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.