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Airports near Melbourne
There are two airports servicing Melbourne – Melbourne International Airport at Tullamarine and Avalon Airport. Most international flights will go to Tullamarine but just in case you have an option – we suggest you fly into Tullamarine.
Melbourne Airport is located 20 km or 25 minutes from central Melbourne. Taxi, Uber or bus are the main ways to get to and from Tullamarine to Melbourne CBD.
Melbourne Airport (Tullamarine)
Melbourne Airport has two taxi ranks outside of Terminal 1 and Terminal 4. They are fairly well signed and feel free to ask airport staff for guidance. A map is found here –https://www.melbourneairport.com.au/taxis
SkyBus operates from two locations at Melbourne Airport right outside arrivals at:
Melbourne City/Southern Cross Station
The SkyBus city terminal is located undercover at Southern Cross Station, near the corner of Bourke Street and Spencer Street. www.skybus.com.au
Alternatively, a taxi ride from Melbourne City to the Airport will cost approximately A$50.00- A$60.00.
Banking and Currency
Decimal currency is used in Australia with the dollar as the basic unit (100 cents = $1) Notes come in $100, $50, $20, $10, and $5. Coins come in 5c, 10c, 20c, 50c, $1 and $2 denominations. Currency exchange facilities are available in most banks, hotels and airports and operate normal business hours. Credit cards are accepted at most restaurants and shops, the most widely used being Mastercard, Visa, American Express and Diners Club.
Banks and post offices generally open from 09.30 – 16.00 hours from Monday to Friday. Business office hours are 09.00 – 17.00 hours from Monday to Friday.
Spring (Sep-Nov): 11-24 ºC (52-75 ºF)
Generally Australians are informal dressers. We suggest you bring a jacket and tie with you for special occasions. A light jacket is recommended for evenings for summer/spring.
Please refer to the information on the social program for dress at social functions organised as part of the Conference, as some of these may require formal evening dress.
Bistros, restaurants, cafes and coffee shops offer varied menus, prices and decor. Local specialties such as seafood and Australian wines are worth trying. At some restaurants you can keep the liquor bill down by taking your own wine or beer. These are called BYO restaurants, an abbreviation for “bring your own.”
Electrical current is 240/250V, AC 50Hz. The Australian three-pin power outlet is different from that in many countries, so you will need an adaptor. If your appliances are 110V, check if there is a 110/240V switch. If not, you will need a voltage converter. Universal outlets for 240V or 110V shavers are usually found in leading hotels
Free City Tram
The Free Tram Zone in Melbourne’s CBD was introduced on 1 January 2015, making it easier for commuters and tourists to move around the city. The principal boundaries of the Free Tram Zone are Spring Street, Flinders Street and La Trobe Street. Additionally, the tram routes along Victoria Street, William Street and Elizabeth Street that surround Victoria Market are also included as well as the Docklands area.
Download the Free Tram Zone on the Maps page.
All stops within the zone are clearly marked and tram drivers will make regular announcements when approaching the zone boundaries. Zone boundaries are signed and free tram zone maps are across the network.
If your tram journey is exclusively within the zone, travel is free, meaning you do not need to touch on with a myki.
Getting around Melbourne
Like any city, there are numerous way to get around – taxi, rideshare, bus, walk, bike, scooter, train, and in Melbourne, tram. For buses, trains, and trams, you will need a Myki Card. Information is in the link below.
Taxi and Rideshare - https://www.visitvictoria.com/practical-information/getting-here-and-around/taxis
Bueses, trains, and trams - https://www.visitvictoria.com/practical-information/getting-here-and-around/public-transport
Bikes and Scooters - https://help.li.me/hc/en-au
Walking - Melbourne is an easy city to walk around. Feel free to consult your favourite map app.
Goods and Services Tax (GST)
GST or Goods and Services Tax is a 10% tax applied to most items in Australia.
The Tourist Refund Scheme (TRS) enables travellers departing Australia to claim a refund for the GST and Wine Equalisation Tax (WET) paid on goods purchased in Australia. For detailed information on the TRS please refer to the website of the Australian Border Force.
Registration fees do not include insurance of any kind. It is strongly recommended that at the time you register for the annual conference and book your travel you take out an insurance policy of your choice. The policy should include
The conference committee cannot take any responsibility for any participant failing to arrange their own insurance. This insurance is to be purchased in your country of origin.
The official and most widely spoken language in Australia is English, and is also the official language for the Conference.
No smoking policy
Delegates should be aware that smoking is not allowed in public buildings and many hotels and restaurants throughout Australia, including the conference venue.
Passport and Immigration
All visitors to Australia must have a valid visa to travel to and enter Australia. For visa information please refer to the website of the Department of Home Affairs.
Please note – it is strongly recommended that Australian visa applications are lodged at least two months prior to departure from your point of origin.
The Conference Committee ahas arranged for photography onsite throughout the Conference. The images may be used for post-Conference reports, case studies, marketing collateral and supplied to industry media if requested. If you do not wish for your photo to be taken, please inform the photographer and move out of camera range.
Shops in Melbourne open from 9.00am to 5.30pm during the week with late night shopping on Thursday and Friday nights. On Saturday, most shops open from 9.00am to 5.00pm. On Sunday shops are open from 10.00am to 5.00pm
Tipping is not as widespread or regulated in Australia as it is in other parts of the world. Tipping is at your prerogative; a reward for service. A gratuity of about 10% is usual in restaurants if good service is received. Tips for taxis are regarded as optional.
Local time in Melbourne in July is GMT +11 AEST