Set on the shores of picturesque Port Phillip Bay, the southern-most city of mainland Australia is Melbourne; a creative, exciting, ever-changing city with extraordinary surprises to be discovered around every corner. The city has an unrivalled calendar of major events, progressive dining scene, hidden laneways and art spaces, and unique regional escapes just a short drive away.
Delegates will have no trouble filling their downtime when in Melbourne for a business event and will find it easy and convenient to experience the energy and vibrancy of the world’s most liveable city. Melbourne is widely considered one of the world’s premier conference destinations. A safe, welcoming and inviting city, Melbourne boasts Australia’s highest concentration of convention facilities located in the central business district. The centrepiece of the city’s world class business events infrastructure is the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC), a state-of-the-art centre offering the most flexible, integrated and comprehensive meetings facilities in the Southern Hemisphere. There are over 5400 hotel rooms within walking distance of the MCEC and more than 26,000 rooms located within the city, providing accommodation options to cater for all budgets.
Melbourne truly understands how to conduct business on a global level; however it has also been aptly described as ‘Australia’s most stylish city after sunset’. There are plenty of things to do in Melbourne. Easily navigated on foot, the city’s confidence and success is infectious; whether closing a deal or relaxing with colleagues and new friends.
Melbourne International Airport is located less than 20 minutes by car from the city centre and is the gateway to Southern Australia. The Airport is curfew free and open 24 hours a day, with the domestic and international terminals located under the one roof, offering the best minimum connection time in Australia. Melbourne is the perfect walking city, with the city centre set out in an easy to navigate grid. It is supported by an integrated, easy to use public transport system, serviced by a network of trains, trams and buses.
Australia’s seasons are the reverse of those in the northern hemisphere. September is Spring and the weather in Melbourne will be cool with temperatures ranging from 9 to 17 degrees Celsius.
Things to do in Melbourne
Home to over 10,000 animals, including one of the world’s largest Saltwater Crocodiles in the state-of-the-art Croc Lair exhibit, SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium takes you on an interactive adventure from the depths of the ocean to the icy waters of Antarctica.With interactive animal encounters, iconic state-of-the-art displays and animal feeds SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium is an excellent, educational and completely engaging experience.
Melbourne Cricket Ground
The Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), also known simply as “The G”, is an Australian sports stadium located in Yarra Park, Melbourne, Victoria, and is home to the Melbourne Cricket Club. It is the 10th-largest stadium in the world, the largest in Australia, the largest in the Southern Hemisphere, the largest cricket ground by capacity, and has the tallest light towers of any sporting venue. The MCG is within walking distance of the city centre and is served by the Richmond railway station, Richmond, and the Jolimont railway station, East Melbourne. It is part of the Melbourne Sports and Entertainment Precinct.
Healesville Sanctuary, or the Sir Colin MacKenzie Fauna Park, is a zoo specializing in native Australian animals. It is located at Healesville in rural Victoria, Australia, and has a history of breeding native animals. It is one of only two places to have successfully bred a platypus, the other being Sydney’s Taronga Zoo. It also assists with a breeding population of the endangered helmeted honeyeater. The zoo is set in a natural bushland environment where paths wind through different habitat areas showcasing wallabies, wombats, dingoes, kangaroos, and over 200 native bird varieties. Conducted tours, bird shows and information areas are available to visitors
Chocoholic Tours will take you on an engaging tour experience discovering chocolate from Melbourne’s best chocolatiers while offering an insight into our famous laneways and arcades.
Their passionate and informative team of guides aim to treat you to the best Melbourne has to offer. You will be filled with happiness and knowledge about the chocolate industry and Melbourne by the time you finish with Chocoholic Tours. Chocoholic Tours is an experience that you will remember for a lifetime.
Eureka Skydeck 88
Every great city has its icon, its point of recognition, the gem in its urban skyline. For Melbourne, it’s the Eureka Tower, a 297-metre (975 ft.) gold plated skyscraper by the Yarra River in the heart of the Southbank precinct. High up on the 88th floor, 285 metres above sea level, you’ll find us – Eureka Skydeck: Melbourne’s greatest point of view, and one of the most stunning observation decks in the world. As the highest public observation deck in the Southern Hemisphere, Eureka offers a visual panorama of Melbourne’s humming neighbourhoods, world-class hospitality venues and dazzling urban sprawl.
Stride into Melbourne’s blue stone laneways; whether its just yourself, couples, groups of friends and families, to discover all of Melbourne secrets and hidden gems! For such a young city, Melbourne has packed so much into such a short period to become one of the world’s great places to visit. Take the chance to see, hear, taste and feel the best of what Melbourne has to offer in its great laneways, arcades, hidden bars and cafes.
Take an early morning balloon flight, meet passionate food and wine producers, and encounter a platypus at Healesville Sanctuary in the Yarra Valley. Wander the walking trails, meander the villages and discover the hidden delights of the Dandenong Ranges among its scenic winding roads, abundant artist studios, craft stores and renowned gardens