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Published September 8th 2009
When you stand on Pin Oak Court in Melbourneís eastern suburb of Vermont South, you could be in any stretch of Melburnian suburbia. Itís unremarkable but naggingly familiar.

Aim your camera at the houses and that familiarity becomes recognisability when viewed through a screen. Pin Oak Court is better known to the world as Ramsay Street, and is the longest serving cast member of perennial soap Neighbours.

You could visit the street on your own steam of course, though the real neighbours ask that you respect their privacy. But even if youíre a Neighbours die-hard itís still just another suburban street. More fun is to be had on the Neighbours Tour, which not only guides you around Ramsay Street, but takes you even further into Erinsborough.

Whether you watched Neighbours years ago
or are an avid fan today, youíll get a thrilling sensation of stepping into your television on this tour. It is for Neighbours lovers past and present only though.

Youíre shown a classic episode on the not-so-subtle bus during the half hour journey out to Pin Oak Court. (We had Daphneís (sob) death.) Then you pull up outside Erinsborough High and enter a world only understood from viewing it on screen.

Youíre not allowed in the school itself - like Ramsay Street it has a real life as well. Nor are you allowed in the Neighboursí houses, of course. But you do get given a Ramsay Street sign to hold up and have your photograph with, so thatís all right.

Further exploration of sets such as Louís garage and the infamous Lassiterís Complex provide further Neighbours geek heaven. Itís the meeting of a cast member though thatís the icing on the cake. But donít expect Scott or Charlene. You should be so lucky. We got Janelle. No, I didnít know her either.
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Why? Turn off the TV and go out and do something more interesting instead.
When: Saturday & Sunday 8.30am
Where: Neighbours Centre, 570 Flinders Street
Cost: $65
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