Getting to the University of Melbourne
From the CBD:
To get to the University of Melbourne from the Melbourne city center, simply catch any tram going up Swanston Street. These trams run from Flinders Street Station and allow you to disembark at Stop 1 – opposite the University.
Navigating the University of Melbourne
The University of Melbourne was founded in 1853 and is Australia’s second oldest university. The University spans two campuses with main campus located in Parkville and the second campus located in Southbank. The Southbank campus is where the Victorian College of the Arts resides.
The HILDA Survey Research Conference will take place at the Parkville Campus within the Business and Economics Building at 111 Barry Street and 198 Berkeley Street, Carlton. Registration and the plenary sessions will be in the ground floor foyer of 111 Barry Street and breakout sessions will take place in the adjoining building at 198 Berkeley Street.
Melbourne, the capital of Victoria, is a beautiful city with fine buildings and spacious parks, which gives Melbourne its 'garden-city' title. Settlers from a variety of countries have given Melbourne a cosmopolitan outlook and the city has developed as the cultural, fashion, shopping, sporting and culinary centre of Australia.
Catching public transport:
Using public transport in the Melbourne CBD requires a myki card. You can purchase a myki card at most convenience stores or major train stations across Melbourne for $6. This will provide you access to Melbourne's trams, trains, and buses. Within the Melbourne CBD is the ‘Free Tram Zone’, however outside of this area you will need to 'Touch On' your myki. You can download a map of the Free Tram Zone here. The free PTV app is also a useful resource to help with navigation by public transport.
Travelling from the airport:
The SkyBus travels from Tullamarine Airport to Southern Cross Station in the Melbourne CBD. The shuttle bus leaves the airport roughly every 20 minutes and costs $22 for a one-way pass or $34 for return. Private shuttle buses from the airport can also be booked.
Things to see and do in Melbourne:
The central business district of Melbourne is based around the delta of the Yarra River at the top of a large bay. The city area contains some of Australia's finest parks, gardens and historic buildings, all within walking distance. Melbourne is also Australia's entertainment, sporting and cultural capital. Nearly every cuisine is represented in the many hundreds of Melbourne's very reasonably-priced restaurants and cafes.
Places of interest include:
- Melbourne Zoo
- Melbourne Skydeck for the awe inspiring view of Melbourne from the Southern Hemisphere's highest viewing platform.
- The sporting precinct which includes the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), as well as Rod Laver arena (venue of the Australian Open).
- Many waterfront restaurants and cafes along the Yarra River or the District Docklands precinct
- Visit both Australian and International collections at the National Gallery of Victoria
- Royal Botanic Gardens, recognised as one of the world's best, extending over 38 hectares and housing a collection of more than 8,500 species of plants from around the world.
- The Koorie Heritage Centre, exploring 60,000 years of culture of the Indigenous people of south-eastern Australia.
- Visit one of the many great golf courses in and around Melbourne and take advantage of the great rates and amazing locations.