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Destination Melbourne


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:

  • stability
  • healthcare
  • culture and environment
  • education
  • infrastructure.

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.

Melbourne

 

Conference Accommodation

Quest East Melbourne Studios

Quest East Melbourne serviced apartments offers guests a relaxed and comfortable accommodation experience. Quest East Melbourne over the last 12 months has undertaken a significant transformation project culminating in a dramatic and stylish refurbishment, significantly raising the benchmark for quality serviced apartment offerings on the outskirts of the Melbourne CBD.

This unique art deco property has three levels of sophisticated, studio style accommodation, each with one or two queen beds, kitchenette facilites, LCD TVs with Foxtel and are all equipped with the latest technology including free WiFi and iPod docking stations.  The property has a stunning rooftop garden that provides panoramic views of the Melbourne skyline and associated parklands. The property is in close proximity to a diverse number of restaurants and cafes which will tempt every palate.  Whether it is breakfast, lunch or dinner  there are plenty of options, all with a charge back facility to your room. 

Located at 48 Wellington Parade, Quest East Melbourne is in close proximity to Melbourne's CBD.  The property is just a short walk from the famous MCG, Rod Laver Arena, Hisense Arena and AAMI Stadium, along with the Epworth and Mercy Private Hospitals.  With trains, trams and buses within 250 metres of the front door, you have easy access to Richmond's shopping and restaurant precinct along with all that the CBD has to offer.

Room Rate:
Studio  $165 - Studio Executive $180 - Studio Twin $225

Booking login in details
Username: ASTCM
Password: ASTCM14

Booking Link: Click here

Booking Instructions:    

  1. From the Quest Apartments website above, click on Client Login in the Quick Booking section (orange box).
  2. Enter the above username and password for access to the special delegate booking facility.
  3. Use the booking tool to search for the dates that you would like to stay.
  4. Your requested dates will be highlighted on the grid. Choose the rate offer by clicking on the BOOK button to the right of the availability grid.

Alternatively book by phoning 03 9413 0000 and quote the conference name.

Quest Jolimont
Quest Jolimont serviced apartments offers guests a relaxed and comfortable accommodation experience. Located in the leafy suburb of East Melbourne, Quest Jolimont offers elegant and quality accommodation and is very much a home away from home. Conveniently located, the property is just 500 metres from Melbourne CBD and in close proximity to entertainment/sporting facilities (i.e. MCG, Rod Laver Arena, AAMI Stadium), Bridge Road shopping precinct, major hospitals and Fitzroy Gardens.

The Quest Jolimont team are always on hand to assist you with local information and ensure your total comfort and security with a refreshing approach to personal service and an ongoing commitment to Quest satisfaction. Our spacious apartments are fully furnished and self-contained offering separate living/dining area, fully equipped kitchen, laundry facilities, reverse cycle heating & air conditioning, wireless broadband, direct dial telephone & voicemail, 32 inch LCD television with Foxtel and DVD player. On site secure undercover parking completes your stay allowing you to leave your car behind and explore this cosmopolitan city.

Room Rate:
One Bedroom $170 - One Bedroom Parkview $185 - Two Bedroom $235 - Two Bedroom Deluxe $245

Booking login in details
Username: ASTCM
Password: ASTCM14*

Booking Link: Click here

Booking Instructions:  

  1. From the Quest Apartments website above, click on Client Login in the Quick Booking section (orange box).
  2. Enter the above username and password for access to the special delegate booking facility.
  3. Use the booking tool to search for the dates that you would like to stay.
  4. Your requested dates will be highlighted on the grid. Choose the rate offer by clicking on the BOOK button to the right of the availability grid.

Alternatively book by phoning 03 9668 1200 and quote the conference name.


Pullman Melbourne on the Park

Located just 24 Kilometres from Melbourne Airport, Pullman Melbourne On The Park hotel is in the heart of East Melbourne within the city’s main sports and entertainment district. It is directly opposite Melbourne Cricket Ground and enjoys stunning views of Fitzroy Gardens, Rod Laver Arena and Melbourne Park, home of the Australian Open tennis tournament.  At the eastern end of the Melbourne CBD, it is great for business travellers, with the centre of the city just a short journey away.

The 419-room landmark Pullman Melbourne on the Park stands on the site of the significant 100-room Clivedon mansion which was once home to Sir Keith Murdoch. In addition to the hotel’s rooms which enjoy views back over Fitzroy Gardens and towards the city’s major sporting arenas, the hotel also houses a four room spa, one of the city’s only outdoor hotel pools and fourteen meeting and conferences spaces that can hold up to 1000 guests at any one time.

Hilton

Accor Environmental Policy Statement

Accor recognises the importance to customers and the wider community of implementing responsible environmental management systems at the corporate level into our day to day activities and long term transactions.

Accor acknowledges that an environmentally responsible corporation contributes to sustainable development and will improve the overall management of our resources.

Accor will demonstrate our commitment by maintaining procedures to minimise our impact on the environment, focusing on the prevention of pollution, minimisation and careful storage and transport of waste, and the implementation of principals of re-use
and recycling.

Accor will follow best practice guidelines and management procedures to maximise compliance with applicable environmental legislation by ensuring that sound environmental management systems are in place and all management and employees are aware of their responsibilities and are provided with the knowledge, skills and resources to meet our obligations.

Accor shall endeavour to ensure that best practice environmental management applies to all their workplaces, personnel, contractors and suppliers.

 


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.

General Information

Currency
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

Banking
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
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.

Shopping
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.

Taxes
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:

http://www.customs.gov.au/site/page4263.asp 

Tipping
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.

Water quality
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.