The Congress will take place in beautiful Melbourne in the south-east part of Australia. Melbourne is a vibrant, cosmopolitan city considered one of the most liveable cities in the world. Melbourne is renowned for excellent shopping, restaurants, art galleries, theatres, Australian historical sites, museums, and sporting complexes.
Melbourne is easily accessible with 29 International airlines providing direct flights to Melbourne from major hubs in North America, Asia, Europe and the Pacific.
Getting from the airport to the conference venue
- The quickest (about 25-30mins) and easiest way is to get to the conference venue from the airport is by taxi (or Uber) at a cost of about $A60. Telephone bookings can be made through the following:
- 13 CABS (ph 13 22 27)
- Silver Top Taxis (ph 13 10 08)
- CABiT (ph 13 22 22)
- Airport shuttle (Skybus): The airport shuttle bus which takes you from the airport to Southern Cross Station (operates 24/7. Buses depart every 10 minutes. No bookings required). From Southern Cross Station 15-minute taxi ride will take you to the conference venue in Albert Park.
- Airport shuttle (Skybus) price: $18 (one way)
- Starbus: A shuttle bus that takes you from airport to Albert Park (operates 6am-6pm). Reservations required.
- Starbus price: $25 (one way)
Melbourne’s public transport information
Myki card is your ticket to travel on Melbourne’s trains, trams and buses. The reusable smart card is easy to use. Before you travel, you need to purchase a Myki card (link to store locations: http://ptv.vic.gov.au/tickets/myki/myki-retail-outlets/ ) and ensure that it is topped up with sufficient funds for your trip. You will then just need to ensure that you touch on and off at a Myki reader each time you travel.
You can top up your myki at any of the locations that they are available for purchase as well as the ticket office window or a myki machine (full fare myki cards only) located at train stations and major tram and bus interchanges.
If you are visiting Melbourne for a short stay, it would most suitable to use “Myki Money”. With myki money, you ‘pay as you go’. Simply top up with myki money to access 2 hour and Daily fares. For more information on myki money and fares, please visit: http://ptv.vic.gov.au/tickets/myki/myki-money/
For all other Myki information, please visit: http://ptv.vic.gov.au/tickets/myki/
Things to Do
Melbourne and Surrounds
Federation Square: Located at the corner of Swanston St & Flinders St, Federation square has become the city’s meeting place being home to major cultural attractions, world-class events, tourism, exceptional array of restaurants, bars and specialty stores. To find out what’s on a Federation Square around the conference see: http://www.fedsquare.com/events for information.
Royal Botanic Gardens: This 38-hectare garden is considered Melbourne’s inner-city oasis with its’ sweeping lawns, tranquil lakes and majestic trees being home to an amazing range of wildlife. Located on Birdwood Avenue, the gardens are open from 7.30am to sunset every day of the year. See http://www.rbg.vic.gov.au/ for more information.
Queen Victoria Market: The largest open air market in the Southern Hemisphere since the 1850’s, the Queen Victoria Market has been the heart and soul of Melbourne for more than a century. A historic landmark spread over two city blocks, it’s a vibrant and bustling inner-city Market where you can shop for everything from Australian fruit and vegetables, and local and imported gourmet foods, to cosmetics, clothing and souvenirs. Located on the corner of Elizabeth and Victoria Streets in Melbourne CBD, the markets are open from Tuesday to Sunday (weekday opening hours are: Tuesday and Thursday 6am – 2pm, Friday 6am – 5pm; weekend opening hours are: Saturday 6am – 3pm and Sunday 9am – 4pm)
Melbourne Museum: A natural and cultural history museum located in the Carlton Gardens and adjacent to the Royal Exhibition Building (11 Nicholson Street, Carlton). The main exhibitions include Bunjilaka (Aboriginal cultural centre), the Forest gallery, Science and life gallery, Melbourne gallery, Mind and body gallery and the Children’s gallery. It is also home to the IMAX theatre where you can watch 3D movies on a giant screen. Opening hours: Daily from 10am – 5pm
Melbourne Zoo: Opening in 1862, the Royal Melbourne Zoological Gardens contains more than 320 animal species from Australia and around the world. Location: Elliot Avenue, Parkville Opening hours: Daily from 9am – 5pm
Places to eat near the conference venue
|Windows Restaurant||Modern Australian Cuisine||Hotel Pullman, 65 Queens Rd||http://www.pullmanhotels.com/gb/hotel-8788-pullman-melbourne-albert-park/restaurant.shtml|
|Citro Restaurant||Asian inspired and Australian classic||572 St Kilda Road, Melbourne||http://www.seasonsheritagemelbourne.com.au/dining-en.html|
|Il locale Ristorante||Italian||582 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne||https://www.bestrestaurants.com.au/vic/melbourne/melbourne-cbd/restaurant/il-locale-melbourne|
|Village Melbourne||Seasonal Menu||557 St. Kilda Road, Melbourne,||http://villagemelbourne.com.au/index|
|Bistro Bakini||Traditional and modern Italian Cuisine||568 St Kilda Road, Melbourne||http://bistrobakini.com.au/|
|Rosco’s at Chevron Cafe Bar||Modern Australian and Italian Cuisine||14/519 St Kilda Road, Melbourne||http://www.roscosatchevron.com.au/|
|Want to venture out?|
|If you are looking for good asian cuisine, then head to China Town – centred at the eastern end of Little Bourke St. It extends between the corners of Swanston and Spring Streets
|A selection of top Melbourne restaurants|
|Maha||Mediterranean, Middle Eastern||21 Bond Street, Melbourne||http://maharestaurant.com.au/|
|MoVida||Spanish, Tapas||1 Hosier Lane, Melbourne||http://movida.com.au|
|Chin Chin||Asian, Thai||125 Flinders Lane, Melbourne||http://www.chinchinrestaurant.com.au|
|Taxi Kitchen||Modern Australian||Swanston St & Flinders St, Melbourne||http://www.taxikitchen.com.au/|
|For riverside dining, Southbank has a large variety of restaurants and bars which overlook the Yarra river – certainly worth a look!
|Alternatively, Chapel St in Prahran is relatively close to the conference venue and has plenty of nice restaurants and bars to check out
It is an easy springboard from Melbourne onto other Australian tourist destinations (such as the Great Ocean Road, wineries, beaches).
Great Ocean Road
For those with access to a car and are wanting to explore outside of Melbourne City, the Great Ocean Road is an Australian National Heritage listed 243 kilometres stretch of road along the south-eastern coast of Australia known to be one of the world’s most scenic coastal drives. Along the road, you can witness the magical 12 Apostles, iconic scenic lookouts, waterfalls, rainforests, and surf beaches including Bells Beach (home of the Rip Curl Pro).
Great Alpine Road
Tips for your stay
Australia’s currency is Australian Dollars (AUD) and currency exchange is available at banks, hotels and international airports. The most commonly accepted credit cards are American Express, MasterCard, Visa, JCB and their affiliates.
Australia’s official language is English. However, being a multicultural nation with a significant migrant population, we also enjoy a tremendous diversity of languages and cultures.
Electrical power points
Our electrical current is 220 – 240 volts, AC 50Hz. The three-pin power outlet used in Australia is different from some other countries, so you may need an adaptor.
Melbourne has a reputation for its changeable weather, often referred to as having ‘four seasons in one day’. December is during the Australian summer when Melbourne generally enjoys a temperate climate with warm to hot summers. The average maximum temperature in Melbourne in Summer is 24.2 °C with an average minimum of 12.9°C.
In summer, Melbourne uses Australian Eastern Daylight Time (UTC +11).