Coming to Melbourne

Coming to Melbourne for STEM MAD National

Here is some useful information on:

·        Transport from Airport

·        City Travel

·        Things to do in and around Melbourne

·        Accommodation ideas

·        Dining suggestions

Compiled by Patrick Watt c/o STEM MAD

Flying to Melbourne you will land at Melbourne Airport (Tullamarine.)

You can get taxis, Uber, mini-buses. Average price is about $50.00

Average journey time is about 25 minutes.

You can get a Skybus:


Trip Fare (approx)

One way  Adult $22

Return Adult $36

One way Child $4

Return Child $6

Travel in the city

Tram, Train & Bus require a pre-purchased myki card.

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)



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 Pde, East Melbourne

03 9413 0000


Quest on William

172 William St.

03 9605 2222


Quest Docklands.

750 Bourke St, Docklands

03 9630 1000


Quest New Quay

26 Caravel Lne, Docklands

03 9070 8000


Quest Abbotsford

611 Victoria St. Abbotsford

03 9426 1800


Riverside Apartments

474 Flinders St. Melbourne

03 9619 9199


Others worth searching online:

Mantra Southbank


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

Japanese cuisine

127 Brunswick St. Fitzroy


Rice Queen

Asian fusion food

387 Brunswick St. Fitzroy


Café Corretto

Pizza & pasta

227 Lygon St. Carlton


Chocolate Buddha

Japanese food

Federation Square



Greek food



See also China Town in Little Bourke Street, Southgate cafes and restaurants, Victoria St, Richmond Vietnamese restaurants.