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Tuesday, 24 October 2017

General Information

Airport And Transport

Melbourne Airport (also known as Tullamarine Airport) is the primary airport serving the city of Melbourne and the second busiest airport in Australia just 23 km away (15-20 minutes) from the city.

Approximate flying times:

  • Sydney to Melbourne 1 hr 35 mins
  • Brisbane to Melbourne 2 hrs 25 mins
  • Perth to Melbourne 6 hrs 25 mins
  • Adelaide to Melbourne 1 hr 20 mins
  • Buenos Aires to Melbourne 20 hrs 50 mins
  • Brasilia to Melbourne 36 hrs 30 mins
  • Mexico City to Melbourne 23 hr 25 mins
  • Lima to Melbourne 24 hr 35 mins

For bus, tram and train information visit the Public Transport Victoria internet site: www.ptv.vic.gov.au

 

Myki

Myki is your reusable travel card for trains, trams and buses in Melbourne and regional Victoria. You’ll need to top up before your journey and then touch on and touch off at a myki reader as you travel.

The City Circle tram service operates within Melbourne’s central business district free of charge passing major tourist attractions, as well as linking with other tram, train and bus routes in and around Melbourne. Trams run in both directions approximately every twelve minutes between 10am and 6pm Sunday to Wednesday and extended hours, 10am-9pm Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Taxi-cabs are available throughout the city and can be booked or hailed by the roadside.

Distance from the Airport and cost of transfer:

  • Bus, train: 40 minutes, around A$20.00
  • Taxi: 20 minutes, around A$45.00-$60.00
  • Shuttle: 20 minutes, around A$15.00-A$120.00
  • Uber: 20 minutes: A$40.00-$55.00

 

Car Hire/ Parking

All major car hire companies, including Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz and Thrifty, operate in Australia and vehicles may be hired at Melbourne Airport. Valet parking is available daily at the Conference venue with the Sofitel Melbourne on Collins from A$55.00 via the hotel driveway on Collins Street.

 

Time

Melbourne is 11 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time.

 

Climate

Melbourne enjoys a temperate climate with warm to hot summers, mild and sometimes balmy springs and autumns and cool winters. In May the average temperature ranges from 11 °C to 20 °C.

 

Food

The city of Melbourne has embraced cultures and flavors from around the world, created a varied, competitive and vibrant food and wine industry. An abundance of cafes, bars, restaurants and food halls can be found in almost every block of the city.

 

Business Hours

Banks and post offices generally open from 09:30 -16:00 hours Monday - Friday. General office hours are 09:00-17:00 Monday - Friday.

 

Banking/Currency

Decimal currency is used in Australia with the dollar as the basic unit (100 cents = $1) Notes come in $100, $50, $20, $10, and $5.  Coins come in 5c, 10c, 20c, 50c, $1 and $2 denominations. 

Currency exchange facilities are available in most banks, hotels and airports and operate normal business hours.  Credit cards are accepted at most restaurants and shops, the most widely used being MasterCard, Visa, American Express and Diners Club.

 

Shopping

With fashion-forward boutiques, elegant arcades and buzzing shopping centres, Melbourne is Australia's best shopping destination. Shopping hours in the CBD: Monday to Wednesday until 7pm, Thursday to Friday to 9pm, Saturday and Sunday 10am-5pm.

 

Telephone

Australia has a modern telephone system with wide mobile phone coverage. International Dialing Direct Call ‘0011’ followed by country code, area code and then the local number. To call Australia from overseas the access code is ‘61’ and Melbourne’s area code is ‘03’.

 

Electricity

Electrical current is 240/250V, AC 50Hz. The Australian three-pin power outlet is different from that in many countries, so you will need an adaptor. If your appliances are 110V, check if there is a 110/240V switch. If not, you will need a voltage converter. Universal outlets for 240V or 110V shavers are usually found in leading hotels.

 

Goods & Services Tax (Gst) / Tourist Refund Scheme (Trs)

The Tourist Refund Scheme (TRS) is part of the Australian Government's tax system.

The TRS allows overseas visitors to claim a refund, (subject to certain conditions), of the goods and services tax (GST) and wine equalisation tax paid on goods bought in Australia and then taken out of Australia in checked luggage or carry-on bags. When making a claim you need to take your goods, original tax invoice(s), passport and boarding pass to the TRS facility. Different conditions apply for claiming a tax refund on liquids, aerosols, gels (LAGs) and oversized items. Oversized or LAGs goods must be verified at the Australian Border Force (ABF) client service office and then checked in with your baggage before you present the notated invoices to the TRS facility.

 

Language

The official language for the Conference is English.

 

Insurance

Registration fees do not include insurance of any kind. It is strongly recommended that at the time you register for the conference and book your travel you take out an insurance policy of your choice. The policy should include loss of fees/deposit through cancellation of your participation in the meeting, or through cancellation of the meeting, loss of international/domestic air fares through cancellation for any reason, loss of tour monies through cancellation for any reason including airline or related services strikes within Australia, failure to utilise tours or pre booked arrangements due to airline delay, Force Majeure or any other reason, medical expenses (including sickness and accident cover), loss or damage to personal property, additional expenses and repatriation should travel arrangements have to be altered. The meeting managers cannot take any responsibility for any participant failing to arrange their own insurance. This insurance is to be purchased in your country of origin.

 

Passport & Visa Information

All travelers to Australia, other than New Zealand, require a valid entry VISA prior to travel to Australia. For more information please visit the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship website at: http://www.immi.gov.au/visitors/index.htm.

 

Quarantine

Australia is free from many plant and animal diseases prevalent in other countries. Very strict quarantine rules apply to the import of animals and plants, including most food products, which cannot be brought into the country without prior application. Animal and plant products are also restricted. For more information, see the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS) website.

 

Vaccinations

A current valid international certificate of inoculation against yellow fever is required if passengers come from, or travel through, infected areas. Check this carefully with your airline or travel agent. 

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