Getting to the Venue
From the airport
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).
- Follow the M2 towards Flemington Road.
- Take Exit 79 and continue on Flemington Road.
- Turn left onto Grattan Street at the Royal Melbourne Hospital.
- Public car parks around the university and access maps
- Take the Skybus from Melbourne Airport to Southern Cross station.
- From there take any of the trams below and get off at Swanston Street.
- Bourke Street - Trams 86 (Bundoora), 96 (East Brunswick)
- 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 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
Other relevant details
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
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
A range of accommodation options are provided below. Bookings will need to be made directly with the providers.
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Arrow on Swanston
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Rydges on Swanston
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