|IIP 2016 will be held at Citadines on Bourke Melbourne
131 - 135 Bourke Street
Melbourne VIC 3000
General Enquiries Local: 1800 766 377 (AUS toll-free)
General Reservations: +65 6272 7272 (International)
+61 3 9039 8888
Fax: +61 3 9039 8899
|Traveling to Melbourne
Melbourne Airport is 22 km (14 mi) northwest of the central business district. The international terminal is in the center of the airport complex; domestic terminals are found on either side. International airlines flying into Melbourne include Air New Zealand, Air Canada, Singapore Airlines, British Airways, Qantas, and United. The local carriers currently serving Melbourne are Virgin Blue (tel. 13-6789) and Qantas (tel. 13-1313). Flying time from Los Angeles to Melbourne is around 14 hours. Flying time from Singapore, Hong Kong, Tokyo or Seoul to Melbourne is around 8 hours. From Europe, flights connecting through Singapore would be the most convenient.
Greyhound/Pioneer (tel. 13-1238) links the city with all Australian capital cities and with major towns and cities throughout Victoria. The terminal is on the corner of Swanston and Franklin streets.
The major route into Melbourne is Hume Highway, which runs northeast to Canberra, 646 km (400 mi) distant, and Sydney, which is 868 km (540 mi). Princes Highway follows the coast to Sydney in one direction and to Adelaide, 728 km (455 mi) northwest of Melbourne, in the other. The Western Highway runs northwest 111 km (70 mi) to Ballarat, and the Calder Highway travels north to Bendigo, a journey of 149 km (93 mi). Note the warning above regarding the e-tag. You can either plan to avoid e-tag sections of the freeway or purchase a daily pass at Shell stations.
Spencer Street Railway Station is at Spencer and Little Collins streets. Public transportation is accessible from here, but travellers with cumbersome luggage may want to hire one of the many taxis waiting outside the station. If you have little luggage, catch tram 75 outside the station which will take you. Trams are equipped with machines which take coins and notes and give change. The one way fare is about AU$5.8.
Myki is Melbourne's ticket to travel on the city's trains, trams and buses.
International and interstate visitors coming to Victoria can buy a full fare or concession myki Visitor Pack from the Melbourne Visitor Centre at Federation Square or from the PTV Hub at Southern Cross Station near the corner of Spencer and Collins streets or ask your hotel. The Myki card is available in train stations, bus stations and tram stations. And, also available in campus BOOKSHOP in Building F.
The myki Visitor Pack includes a durable myki smartcard pre-loaded with enough value for one day's travel in Zone 1, which includes the entire tram network.
A full fare myki Visitor Pack costs $14 and includes $8 myki money for travel. A concession, child or seniors myki Visitor Pack costs $7 and includes $4 myki money for travel. The myki card itself costs $6 and is not refundable, however the top up money that left in the card can be refunded by filling a refund request form.
If travelling for more than one day, your myki can be instantly topped up at:
myki machines at all metropolitan train stations and some accessible tram stops and bus interchanges
customer service centers at staffed train stations
close to 800 retail outlets, including all 7-Eleven stores, where you see the myki sign
the PTV Hub at Southern Cross Station.
Always remember to touch on and off your myki as you enter the paid area of a train station or board a tram or bus.
Fares for travelling on Melbourne's trains, trams and buses are separated into two zones: Zone 1 for the CBD and inner suburbs, and Zone 2 for the middle and outer suburbs.
Use the public transport maps to check what zones you are planning to visit and make sure you have enough value on your myki to cover your entire journey.
As you touch on and touch off your myki, the system automatically calculates the lowest fare for your trip.
Please note: your myki need to be valid for each zone travelled in; however, when travelling in a zone boundary overlap, your myki can be valid for either zone.
|Hours of operation for Melbourne's trains, trams and buses
Train and tram services run between 5am and midnight, Monday to Thursday, with extended hours to around 1am on Friday and Saturday nights. On Sunday, trains and trams run from 7am to 11pm. Many of Melbourne's bus routes run from 6am - 9pm Mon - Fri, 8am - 9pm Saturday and 9am - 9pm Sunday.