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Destination: Melbourne, Victoria

MelbourneMelbourne is a maze of hidden laneways, opulent bars, exclusive restaurants and off-the-beaten-track boutiques. Here you can soak up culture, hit the sporting grounds, taste the dynamic food and wine scene, dance til dawn or wander the parks and leafy boulevards. Visit Federation Square, the city's landmark cultural space, and enjoy a sunset beer on the St Kilda promenade. Shop till you drop on funky Brunswick Street or upmarket Chapel Street. Wander Southbank's cafes, bistros and bars and get a world tour of cuisines in Carlton, Richmond and Fitzroy. Take an Aboriginal Heritage Walk through the Royal Botanic Gardens and cheer with a capacity crowd at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

There's no time for sleep in Melbourne, a city where culture buffs, sport nuts, fashion lovers and foodies all have their niche. Discover cafes, bars and boutiques in city laneways sprawling secretly off ordered streets. Soak up the vibrant riverside atmosphere from Southbank and visit Federation Square, where creative and café culture meet. Cruise down the Yarra and wander the lawns and lakes of the Royal Botanic Gardens. Soak up the unique energy of the city's diverse precincts, from upmarket South Yarra to beachside St Kilda and edgy Fitzroy. Then day trip to the beaches, wineries, galleries and golf courses of the Mornington Peninsula.

With regular medal-winning appearances in the Economist's Most Liveable Cities list (taking the top award three times since 2002), Melbourne has a right to be boastful. But despite its temperate climate, safe streets, cosmopolitan lifestyle and beautiful setting, locals remain low-key about their city.

Check out the Melbourne Remote Control Tourist to explore Melbourne like never before. It's an unscripted adventure where you get to write the story.

Useful links:

Visit Melbourne
Tourism Victoria
That's Melbourne
Melbourne Airport
Metlink (public transport)
Bureau of Meteorology

Discover Victoria

Phillip Island

Iconic wildlife and family fun, stunning white beaches and hi-octane motor sports, you'll find it all on a seaside holiday at Phillip Island, just 90 minutes from Melbourne. See little penguins and sleepy koalas, teach the kids to swim on a quiet bay beach, and soak up all the action at the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix.

Further information: www.visitvictoria.com/Regions/Phillip-Island

Great Ocean Road

Travel the Great Ocean Road and beyond for one of the world's most scenic coastal drives, and see the 12 Apostles, iconic surf breaks and waterfalls.

Further information: www.visitvictoria.com/Regions/Great-Ocean-Road

Gippsland

Embark on an inspirational journey through Gippsland's natural wonderland. Wander through vast coastal wilderness, cast a line in crystal clear rivers, and set sail on the shimmering waters of the Gippsland Lakes. For an inland adventure, load up the bikes or hit the trail on foot and journey through fern-laden alpine forests.

Further information: www.visitvictoria.com/Regions/Gippsland

Yarra Valley & Dandenong Ranges

Cross into the different worlds of the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges. Escape to the Yarra Valley to indulge in life's great pleasures of food, wine and nature. Disappear from the bustle of city life into the Dandenong Ranges' secret fern glades, towering forests and eclectic villages.

Further information: www.visitvictoria.com/Regions/Yarra-Valley-and-Dandenong-Ranges

Mornington Peninsula

Combine the best of Europe's coastal living with traditional Aussie charm on the Mornington Peninsula, just an hour from Melbourne. Explore the galleries, spas and cafes in breezy seaside villages, cool off with a day on the beach, or escape to the hinterland for gourmet delights at boutique wineries.

Further information: www.visitvictoria.com/Regions/Mornington-Peninsula

Grampians

Nature-lovers will savour the walking tracks, wildlife, lookouts and waterfalls in the breathtaking rugged landscape. The Grampians Wine Region is celebrating 150 years of grape growing, so there's even more reason to visit regional cellar doors and chat with winemakers. This season the Grampians celebrates its food and wine, famous sporting spectacles, music, and more.

Further information: www.visitvictoria.com/Regions/Grampians

Villages of Victoria

Discover the taste of history with historic wine growing areas, Victoria's spa country or beautiful public and private gardens.

Further information: www.visitvictoria.com/Regions/Villages

High Country

Taste your way around the High Country's villages and receive warm welcomes from the families who run the gourmet restaurants, boutique wineries and lodgings. Ski over the Alps in winter, and return in the warmer months for a breathtaking array of adventure activities to get the adrenaline pumping.

Further information: www.visitvictoria.com/Regions/High-Country

Spa & Wellbeing

Home to natural mineral springs, geothermal waters, spa resorts, luxury and boutique hotels and day spas, there's every kind of luxury in Victoria. With a long spa tradition and over 100 springs throughout the state, if it's relaxation you need, Victoria is the place for an indulgent escape.

Further information: www.visitvictoria.com/Activities-and-attractions/Spa-and-wellbeing

Arts & Culture

Scratch the surface in Melbourne and you'll discover a city buzzing with dynamic and cutting-edge arts and cultural companies.

Southside
Head to the Southbank precinct and experience this hotbed of Melbourne art and culture - the Victorian Arts Centre, the Malthouse Theatre, the Recital Centre and the National Gallery of Victoria's international collection.

The Town Square
Federation Square fuses art with architecture - see inspiring visual exhibits at ACMI, wander through the permanent collection at the Ian Potter Gallery, or see a recital at the BMW Edge Theatre.

Inside and Out
Discover the innovation and skill of local artists and designers at hole-in-the-wall galleries, designer boutiques and theatres scattered throughout the city's laneways.

Further information: www.visitvictoria.com/Regions/Melbourne/Activities-and-attractions/Art-theatre-and-culture

Spectator Sports

If there's a sport that can be played, there's a fair chance there's a following for it in Melbourne. Sports played in Melbourne include: Australian Football League (AFL), Cricket, Netball, Basketball, Baseball, Tennis, Rugby, Soccer, Equestrian, Horse Racing, Greyhound Racing, Motor Racing, Cycling, Hockey, Hurling and Roller Derby.

Further information: www.visitvictoria.com/Regions/Melbourne/Activities-and-attractions/Entertainment/Spectator-sports

Cycling

Get out your trusty old bike and join the growing community of cyclists in Victoria. In Melbourne, whether you opt for lycra and cutting-edge cycling technology, vintage style and cycle chic or the soon-to-be-iconic blue Bike Share bikes, you'll discover a cycle-friendly city. Pedal out of town and take advantage of the excellent network of trails and tracks linking the diverse towns and villages in Victoria's regions.

Further information: www.visitvictoria.com/Activities-and-attractions/Outdoor-activities/Cycling

Itineraries

Follow a self-guided itinerary and see the very best of Melbourne's lifestyle and attractions. Sing along to hit shows in the theatre precinct, take a stroll along the Yarra River, or spend a weekend exploring the city's hidden boutiques, bars and galleries.

Further information: www.visitvictoria.com/Regions/Melbourne/Activities-and-attractions/Itineraries

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Conference Venue

Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre

2 Clarendon Street and 1 Convention Centre Place
Melbourne VIC 3000
Phone: +61 3 9235 8000
Website: www.mcec.com.au

The Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre is superbly located on the banks of Melbourne's Yarra River, close to the heart of the CBD and just 30 minutes from Melbourne's International and Domestic Airports. The Centre is easily accessible from every direction by foot, car or public transport and is surrounded by cafes, bars, shopping and fine restaurants.

Setting new world benchmarks as the first convention centre to be awarded a '6 Star Green Star' environmental rating by the Green Building Council of Australia, the Centre is also raising standards to new heights in innovation, technology, imaginative catering and service options.

Visitors looking for a truly Melbourne experience will find it encapsulated at the Centre - art, entertainment, culture, food and wine all set among an absolutely stunning, award-winning architectural design.

General Information

Child Care

Please note that no official arrangements have been made for child care during the Conference. Please check with the hotel you are staying at who may be able to assist you further with babysitting services during your stay.

Climate

The average maximum temperature in October is 19.7°C and the average minimum temperature is 9.5°C.

Communication

All communication with registered delegates will be by email wherever an email address is provided, or by fax. If you register and do not receive a confirmation either by email or fax within 5 working days please contact the Conference Secretariat EECW by phone on (03) 9863 7606 or email eecw@eecw.com.au.

Dress

Conference Sessions:
Welcome Reception:
Paediatric Dinner:
Friday Party Night:

Conference Dinner:

Smart Casual
Smart Casual
Smart Casual
Your team's favourite colours - for example, scrubs, sporting team etc.
(Smart Casual is also an option)
Cocktail/Lounge Suit

Insurance

Registration fees do not include insurance of any kind. It is strongly recommended that all delegates take out their own travel and medical insurance prior to coming to the Conference.

The policy should include loss of fees/deposit through cancellation of your participation in the Conference, or through cancellation of the Conference itself, loss of airfares for any reason, medical expenses, loss or damage to personal property, additional expenses and repatriation should travel arrangements have to be altered. Neither the Conference Secretariat nor the Organising Committee will take any responsibility for any participant failing to insure. Please speak to your travel agent or airline in regard to this matter.

Meals

All tea breaks and lunches will be served amongst the exhibition and surrounding foyers. We recognise that some delegates may have special dietary requirements. Please advise the Conference Secretariat via the registration form or in writing should you require alternative arrangements be made on your behalf.

Please Note: Dietary requirements received less than 72 hours prior to the event cannot be guaranteed. Kosher meals may be available, however please note this will be at an additional cost.

Parking

Visit the centre's website for directions, transport and parking information.

Privacy Statement

In registering for this event relevant details may be incorporated into a delegate list for the benefit of all delegates, sponsors, exhibitors, EECW Pty Ltd and other parties directly related to the Conference. Should you wish for your details not to be included in this list, please tick the privacy requested box on the registration form.

Registration Desk

The registration desk will be located in the Melbourne Exhibition Centre Foyer, in front of door 6 and will be open as follows:

Thursday 9 October 2014:
Friday 10 October 2014:
Saturday 11 October 2014:

0730 - 1900
0700 - 1730
0735 - 1730

Visitors to Melbourne

Visas

With the exception of New Zealand citizens travelling on New Zealand passports all foreign nationals must obtain a Visa/ETA before travelling to Australia. (New Zealand citizens are issued with a Visa on arrival in Australia.) For information about Visa applications to enter Australia, please visit www.immi.gov.au/visitors

Please note that Visa applications must be submitted at least 6 - 8 weeks prior to date of travel.

Travel

Melbourne Airport is located approximately 24km from the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. There are a range of direct flights and low cost fares available so we encourage you to explore all the options available:

Easy access is available from the airport to the city centre via bus and taxi. Please refer to the Melbourne Airport website for further information.

SkyBus

SkyBus offers a shuttle bus service from the airport to Melbourne CBD and city hotels. This service operates 24 hours, 7 days. Buses run every 10 minutes throughout the day and every 30-60 minutes overnight. Tickets can be purchased on arrival or online by visiting the SkyBus website.

Taxis

Taxis are available from the ground floor level of Melbourne Airport. The central business district is approximately 30 minutes from the International and Domestic Airport. A taxi costs approximately $50 -$60.

Taxi Phone: 13 22 27 or 131 008

Car Parking

The Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre offers undercover 24-hour, on-site car parking, with access off Normanby Road. There are three car parks available at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, all open 24 hours, 7 days a week.

  • Melbourne Convention Centre - Siddeley Street.
    Fees start at $8.00 per hour with early bird and weekend rates offered.
  • Melbourne Exhibition Centre - entrance off Normanby Road
    Fees start at $8.00 per hour up to a maximum of $32.00 per day.
    Early bird, evening and weekend rates are available.
  • South Wharf Retail Car Park - entrance off Normanby Road
    Fees start at $4.00 per hour; an evening rate is offered.

Hire Cars

www.budget.com.au
www.hertz.com.au
www.thrifty.com.au
www.europcar.com.au

Getting around Melbourne

Information regarding tram, train and bus timetables is available from Metlink Melbourne myki is the smart card ticketing system that has replaced Metcard in metropolitan Melbourne and paper tickets on buses in selected regional towns. It is an integrated system that works on trains, trams and buses.

Visitors packs can be purchased at the Business Centre of the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre or the M Cafe at the Clarendon Street entrance to the Melbourne Exhibition Centre.

Top ups to existing cards can also be made at the tram stop directly opposite the Clarendon Street entrance to the MCEC (on the side of the road travelling south) or at the Seven Eleven Store on the corner of Flinders and Spencer Streets.

You may purchase a ticket online in advance http://www.myki.com.au or for interstate and international guests, a myki visitor packs can be purchased from the PTV Hub at Southern Cross Station, the Melbourne Visitor Centre at Federation Square and the SkyBus terminals at Melbourne Airport and Southern Cross Station.

The myki Visitor Pack includes:

  • A myki smartcard pre-loaded with enough value for one day’s Zone 1 travel
  • Instructions on how to use myki
  • An inner Melbourne tram map
  • A myki protective wallet designed by renowned cartoonist Mark Knight
  • Discounts at 15 attractions worth more than $130 in savings
  • The myki Visitor Pack is available for full fare, concession, child and senior visitors
  • A full fare myki Visitor Pack costs $14.00 including $8.00 myki money
  • A concession, child or seniors myki Visitor Pack costs $7.00, including $4.00 myki money

For more information www.myki.com.au/About-myki/myki-visitor-pack

Top up to myki cards can be made online or at a number of retail outlets displaying the myki sign including all Seven Eleven convenience stores.

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