Melbourne the Host City
Stylish, arty Melbourne is a city that’s both dynamic and cosmopolitan, and proud of its place as Australia’s cultural capital. Its stately 19th century architecture and tree-lined boulevards, combined with its multicultural make-up reflect the city’s recent history, while edgy street art, top museums and sticky-carpeted band venues point to its present-day personality.
There’s a certain coolness about Melbourne that has to be experienced. It’s a city bursting with attractions, from historic arcades and laid-back laneways lined with fine-dining restaurants, chic cafes, hidden bars and fashion boutiques, to lush parks and gardens, grand libraries and museums, all wrapped up in a vibrant atmosphere.
A packed agenda of food, wine, sports and arts awaits you – not to mention shopping! Spend some time in the city centre and you’ll discover numerous little pockets to explore. There is retail therapy for any budget in Bourke and Collins Streets and Melbourne’s myriad of laneways and arcades will spoil you for choice with untold gems.
Sport is also crucial to the fabric of the town, taking on something of a religious nature here. We’re addicted to just about anything that involves working up a sweat, but especially AFL footy – and finals fever will be well & truly upon us during the conference! Why not make a long weekend of it and hopefully cheer your team on at the hallowed ground of the MCG, which is a short walk from the conference venues.
Your conference destinations are Flinders Street – home to many notable landmarks including the Immigration Museum, Flinders Street Station, and the strikingly modern Federation Square development – and St Kilda Road, which is the hub of the famous Arts Precinct, including the Arts Centre and the National Gallery of Victoria. Neighbouring these sites are the beautiful Botanical Gardens and the Yarra Precinct, which delivers waterside views by the boatload. Melbourne is a city that knows how to live and is well worth a visit.