We're looking to relocate our family and have narrowed down our options (with the help of Metafilter) to Buenos Aires (Argentina), Toronto (Canada) and Melbourne (Australia). We've done our due diligence with on-line research, but we'd like to hear some personal anecdotes/experiences from people who've lived, worked or traveled to any of the above. [more inside]
My partner and I are flying from the US into Melbourne on the first of July and leaving two weeks later. The arrival and departure flights are booked, and now we're looking to lock down our travel schedule within Australia and between Australia and New Zealand. How ambitious is this itinerary? [more inside]
I'm moving to Melbourne from overseas in early May. While househunting I've been told that my list of suburbs is too long and I should choose about 4-5. Which 4-5 to choose? [more inside]
I am trying to put together an itinerary for my parents who will be spending a week in Melbourne before my partner and I arrive. My mom really wants to see the penguin parade and I booked tickets for her - before looking into transportation to/from the island. Oops. Now I'm wondering if there's a way to fix this. [more inside]
I went on a news sabbatical while on holiday in Australia. Four years later (and still here!), I haven't picked up my news habit, and I'd like to start. [more inside]
Next week I am visiting Australia for the first time. Flying in to Sydney, spending a week there with relatives in Merrylands, then two weeks with relatives in Melbourne (Braybrook) and then another week in Sydney. I want to know what is the best way to spend my time given that I am primarily interested in nature and day hikes, so the most pressing question is really 'What are the best day trips and hikes within a two-hour radius of Sydney and Melbourne?' Other factors: [more inside]
Asking on behalf of (The Rt Hon.) MP, who currently has spotty internet access while he travels around Australia. Where are the best places to 1) see an improv comedy show in Sydney, 2) see a punk/hardcore show in Melbourne, 3) get to relatively quickly from either of those cities to be able to see the outback (as opposed to the bush, which has already been seen on this trip)? [more inside]
In an Australian rental unit, how likely is it that our landlords will expect the caulking in the shower to be clean at move-out, and if they will, should we do the caulking ourselves to avoid paying a handyman for this simple but tedious and probably time-consuming job? [more inside]
I tend to have bad experiences with traditional job interviews. I'm interested in finding out whether there are any tech companies based in Melbourne, Australia, that use an interview process similar to the one used by Stripe.com. Simply, Stripe gets candidates to work on a simulated project (http://www.quora.com/Stripe-company/What-is-the-engineering-interview-process-like-at-Stripe) rather than, say, writing code on a whiteboard. [more inside]
What are the most fun things to do in Melbourne on holiday? I've got 4 days as a solo female traveller in my 30s. I'm not into footy but open to shopping, good places to eat (cheaply), cultural things and tourist attractions. Inspire me!
How to bring a Melbourne woman a little romance from half a world away? [more inside]
Fabulous, hidden gem restaurants in Melbourne? [more inside]
I will soon be visiting Melbourne and Perth. Please tell me about your favourite hangouts and gin joints! [more inside]
I'm going to be spending the upcoming weekend in Melbourne, and am interested in shopping for vintage and handcrafted items, as well as general wandering/people watching. Where should I go? [more inside]
Sydney vs Melbourne as a pedestrian paradise: I am a sociologist doing a study which involves observing pedestrians/window shoppers/etc. I am based in New York City, which is fantastic for my field of work. In Feb/March, I plan to go to Australia for two months, to either Sydney or Melbourne. I have never been to Australia before. QUESTION: Which city has more of a "pedestrian culture"? That is, which is more of a "walking city?" (If you know New York City, my favorite place to observe is Union Square -- I am looking for a comparable location.) Would prefer a place filled with locals, not tourists. Thanks!
Hey everyone. I'm going to Australia for 23 days in July, and would dearly love some advice as to how to spend them. [more inside]
Help me figure out transport in Melbourne for a conference. [more inside]
Does anyone know any sections of rivers or creeks not too far out of Melbourne (Australia) that are very wide yet quite shallow? You know the type, like something you see in a documentary about Alaskan bears with pebbles on the bottom and crystal clear water. After swimming in an amazing river in West Virginia may years ago I've dreamed about finding a similar one over here.
I'm traveling with friends to Australia in March, and this will be the first time I've left North America! I'm covered on basic travel requirements (passport, ETA, etc), but what else should I bring with me? What should I know (about traveling, about Australia... anything!)? [more inside]
Melbourne, Australia for the food and wine festival - Where to stay? [more inside]
I'm an American guy in my mid-late twenties living in Melbourne, Australia for (at least) the next eight months. My social life was quite exciting when I first moved here during late summer, but lately it feels a bit stagnant at times. I'm looking for ideas of activities to get involved with, to make use of my free time and help me connect with new people (friends of both sexes, plus THE LADIES). [more inside]
Do hackers go into people's Skype accounts and break up with the account owner's SO? Also, if there's anyone in Melbourne, Australia, preferably Carnegie, who could give me some help, I could definitely use it. [more inside]
Looking for graffiti in Melbourne Australia of a big "CW" which stands for "Crime-wave" (a gang I believe). [more inside]
Going to Melbourne (Australia) for 1 week have $400 how should I spend it? Accomodation has been paid... [more inside]
I just got a research fellowship in Melbourne and am moving there in mid February- hooray! Now I need to find an apartment. Complications: I don’t know a soul there and I currently live in the United States. [more inside]
Are there storytelling/live reading shows in Adelaide or Melbourne, similar to The Moth in NYC/LA? [more inside]
Keep us busy in Melbourne. What to do for a few days in Victoria's Capital? [more inside]
Tent-phobic city-dweller seeks weekend getaway suggestions which do not require a car to reach. [more inside]
Sydney and Melbourne with a 10-month-old in September. Any suggestions? [more inside]
New to contracting, and new to Australia. Can someone please help me find a company to sort out my insurances and payroll (and the 'living away from home allowance' -- or recommend an accountant if I need one? [more inside]
Ordering a return ticket Melbourne to Los Angeles with V Australia; can I travel to LA and cancel the return flight for a refund?
I'm going to be flying one way from Melbourne, Australia to Los Angeles with V Australia. It's cheaper to book a return ticket than a one way ticket. Can I cancel the return flight and get a refund? [more inside]
How have landscapes transformed by drought in Australia (esp. Brisbane or Melbourne) impacted people's perceptions of climate change? [more inside]
Please tell me about Melbourne, Monash and U. Melbourne. [more inside]
What are your favourite things to do in both the Byron Bay and Melbourne areas? [more inside]
TravelFilter: Will the current cheap flights between Australia and New York remain into 2010? And what times of the year are considered off-peak travel to NYC? [more inside]
What shops should I go to in Melbourne, Australia, to buy inexpensive necessities (clothes, shoes, groceries, linens, electronics)? [more inside]
I'm visiting Australia for 10 days / 9 nights, flying in and out of Sydney. How would you divide your time amongst the various cities? 3 nights each in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane?
We’re hoping to rent a camper van in Melbourne (approx April 13), drop it off in Brisbane a week later. Any advice? [more inside]
Building a website for a charity in Australia. Can I get any tax deductions from this? Does it make a difference if I charge them or if I do it for free? [more inside]
I'm living in Melbourne, Australia, and I have a whole lot of unwanted clothing (some unworn or barely worn) that I want to donate to an op shop. Am I able to get any tax deduction for this?
I'm currently looking to buy my first small flat in Melbourne, Australia and having no luck. Apart from the big two online sources, are there any other sources to see what's on the market, or to find places before they get listed? [more inside]
Have you seen my people? They must be in Melbourne somewhere... [more inside]
Can anyone help me find the best dietitian in Melbourne, Australia? [more inside]
Looking for a cheap place to stay for a week in Melbourne, the cheapest that meets these criteria: (1) Hotel is 30 minutes or less from the CBD by public transport; (2) I can get a two-person room with its own shower; (3) I will not get stabbed or robbed there. [more inside]
Need advice from people in Melbourne, or familiar with it about where to live. [more inside]
Where to stay in Melbourne, Australia? Need lodging for 5 nights in mid-April. Looking at hostels, but there are so many options and neighborhoods to choose from! [more inside]
My family and I will be in Australia from March 14th, 2008 to the 26th. We'll be staying in Sydney for most of the trip (friends' apartment) but we also want to take a leisurely road trip to Melbourne. Do you have any recommendations what to do in Sydney, Melbourne and during the roadtrip? [more inside]
From where in Melbourne, Australia can I borrow projectors (+ screens) for one night?
One of the two big universities in Melbourne, Australia have radically changed their philosophy on education to be more in line with that of the US and Europe. Where should I go? [more inside]
Help me not miss anything on my "once in a lifetime" trip through southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand! [more inside]
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