Coming to Melbourne for STEM MAD National
Flying to Melbourne you will land at Melbourne Airport (Tullamarine.)
You can get taxis, Uber, mini-buses. Average price is about $70.00
Average journey time is about 25 minutes.
You can get a Skybus:
Trip Fare One way Return
Adult $19.75 $32.00
Child $4.00 $6.00
Senior $16.50 $27.00
Travel in the city
Tram, Train & Bus require a pre-purchased myki card. www.ptv.vic.gov.au
Trams in the city zone are free (City zone is bound by QV Market, Docklands, Spring Street, Flinders Street and Federation Square)
The vintage City Circle Tram is a good way to get your bearings and is also free.
Things to see in Melbourne that are free.
Koorie Heritage Trust (Federation Square) celebrate Indigenous art and culture of south eastern Australia.
National Gallery St. Kilda Rd (Fees apply for some temporary touring exhibitions)
Ian Potter Centre: National Gallery Federation Square. (Fees apply for some temporary touring exhibitions)
ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image) Federation Square (Fees apply for some temporary touring exhibitions) See the free: The Story of the Moving Image.
QV (Queen Victoria or Vic) Market
State Library of Victoria has the amazing reading room, art galleries, historical collections including Ned Kelly’s armour and amazing statues in the forecourt.
Pop-up events at Federation Square
Shrine of Remembrance
Royal Botanic Gardens including the Potter Children’s Garden.
City laneways for street art and café society.
Things to see that have an entry fee
Melbourne Zoo, Parkville; Werribee Open Range Zoo (40 minutes from Melbourne); Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary (1 hour from Melbourne)
Museum Victoria (including Melbourne Museum, Scienceworks Museum, Immigration Museum)
National Sports Museum & MCG Tours at Melbourne Cricket Ground, Jolimont, Melbourne
Heidi Museum of Modern Art (Bulleen) (25 minutes from city)
Sovereign Hill (Open air museum, including Gold Museum) (90 minutes from Melbourne)
Ballarat Art Gallery (90 minutes from Melbourne)
Bendigo Art Gallery (120 minutes from Melbourne)
Geelong Art Gallery (60 minutes from Melbourne)
National Wool Museum, Geelong (60 minutes from Melbourne)
Penguin Parade, Phillip Island Nature Parks (120 minutes from Melbourne)
Theatre shows like Harry Potter & The Cursed Child are subject to ticket availability and require advanced booking.
AFL football Elimination and Qualifying finals will be played on 3rd and 4th September. AFL Semi-finals will be played 9th & 10th September. Tickets may be available depending on who is playing and where.
Family accommodation is often best served by groups like Quest Apartments; here are a few that are within easy reach of the Melbourne Conference and Exhibition Centre. Again, we suggest you search these places on line and even call them for combination accommodation.
Quest East Melbourne
48 Wellington Parade, East Melbourne
03 9413 0000
Quest on William
172 William St.
03 9605 2222
750 Bourke St, Docklands
03 9630 1000
Quest New Quay
26 Caravel Lne, Docklands
03 9070 8000
611 Victoria St. Abbotsford
03 9426 1800
474 Flinders St. Melbourne
03 9619 9199
Others worth searching online:
Novotel Melbourne Central
Novotel Melbourne on Collins
Great dining experiences that are not expensive and simple suggestions
These are not recommendations or endorsements and we encourage to look around for yourselves. These selections will give you unique and memorable dining experiences.
Ichi Ni Nana
127 Brunswick St. Fitzroy
Asian fusion food
387 Brunswick St. Fitzroy
Pizza & pasta
227 Lygon St. Carlton
See also China Town in Little Bourke Street, Southgate cafes and restaurants, Victoria St, Richmond Vietnamese restaurants.