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Central Coast audio tour – Talk’N Tours
By Lisa Monk

If you have ever had a guided tour that was less than informative, moved too fast or too slow, or just didn’t have the sort of information you were looking for, then Talk’N Tours may be the answer for you.   There is a series of tours in podcast format, allowing you to go at your own pace, stop, start and rewind at will. The company provides tours in and around Sydney and Melbourne at this point, with more to come.   I took the ‘Central Coast Day Tour’ from Sydney and found it to be an interesting and informative way to learn more about the areas mentioned. The tour leaves from Wynyard bus stand and has bus, ferry and rail legs.   At all points there is something new to be learned and as a Sydney local and frequent visitor to the areas covered i... Read more

Review - City Point Suite
By Alexander Barnett

2510/668 Bourke Street Melbourne VIC Close to all that Melbourne has to offer, this studio apartment has everything you need for a stay in this wonderful city. Overall rating?    Excellent What makes City Point Suite different? The central location, facilities and access to all of the delights of Melbourne, while enjoying the stylish fit-out of the apartment makes this the perfect place for you to stay on a visit to one of the world’s most liveable cities. Accommodation overview Being a studio apartment this is small but beautifully formed.  There is a queen-size bed, as well as a convertible sofa, so the apartment can sleep up to four, but is perfect for one or two people. Facilities overview There is a fully equipped kitchen, laundry facilit... Read more

Review - Gordon Place
By Lynette Khor

Apartment 1, 24 Little Bourke Street Melbourne VIC This 1884 heritage-listed building is in the centre of the theatre district and gives you a sense of history, along with all the convenience and service you could ask for. Overall rating?        Great What makes Gordon Place different? This serviced apartment is perfectly located to take in the very best of everything that Melbourne has to offer, and does it from inside a gorgeous classified building. Accommodation overview There is one bedroom with a queen-size bed and ensuite, and a double sofa bed in the lounge room. Facilities overview The one bedroom apartment has everything you need to make your stay comfortable, and you can choose to eat in at the restaurant, or wander down to Victoria&rsq... Read more

Blow Your Cares Away
By Sally Hobson

Lucky enough to have a weekend in Melbourne, we decided to do something different and head down to the Docklands to enjoy a sail on gorgeous Port Phillip Bay. Once aboard we were given a quick safety lesson and shown where to stow our valuables – important, as if anything goes overboard – that’s where it stays, except people, of course! We motored up the Yarra River to Port Phillip Bay, passing the navy port and multi-million dollar homes of Williamstown, and watched the spectacle of the loading and unloading of the cargo ships in the docks. The crew are happy to adapt the day to the wishes of those on board, so if you prefer a sedate motor while you sip a glass of champagne and enjoy the scenery and passing parade of vessels, no problem.  However, if you love to ... Read more

City Guide pages
By Style Correspondent Teresa Gomez

BRISBANE BRISVEGAS FASHION AND BEAUTY Brisbanites love to look good and there are many places to give that plastic card some exercise. FORTITUDE VALLEY This is the 'Fashion Hub' of Brisbane and is filled with high-end boutiques. If you love the finer things in life, then this is the place to visit for everything from a wide range of home-oriented retailers to fashion specialty stores for females. ‘The Valley’ stocks the likes of international labels such as, Collette Dinnigan & Collette Dinnigan Enfant, Citizens of Humanity Denim and Christian Louboutin shoes. There are also great male and children ranges thrown into the mix. • Faves are Ultra Suite and Blonde Venus for up-to-the-minute style. • Also, Jean Brown at Emporium, Ann St. A fantastic boutique... Read more

Melbourne city guide
By Lisa Monk

If you are travelling to the southernmost global city  you need to read our Melbourne city guide. Melabourne has for many years enjoyed a reputation as the cultural and sporting capital of Australia. It is also famous for its many beautiful gardens, incredible array of shops and the mix of Victorian and contemporary architecture. The city lies on Port Phillip Bay, and that, combined with its flat topography and the Dandenongs to the east, give the city its famously changeable climate – where it is quite possible to experience “four seasons in one day”! While Melbourne has some fabulous surfing beaches, there are so many choices of activities that the weather is really incidental to having a wonderful time in this most surprising of cities. What to do Allow yourse... Read more

Review - Hume Villa Motor Inn
By Penny Parsons

Hume Villa Motor Inn, 1324 Hume Highway, Fawkner, Melbourne, Victoria Overview The Hume Villa Motor Inn an unassuming motel style accommodation in Melbourne’s north. Part of the Golden Chain group, the motor inn offers a range of motel room and self-contained family and spa rooms. A new wing was built just three years ago and many of the existing rooms have been refurbished. Courtesy transport to or from the airport and location on the Hume Highway make this an easy and comfortable choice. Overall rating: Great, with recently refurbished bathrooms topping off the experience. What makes Hume Villa Motor Inn different? The managers are friendly, welcoming and helpful, even late at night and early in the morning. Self contained suites and an adjacent playground make the location go... Read more

Review - Town House 3016
By Penny Parsons

Getaway to Melbourne Town House 3016, Hanmer St, South Williamstown townhouse 3016 is a well-appointed, well-located property just a short drive from Melbourne CBD. It has everything you need for a weekend or a week away to soak up the sights and sounds of Melbourne. Accommodating up to 6 people its the perfect city escape! Overall rating: Excellent What makes Town House 3016 different? Great for couples or a family travelling to Melbourne together, Town House 3016 provides the quality finishings and fittings of any fine hotel, along with the practicalities of a well-appointed kitchen and outdoor bbq courtyard. Staying with a number of small children, we found the attention to detail for small things like toys and high chairs was fabulous and just one less thing to think about. Tow... Read more

Review - Anston Apartments
By Alison Aprhys

Anston Apartments - Modern apartments on Melbourne’s CBD doorstep © Alison Aprhys 2006 The Anston Apartments offer modern, fully-furnished self-catering apartments in Carlton on Melbourne’s doorstep. Open plan apartments, tasteful décor and furnishings make it an ideal place to chill out after shopping, attending a concert or sporting event. It’s a good place to stay that is close to Carlton and the Melbourne CBD’s great shopping, food and wine, Federation Square, Melbourne Museum. The location is also just down the road from Melbourne and RMIT universities and a short tram ride to Southbank, Docklands or for those into sport, to the MCG or Telstra Dome. Accept MasterCard, Accept VISA, Air conditioning, Internet access, Kitchen, Laundry facilities,... Read more

Review - Collins Mark
By Craig Davis

Magic Melbourne Collins Mark Apartments, 325 Collins Street, Melbourne, Victoria Overview Collins Mark Apartments are well located in a wonderful lively area of central Melbourne. The apartments are modern, stylish and fully self-contained, great for an extended business trip or intercity getaway. I really felt immersed in the lively Melbourne atmosphere but at the same time able to retreat to my quiet and stylish rooms. The 1 bedroom unit had plenty of space for me to hold an informal meeting with some colleagues before dinner. I only stayed for 2 nights but a much longer stay would have been very comfortable. Overall rating: Good to excellent with an outstanding location. What makes Collins Mark different? Self-contained short stay facilities located so close to lively Melbourne fa... Read more

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