Being the second largest city in Australia with over 4 million inhabitants, Melbourne is a crucial hub for many industries in the Pacific region. It is located in the south-eastern corner of the continent where the first European settlers founded the city almost 200 years ago. It gradually grew in importance and size, and in the present era it ranks highly in tourism, research, health care, education, development and entertainment. These factors together with pleasant climate pushed Melbourne up into the top group of the most livable cities of the world. The city is famous for its culture and entertainment, particularly street art, music, literature and film.
The most notable cultural and sport venues are the Melbourne Cricket ground, the State Library of Victoria and the National Gallery of Victoria - all beautiful historic buildings. Royal Exhibition Building, set in lush Carlton Gardens, was once home to International Exhibition and the first Australian Parliament. Today, it is listed as the UNESCO World Heritage site and used as a commercial venue for regular shows and examination hall for several colleges.
The largest and the most modern exhibition center is now the Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre in Southbank. It is the top venue for any business event as it can provide intimate as well as large rooms, excellent catering and top technology. For conferences, business meetings and seminars, there is a whole range of suitable facilities such as the Melbourne Park Function Centre, the Crown Events and Conferences or the ACMI. Besides huge conference centers, business hotels, resorts and clubs are the perfect MICE venues for smaller to medium events. Organizing a corporate party, networking dinner or a shareholders meeting can be daunting task, but the facilities’ meeting specialists and experienced staff will help you plan the event according to your needs that your attendees will enjoy.
Melbourne International Airport (IATA code: MEL) is located on the north-western side of the metropolitan area in the suburb of Tullamarine. With its one international and three domestic terminals, it processes over 32 million passengers annually. Quantas, Tigerair Australia, Jetstar Airways and Virgin Australia are all based here. A taxi ride from the airport to the city center takes approx. 30 min and should cost between AUD 55-65 depending on a company used. There is a compulsory airport fee which will be included in your total taxi charge. Shuttle busses are cheaper (AUD 18-25) and operate 24/7.
MELBOURNE MASS TRANSIT
Melbourne disposes of 17 mass transit lines: Alamein Line, Belgrave Line, Cranbourne Line, Flemington Racecourse Line, Frankston Line, Glen Waverley Line, Hurstbridge Line, Lilydale Line, Melton Line, Pakenham Line, Sandringham Line, South Morang Line, Stony Point Line, Sunbury Line, Upfield Line, Werribee Line and the Williamstown Line