The Conference will be held at the State Library of Victoria. The library was established in 1854 and is the keeper of Victoria’s history.
Melbourne Transport Information
Melbourne International Airport is serviced by 25 international carriers. It is approximately 30 minutes from the Conference venue. Taxi ranks are located on the ground floor outside the terminals. The average fare into the city is $64 (April 2016).
SkyBus offers an express bus service from the airport to the city centre. This service operates 24/7, including all public holidays. Buses run every 10 minutes throughout the day. As of April 2016 a return fare was $38.
Melbourne Airport also has six car rental companies located on site. All have offices on the ground floor of the short term car park, and information desks in the Melbourne Airport domestic terminals.
Travel on trams within Melbourne CBD is free. Outside the CBD a myki pass is needed http://ptv.vic.gov.au/tickets/myki/myki-visitor-value-pack/.
Melbourne is one of the world’s most livable cities (No. 1 2011-2016; Economist Intelligent Unit). As one of seven UNESCO Cities of Literature, Melbourne’s literary heritage and culture is internationally recognised.
Weather is cool to mild: average September minimum temperature is 8°C (46°F) and maximum temperature is 17.3°C (63°F) with 15 days of rain.
Melbourne takes food, wine and coffee very seriously. If you can’t find anything to your liking in the CBD two well-known eating spots include Lygon St Carlton and Acland Street St Kilda which are a short tram ride from the Conference Venue.
Visit http://www.thatsmelbourne.com.au/DiningAndNightlife/Pages/DiningandNightlife.aspx for more ideas and information.
Some Local Attractions
All accessible by walking or a short public transport trip
A more detailed list can be found here http://www.thatsmelbourne.com.au/Pages/Home.aspx and http://www.imfree.com.au/melbourne/
Australian Centre of the Moving Image: celebrates, explores and promotes the moving image in all its forms – film, television and digital culture (www.acmi.net.au/). It is a short walk from the Conference Venue.
Melbourne Zoo: a tram ride from the Conference Venue has the Butterfly house, close encounters with Giraffes, Meerkats and Kangaroos among others (http://www.zoo.org.au/melbourne).
Melbourne’s Arcades and Lane ways contain eateries, speciality shops and cosy little bars all nestle side-by-side threading throughout the city http://www.thatsmelbourne.com.au/visitors/Documents/Melbourne_ArcadesLanes.pdf or you can take one of the many guided tours.
National Gallery of Victoria: is the oldest and most visited gallery in Australia. It hosts a wide range of international and local artists, exhibitions, programs and events; from contemporary art to major international historic exhibitions, fashion and design, architecture (www.ngv.vic.gov.au). It is a short walk from the Conference Venue.
National Sports Museum: is home to one of Australia’s finest collection of sporting heritage (http://www.nsm.org.au/).
Queen Victoria Market is the largest open-air market in the Southern Hemisphere. Here you can shop, explore and discover your way through our iconic food halls and heritage sheds (http://www.qvm.com.au/). It is a short tram ride away from the Conference Venue.
Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria: is one of the world’s leading botanic gardens.The Royal Botanic Gardens extends over 38 hectares of landscaped gardens (www.rbg.vic.gov.au). They are a 30 minute walk from the Conference venue through the Domain Gardens.
Sea Life Aquarium: is a ten walk minute from the Conference Venue (https://www.melbourneaquarium.com.au/).
Shrine of Remembrance: is a short tram ride or 30 minute walk from the Conference Venue. It was created to meet the needs of a grieving community after the extensive loss of lives in the First World War (http://www.shrine.org.au/Home).
Additionally, Melbourne also has a strong Performing Arts culture so you take in a show while you are here or attend a performance of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra which is Australia’s oldest orchestra. Its home, Hamer Hall at Arts Centre Melbourne, is a short walk from the Conference Venue (http://www.mso.com.au/)
Header image from www.slv.vic.gov.au