Melbourne, the capital of Victoria, is situated on the picturesque tree-lined banks of the Yarra River. Over 3.5 million people live in the city, making it the second largest in Australia, also voted one of the world’s ‘Most Liveable Cities’ several times. Thriving and cosmopolitan, with a unique balance of stunning old and new buildings and public spaces, Melbourne is Australia's leader in the arts, sport and fashion, and has some of the finest restaurants in the country.
Food and Culture
There are a lot of dining options surrounding the Parkville campus of the University of Melbourne, the closest restaurant strip is Lygon Street which has a focus on Italian cuisine. Brunswick Street in Fitzroy is another dining strip close by, or the Melbourne CBD is not far away.
Gertrude Street in Fitzroy abounds with fashion and design shops and galleries. The trams outside Melbourne University will take you into the city and beyond – Federation Square and Southbank on either side of the Yarra are key Melbourne cultural zones.
Visit Victoria lists a wide selection of cafes, restaurants, pubs and fine dining options for your visit to Melbourne.
A special historic tour of Melbourne will be presented by the Museum Historians’ National Network, Museums Australia, on Tuesday 28 September, see Tours and Offers for details.
Melbourne laneways are an interesting place to explore many of the city’s hidden bars, restaurants and cafes and to view local street art. More information at That’s Melbourne – Laneways and Arcades
It is easy to get around Melbourne using public transport, options are listed here.
The Koorie Heritage Trust run an Aboriginal culture walking tour along the Yarra and the Royal Botanical Gardens Melbourne also offers an Aboriginal Heritage Walk, in the gardens, The Chinese Museum offers a walking tour of Chinatown. The Golden Mile tour can be done with or without a guide and focuses on the impact of the gold rush on Melbourne. The arts festival Melbourne Fringe will be on during the conference, for other events and activities see That‘s Melbourne. Information is also available from the Melbourne Visitor Centre at Federation Square.
For listings relating to museums, exhibitions and special offers for delegates see Victorian Museums, and Tours and Offers, and for exhibitions and collections accessible at the conference venue, the University of Melbourne, see Venue.