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Melbourne again

Having signed up for the more popular tour at the tourist center in Federation Square before departing to Tasmania, I was ready to see more of the city. From Town Hall to the Burke Street Mall, various laneways, Chinatown, the State Library and other minor sights. Afterwards, I hopped into the Melbourne Museum, gaining greater context into why the city looked and felt like San Francisco, then I caught a second brief tour down a different set of streets and parks. Having Kris-crossed the city center using the free trams, I headed to Southern Cross Station to purchase a hop-on-hop-off Greyhound ticket to Sydney.

If available, hop-on-hop-off buses are pretty good and flexible options when there are no convenient or low cost alternatives such as public transit or trains/subways. Many come with restrictions, but it’s always possible to find a cost optimized route by planning a lot of stops. If you have a lot of time, it’s possible to sequentially make every stop, which maximizes the value of the ticket, though maybe not the overall experience.

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La Trobe reading room at the State Library, Melbourne

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