Melbourne by the Maps

Spartacus is not from Melbourne, but is currently planning a trip there.

Got the flights worked out.  Got the accommodation worked out.  But while working out the transport from the airport to Melbourne city, things got interest.  Very interesting.

Having Googled Melbourne airport transport, a service called SkyBus came up.  So click Spartacus did to the fares page and up came the below (ps the yellow arrows were added by your’s truly).

Not that there is anything wrong with that but it is rather interesting that according to SkyBus, to purchase a family fare to Melbourne City, Docklands and St Kilda, the family needs to be same sex, whereas for a family ticket to Avalon, hetrosexual.

Who knew?

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36 Responses to Melbourne by the Maps

  1. Singleton Engineer

    I notice that Family2 fares = Fmaily1 + An additional adult of either gender, whether married, partnershipped, or not. (Is “partnershipped” a word?)

    So, effectively, there is no recognition of a second partner in a family.

    Why bother?

  2. Roger

    Spartacus is not from Melbourne, but is currently planning a trip there.

    7 words of warning for Sparty:

    Abandon all hope, ye who enter here.

  3. Rebel with cause

    Just nuke the place already.

  4. Anonandon

    On the subject of Skybus, it does pretty much everything a rail link to the airport does at a fraction of the cost and it is already there. Why we need to spend 10B on a rail link eludes me. Talk to a rail designer and they admit it would be cheaper to run buses along the rail lines if we ripped up the tracks and paved over them. People love rail, but why?

  5. mh

    Did Victoria get around to transitioning all the pedestrian traffic light men into wymyn, as promised?

  6. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    must.crush.birth.rate

  7. Tel

    must.crush.birth.rate

    Hey, in Melbourne a couple of gay guys can knock out four kids. Can’t argue with results.

    Strangely, everyone is black though. Pretty racist if you ask me. 😉

  8. nerblnob

    Two things can send any Melburnian lefty unhinged:
    Saying that Skybus is preferable to building a rail link.
    And saying that East West tunnel would have improved traffic flow.

  9. nerblnob

    Them you can get onto how cycles age cycle lanes create congestion, the complete opposite of what they claim.

  10. nerblnob

    Cycles and cycle lanes.

  11. Mark A

    Anonandon
    #2780194, posted on August 3, 2018 at 7:33 pm

    On the subject of Skybus, it does pretty much everything a rail link to the airport does at a fraction of the cost and it is already there.

    I can confirm for that. The one time I had little luggage arriving home I told my wife not to bother coming to the airport to pick me up at peak hour traffic.
    From memory it cost me about $20 or less to Spencer St station and then it was just a hop to Caulfield by train. I think it was faster than by car. Having heavy luggage would be different if you have to take the train as well, but not impossible as I noticed.

  12. Bruce of Newcastle

    What can anyone say but this?

  13. Mr Black

    The old arguments against recognition of homosexual relationships on the grounds that it wouldn’t stop there and would eventually push this perversion into every corner of society appear quite prescient.

  14. Augustus Carp

    I can confirm for that. The one time I had little luggage arriving home I told my wife not to bother coming to the airport to pick me up at peak hour traffic.

    My experience too. I moved from the mid-NE to the outer east this year (to escape the apartment boom). I felt it was unfair to ask the Mrs to drive to the airport as she was more-or-less happy to do in the past. So I caught the train from Mooroolbark then Skybus. A decent trip and didn’t take much longer than it would have by car. A mid-size case wasn’t inconvenient.

    Heavy rail has been phased in many locations about for the last century for a reason. It’s uneconomical for passenger traffic. It’s only wishful thinking keeps it going and occasionally expanded. Buses are flexible and cheap.

  15. Nerblnob

    Trains ride a lot smoother, more spacious (when they’re not overcrowded) , more comfortable and avoid road traffic jams.
    That’s why I like them.

    Buses are infinitely more flexible and perfect for the relatively short journey from Tulla to SX.

    The 24/7 operation and 10 min frequency 6am-midnight, (30min 00:30 – 04:30 & 15 min 04:30-06:00) beats any other service.

    That’s why I use Skybus.

    Brisbane’s trundling Skytrain, every 30min , stopping all stations, doesn’t run after 8pm? Forget it.

  16. Helen

    I think this is a great recognition for extended families. It would be good to get a family concession when travelling with my daughter-in-law and her children.

  17. None

    I think you should like a complaint about the gender stereotyping of women wearing dresses – Victorian schools getting rid of dresses for girls- and then nuke the place

  18. BorisG

    how does Spartacus know who are women and who men?

  19. Nerblnob

    Because they black and therefore loved for “traditional culture”

  20. H B Bear

    How do you know this figures aren’t trannies? Of the whole alphabet people the trannies are now the most militant. So watch out.

    Speaking of trannies, ALPBC radio news reported the entire psycho tranny axe attack story refering to the attacker as “she” despite the freak’s transsexuality being both the motive for the attack and an argued defence. ALPBC – all the news that is fit to omit. Not a great effort by “Australia’s most trusted news source” but exactly what might be expected. Orwell would approve.

  21. Senior Card discount on Skybus means $15 trip each way, and free wi-fi. Can’t beat that.

  22. Ian

    It is sometimes hard to tell. Are they going to ask people to lift their dresses or drop their pants for verification?

  23. H B Bear

    As many people have noted Skybus is great – cheap and frequent. Just turn up and go. The Brisbane airport rail link was one of the crappiest PPPs ever dumped on people (and there have been plenty) evaporating hundreds of millions of dollars, including plenty of superannuation savings.

    In Perth Sneakers McGowan is finally getting to go on his Liar train building fantasy at a cost of one or two billion to the airport when the Public Transport Authority can’t even cover half its operating costs.

  24. John Bayley

    Abandon all hope, ye who enter here.

    I’m quickly coming to the conclusion that this should be displayed at every international airport in this country.

    Why we need to spend 10B on a rail link eludes me.

    Could that be because the railway union (whoever that may be down there) are in favour?

  25. John Bayley

    The old arguments against recognition of homosexual relationships on the grounds that it wouldn’t stop there and would eventually push this perversion into every corner of society appear quite prescient.

    That’s not even up for dispute any longer.
    Australia has been a relative latecomer to this particular party, but just where it leads can be seen already in the likes of the Netherlands, where the next train to depart this particular station involves official recognition of polygamous ‘families’ and aparently even the ability to marry one’s pet. (And no, this is not the Penthouse definition of that word!)

  26. Zatara

    Discounts for Scots with wee bairns.

    Very commonwealth-ish.

  27. Louis Hissink

    Weimar Republic all over again.

  28. Why we need to spend 10B on a rail link eludes me.

    Because there’s a very vocal public transport group that thinks every traffic problem can be solved by more public transport. These groups predominantly live in inner Melbourne and have no idea what transport issues affect the outer suburbs.

    Anyone that plans to rely on any form of public transport to get to the airport on time has rocks in their head.

  29. md

    What were you intending to take along for self-defence? Remember, we in socialist Australia don’t have inviolable rights. You defend yourself at your own peril, especially if you are on the wrong side of the political divide.

  30. faceache

    Louis, had a lovely evening playing vinyl while the missus was out. Still have the same gear I had when I met you and heard your latest stereo many moons ago. About 40 years ago! In South Perth I think.
    Anyway, as so often, your posts require me to start googling madly. Cheers

  31. max

    Why we need to spend 10B on a rail link eludes me.

    Because Action Man Dan has a plan. “We’re getting on with it.” Rail crossings bla bla.

    Agree about Skybus. It’s a great service.

  32. Louis Hissink

    Faceache,

    oh my goodness – the past appearing! That stereo from many moons ago was sold, as I spent most of the time in field work in WA, NT and SA. 40 years ago ? 1978 – hell – just when I joined Stockdale.

    Now retired, living on family farm in SE NSW, and back into the stereo. Associate editor of New Concepts in Global Tectonics Journal, and involved in historical and geological revisionism. Collaborate with Malagabay.wordpress.com I am told I have a large internet footprint.

  33. Dr Fred Lenin

    Those things were designed in Collingwood,the gay centre of Melbourne the place is full of them,I’m told a bloke can get a Bra fitted in Smith Street ! Wonder what the late Lou Richards and other players of is the would think of Collingwood now ? “Good old Collingwood for Ravers”?
    I go through there on the tram to the city that’s how I know ,/I see it through the window.

  34. Kram

    Don’t bother going to Melbourne – #ShitholeCities

  35. faceache

    Louis. Stockdale Prospecting. That’s the connection. Couldn’t remember how I met you. I was flogging something to do with freight to mine sites. Then after 30 year of active alcoholism ( not a lot of fun!) I became the worlds best bus driver.Sober 15 years thru AA. All the best mate. G

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