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ATMs/Banks -- Banks are open Monday through Thursday from 9:30am to 4pm, and Friday from 9:30am to 5pm.

Business Hours -- In general, stores are open Monday through Wednesday and Saturday from 9am to 5:30pm, Thursday from 9am to 6pm, Friday from 9am to 9pm, and Sunday from 10am to 5pm. The larger department stores stay open on Thursday until 6pm and Friday until 9pm.

Dentists -- The Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne (tel. 03/9341 1000), at 720 Swanston St., Carlton, offers emergency services 9am to 9:15pm daily.

Doctors & Hospitals -- The “casualty” department at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, 300 Grattan St., Parkville (tel. 03/9342 7000), responds to emergencies. The Traveller’s Medical & Vaccination Centre, Second Floor, 393 Little Bourke St. (tel. 03/9935 8100; www.traveldoctor.com.au), offers full vaccination and travel medical services.

Embassies & Consulates -- The following English-speaking countries have consulates in Melbourne: United States, Level 6, 553 St. Kilda Rd. (tel. 03/9526 5900); United Kingdom, Level 17, 90 Collins St. (tel. 03/9652 1600); and New Zealand, Level 4, 45 William St. (tel. 03/9678 0201).

Emergencies -- In an emergency, call tel. 000 for police, ambulance, or the fire department.

Internet Access -- The State Library of Victoria, 328 Swanston St. (tel. 03/8864 7000; www.slv.vic.gov.au), has free wireless Internet in all areas of the library and powerpoints in all reading rooms. There are many Internet cafes along Elizabeth Street, between Flinders and Latrobe streets, and around Flinders Lane and Little Bourke Street in Chinatown. Most are open from early until well into the night.

Mail & Postage -- The General Post Office (GPO) at 250 Elizabeth St. (tel. 13 13 18 in Australia) is open Monday through Friday 8:30am to 5:30pm and on Saturday 9am to 5pm.

Newspapers & Magazines -- Melbourne’s daily newspapers are The Age and the Herald-Sun. Both have Sunday versions as well.

Pharmacies (Chemist Shops) -- The Mulqueeny Pharmacy, 99 Swanston St. (tel. 03/9654 8569), is open Monday through Friday from 8am to 8pm, Saturday from 9am to 6pm, and Sunday 11am to 6pm. The Mulqueeny Midnight Pharmacy, 416 High St., Prahran (tel. 03/9510 6130), is open every day of the year until midnight.

Safety -- St. Kilda might be coming up in the world, but walking there alone at night still isn’t wise. Parks and gardens can also be risky at night, as can the area around the King Street nightclubs.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.