7.4.46 to 6.3.39 Leigh
  10. Any Sydneysiders - can you still buy paper ticket? I remember in 2017 arriving at Circular Quay station and couldn't find my Opal card. I was able to buy a ticket to go to the airport. To the OP - just wait until you need to use your Opal card to buy it. You don't need to buy it at the airport. Leigh
  11. Thanks to those who mentioned the Wildlife Sydney Zoo at Darling Harbour. I didn't know it was there, it sounds a great place to visit and so convenient to the CBD. Leigh
  12. We have used the train a few times with our luggage in tow and found it quite easy - both to and from the airport. Leigh
  13. Hobart and other Tasmanian ports http://nexus.tasports.com.au/shippingschedules/cruise.html Darwin https://portinfo.darwinport.com.au/webx/# New Zealand - Auckland http://www.poal.co.nz/operations/schedules/cruise Wellington http://www.centreport.co.nz/images/stories/documents/brochures/CRUISE_SCHEDULE_2019_2020.pdf Dunedin https://www.portotago.co.nz/marine-and-shipping/shipping-schedules/cruise-ship-schedule/ Any others? Leigh
  14. I had wholeheartedly agree with your suggestion. There are probably many links which could be listed. Leigh
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