I am leaving to study abroad in Melbourne on feb. 9th until June 30th, and had several questions.
First, I'm trying to decide what I need to pack and what type of suitcases to bring. I want to have enough for the semester but also don't want to be overloaded with baggage to carry. I know if will be warm when I get there but it will be cool when I leave and so that makes the packing a little more difficult.
Also I will be traveling with two other girls and we plan to do some extra traveling when the semester is over at the end of June and plan to stay in hostels. Is large luggage going to be a problem when staying in hostels? I was originally planing on bringing a large rolling suitcase to check on the plane and possible a duffle bag and carry on a back pack.
Any suggestions as to where to do our extra travels?
Any tips for living in Melbourne would also be great!
You should send a PM to steffbo. She has just spent some time studying in Mebourne and loved it! She's back on the road right now in Asia but I'm sure she'll check in on TP regularly.
sorry to ask this is my first time using this site, but how do I send a PM?
Take a look on the left hand side of your page and you will see your message centre. Here you can pick up your messages.
You can send STEFF a message via her profile page - just look under her profile picture for the wee envelope.
Hope this helps!
The "steffbo" that samsara2 refers to is Stefanie (she has changed her username to steff - previously steffbo).
A PM is a private message. Click on the "Send Message" link below the username of the member in the forums to send one.
By the way, steff is in Thailand at the moment, so she might not be able to answer to your questions immediately.
I studied abroad in Melbourne in 2002 at Monash. It was an incredible experience. As far as what to pack and how much it depends on how much variety you like. I was there for the same length of time with just a standard round the world size back pack filled. It proved to be enough and it was easy to carry around when travelling about. I would also bring a carry on for anything extra and for day trips. Also Melbourne's weather can change fast. One minute its hot and 90 degrees the next it is raining and 50. So even though you are there for the summer months I would bring some extra long sleeve clothes. The weather gets cold around June as well.
Public transport in Melbourne is very good and cheap so long in to the cost of monthly passes. Check with the school because they may offer discounted tickets as well.
Side trips: Phillip Island and the Great Ocean Road are good ones.
What school are you going to? If you have any specific question feel free to message me. Brent
Travelling to one destination when you know the seasons are gonna change while you're there can be a pain! But I suggest mostly packing summer clothes seeing as the weather will (hopefully) be mostly fine when you arrive, and pick up some winter garments while you're there, as you need them - Melbourne is known for its shopping after all
Personally, I've never travelled with a suitcase. While they may hold a lot of stuff, when you come to the travel part of your trip you could be cursing it. I'd recommend replacing it with a backpack and sending some of your extra stuff home before you begin your travels. You don't want to be lugging a suitcase up countless flights of stairs at a multi-story hostel!!
The Gold Coast is nice at any time of the year, so check that out for the beach and the theme parks. Happy and safe travels
Thanks for the responses. I was wondering about converters. I have a small adaptor but I don't know if it is going to be what I need for my lap top. Do I need some kind of special energy converter?
That depends - like all the rest of the world outside the USA, Australia is on much higher voltage (240v to be exact). Look at the adapter for your laptop, and see if it can handle 240v (it'll be written along with all the other fine print on the block - for a laptop this should be a relatively safe bet, but definitely check, since if it doesn't, your laptop will be fried as soon as you plug it in).
So, if it does, then you only need that plug to change the prongs from horizontal to diagonal and you're set. Otherwise you need a more expensive voltage converter.
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Cheers Andrew (from Melbourne)
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