Q1 Do I need a visa to enter Australia?
ANS Unless you are an Australian or a New Zealand citizen, you will need a valid Australian visa to enter the country. New Zealand passport holders can apply for a visa upon arrival in the country. All other passport holders must apply for a visa before leaving home. Please refer to http://www.australia.com/en/planning/visa-information.html for visa information, customs and quarantine
Q2 Do I need Medical Insurance?
ANS Definitely yes, especially for overseas participants. Australian citizens and permanent residents are covered with Medicare, in case medical services are needed. It is recommended that you include Ambulance cover separately if your medical insurance does not cover it. The ambulance charges are extremely high if it becomes necessary to use their services due to an unfortunate incident.
Q3 When and where do we meet on Friday (17 November)?
ANS Meeting Place: The bus park on the other side of St Kilda Road in front of the Art Centre in Melbourne (100, St Kilda Road, Melbourne)
Time: 9-10 am
Note 1: Those who get dropped off at this location by car, please note parking is permitted only for drop- off / pick- up at this location.
Note 2: After we meet and greet and load the luggage onto the busses, those who wish can explore the nearby attractions through a walking tour.
Note 3: At 10 am sharp, buses will leave to see iconic attractions of Melbourne.
Those who miss the buses are requested to meet the Group at Queen Vic market or at the Crown Casino complex for lunch at 12.10 pm. (at the Kitchen Workshop restaurant )
Address given above is that of Melbourne Art Centre. However the actual bus stop is across the road from the Art Centre (i.e., along St Kilda Road, heading out of the city, towards Queen Vic Gardens.)
Please see Map Meeting Place 17 Nov
Q4 What sights will you be covering on the Friday morning (approx. between 10am to 12.10 pm) bus tour?
ANS During the bus tour, you will see Melbourne Arts Centre, Shine of Remembrance, Melbourne Tennis Centre, Parliament House, State Library, Royal Exhibition Building, Queen Victoria Market, Southern Cross Station and Crown Casino.
Q5 What do we need to know about the travel arrangements for the Friday Dinner and the ‘Penguin Parade’?
Please note photography or videography is not allowed at the Parade.
Q6 What should we wear for viewing the Penguin Parade?
ANS Penguin Parade is an outdoor event that happens at the sea shore, so it is important that you wear comfortable clothing for this event. You will be exposed to the night time sea breeze which can be strong and cold at times, so we recommend that you wear warm clothing. Recommended attire is a casual pant, long sleeve top/shirt, jumper, hooded windproof jacket, socks and walking shoes. Wearing layered clothes will allow you to adjust your attire to suit the weather conditions on the day, which could also be rainy. A couple of days before Friday the 17th of November we will know what the Phillip Island weather conditions would be, but it is a good precaution to pack suitable clothing before you travel to Melbourne.
Q7 What will the weather be in Philip Island in the three days?
Please check weather forecast frequently on Australian Bureau of Meteorology website
for weather updates.
Please note conditions in Victoria change very rapidly and actual conditions
could be totally different. Also note that condition on Friday night at the beach
where Penguin Parade is held would be more severe.
Q8 Can we leave after the formal farewell on Sunday at Mount Dandenong?
ANS After the formal farewell at Mount Dandenong, you may leave the Group. After the formal farewell at the Mt Dandenong restaurant, we will travel to Melbourne for the MCG tour and the other 2 venues. This tour is expected to finish approximately 5.00pm
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