Travel and Acommodation

Getting to the Venue

From the airport

Taxi

You can take a taxi from Melbourne Airport (Tullamarine) to The University of Melbourne. Ask the driver to drop you either on Grattan St or at Royal Parade and make your way from there on foot to the Melbourne School of Design (see map below).

Car

Public transport

  • Take the Skybus from Melbourne Airport to Southern Cross station.
  • From there take any of the trams below and get off at Swanston Street.
  1. Bourke Street - Trams 86 (Bundoora), 96 (East Brunswick)
  2. Collins Street - Trams 11 (West Preston), 12 (Victoria Gardens), 48 (North Balwyn), 109 (Box Hill)
  • Take any tram going North on Swanston street and get off at the Melbourne University stop.

Public transport access to the campus

Public transport tickets

The conference venue is just outside the free Melbourne CBD tram zone. If using public transport (tram, train or bus) you will need to purchase a Myki card at a cost of $6 plus load sufficient funds on it for travel (one day travel costs approximately $8). Alternatively you can buy a Myki Visitor Value Pack for $14. Myki cards are available at the airport or various locations around Melbourne.

From the Melbourne CBD

Bike

Bike route to the campus

Public transport

Public transport access to the campus

Walking

Walking route to the campus

Google Maps directions pin



Accommodation

A range of accommodation options are provided below. Bookings will need to be made directly with the providers.


Currency

Decimal currency is used in Australia - dollars and cents. Current exchange rates can be obtained from your bank and on-line at www.xe.com

Banking

Banks in Australia are open Monday to Thursday 0930 to 1600, and 0930 to 1700 on Fridays. Some banks are open on Saturday. Exchange facilities are available at airports and most major hotels. Automatic Teller Machines (ATMs) are available at a wide variety of outlets. All major credit cards are widely accepted in Australia.

Travel and Health Insurance

It is strongly recommended that you take out insurance policies to cover medical and travel expenses. If necessary, consult your travel agent.

Electricity

Electricity in Australia is 220-240V AC 50Hz. The sockets are three pin and you may need an adaptor. Universal outlets for 240V or 100V shavers are found in most leading hotels. Multi-voltage appliances as well as adaptors are readily available in department stores and luggage shops.

Shopping

Most stores in Melbourne open Monday to Saturday until around 1700 to 1800. Some retailers may remain open until 2100 week nights, and between 0900 to 1800 Sundays. Grocery and department stores generally open seven days a week, with late night trading until 2100 on week nights.

Taxes

A Goods and Services Tax (GST) of 10% applies to all consumer goods and is included in retail prices. Overseas visitors may be able to claim a refund of the GST through the Tourist Refund Scheme (TRS).

Tipping

Tipping is acceptable in Australia, however it is not compulsory. Generally tips are only given for good service but even then it is not mandatory. If you do want to leave a tip, ten percent of the bill is customary.

Water quality

The water in Australia exceeds the standards for safe drinking water set by the World Health Organisation. It is safe to drink water straight from the tap.