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Old 21-10-2019, 09:44 AM   #3196
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Any good food stop along the way from port campbell back to melbourne via a1 route?

Leaving say port campbell at 10.30am. Target to reach melbourne at 2.30pm. 1hr lunch cum petrol top up
Colac i think you can stop there, decent town with food
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Old 22-10-2019, 11:51 PM   #3197
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Colac i think you can stop there, decent town with food
From Apollo Bay town ,Is there a Usable smooth direct road to the a1 highway or need to acesss the A1 highway from Port Campbell?

Besides Colac,any other interesting attractions along the inland A1 route to Melbourne?

If Using this inland route,And we wish to end up in Philip Island ,would driving land based via St Kilda route ,Mornington penisula be faster but also not using the Citylink toll OR it would be faster if use Queenscliff sea ferry to Sorento to Mornington penisula to PI?
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Old 23-10-2019, 04:29 AM   #3198
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If you're already at Apollo bay, no reason to head towards Colac. Take the C119 and head back, it'll join up with the A1 at some point.

For PI, i think the around the bay route might be some what quicker, unless you intend to visit Mornington, then the ferry would be a better option
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Old 23-10-2019, 06:06 PM   #3199
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From Apollo Bay town ,Is there a Usable smooth direct road to the a1 highway or need to acesss the A1 highway from Port Campbell?
From Apollo Bay, the quickest route would be C119, although the first half of it is steep and winding as it heads up the mountains. The 2nd half is quite flat though. Many years back, on some of the back roads in that area, I could cruise at 160km/h (highly illegal) but the road conditions certainly doesn't allow for that these days if you value your life. You save roughly 10 - 15 mins on this route vs taking the GOR back via Lorne.
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Old 28-10-2019, 05:04 PM   #3200
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Whoever wants to come melbourne, $650 on SQ in Mar next year..
For Scoot flight TR Scoot 19
MEL to SIN Dec 12, 1:20 PM Thursday 2019

Would reaching the Tullamarine Airport Terminal 2 , 2 hours before , at 11.20 am, be enough safety margin for bag check in + security checks + out going Immigration for family of 4 and 1 large 20kg ,2 small 10 kg bags or
is the terminal very large and busy, chaotic and sudden last minute boarding gate changes can happen ,so better reach there 3 hours before departure at 10.20am ,
any horror stories or events to recall for Last day city traffic jams, rental car return or Tullamarine specific terminal problems? ?

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Would reaching the Tullamarine Airport Terminal 2 , 2 hours before , at 11.20 am, be enough safety margin for bag check in + security checks + out going Immigration for family of 4 and 1 large 20kg ,2 small 10 kg bags or
is the terminal very large and busy, chaotic and sudden last minute boarding gate changes can happen ,so better reach there 3 hours before departure at 10.20am ,
any horror stories or events to recall for Last day city traffic jams, rental car return or Tullamarine specific terminal problems? ?
2 hours is generally fine, you should be able to check in, clear immigration, and get to the gate with plenty of time to spare. However, if you want GST refund, you'll want to be quiet a lot earlier - the queue can be up to an hour long.

The traffic to the airport can be very variable as well. The jam can range from 0 to 45 mins queuing to get into the airport.
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Old 28-10-2019, 06:29 PM   #3202
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Would reaching the Tullamarine Airport Terminal 2 , 2 hours before , at 11.20 am, be enough safety margin for bag check in + security checks + out going Immigration for family of 4 and 1 large 20kg ,2 small 10 kg bags or
is the terminal very large and busy, chaotic and sudden last minute boarding gate changes can happen ,so better reach there 3 hours before departure at 10.20am ,
any horror stories or events to recall for Last day city traffic jams, rental car return or Tullamarine specific terminal problems? ?
I came back from a recent trip from Melbourne back in Sep 2019 (last month).

Reached Tullamarine Airport 3 hours before (car rental took 30 mins to clear), so reached the counter about 2.5 hours in advance - there was some outgoing school trip on the same flight to Singapore - almost the size of 3 x football team of school kids stuck in the economy class queue to check-in

When I left the counter - the cohort of school kids were still there in the queue. Although they all made it up onto the flight in the end, I was quite sure they did not have much time left in the end so it should be a straight-from-counter-to-boarding-gate experience for them.

So, it really depends on your luck. I would strongly advise for 3 hours once the counter opens. They recently revamped the transit area, so there's a lot more appealing shops and restaurants inside before boarding.
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Old 29-10-2019, 04:48 AM   #3203
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2 hours is generally fine, you should be able to check in, clear immigration, and get to the gate with plenty of time to spare. However, if you want GST refund, you'll want to be quiet a lot earlier - the queue can be up to an hour long.

The traffic to the airport can be very variable as well. The jam can range from 0 to 45 mins queuing to get into the airport.
Actually for GST refund, there's no need to Q up anymore, there's a counter straight after customs for you to fill up a form and the officer will check your items and off you go, they will debit it to your account within 6 weeks, but usually within 2 weeks you'll see the $
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Old 29-10-2019, 04:50 AM   #3204
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Would reaching the Tullamarine Airport Terminal 2 , 2 hours before , at 11.20 am, be enough safety margin for bag check in + security checks + out going Immigration for family of 4 and 1 large 20kg ,2 small 10 kg bags or
is the terminal very large and busy, chaotic and sudden last minute boarding gate changes can happen ,so better reach there 3 hours before departure at 10.20am ,
any horror stories or events to recall for Last day city traffic jams, rental car return or Tullamarine specific terminal problems? ?
My suggestion would be like others, go 3hrs before, that's when the counters open for check in.. mostly self service kiosk.

And especially so if you're travelling during morning peak hrs.. it's a nightmare on the roads sometimes.
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Old 29-10-2019, 09:57 AM   #3205
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Would reaching the Tullamarine Airport Terminal 2 , 2 hours before , at 11.20 am, be enough safety margin for bag check in + security checks + out going Immigration for family of 4 and 1 large 20kg ,2 small 10 kg bags or
is the terminal very large and busy, chaotic and sudden last minute boarding gate changes can happen ,so better reach there 3 hours before departure at 10.20am ,
any horror stories or events to recall for Last day city traffic jams, rental car return or Tullamarine specific terminal problems? ?
First of all which car rental co u returning to.
Near airport? Comes with shuttle van to bring you back to airport. Give yourself 30mins to settle this.

Also weekdays melbourne city jams.
Say fitzroy gardens to airport takes about 30mins with some jams easily.

St kilda area worse. U add another 15mins more easily.
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Old 29-10-2019, 12:25 PM   #3206
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Yes, most supplements, cosmetics, perfumes are cheaper in AU. You can check through the pricing https://www.chemistwarehouse.com.au/ before you head down to Chemist Warehouse stores.

For supplements & medications, just make sure they don't have any controlled or illegal ingredients that you cannot bring back to SG.
I'm wondering if I can bring strawberries back for my own consumes?
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Old 29-10-2019, 01:00 PM   #3207
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I'm wondering if I can bring strawberries back for my own consumes?
You can bring most meat, seafood and fruits back from Australia. Fruits - reasonable amount & just say for own consumption. Frozen meat & seafood I think limited to 5 kg. I love to bring back their meat pies and steaks.
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Old 29-10-2019, 01:09 PM   #3208
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MEL to SIN Dec 12, 1:20 PM Thursday 2019

Would reaching the Tullamarine Airport Terminal 2 , 2 hours before , at 11.20 am, be enough safety margin for bag check in + security checks + out going Immigration for family of 4 and 1 large 20kg ,2 small 10 kg bags or
is the terminal very large and busy, chaotic and sudden last minute boarding gate changes can happen ,so better reach there 3 hours before departure at 10.20am ,
any horror stories or events to recall for Last day city traffic jams, rental car return or Tullamarine specific terminal problems? ?
At least 3 hours, or more. Cause Dec peak season. Aussies are also on long term break so more travelers getting out.
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Old 29-10-2019, 02:21 PM   #3209
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You can bring most meat, seafood and fruits back from Australia. Fruits - reasonable amount & just say for own consumption. Frozen meat & seafood I think limited to 5 kg. I love to bring back their meat pies and steaks.
Thank you for sharing! i can't wait for my trip next week. Do i need to bring my own containers to bring the strawberries back or, if yes, i will get my mum to prep me one big Tupperware
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Old 29-10-2019, 03:55 PM   #3210
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Thank you for sharing! i can't wait for my trip next week. Do i need to bring my own containers to bring the strawberries back or, if yes, i will get my mum to prep me one big Tupperware
If handcarry, then make sure in sealed container. So far had no issue handcarry fruits but I still put the tupperware or container in ziploc to avoid leakage if smashed. Have fun next in Melb!
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