Melbourne is a creative, exciting, ever-changing city with surprises to be discovered around every corner. The city has an unrivalled calendar of major events, progressive dining scene, hidden laneways and art spaces, and unique regional escapes are just a short drive away.
Delegates to Melbourne will have no trouble filling their downtime when in town for a business event and will find it easy and convenient to experience the energy and vibrancy of the world’s most liveable city.
With regular medal-winning appearances in the Economist’s Most Liveable Cities list (taking the top award for the last seven consecutive years) Melbourne has a right to be boastful. But despite its temperate climate, safe streets, cosmopolitan lifestyle and beautiful setting, locals remain low-key about their city. They know that Melbourne is Australia’s undisputed event, sport, culture and food capital; a city with a European approach to style and a lifestyle that puts it in the fast lane. No need for show.
Australia is famed for being free of social and political turmoil and filled with sun, surf and beaches, unique flora and fauna, and warm, friendly people. And nowhere will you find these qualities more evident than in Melbourne. A modern multicultural, metropolis of four million people, it is a city that has made blending business with pleasure a sophisticated art form and a way of life.
Melbourne truly understands how to conduct business on a global level; however it has also been aptly described as ‘Australia’s most stylish city after sunset’. There are plenty of things to do in Melbourne. Easily navigated on foot, the city’s confidence and success are infectious; whether closing a deal or relaxing with colleagues and new friends.
Melbourne’s airport has more than 300 international and over a thousand domestic arrivals per week, providing superb access from across Australia and the world. Integrated public transport and centrally located facilities combine to make Melbourne the perfect destination.
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Getting Around Melbourne
Perfect walking city
Melbourne is set in a compact grid layout, making it very easy to navigate by foot. Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre is located within easy walking distance of many hotels, restaurants, cafés, shopping and attractions. The City of Melbourne provides informative walking maps and information that can be downloaded for free. thatsmelbourne.com.au
Myki Visitor Pass
The Visitor Myki has been developed for visitors and is available at Public Transport Victoria (PTV) hubs, the Melbourne Visitor Information Centre and many hotels, motels and backpacker accommodation providers. The Visitor Myki costs AU$15 and is pre-loaded with Myki Explorer for one day’s travel in Metropolitan Melbourne. Tram travel in Melbourne’s central business district and Docklands is free. Click here to download the Free Tram Zone Map. For further information please see www.ptv.vic.gov.au
RACV Melbourne Bike Share Scheme
Melbourne’s Bike Share Scheme allows users to hire one of 600 bikes at the 50 docking stations around the city centre. melbournebikeshare.com.au
With the Yarra River running through it, Melbourne is a great city to make your way around by boat. Jump on a Melbourne Water Taxi or take a scenic cruise departing from Southbank. melbournewatertaxis.com.au
Free City Circle Tram
Operating every 12 minutes, the City Circle Tram travels the perimeter of Melbourne’s city centre, taking in many of Melbourne’s landmarks. Delegates can catch the tram at any of the specially marked stops on Flinders Street, Harbour Esplanade, Docklands Drive or Spring Street. The City Circle route uses iconic W-Class trams, offering passengers an historical experience and commentary along the way. www.ptv.vic.gov.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
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 AUD70 for a trip between the CBD and Melbourne Airport.