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Located 6km from the city centre, St Kilda is Melbourne’s seaside playground and is much-loved by residents and visitors alike. St Kilda is renowned for its expansive view of Port Phillip, safe sandy beach, palm-lined boardwalk, huge range of beach activities, big skies, gorgeous sunsets, lovely park and gardens, great restaurants, bars and cafés, fabulous old buildings, and its colourful past and present.
All year round St Kilda is the place to head for fantastic things to see and do and great times to be had. With our great places to eat and drink and our wonderful sea air, everything tastes so much better in St Kilda – so come out and join us!
Getting to Melbourne & St Kilda
Melbourne has a number of airports which provide easy access for both domestic and international visitors.
Melbourne Airport is located approximately 25km north-west of the Melbourne's CBD on the Tullamarine Freeway - further information on how to get to and from the airport is provided here
Taxis are available from three designated taxi ranks on the ground level concourse of Melbourne Airport. These are located outside Terminal 1 (Qantas and Jetstar), Terminal 2 (International) and Terminal 3 (Virgin Australia and Regional Express). Taxi ranks are clearly signed and manned by Melbourne Airport traffic coordinators.
Taxis provide two main services at the airport, a walk-up service from the designated taxi ranks, and a pre-booked transfer service.
SkyBus offers an express bus service from the airport to the city centre. This service operates 24/7, including all public holidays. Buses run from every 10 minutes throughout the day.
Metlink is the face of public transport in Melbourne for Melbourne’s trains, trams and buses. Use the MetLink Journey Planner to help you with all your needs.
Car Rental - from Melbourne and Avalon Airports
Use this link to find the best deals on car hire.
Melbourne Visitor Services
Melbourne Visitor Centre
Corner Swanston and Flinders streets
+61 3 9658 9658
Melbourne Greeter Service
Free personal orientations of the city with a local volunteer who shares your interest and speaks your language are available seven days a week. Bookings must be made three days in advance.
t|+61 3 9658 9658
City Ambassadors and Info Booth
City Ambassadors are distinctive in their red uniforms. They can offer assistance with directions, public transport enquiries, events, and general questions about Melbourne.
Wherever you are from, our friendly volunteers can help you! They are approachable, friendly and equipped with extensive local knowledge.
City Ambassadors can be mainly found along Swanston Street
at corners such as Flinders Street and Bourke Street.
Monday to Saturday - 10am to 4pm. Sunday - noon to 3pm (excluding Good Friday and Christmas Day)
You can book your accommodation requirements on the conference registration form and get access to the special delegate rate of $189.00 per room per night.
Located in the picturesque, seaside suburb of St Kilda, the 4 star Novotel Melbourne St Kilda is the city's premier beachfront hotel. Situated only 6km from the city centre and 28km from Melbourne Airport, experience all that the hotel and its unique surroundings have to offer from the property's prime position on The Esplanade.
Take in breathtaking views of Port Phillip Bay from one of 211 well-appointed guest rooms and suites. Modern, natural and light-filled, each room is designed to ensure your stay at the Novotel is both peaceful and productive.
Walk to some of Melbourne's finest attractions such as Luna Park, experience the famous Sunday art and craft market on the Esplanade or discover the many shopping options and bustling nightlife on nearby Acland and Fitzroy Streets.
Experience terrace dining overlooking Port Phillip Bay in Grill 3182 Restaurant and Bar or try our extensive recreational facilities including heated swimming pool and gym.
Novotel Melbourne St Kilda also provides secure, off-street parking, whilst a tram stop at the front door ensures easy and convenient access to the sights of the city. A state-of-the-art business centre in the hotel foyer is available for all your office needs.
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Located in the picturesque, seaside suburb of St Kilda, the 4 star Novotel Melbourne St Kilda is the city's premier beachfront hotel.
Take in breathtaking views of Port Phillip Bay from one of 211 newly refurbished and well-appointed guest rooms and suites. Modern, natural and light-filled, each room is designed to ensure your stay at the Novotel is both peaceful and productive.
Special accommodation rates are available at the host venue for all conference delegates. Booking must be made on the registration form to receive these rates.
Single/ Double/ Twin: $189.00 per room, per night.
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 Geelong 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.