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Okay so I am heading to Australia this summer to teach and train.

See here: Instinctive Response Training Australian Intensive At Outer Eastern Martial Arts on July 11th 12th MartialTalk.Com - Friendly Martial Arts Forum Community


While I have limited time this trip I do plan on sight seeing in and around Melbourne and Sydney areas. K-man has given me some great ideas but since we have quite a few Australians on the board I thought I would ask for some feedback on what some of your favorite sights to see and particularly places to eat? I absolutely love great food so where are some fantastic places to eat in and around Melbourne and Sydney?
 
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For Melbourne (no one likes Sydney).. how long are you there and are you only able to get to CBD areas? Few things below that are more local..

If your using public transport to get around make sure you get yourself a Myki Card, is the only thing you can use to get around on the Trams and Trains. Trams in Melbourne City will take you out to St.Kilda and Brunswick for Drinks and Food, if you happy to step out of the CBD a little (20 mins away). Otherwise, cabs or hire cars.

Food \ Drink, outside of the CBD
Lygon Street, mainly Italian food and great coffee.
St.Kilda Esplanade and Acland St. like Dropbear said. Lots of pubs and restraints.
Crown Casino and Waterfront, heaps of eating, drinks and shopping.

Site Seeing, things to do around Melbourne City.
Our Old Gaol, The Old Melbourne Gaol Old Melbourne Gaol
Melbourne Star, Official Melbourne Star Observation Wheel Website
Tall Ship, Polly Woodside Tall ship
ACMI

Few things to get you started...
 
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Some great ideas to get me started guy's! Thanks and if you think of anything else feel free to post it here!

Looking forward to training, sightseeing, fun and great food! ;)
 

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Some great ideas to get me started guy's! Thanks and if you think of anything else feel free to post it here!

Looking forward to training, sightseeing, fun and great food! ;)

Depending on how much free time you have in Melbourne? Other things are heading down the Great Ocean Road to Lorne (3ish hours), or down the Mornington Peninsular (about an hour drive). But they are more along the lines of day trips or over nighters. You have Bells beach too if your a surfer only an hour or so drive etc.
 

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Have fun in Australia. I've never been there but I do plan to visit sometime. I've got a friend from Australia and according to her there's some big cities but a lot of open space in between. Maybe you might see a Kuala bears although technically not a bear, have a great time.
 

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Hands-down the best thing you can do for sight seeing when you get to Australia is get straight on a plane and go to NZ. You won't regret it. They know how to play (real) sport there too!! ; )

Lots of love!!
 

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We might go see the Twelve Apostles at the Port Campbell National Park. Have to see if we can fit that in.

It's great there, well worth the drive.

Melbourne is also awesome as a city itself, other than what Jezr has listed there is so much culture if you are into that kind of thing, a heap of theatre and art to take in.
 
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Hey Zero we are really looking forward to seeing Melbourne and surrounding areas. Plus a stop in Sydney as well! ;)
 

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Hands-down the best thing you can do for sight seeing when you get to Australia is get straight on a plane and go to NZ. You won't regret it. They know how to play (real) sport there too!! ; )

Lots of love!!

Hmm.. AFL is way too complex for NZ'ders. ;)

But if you can adjust your flights to go via NZ while your down there, you won't regret it. Has amazing landscapes. And the jet boats would be fun.
 
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Hey jezr74,

New Zealand is out of the question this trip. However, I have someone in NZ who wants to bring me there in the future so we may get there sooner rather than later.
 
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Depending on how much free time you have in Melbourne? Other things are heading down the Great Ocean Road to Lorne (3ish hours), or down the Mornington Peninsular (about an hour drive). But they are more along the lines of day trips or over nighters. You have Bells beach too if your a surfer only an hour or so drive etc.

Bondi beach, Bells beach would be neat to see. Is Lorne a picturesque place to be?
 
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We had an amazing trip!

Melbourne is a gorgeous city with beautiful city lines. On the outskirts in the Dandenong mountain range which is simply gorgeous and close to where I stayed. The Twelve Apostles certainly did not let down as it was an incredibly beautiful scenic place and Sydney was beautiful as well and everyone should take their harbor tour and see the Opera House.

All in all a fantastic trip with great hosts and wonderful people. Australian's are simply some of the friendliest and warmest people I have met!

Here are a few pictures at my blog:

The Instinctive Edge
 
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Depending on how much free time you have in Melbourne? Other things are heading down the Great Ocean Road to Lorne (3ish hours), or down the Mornington Peninsular (about an hour drive). But they are more along the lines of day trips or over nighters. You have Bells beach too if your a surfer only an hour or so drive etc.

Hey jezr74 heading down the Great Ocean road was wonderful. Really glad we did that as well as visiting Lorne, Port Campbell and the Twelve Apostles! Simply a beautiful adventure!
 

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We had an amazing trip!

Melbourne is a gorgeous city with beautiful city lines. On the outskirts in the Dandenong mountain range which is simply gorgeous and close to where I stayed. The Twelve Apostles certainly did not let down as it was an incredibly beautiful scenic place and Sydney was beautiful as well and everyone should take their harbor tour and see the Opera House.

All in all a fantastic trip with great hosts and wonderful people. Australian's are simply some of the friendliest and warmest people I have met!

Here are a few pictures at my blog:

The Instinctive Edge
Very cool! I'm jealous.

Did you have a chance to meet many MartialTalk members while you were down there?
 

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Good to hear you had a great time Brian, I saw some faces I recognise in your blog post.

Also excellent to see the MT broader community getting together, especially from different sides of the world.
 
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