The conference will be held in RMIT University, Swanston Academic Building, Melbourne, Australia.
Melbourne is located in the south-eastern part of mainland Australia, within the state of Victoria. Melbourne is Victoria’s capital city and the business, administrative, cultural and recreational hub of the state.
The entire Melbourne metropolitan area covers 9990.5 km2 and has a population of around 4.5 million.
As a general rule, Melbourne enjoys a temperate climate with warm to hot summers, mild and sometimes balmy springs and autumns, and cool winters.
Sustainability is a focus for the growing city. Melbourne is leading the way in sustainable urban design, reduced water consumption and a commitment to zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2020.
Melbourne has a strong cultural and intellectual heritage. There are a range of galleries and museums, both large and small, as well as world-renowned universities and research facilities. The city also provides a canvas for artistic expression – the laneways are home to constantly changing street art.
Melbourne’s historic urban environment is full of life. Spend hours exploring the city’s beautiful arcades, one-off boutiques, eclectic laneways and graffiti art. Visit the Melbourne Museum and the World Heritage-listed Royal Exhibition Building. Admire Victorian landmarks such as St Patrick’s Cathedral, St Paul’s Cathedral and Flinders Street Station and discover Art Deco with the beautiful Manchester Unity Building.
Find reminders of Melbourne’s rich history in the numerous historical buildings and monuments around the city.
Some attractions in Melbourne:
Melbourne City Circle Tram
The City Circle Tram operates daily along a city circuit passing a number of Melbourne attractions. You can travel completely free on the City Circle Tram and get off the tram at any of its stops, so you can visit particular attractions at close hand, and catch the next one.
Flinders Street Railway Station
Flinders Street Station is Australia’s oldest train station, and with its distinctive yellow facade and green copper dome it’s a city icon.
St. Paul’s Cathedral
Opposite Federation Square, on Melbourne’s busiest intersection, the neo-Gothic St Paul’s Cathedral is a Melbourne landmark, built between 1880 and 1931.
Queen Victoria Market
Queen Victoria Market is much more than the city’s fresh-food shopping mecca – it’s a historic landmark, a tourist attraction and a Melbourne institution.
Eureka Skydeck 88
Eureka Skydeck 88 is Melbourne’s must-see attraction. Two dedicated lifts rocket visitors to level 88 in under 40 seconds. Only Skydeck 88 can take you to The Edge, a unique switchable glass cube which slides out from the building, with you still inside! Apart from the unforgettable panorama and views, Skydeck 88 entertains the entire family with a host of activities and fascinating facts.
Melbourne is known as one of the world’s great street art capitals for its unique expressions of art displayed on approved outdoor locations throughout the city.
The Shrine of Remembrance
Dedicated in 1934 to commemorate First World War veterans, the Shrine of Remembrance includes memorials to other conflicts, including the Second World War.
The Shrine of Remembrance’s central location serves as a great “lay of the land” spot from which to get your bearings in the city and it offers visitors great views from the top that provide an overview of Melbourne.
How to get to Melbourne:
Tullamarine Airport (MEL) is 25 minutes to the city by car and around 20 minutes to the city by shuttle bus.
Station Pier, Port Melbourne is 15- 20 minutes to the city by car.
OWSP = Outer West Station Pier
OESP = Outer East Station Pier
IWSP = Inner West Station Pier
Unless you are an Australian or New Zealand citizen, you will need a visa to enter Australia. New Zealand passport holders can apply for a visa upon arrival in the country. All other passport holders must apply for a visa before leaving home. You can apply for a range of visas, including tourist visas and working holiday visas, at your nearest Australian Consulate. You can also apply for certain types of visas online.
For more detailed information visit the Australian Government Department of Immigration and Citizenship website.