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It is hard to imagine any place better than Australia for rollerblading. And Melbourne is very good. Sidewalks are generally big enough and in good enough condition for skating. People are friendly and the city is beautiful.

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Melbourne is the capital of the state of Victoria in Australia. It is the second largest city in Australia.

It was voted the worlds' most livable city in 1994.

And the least polluted for a city of its size.


Melbourne is renowned for its parks, fickle weather, clanging trams, upside-down river, football and its cosmopolitan outlook. It is also the financial capital of Australia.

The Yarra Riverflows right by the city. It is sometimes called "the river that flows upside down" because of its muddy colour. The reason for this colour is because mud particles stay suspended in the water and don't settle to the bottom like in most rivers.

During the warmer months people like to walk along the river, visit the parks and sunbathe along the banks.

Melbourne is the only city in Australia which still has electric trams as part of its public transport system. Trams have right of way on our roads and also are responsible for the unusual right hand turns at city intersections.

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Category Description



Road Surface

Describes road surface conditions

The road surfaces here we experienced were pretty good. Obviously you have to keep focused and alert for the odd crack or hole, but overall some of the best in Asia.

Road Conditions

Is there enough room for skating on the road? Are intersections crossable?

The roads were pretty busy, but we never had a problem skating. Roads were wide enough for the most part so we could share with cars. Traffic always was friendly towards us. Traffic can be HEAVY so we had to keep our eyes, and ears, open.

Traffic Conditions

Describes level and condition of traffic. Is the traffic heavy, fast or erratic.

Traffic was HEAVY, so we had to keep our eyes, and ears, open. But everyone was friendly and unlike the USA no cars tried to frighten us or make as to hit us. The roads were often busy, but we never had a problem with cars when skating.

Driver Attitudes

Describes how drivers react to and treat skaters


We were polite skaters in Melbourne, (as always) and everyone was friendly and unlike the USA  and no cars tried to frighten us or make as to hit us. The roads were often busy, but we never had a problem skating.

Danger Level

Describes overall danger of skating in this location. Everyplace is dangerous to street skate. Street skating means crumbling roads, bad drivers (or worse), air pollution and even nature. But some places are more dangerous than others


We never had a problem.. Most of the main roads are in good condition, but there are still a few cracks and rough areas around.

Criminal Factor

How serious is crime in this location.


Have not seen anything, have not heard anything, overall very friendly people.

Cool Factor

Is this a cool place to skate.

Good. Lots of places to skate, sometimes you can even see other skaters.

Fun Factor

Is this a fun place to skate.


Yes, skating through Melbourne is lots of fun. Everyone, even the police were very nice to us.


Are there sidewalks, and if there are what are they like? Often having sidewalks can be worse than not having them. With a bad sidewalk drivers may assume you should be using it - no matter how dangerous it is to use, and react very badly when they see you on the road instead of the sidewalk.


Excellent sidewalks all over downtown. We were able to use these as much as the road. Well done!!!


Any other conditions or issues that were found while skating here




A summarization of the skating experience at this location.

This is a great place, fun city, cool places to skate to and through. I love it here. I have skated here several times and I can not wait to go back!!

Desire to Return - Overall Rating

The bottom line. Is the place good enough that we want to return here to skate it more. With all the above taken into consideration how much are we looking forward return and skate this location further.


Return? As soon as I have a chance!! The city is fun, the people are great, the traffic friendly and fun. Great places to see and skate.

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 Country Information



Airport Tax

Airport tax is AUD30 + Noise Levy AUD3.40, collected during ticket issuance.

Business Hours

Shops are open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., weekdays, and 8.30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturdays. Some shops close 9 p.m. on Thursdays. Tourist shops may be open on Sundays. Banks are generally open 9:30 a.m. to 4p.m., Monday to Thursday, and 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday. Some banks extend hours and open on Saturday mornings.


The usual business attire would be a suit and a tie for men. For women, a dress or a smart suit is the norm


AUD (Australian Dollars)

Custom Rules and Regulations

Passengers aged 18 or above are entitled to the following duty-free quota:Tobacco Products: 250 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 250g of tobacco (for passengers at the age of 18 and over)

Alcoholic Beverages: 1.125 litres of wine or spirits.

Importation of any food item is prohibited. All items of food must be disposed of in the bins provided at the Arrival Hall, or declared to Customs for inspection.

Entry Requirements

All travelers, except Australian passport holders, must have a visa to enter Australia. Visas can be obtained through selected travel agents and the Electronic Travel Authority in the United States and Singapore. If applying in person, be prepared for a queue at your local Australian High Commission or Consulate.

Health Risks

Although Australia lies in the tropics, tropical diseases such as malaria and yellow fever are unheard of. Diseases caused by unsanitary conditions such as cholera and typhoid are virtually unknown. It is generally safe to eat at local restaurants as the health department is very strict. Tap water is safe to drink.

Hotel list

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English, Aboriginal

Local Climate

Sydney is situated on latitude 34 S and has an average mean temperature ranging from 72 F (22 C) in January to 54 F (12 C) in July.

Name of Airport

Kingsford Smith Airport. It is located in Mascot near Botany Bay, about 10 km southwest of the Central Business District and Sydney Harbour. Allow 30 minutes if you're traveling to the City or Kings Cross by taxi, and 1 hour if traveling by bus.

Phone adaptors

Power adaptors


Three-star to five-star hotels, as well as most restaurants welcome tips. Hand over A$1-A$2 to porters per luggage, 10-15 percent of your restaurant bill to service staff in restaurants. For cab drivers, simply round up the fare to the nearest dollar.

Useful Links

Australian Customs Service
Sydney Airport
Tourism New South Wales
Australian Links

Useful Numbers

Police, fire and ambulance: 000
Sydney Airport Information Line: +02 9667-9111
VISA Lost Card Hotline: 1-800-125-440







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