Wondering where to stay and how to get around once you get into Melbourne?
Travelling to Melbourne¶
Melbourne has many direct rail, bus, or flight connections from most cities in Australia. International flights arrive direct to Melbourne Airport from many global hubs across Asia Pacific and US regions.
Melbourne’s two airports, Tullamarine and Avalon, provide access to many full service and low cost airlines, such as Qantas, Virgin, Jetstar and Tiger Airways. From the airport, it is an easy 30 minute taxi or shuttle bus ride (Airbus) to the Melbourne CBD.
Getting around Melbourne¶
CBD free tram zone
Public transport is plentiful and the free tram zone makes it easy to get around the CBD.
Public transport beyond the CBD
If you wish to travel beyond the CBD via tram, train or bus, you will need to purchase a Myki card ($6) from train stations, the visitors information centre at Federation Square, newsagencies and many 7/11 stores. Find out where to get your Myki.
The cards need to be topped up with funds before travel, using either myki Money or a myki Pass. This can be done where you purchase your card.
A Myki Explorer ($15) provides you with a Myki card and a full day of travel, along with transport maps and discounts to popular destinations.
Google maps, the PTV app or the Citymapper app can all help you navigate the public transport system.
Taxi ranks exist around the city.
Shebah is a ridesharing service by women, for women.
Melbourne has bike sharing services available: Melbourne bike share <https://www.melbournebikeshare.com.au/>.
You will need to provide your own bike helmet as they are compulsory: there are retailers near bike sharing stations that will sell you a helmet for $5.
Where to stay¶
Melbourne offers accommodation options to suit a wide range of budgets and travelling preferences. There are plenty of hotels, airbnb, apartments and other options in the Melbourne CBD. Just head over to your favorite booking site or use one of these sites to research accommodation:
Where to eat¶
There is strong reason to believe that Melbourne is indeed the food capital of Australia. Experience the best of Melbourne in it’s range of restaurants, cafes, bistros and bars. We will be located in North Melbourne for the event and it is within a 5 km radius of tons of good cafes, restaurants and eating places to experience.
You’ll find a concentration of options on Queensberry St and Victoria St, including Queen Victoria Market.
What else to do¶
- Victorian Writers Centre
- State Library
- Fed Square
- National Gallery Victoria
- Docklands - Melbourne Star, ArtVo exhibition, Dialogue in the Dark
- St Kilda (the pier, the penguins, Acland street for cakes and food)
- Half price tix
- Walking tours: from free, to haunted, to chocoholics to laneways to graffiti to anything you can think of
- And plenty more…