Plan your stay in Melbourne

We’ve handpicked a selection of tours to help you discover the heart and soul of Melbourne, tailored exclusively for IMSC 2024 delegates.

Destination: Melbourne

Equal parts dynamic, cosmopolitan, sports-mad and arty, Melbourne simultaneously exudes style and keeps its best spots hidden, inviting discovery by food and culture lovers. Set on the shores of picturesque Port Phillip Bay, the southernmost city of mainland Australia is rich in aesthetics, with its beauty enhanced by the meandering Yarra River, immaculate parks and gardens, public art, classical buildings and innovative design.

Melbourne is often dubbed the most ‘European’ of Australian cities and there is also a mini New York vibe here, thanks to the city’s well-ordered grid and scattering of art-deco high-rises. But Melbourne is uniquely Melbourne, too. Much of that is due to the 230-plus laneways that penetrate into the heart of city blocks, which are recognised for world-class street art, restaurants and bars.

Melbourne has long been food and coffee obsessed and had liberal, bohemian and progressive strands to its subculture. Top chefs are inspired by their heritage and don’t just cook local produce, but native ingredients used by Indigenous Australians for hundreds of thousands of years. Mingled with hotspots in laneways, warehouses and on rooftops, it’s clear that Melbourne doesn’t have to try – it just is.

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Australia’s borders are open

There are currently no travel restrictions or requirements in place to enter Australia. 

If you would like more comprehensive information please visit the Australian Government website:  International Travellers Information.

Melbourne, Victoria has no restrictions for travelling into, or whilst you are in Melbourne, Victoria. 

If you would like further information please visit the State Government website: Travelling to Victoria.

Travelling to Melbourne

Travel to Melbourne is easy, with many direct flight services operating daily from a vast network of global airlines. Find out more here.

Visa Information

Under Australia’s universal visa system, all visitors to Australia must have a valid visa to travel to and enter Australia (other than New Zealand passport holders). 

There are three types of visas available, Electronic Travel Authority ETA (subclass 601) , eVisitor (subclass 651), Business visitor stream (subclass 600) all with simple online application processes. More information here

SmartGates are available at Melbourne Airport, they automatically process passengers through passport control by using facial recognition technology and your ePassport to check your identity. 

Currency, Banking, Taxes & Tipping

All prices quoted are in Australian Dollars (AUD) and include a Goods and Services Tax (GST).  Goods and Services Tax (GST) of 10% is applicable in Australia.

Banks are open Monday to Friday from 9.30am – 4.00pm (5.00pm on Friday).

Tipping is uncommon and unexpected in Australia. It is only offered after exceptional services and may be between 5% and 10% of the total bill.

Major credit cards, particularly VISA and Mastercard, are widely accepted.


Melbourne Airport

Melbourne International Airport is located 22kms from the city centre, which is only a 25 minute drive away. 

On arrival at the airport getting into Melbourne city is easy as there are dedicated bus services called Skybus. Skybus can transport you to and from the airport with ease. 

Alternatively, taxi and Uber services are also available and other transfer options can also be arranged.

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SkyBus Discount

Enjoy Melbourne’s iconic SkyBus for convenient airport transfers between Melbourne Airport (Tullamarine) and Southern Cross Station. The service offers frequent departures, running every 10 minutes, providing IMSC 2024 attendees with a convenient way to travel between the airport and the city.

To make use of this service and receive a discounted fare, delegates should purchase their tickets in advance through the official SkyBus website or the SkyBus app. During the booking process, enter the code “IMSC20” to enjoy the specially discounted fares that are being offered exclusively to attendees. Please note these fares are available to be booked from 17 July 2024 and are valid for 3 months from the date of purchase.

This partnership between SkyBus and IMSC 2024 aims to make transportation to and from the airport easier and more affordable for attendees, ensuring a smoother travel experience during your time in Melbourne.

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  • The Australian Government is committed to making conferences in Australia easy to attend, facilitated by the International Event Coordinator Network (IECN) – a designated group of immigration experts

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  • Known as the Kulin Nation to its traditional owners, Melbourne has a rich Indigenous culture dating back more than 40,000 years.

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  • Over 200 countries, 180 languages and 110 religious faiths represented
  • World’s Most Liveable City 2011-2017

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  • Over 7,600 rooms available within a ten-minute walk of the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC)
  • More than 25,000 rooms within a 10-minute commute of the CBD.

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  • Australasia’s Leading Meetings and Conference Destination (2018 World Travel Awards)
  • Australia’s highest concentration of conference facilities. The convention district offers more than 197,000 square metres of conference space, the pinnacle of which is Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.

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  • Melbourne has been voted Australasia’s Leading Meetings and Conference Destination at the 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2018 World Travel Awards. The appeal of Melbourne as a globally desirable place to visit will encourage attendance to IMSC 2024.

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  • Only western economy to achieve growth during the global financial crisis and continuing 17 years of uninterrupted prosperity
  • Named as one of the global top 15 countries for ease of doing business



  • Melbourne’s city centre has Australia’s largest and fastest free WIFI network.