Victoria’s capital, Melbourne, sits on the Yarra River and around the shores of Port Phillip Bay. Lauded for its sense of style and elegance, Melbourne boasts glamorous festivals and events, Australia’s best shopping, a lively passion for eating and drinking, and a flourishing interest in the arts. Restored and preserved nineteenth-century architecture, built following the discovery of gold, provides a heady reminder of a prosperous age, while beautifully tended parks and gardens present a therapeutic respite from the pace of city life.
Shopping in Melbourne always comes with added extras, with laneway discoveries and cafe culture as much a part of the experience as the loot from local designers and the best of international brands.
Ever-evolving shopping choices make it possible to create a different shopping spree every time you venture out, whether you’re after high fashion or fine art, jewellery or accessories, homewares or stationery. The city’s myriad laneways and arcades harbour untold gems, inner city precincts spoil you for choice, while department stores and shopping centres continue to raise the bar.
The city’s passion for fashion is a serious matter, a fact not overlooked by international retail giants looking to establish Australian outposts, and local designers keen on getting a strong start.
Melbourne is equally famous for its shopping, as it is for its culinary delights. With so many dining precincts to choose from, here are just a few of the best areas to dine while attending the Congress;
• Southgate Complex and The Promenade, Southbank
• Lygon Street, Carlton
• Chinatown, CBD
• Lonsdale Street, CBD
• Brunswick Street, Fitzroy
• Acland Street, St Kilda
For suggestions from the Local Organising Committee on some great restaurants:
• The Bohemian Bar & Restaurant
• The Boatbuilders Yard
• Hooks at the Yarra
• The Wharf Hotel
• Il Solito Posto
An integral part of the street food culture in Melbourne are the fleet of food trucks operating throughout the CBD and innercity suburbs. There are seven dedicated food truck locations in Melbourne – to find your favourite food trucks, by following them online at
Disclaimer: The Organising Committee, the Australian Society of Anaesthetists and International Conferences & Events (ICE) Pty Ltd take no responsibility for any injury that may occur from taking part in these activities.
• Melbourne Bike Share
• Rentabike @ Federation Square
• Freddy’s Bike Tours
• National Gallery of Victoria
• State Library of Victoria
• Eureka Sky Deck
• Federation Square
• Block Arcade
• Queen Victoria Market
• Bourke Street Mall
• Crown Entertainment Complex
• Luna Park, St Kilda
• Kingpin Bowling, Crown Entertainment Complex
• Melbourne Aquarium, CBD
• Melbourne Star Observation Wheel, Docklands
Most visitors base themselves in the city centre, the buzzing commercial heart of Melbourne that’s also home to museums, theatres, restaurants, bars and shops. Melbourne’s grid layout makes it an easy city to navigate, with most attractions within walking distance. Transport options include train, tram, bus or bike.
myki is Melbourne’s ticket to travel on the city’s trains, trams and buses. It’s a plastic smartcard with stored value which can be topped up and re-used again. Purchase your myki online at the myki website, premium train stations, retail outlets displaying the myki sign (including 7-Elevens), or by calling 1800 800 007 (free from a land line) in Australia. myki cards can be purchased from the concierge at the Conference Venue.
For flexible travel, buy a myki Visitor Pack from Melbourne Visitor Centre, Federation Square, the PTV Hub at Southern Cross Station (corner Swanston and Little Collins streets), SkyBus terminals and some hotels. Packs include a pre-loaded myki card with enough value for one day of travel in Zone 1, instructions on how to use myki, a Melbourne tram map and discount entry to Melbourne attractions.
Metropolitan Melbourne is divided into two zones. When you touch your myki on and off the electronic readers as you travel, the lowest fare for your trip is deducted. Train travel completed before 7.00am on a weekday is free. For more information on zones, ticketing and timetables, visit the Public Transport Victoria website.
If you need a nanny to babysit your children while you are at the Congress, please contact Renae at Rockmybaby Australia.
Melbourne enjoys warm summers, glorious springs, mild autumns and crisp winters.
With its variable climate, Melbourne hots up December to February (summer), cools down March to May (autumn), chills out June to August (winter), and warms up again September to November (spring).
The Goods and Services Tax (GST) is a broad-based ten percent tax included in the shelf price of most Australian goods and services. The Tourist Refund Scheme allows international travellers to claim a GST refund (subject to certain conditions) on goods purchased in Australia. The refund only applies to items worn or goods taken onboard as hand luggage when leaving the country.
For more information, please visit customs.gov.au
All visitors to Australia must have a valid visa to travel to and enter Australia (other than New Zealand passport holders who will normally be granted a Special Category visa on arrival, provided they meet health and character requirements; and permanent residents of Norfolk Island who may be granted a Permanent Resident of Norfolk Island visa on arrival).
For more information, please visit immi.gov.au