Jan. 2010

HotelTravel.com's Top Ten Cool Survival Tips for the 2010 Australian Open

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PHUKET, 6 January, 2010 – HotelTravel.com is serving up amazing hotel rates for the 2010 Australian Open Tennis Championship in Melbourne, offering great value on accommodation in addition to heaps of helpful survival tips to help visitors keep cool Aussie style.

The Australian Open is held at Melbourne Park, which features the 15,000 seat Rod Laver Arena, and the 10,500 capacity Hisense Arena, both of which boast retractable roofs to beat the heat.

HotelTravel.com Chief Information Officer, Mr Olivier Dombey, said:  “Even with the outstanding facilities at Melbourne Park the Australian Open is the hottest tennis event of the year.  HotelTravel.com is please to offer great deals starting from US$ 30 per night to guests looking for Melbourne hotels, while providing handy tips on how to survive the brutal summer heat in the Southern Hemisphere.”

Hit the Beach
When the thermometer rises above 40 degrees Celsius its time to hit the beach and cool down. Best options close to the city centre include St Kilda Beach or South Melbourne. There are even better beaches located just  out of town on the Mornington Peninsula or Lorne at the start of the Great Ocean Road.

Reach for VB
Melbourne's most popular beer, Victoria Bitter (VB) is a little less malty in character, but slightly darker than traditional lagers. Its clean hop bitterness is complemented by a pleasant sweetness on the palate and well balanced fruity & malty aroma. But no one really cares about all that. When in Melbourne just say: "Pass me another VB maaaaaaaaaaaate".

Pray with 12 Apostles
Head out on the highway and look for adventure on the Great Ocean Road, home to Victoria's famous 12 Apostles. The 12 Apostles are giant rock stacks that rise majestically from the Southern Ocean and are the central feature of the rugged Port Campbell National Park. Cool ocean breezes are sure to chill the soul, especially if the esky is loaded with ice-cold VB.

Blag the Bookie
Sports-crazy Australians are also the world's most prolific punters. We are not suggesting that anyone should actually 'blag’, or rob the bookies, as Bullet Tooth Tony said in the Guy Richie movie Snatch. But punters can head to the corner bookie in Melbourne and put a bet on a favourite player or players. Luxbet or Centerbet are two of the best known bet shops to get odds or place a wager before the finals.

Cool Hotel Stays
For great deals on Melbourne hotels, log on to HotelTravel.com. Hotels in St Kilda West offer easy beach access, so consider a stay at either Base Backpackers Melbourne Hotel (from US$30 per night), Bayside Motel Easystay Apartments (from US$ 69 per night) or the Novotel Melbourne St Kilda Hotel (from US$ 140 per night). For Central Melbourne hotels have a look at Victoria All Seasons Hotel (from US$ 110 per night), Quality Hotel Batman's Hill on Collins (from US$ 122 per night), Rydges Melbourne (from US$ 148 per night), Grande Chancellor Melbourne (from US$ 152 per night) or the Vibe Savoy Hotel Melbourne (from US$ 173 per night). For Southbank hotels check out Mantra Southbank (from US$ 201 per night) or Langham Hotel Melbourne (from US$ 229 per night). ***

Be Wine King for a Day
Step into Little Italy in Victoria's King Valley, where cool mountain breezes and dynamic Italian wineries make for a truly inviting combination to beat the heat. Delight in rustic Italian cuisine from Katrina's cookbook matched with the house drop at Pizzini Wines, or chat to Otto Dal Zotto about his family's wines over bocce at Dal Zotto Estate. Encounter the Brown brothers at the eponymous vineyard's gourmet Epicurean Centre.  No VB on this day out, just bold, beautiful Australian wine at its very best.

Ride Puffing Billy
Take a ride on the famed Puffing Billy Railway as it rolls through the cool Dandernong Mountain Range near Mealbourne. Puffy Bill is a narrow gauge heritage railway that starts from the Belgrave station and rolls through stunning scenery. A popular feature of a ride on Puffing Billy, especially for kids, is sitting on the ledge of the open-sided carriage. Special dinner trains include theme rides such as 'Murder on the Puffing Billy Express' and 'Jazz on Puffing Billy Railway'. Both are very cool rides and a perfect way to chill out and beat the heat.

Get Frothy at Mrs Parmas'
This Melbourne institution is a must visit for all those who enjoy beer and parmigiana in copious amounts. Apparently the missus takes her parmas and beer very seriously. So drop in Mrs Parmas'and take a tour of Victoria’s best suds, with over 20 beers on offer. This is a Melbourne city bar where regional Victorian beers take the front seat. Have a look at www.mrsparmas.com.au for all the latest info.

Shear Sheep
Ok, everyone knows that sheep shearing is hot, dirty work. So while not a way to cool down during the dog days of January, Downunder Farmstays offers the best chance to experience up close and personal the Australian frontier lifestyle. Other top Aussie farm hand activities include farm maintenance, lawn mowing, desexing of bulls, fencing, drenching of animals and of course horse riding (it is cowboy country). After which it will be time to reach for an ice cold VB maaaate . . . see www.downunderfarmstays.com.au for more.

Cheap Seats
The best seats for the Australian Open are at home in front of the television. Lock the door; pack the esky full of frosty cold VB, and cheer for Serena, Roger, Venus or Rafa. ..

*** All hotel rates are as of 6 January 2010 priced in US$ and subject to change. -----ends-----

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