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There is a lot to love about Melbourne. Melbourne is very much about lifestyle. It is no huge surprise to residents that their city has been ranked as one of the world’s most liveable cities.
Melburnians love the city's vibrant energy, restaurants, fashion boutiques, café-filled laneways, cool bars, unbeatable galleries, spacious parks and village-like inner suburbs, each with its own special character. Melbourne is a young city and as such it never sits still. Modern, cutting-edge designs add to the fascinating mix of heritage architecture and ensure the skyline is constantly changing.
Sometimes, the best part of visiting a new city is when you leave the tourist trail. While the big attractions can be great fun, often it’s the more subtle “insider” experiences that leave you feeling really satisfied.
Most Liveable City
The Economist Intelligence Unit currently considers Melbourne the most liveable city in the world.
This annual yearly report assesses which locations around the world provide the best or the worst living conditions according to dozens of indicators in five broad categories:
- culture and environment
Melbourne's weather and climate
Melbourne has a reputation for its changeable weather. A tip for any visitor is to be prepared for anything – take an umbrella and wear layers that can be worn or removed as needed.
As a general rule, Melbourne enjoys a temperate climate with warm to hot summers, mild and sometimes balmy springs and autumns, and cool winters.
While Melbourne has a reputation for rain, the city actually receives less rainfall than either Brisbane or Sydney.
Hilton On The Park Melbourne
Experience the Hilton On The Park Melbourne, just 12.5 miles from Melbourne International Airport and ideally located for access to Melbourne’s main business district (CBD), major sports, entertainment venues and nightlife. Overlooking the beautiful Fitzroy Gardens, choose a Melbourne hotel room with stunning city views from the large windows, high-speed internet access and decorated in rich warm tones. Opt for an Executive Room for exclusive Executive Lounge access, with complimentary breakfast and refreshments throughout the day and pre-dinner drinks in the evening. Suites offer a separate living area to relax in, or get to work at the large desk in a Deluxe Room. The hotel is family friendly and offers a babysitting service (fees apply), rooms that sleep two adults and at least one child and is wheelchair accessible.
Enjoy market-fresh cuisine and an exquisite wine selection in the Gallery Restaurant and specialty cocktails in the Park Lounge. Vegetarian options are available as is a 24-hour room service. The business center also provides secretarial services. Exercise in the 24-hour fitness center or swim in the heated outdoor pool. Unwind in the eforea spa with relaxation and treatment rooms, whirlpool and sauna or end your day with a luxurious massage.
Hilton Worldwide – Carbon Offset Program
Sustainability is and will continue to be at the core of our business to benefit this generation and those that follow. Over the next five years Hilton will:
- reduce our energy consumption by 20%
- reduce our CO2 emissions by 20%
- reduce our output of waste by 20%
- reduce our water consumption by 10%
At every meeting and event held at any of our hotels across Australia and New Zealand we will offset the carbon emissions generated by the use of our meeting room and the food consumed.
We are committed to the advancement of renewable energy as a source of power for our operations, not only to reduce our carbon footprint but to develop a viable commercial infrastructure for powering our buildings.
Together with our partner Climate Friendly, Hilton is purchasing Carbon Offsets that support our renewable energy goals.
Australian Visa Information
Visitors to Australia must have a valid passport and the appropriate Australian visa. The type of visa depends on the purpose of the visit. 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). You must apply for your visa early to ensure that details are confirmed prior to your departure for the Conference
Information about this important requirement can also be found on the Australian Government website at http://www.immi.gov.au/ . Some participants will be able to obtain an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA). You can apply for an ETA via the Internet www.eta.immi.gov.au or through a travel agent, an airline office or a specialist service provider to arrange an ETA on your behalf.
Invitation Letter and Visa
If you require an invitation letter for visa purposes please indicate this on your registration form or contact the Conference secretariat. Please note this procedure is intended to assist participants who need to obtain a visa or permission to attend the Conference.
It is not an official invitation covering fees and other expenses.
It does not imply any financial support from the Conference.
Decimal currency is used in Australia – dollars and cents. Current exchange rates can be obtained from your bank and on-line at www.xe.com
Banks in Australia are open Monday to Thursday 0930 to 1600, and 0930 to 1700 on Fridays. Some banks are open on Saturday. Exchange facilities are available at airports and most major hotels. Automatic Teller Machines (ATMs) are available at a wide variety of outlets. All major credit cards are widely accepted in Australia.
Travel and Health Insurance
It is strongly recommended that you take out insurance policies to cover medical and travel expenses. If necessary, consult your travel agent.
Electricity in Australia is 220-240V AC 50Hz. The sockets are three pin and you may need an adaptor. Universal outlets for 240V or 100V shavers are found in most leading hotels. Multi-voltage appliances as well as adaptors are readily available in department stores and luggage shops.
Most stores in Gold Coast open Monday to Saturday until around 1700 to 1800. Some retailers may remain open until 2100 week nights, and between 0900 to 1800 Sundays. Grocery and department stores generally open seven days a week, with late night trading until 2100 on week nights.
A Goods and Services Tax (GST) of 10% applies to all consumer goods and is included in retail prices. Overseas visitors may be able to claim a refund of the GST through the Tourist Refund Scheme (TRS). Further information is available at:
Tipping is acceptable in Australia it is not compulsory. Generally tips are only given for good service but even then it is not mandatory. If you do want to leave a tip, ten percent of the bill is customary.
The water in Australia exceeds the standards for safe drinking water set by the World Health Organisation. It is safe to drink water straight from the tap.