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Emigrate to Australia: Melbourne visitor guide

04 November 2016 by News Desk

Emigrate to Australia and find much to love in Melbourne, a city with both historic and modern attractions.

Emigrate to AustraliaEmigrate to Australia and experience a historical walking tour along the ‘Paris End’ of Collins, Melbourne’s best street, towards the city centre.

Enjoy strange, historical, weird but above all interesting stories about the various landmarks that Melbourne has to offer.

The many highlights featured on the tour include the Princess Theatre, Parliament, Treasury, Melbourne Town Hall, St Paul’s Cathedral, Theosophy Society, Flinders Street Station, and several laneways and arcades.

Location – Parliamentary Gardens Reserve, Melbourne VIC 3000

Meet in the reserve, next to the statue. Price – This is a free event

Dates and times: 04/11/2016 to 15/01/2017 – Fri: 2pm – 3.30pmSun: 2pm – 3.30pm

Emigrate to Australia: Melbourne visitor guide

Internet access and wi-fi hotspots – Local provider Telstra provides wireless internet coverage across much of the central business district. WiFi hotspots can be found in various locations, including
Federation Square, 2 Swanston Street
Collins Place, 45 Collins Street
Level 3, Melbourne Central
State Library, 328 Swanston Street

For a full list of locations, visit the Melbourne Visitor Centre at Federation Square.

Telephone – Local calls from public telephones in Australia cost a fixed 50 cents, regardless of the time spent on the call. Calls to interstate, international and mobile numbers are charged by time.

Most public telephones accept coins and Telstra pre-paid phone cards, which can be purchased in post offices, newsagents, gift shops and other outlets. They can be used for local, interstate and international calls. Pre-paid cards are also produced by a range of other companies, offering competitive rates within Australia and overseas.

All payphones allow you to call emergency services (000) without payment.

Important numbers
Directory assistance 1223
Emergency services 000
Reverse-charge calls 12550

International calls – To phone out of Australia, dial the international access code 0011 and then the country code (Japan’s, for example, is 81), followed by the relevant area code and the local number. For international directory assistance, phone 1225.

Emergency chargers – Kiosks are available for emergency charging of iPhones, Smartphones, iPads and Tablets. View the Powerpod website for locations.

Banks and currency exchange outlets – Banks are open Monday to Thursday from 9.30am to 4pm, and Friday, 9.30am to 5pm, although some branches in the central city are open longer hours.

Automatic teller machines (ATMs) are found throughout the city, and give cash advances on credit cards. Foreign currency and travellers’ cheques can be exchanged at banks or dedicated exchanges such as Thomas Cook, American Express, Travelex and the Change Group.

Emigrate to Australia: Melbourne visitor guide

Post – The city’s main post office, operated by Australia Post, can be found at the corner of Elizabeth Street and Lonsdale streets. It is open weekdays 8.30am to 5.30pm and Saturdays 9am to 5pm. Closed Sundays.

Other Post Offices are located at 246 Flinders Lane (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm), 440 Collins Street (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm), 111 Bourke Street (Monday to Friday, 8am to 5.30pm), 210 Lonsdale Street (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm).

Shopping hours – In the city centre, shops are generally open Monday to Saturday, 10am to 6pm, extending to 9pm on Fridays. On Sunday, many city retailers are open 10am to 5pm.

Tipping – Tipping is not a custom in Australia, and is not expected. If you receive good service, however, you may choose to tip at cafes or restaurants; 10% of the bill would be reasonable. In taxis, you may also choose to round up the payment according to service received.

Airport connections / Skybus shuttle – Melbourne Airport is about 22 kilometres from the central business district. Skybuses travel 24 hours a day to and from the airport to Southern Cross Station. They also pick up and drop off at city hotels. Between 6.30am and 6.30pm, buses leave every 15 minutes. The journey takes about 25 minutes.

Refer to the Skybus website for current pricing. To book, phone 9670 7992.

Taxi fares between the city and the airport are about $50. There are no train or tram links.

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