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Old 07-30-2008, 03:02 AM   #301
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Go to Melbourne.

Stay at Crown Towers
Eat at Donovans

If you do the Great Ocean Road from Melbourne, I've got a post somewhere on where to stay and what route to take.
sounds like a nice drive. i'll check that out on google earth or something.

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Just my 2 cents, i've lived in Brisbane/GC for most of my life and recently moved to Melbourne for work. Both great cities, but where you want to go depends on what you are looking for. overall, i think Brisbane is a nice town but Melbourne is a nice city. The contrast is quite significant and you will feel it!
as stefan said, this may suit me better.

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JamesH81, I think Melb. would suit you better - lots to see/do in the CBD and 'burbs - also plenty of short drives if you want to do the tourist thing. The weather in Melb. should be warm and dry but GC may be wet with high humidity.
hmmmmmm. despite most people's opinions, i really like high humidity - i know i must be weird! but i'm more than happy to settle for warm and dry

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We're recruiting more E46fanatics members in melbourne... thats my reason to come here
do i have to pass an initiation test upon arrival?

thanks everyone for your helpful replies. i'm looking forward to this so much. just wish i was going tomorrow!
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Old 07-30-2008, 03:29 AM   #302
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Ive been to melbourne 5 times in my life 1 of the 5 it didnt rain 2 of the 5 there wasnt any gail force wind trying to blow me back into NSW blowing of the antartic but its still a lovely place more cultural generally GC is wham bham thank you mam its very kinda fast paced really clubby kinda party town so really do you want a relaxed holiday or the one where you wake up and go how did i end up on this beach?
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Old 07-30-2008, 03:40 AM   #303
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sounds like a nice drive. i'll check that out on google earth or something.

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Well, we went down the Great Ocean Road from Melbourne earlier in the month on a Sunday afternoon (didn't contact anyone from the VIC crew as I was at a wedding that weekend and we spent a few days driving it).

We (the Mrs and myself) headed off from Melbourne about 1 pm on the first Sunday in Feb and hit the GOR in the late afternoon with the first stop being Bells Beach.






It was a pretty good day as you can judge by the photos. After a quick geeze at Bells we headed back to the GOR and towards Apollo Bay which was our stopping point for the night. We stayed at a place called Chris's which is set in the Otways up above the GOR and overlooking Bass Strait. The main attraction is the resturant, which is the star of the place, along with the view which was great. We stayed in one of the two studio's on the property which overlooked the ocean. Anyone looking for a cheap, private, fun spot within easy driving distance from Melbourne I would highly recommend it to. The rooms are all new (as a fire went through the place about 3 years ago) and the staff were friendly and professional. Our room also came with a DVD player, fridge and fully functional kitchen so you could easily stay for a week or a month if it tickled your fancy.

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The second day we ventured down to the 12 apostles or what was left of them. This was a fun stretch of road and the speed limit was pretty much 100 all of the way. Being as though we went on a Monday the Sunday drivers had left and it was a quick trip down. No caravans or 4WD's sitting 25 below the limit and I enjoyed the rainforest/bush scenery a little more than the endless coast line. But that's just me coming from Sydney where the Harbour is on our back door step.

I liked this stretch of road a lot more personally, it was very flowing and you could keep a good pace up without breaking the law. The weather was also pretty blessed for us at this point as it was sunny all the way down and back.







From here we headed back to Apollo Bay and to Chris's again for another night. Not having mapped plans out ahead we decided to play it by ear as to how far we'd drive.

From Apollo Bay we headed back to Melbourne for the day where we did some shopping and I checked out a car for a mate, we then headed to dinner at Donovan's at St Kilda and to coffee at my mate's place back in the City who'd just got married (He'd been up to Sydney with his Mrs for 2 days and nights at their place up here and it rained torrential rain the entire time unfortunantely!)

The next day was the drive back to Sydney.

General thoughts from one of those bloody interstate drivers.

Your governing body for the roads down there is ****. The speed camera's are unbelievebale, especially for people interstate from NSW who are used to having 3 speed camera ahead signs warning of them approaching, not having them mounted behind signs and hidden on overpasses. I'm also still getting over all the ones in the CBD.

The first part of the GOR I found quite good, some tight, twisty sections and a good view of the scenery. It didn't really blow me away, mainly because I felt a bit crook at this point and there was quite a few Sunday drivers out and about slowing everyone up. Although not as many as were heading back to Melbourne! I also noticed this stretch to Lourne is quite popular with the motorcycle crew as well.

I enjoyed the section to the Apostles from Apollo Bay, we didn't venture any further west from here so I can't comment on it. My absolute favourite section however was the cut up from Apollo Bay back to Gelong through the rainforest. It had for me just the right blend of tight sweeping bends and back and forth twisty sections with a high enough speed limit to make it fun and enjoyable, especially with a passenger who had spent 2 days in a car.

The scenery was magnificent and the sun shining through the canopy above made it all the more enjoyable. I wasn't sure what to expect with this section until we started heading up the road, but it was the perfect way to finish off what was a great drive.

The car held up fine the entire trip, the coilovers really made it all the more enjoyable as it just glided from corner to corner with 0 body roll. Not expensive noises or problems which is always good. And it had enough room to cart all our gear and bags comfortably which was great. Although it needed a good wash 3 times within 5 days! And is in desperate need of another one now.
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Old 07-30-2008, 04:53 AM   #304
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^ Wow, nice writeup!
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Ive been to melbourne 5 times in my life 1 of the 5 it didnt rain 2 of the 5 there wasnt any gail force wind trying to blow me back into NSW blowing of the antartic but its still a lovely place more cultural generally GC is wham bham thank you mam its very kinda fast paced really clubby kinda party town so really do you want a relaxed holiday or the one where you wake up and go how did i end up on this beach?
it seems to be common knowledge that melbourne can experience 4 seasons in a single day. and living on a small island, i know all too well about unpredictable climates. i don't mind the odd shower but i hope to god it doesn't piss it down continually.

and thanks, 1q2w3e4r for taking to time to post those pics and info. that looks amazing.
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I can't say I've been there a lot, but I haven't found Melbourne weather too bad, and thats coming from someone who lives in Perth and doesn't like the cold. Maybe I've just been lucky.

Might have to check out Donovans too when I'm there next, one thing Melbourne seems to have is great food.
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Old 07-31-2008, 06:51 AM   #307
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i'll be arriving in perth as my first stop. looking to spend around 4/5 nights there.
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Not sure how many people will be interested, but i saw some previews for Fast & The Furious 4 on the net, Paul Walker, Vin Diesel and most of the original cast are back. Look's like it'd be worth seeing, check out the link for the preview http://www.motorauthority.com/news/v...iler-released/
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Old 08-26-2008, 06:57 PM   #309
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Yeah, I've seen that.

There is a better quality one available to view here
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looks alright, mind you its been going down hill since the first one so Im not expecting much. Gone in 60 seconds owns as far as that genre went
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Old 09-03-2008, 06:34 AM   #311
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Hey guys just hoping i could get some help with the wheels.
I've seen some wheels that says Multi-fit, does that mean they can fit many types of PCD inc. e46 ones or are our e46 are strictly 5x120 only?

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for the last few days, i've been listening to quite a lot of aussie hip-hop/street music. i had no idea just how good some of it is. this all came about because i have a bit of a fascination with graffiti writing (i don't write but i appreciate the 'art'). most of the videos people have put on youtube feature some awesome tunes. but the problem is, none of the songs i like are available on itunes! and i prefer not to use file-sharing sites so i'm gonna have to wait till i'm over there and buy a few cds.
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for the last few days, i've been listening to quite a lot of aussie hip-hop/street music. i had no idea just how good some of it is. this all came about because i have a bit of a fascination with graffiti writing (i don't write but i appreciate the 'art'). most of the videos people have put on youtube feature some awesome tunes. but the problem is, none of the songs i like are available on itunes! and i prefer not to use file-sharing sites so i'm gonna have to wait till i'm over there and buy a few cds.
You should check out, TZU, Hilltop Hoods, downsyde, the tongue, Scribe (NZ) and a few others, most of they have a few tracks up on their myspace pages.
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Just read that the Luxury Car Tax increase bill has been defeated in the senate, so now Mr Swan has the pleasure of refunding Tax already collected by car dealers since July 1. Fvcking wanker he is. So glad Labor didn't get away with this!
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for the last few days, i've been listening to quite a lot of aussie hip-hop/street music. i had no idea just how good some of it is. this all came about because i have a bit of a fascination with graffiti writing (i don't write but i appreciate the 'art'). most of the videos people have put on youtube feature some awesome tunes. but the problem is, none of the songs i like are available on itunes! and i prefer not to use file-sharing sites so i'm gonna have to wait till i'm over there and buy a few cds.
I used to be a big fan of hilltop hoods but have found some more Australian stuff which surpasses them i feel try a bit of Urthboy, Matty B all good stuff as well as hilltop and the others mentioned
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Just read that the Luxury Car Tax increase bill has been defeated in the senate, so now Mr Swan has the pleasure of refunding Tax already collected by car dealers since July 1. Fvcking wanker he is. So glad Labor didn't get away with this!
I was undecided while yes its a pain in the butt for people purchasing a new M3 but one positive of it is for us previous BMW owners! because due to this Luxury tax the brand new BMW model would be much more expensive and even harder to obtain (unless you have money to burn) so with this defiecit in sales of new BMW's people wanting the BMW will take the second best option in this case being the e46. I find this tax if implemented long enough would have dramatically increased the want and market value for the semi old luxury vehicles. As really there isnt much difference between the E90 and the top of the line E46 luxury wise. but then again I was onyl explained this by my dealer because i bought my car a month out of the luxury car tax increase and he was rubbing his hands together being the second hand cardealer at sunshine BMW in brissy.
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Don't agree with you, people will still buy a 911 even if it costs a few thousand more, same with an M3. They are buying cars of this value of 325's etc for a particular reason and either have the cash, disposable income or business to run the expenses through. But that's just me and I could be wrong!
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yeah I was with you at first! but the dealer gave me this comparison that changed my mind. 25% (give or take 25% its like 23.8% or something) for ever dollar over 55,000, on well what does a standard 08 m3 go for $150,000 say? thats $23,750 thats a small family car! and generally most even wealthy people will find this off putting. so He argued why would you pay 173,750 when you could get similar second hand performance for 50-85 grand. But yeah if you have the money for a 911 then i think this wouldnt be too concerning just more your fanatics like us that would finance up to the hilt for an M3
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yeah I was with you at first! but the dealer gave me this comparison that changed my mind. 25% (give or take 25% its like 23.8% or something) for ever dollar over 55,000, on well what does a standard 08 m3 go for $150,000 say? thats $23,750 thats a small family car! and generally most even wealthy people will find this off putting. so He argued why would you pay 173,750 when you could get similar second hand performance for 50-85 grand. But yeah if you have the money for a 911 then i think this wouldnt be too concerning just more your fanatics like us that would finance up to the hilt for an M3
it was only ever a 8% increase from what we are paying now.
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The price increase for a new 911 that's just gone on sale is $18k, they estimate that half of that cost is (or was) due to the LCT increase, the rest was due to increased standard kit (which then cost more, that makes sense right...)

I wouldn't pay $170k for an E92 M3 anyway, I don't think they offer good value for money at that price point, but again that's just me.
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