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Different Australia Visa Options for Different Reasons

by Zhiqiang & TingyiJuly 1, 2011
Australia Visa

PassportChop had received a few email enquiries from confused readers who were not sure on which visa to apply for their trip to Australia. Thus we had prepared this article which hopefully will help to clarify on the visas to apply for. There are many different visa options for Australia, and which one you choose [...]

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Elegant French Cuisine at Melbourne PM24 Restaurant

by Zhiqiang & TingyiFebruary 27, 2011
PM24 Melbourne Restaurant

Just across the Yarra River from Tutto Bene famed for its risottos lies Russell Street in Melbourne’s Central Business District which is also well-known for its upscale dining options for both Melburnians and people like us here on a short holiday in the city.  Melbourne holidays offer a variety of travel experience. PM24, one of [...]

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Savour the Exclusive Italian President Risotto at Tutto Bene

by Zhiqiang & TingyiFebruary 13, 2011
Tutto Bene

Southgate is a unique leisure destination, offering unparalleled views of the Yarra River and an eclectic mix of dining and shopping. This is also where you will find Melbourne’s finest restaurants, one of which – Tutto Bene, as the name suggests in Italian “Everything’s Good” offers a unique selection of risottos, among other Italian dishes. [...]

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Melbourne Aquarium – Amazing Worlds to Discover

by Zhiqiang & TingyiFebruary 2, 2011
Melbourne Aquarium

Where else in the world can you get penguins from the cold Antarctica climate, tropical marine creatures and sharks, stingrays from the Australian Ocean all under one roof? Interestingly, the Melbourne Aquarium managed to do just that and visitors to the aquarium were treated to 4 different type of marine world to discover – from [...]

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Strawberry Mania at Sunny Ridge Strawberry Farm

by Zhiqiang & TingyiJanuary 29, 2011
Strawberry Farm Mornington Peninsula

After getting lost in mazes and labyrinths at Ashcombe, we concluded our Mornington Peninsula tour with the most popular tourist activity in this area – Strawberry Picking! Located just a 3-minute drive away from Ashcombe Maze and Lavender Gardens, the Sunny Ridge Strawberry Farm was where we participated in its U-pick programme. If you are [...]

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Getting Lost in Ashcombe Hedge Maze, Circular Rose Maze and Lavender Labyrinth

by Zhiqiang & TingyiJanuary 24, 2011
Rose Maze

Just when we thought that the most physically tiring part (Bush and Beach horseback riding) of the Mornington Peninsula tour is over, the next part of the tour involved a challenge that was mentally tiring! It had to do with finding our way out of one of the world’s most challenging hedge maze. We conquered [...]

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Mornington Peninsula Experience – Bush and Beach Horseback Riding

by Zhiqiang & TingyiJanuary 21, 2011
Horse Riding Bush and Beach Trail Mornington Peninsula

After taking on the Dandenongs during our first day in Melbourne, we explored a very different side of Melbourne – the Mornington Peninsula. Located about an hour’s drive away from Melbourne, the Mornington Peninsula hosts a collection of popular natural attractions with a variety of beaches both sheltered and open-sea and many scenic sights and [...]

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Feeding Australian Native Birds and Exploring Old Town of Sassafras in the Dandenongs

by Zhiqiang & TingyiJanuary 9, 2011
Cockatoo Bird Feeding Dandenong Ranges Australia

After our Puffing Billy train ride across the Dandenongs, we continued our exploration of the Dandenong Ranges with an up close and personal encounter with native Australian birds at the Grants Picnic Ground. The scenic drive through the Ranges to the Grants Picnic Ground took about 20 minutes from the Puffing Billy station of Lakeside. [...]

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Choo Choo! along the Dandenong Ranges with Puffing Billy Steam Train

by Zhiqiang & TingyiJanuary 4, 2011
Puffing Billy Steam Train Railways

Our weekend adventure started as soon as we arrived in Melbourne after a 7-hour overnight Jetstar Starclass flight from Singapore and checked into the classy Crown Metropol hotel. By 10am, we were met by Rebecca, our fun-loving guide from Tourism Victoria who took us on a half-day trip to the Dandenong Ranges. The Dandenong Ranges [...]

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Luxury Living at Melbourne Crown Metropol Hotel Luxe King Room

by Zhiqiang & TingyiJanuary 1, 2011
Crown Metropol Hotel Melbourne

For our Jetstar Melbourne familiarisation trip, we had the opportunity to experience one of Melbourne’s newest hotel of the Crown group – the Crown Metropol Hotel. This new 658-room, $300 million AUD hotel opened in April 2010 as Crown’s third hotel after Crown Towers and Crown Promenade. Located near the Crown Entertainment Complex and Casino, [...]

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