To sum up my visit, I stayed on Toorak Road and pretty much got to know Chapel Street very well. I love the cafes and shops and eateries…even Jam Factory and the so-so food courts. As the South Yarra train station was nearby, I took it to the CBD, arriving at Flinders Station (an amazing architectural building), and used the Visitors Center across the street quite often. The downstairs had a wealth of information and free maps for pretty much all sites.
Outside the center, I took the free Circle Line tram a few times around the CBD. The other free transport was the free Shuttle going north-south through the CBD. Melbourne central is so geared towards the visitor, which is a big plus for it over so many other world renowned cities! Toured the botanical garden, museums, Suzuki Night Market at Victoria Market, Crown Casino and its plaza, etc. Also, I tasted kagaroo meat, crocodile meat, emu meat, meat pies, vegemite (which suspiciously taste like Maggi brand soy sauce).
Away from CBD, I had relatives in Dandenong (I visited b/c of a cousin’s wedding), so they took me and other “new family” members from Europe to the Great Ocean Road, Philip Island, Wilsons Prom, Healesville Sanctuary and Rochford Winery for tasting, etc. I also went to the MVFC vs Sydney FC match and got into AUS soccer/footy history!
You guys were right, there was no way to have any extra time for other places within Melbourne metropolitan area, let alone other cities in AUS. I will return again but with more than two weeks—but next time also on to Sydney and Cairns and Queensland, etc.