We are planning a quick trip to Melbourne in August. We will be there for exactly three days. Here are our current plans:
Day 1: Land in Melbourne (evening) and rent a car
Night 1: No accommodation reserved (planning to getting a place to stay depending on how far we drive that evening)
Day 2: Drive up to Port Campbell and back (basically do the Great Ocean Road)
Night 2: No accommodation reserved
Day 3: Phillip Island Penguin encounter in the evening, then return rental car at the airport and take taxi or shuttle to CBD
Night 3: Accommodation reserved in Melbourne CBD area (specifically Southbank)
Day 4: Leave Melbourne by train (evening)
With that in mind, here are my questions:
with the packed itinerary, should we try to squeeze in more time in the CBD in the morning of Day 3? In that case, we would need to a) stay in the CBD area for Night 2, and find decent parking spot (and rates) for the car. The parking rates anywhere in the CBD area are quite prohibitive for weekdays. Any information as to where we could get a decent hotel and parking rates in Melbourne CBD?
alternatively, on Day 2, should we drive to a suburban hotel with free or inexpensive parking, then commute to the city for the Day 3?
this Myki is completely confusing me. On their websites, they refer to a family ticket, but give no idea how to get that. Is that a ticket that is slightly more expensive than a normal ticket but lets kids on for free? Does anyone here have any expertise?
to get to Phillip Island for the Penguins, is there an electronic toll system? I am wary of electronic tolls as we might get hit with the administrative fees from the rental car agency.