Melbourne oozes a vibrant, sophisticated energy, and is widely regarded as the cultural and fashion mecca of Australia. Restaurants boasting gastronomic delights, sporting spectaculars, old and new architecture, leafy boulevards, and a state of the art public transport system, combine to create one of the world’s most liveable cities.With a population of more than three million, Melbourne is Australia’s second largest city and the capital of the state of Victoria. It is a truly cosmopolitan city with over 100 languages being spoken by its residents.
There is so much to see and do in and around Melbourne:
For further information about Melbourne and its attractions, visit:
Alternatively, contact the Melbourne Visitor Centre as listed below:
Corner Flinders and Swanston Streets, Melbourne, Ph 03 9658 9658
In February, late summer weather prevails in Melbourne. The average daily maximum temperature is around 26 degrees Celsius, however temperatures can soar into the mid-30s. Suggested conference dress is relaxed business attire.
Melbourne remains on Australia Eastern Standard Time throughout the year. Local Melbourne time during February is 10 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time.
Overseas visitors seeking to attend or participate in a conference or event in Australia should, in most cases, apply for a short stay business visitor visa (subclass 456). Please check with your airline, travel agent or nearest Australian Consulate, as immigration laws are very strict.
Some delegates will be able to obtain an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA). You can apply for an ETA online at www.eta.immi.gov.au (usually approved within 30 seconds) or through a travel agent, an airline office or a specialist service provider to arrange an ETA on your behalf. Travellers holding the following passports may apply for an ETA:
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Holders of UK British National (Overseas) (GBN) passports are not eligible to apply for ETAs through this site. Please check the website www.eta.immi.gov.au for eligibility and other information.
Non-ETA country delegates need to lodge a subclass 456 visa application at the nearest Australian Mission or Embassy overseas. The application form (also number 456) can be downloaded from the website www.immi.gov.au . It is recommended that you lodge your visa application a minimum of 8 weeks before your travel date, however please check with you Australian Mission or Embassy for details.
Check an international currency converter website such as xe.com for up-to-date and detailed exchange rate information. The rates should not be used in financial matters and are not guaranteed. Rates exclude all charges and taxes involved with international currency exchange.
While all banks can exchange foreign currency and travellers' cheques to
Australian currency, some major city branches provide specialist bureaux de
change. Exchanges are also available at the post office, airport and in the
Melbourne central business district.
Please click here for a list of Melbourne bureaux de change, including contact details and maps.
Major credit and charge cards are widely accepted. Many automatic teller machines (ATMs) provide currency to foreign cardholders. Look for the Cirrus symbol. EFTPOS (Maestro) services are available at most hotels and retail outlets.
Notes: $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100.
Coins: 5c, 10c, 20c, $1 and $2 denominations.
Smaller numbers of cents are rounded up or down to the nearest 5c.
A Goods and Services Tax (GST) of 10% applies to all consumer goods and services including hotel accommodation, conference registration fees and restaurant meals, and is included in prices.
Monday - Friday 0930 - 1600 hours
Banks are closed all day Saturday and Sunday. Exchange facilities are available at the airport and most major hotels. Automatic teller machine (ATM) facilities are available at a wide variety of outlets.
Monday - Friday 0900 - 1700 hours
Saturday 0900 - 1200 hours
General Hours of Trade
Monday - Friday 0900 - 1730 hours
Saturday 0900 - 1700 hours
General Shopping Centre Hours
Monday - Wednesday 0900 - 1730 hours
Thursday - Friday 0900 - 2100 hours
Saturday 0900 - 1700 hours
Sunday 1000 - 1700 hours
Selected supermarkets are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Electricity in Australia is 220-240V AC 50Hz. The sockets are flat three pin and you may need an adaptor for overseas appliances. Universal outlets for 240V or 100V shavers are found in most leading hotels, and multi-voltage appliances as well as adaptors are readily available in department stores and luggage shops.
Smoking is not allowed in any public area or building in Victoria. In addition, it is illegal to smoke within 4 metres of an entrance to a non-residential building, such as a bank, shopping centre or office, between flags at patrolled beaches and in major sporting stadiums. The Melbourne Convention Centre is a non-smoking venue.
During summer, sun protection is essential. Sunscreen (SPF 30+), a broad brimmed hat, sunglasses and shirt are recommended when spending time in the sun.