Getting around Melbourne is easy and convenient. Following are the most convenient modes of transport.
Airport & flights
The Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre is located in the central business district of Melbourne, Australia. The fully-equipped Centre is close to restaurants, hotels and public transport hubs; and is just 20 minutes by car from Melbourne Airport.
Skybus Super Shuttle is the official transit link between Melbourne Airport and the central business district. It departs every 15 minutes from Southern Cross station, a five-minute walk from the Centre.
Purchase tickets and view the timetable at the Skybus website: www.skybus.com.au
Melbourne Airport has five 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. Contact the companies direct for current rates.
AVIS Car Rental
Within Australia: 13 63 33
Outside Australia: +61 3 9338 1800
Within Australia: 13 27 27
Outside Australia: +61 3 9338 6955
Within Australia: 1300 13 13 90
Outside Australia: +61 3 9241 6800
Thrifty Car Rental
Within Australia: 1300 36 72 27
Outside Australia: +61 3 9241 6100
Hertz Car Rental
Within Australia: 13 30 39
Outside Australia: +61 3 9338 4044
Skybus offers a shuttle bus service from the airport to Melbourne CBD and city hotels. This service operates 24 hours, 7 days. Buses run every 10–15 minutes throughout the day and every 30–60 minutes overnight. Skybus Hotel Shuttle operates from the city 0600–2200 Monday to Friday and 0730–1830 Saturday and Sunday. Taxi
Melbourne’s major taxi companies include:
- 13 CABS (13 22 27—within Australia only)
- Arrow (13 22 11—within Australia only)
- Embassy Taxis (13 17 55—within Australia only)
- Silver Top Taxis (13 10 08—within Australia only)
- Taxis are available from the ground floor level of Melbourne Airport, outside the International Terminal and both Domestic Terminals.
- Expect a taxi fare of around A$80 to A$85 for a return trip between the CBD and Melbourne Airport.
Melbourne’s train network, operated by Connex Melbourne, services the inner, middle and outer suburbs. All lines run to and from the city. For Melbourne Rail timetables and further information call MetLink on 131 638 or visit:
Metro Trains Melbourne http://www.metrotrains.com.au
Public Transport Victoria http://ptv.vic.gov.au/
Melbourne Train & Tram Map www.railmaps.com.au/mapm1.pdf
Visas/electronic travel authority
All travelers to Australia, other than Australian and New Zealand citizens, must hold a valid visa or electronic travel authority (ETA). It is your responsibility to ensure documentation is correct and completed before you commence your journey. Delegates must register for the event before lodging their visa/ETA application. Following your registration, you will receive an acknowledgement letter. This is all you require from the event manager in order to make your visa/ETA application. We recommend you apply for your visa/ETA at least six weeks before you travel. For more information, contact your nearest Australian Embassy/Consulate or view the Australian Department of Immigration website www.immi.gov.au/eta.
It is our policy not to provide invitation letters, as they are not required for visa applications. The Australian Department of Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs (DIMIA) has advised that in relation to conferences or other events:
- Registration does not guarantee a visa grant to an applicant
- Where the Event Organiser has provided the relevant DIMIA international offices with participant lists (which we have), it will not be necessary for the DIMIA decision-makers to request a “letter of invitation” from such individuals.
Visa applicants should read information on visitor visa processing and requirements on the DIMIA website: www.immi.gov.au
Tourist tax refund scheme
International travellers can claim back the GST (goods and services tax) and WET (wine equalisation tax) they have paid on goods bought in Australia that they are taking with them when they leave the country. The tax can be claimed back at international airports and seaports under the Tourist Refund Scheme (TRS) subject to conditions such as an $A300 minimum from one store. Details on the TRS are available at www.customs.gov.au under the travellers heading. Please note that this scheme is not applicable to meeting registration fees or accommodation.
The Conference Organisers recommend that delegates purchase travel insurance including cover for non-refundable meeting registration fees.