How Do I Get to Melbourne?
No official carrier has been nominated for the forum due to competitive airfares available via the internet. There are three airlines who fly regularly into Melbourne. Check out the best fares of the day from these airlines.
Melbourne Airport is located approximately 25km north-west of Melbourne’s CBD on the Tullamarine Freeway – less than 25 minutes by car. There are a few options to get to and from Melbourne Airport to the city.
SkyBus offers an express bus service from the airport to the city centre. This service operates 24/7, including all public holidays. Buses run every 10 minutes throughout the day.
Adult ticket – $18 one way or $34 return
Family ticket (1 adult and 1-4 children) – $18 one way or $34 return
Family ticket (2 adults and 1-4 children) – $36 one way or $72 return
Child ticket (4-16 years) – $9 one way or $18 for a round trip
Tickets can be purchased on arrival at the bus stop or purchased online at www.skybus.com.au.
On arrival at Southern Cross Station in the city, SkyBus provides a complimentary hotel transfer service. This is subject to availability, and available from 6.00am – 11.30pm Monday to Friday; 6.00am – 7.00pm Saturday and Sunday (excluding Christmas day). Buses depart every 10 minutes during the day – with additional buses departing more frequently during peak periods.
Melbourne’s taxis are a safe and convenient way to get from the airport to your destination. Taxi ranks are located on the ground floor outside Terminals 1 and 3. You can catch a taxi from designated taxi ranks unless you have pre-booked one.
Taxi fares are calculated according to the distance and duration of the journey and will vary based on the number of people and time of travel. Additional charges apply if you travel on some public holidays, late at night, with five or more people or pay with credit/debit card.
Additional charges may include:
Citilink and Eastlink tollway fees
20% late night surcharge if travelling between midnight and 5.00am
A service fee (usually 10%) for EFTPOS/credit/debit transactions, on top of the metered fare
$3.58 airport access fee for taxis leaving from Melbourne Airport taxi ranks.
You can calculate the estimate cost for a trip by clicking here.
From Terminals 1, 2 and 3, follow the Uber signs towards the Pickup Zone. From Terminal 4 the Pickup Zone is located in the T4 carpark on level 2.
When you are ready to go, request the ride option through the app that best suits you – make sure you select the right terminal (T1, T2 & T3 OR T4).
For sign-up, further information, discount codes and fare estimates please visit www.uber.com.
How Do I Get Around Melbourne?
Everyone using public transport in Melbourne requires a myki card. The reusable smart card is easy to use. Simply top up before your journey and then touch on and touch off at a myki reader as you travel.
You can buy and top up your myki at close to 800 retailers including all 7-Eleven stores, the ticket office window at Premium Stations and staffed V/Line commuter stations, from a myki machine (full fare myki cards only) located at all train stations and major tram and bus interchanges.
Myki Explorer Pack
International and interstate visitors coming to Victoria can buy a myki explorer pack to travel on the public transport network in Melbourne and regional Victoria.
Download the myki explorer pack brochure HERE
The myki explorer pack includes:
a full fare, concession, child or seniors myki card, pre-loaded with enough value (myki money) for one day’s travel in Zone 1, which includes the entire tram network
discount offers at 16 attractions including Melbourne Aquarium, the National Sports Museum, Eureka Skydeck and Puffing Billy. It also includes information on how to get there by public transport
a protective myki wallet designed by renowned Melbourne cartoonist Mark Knight
a public transport map and information on how to use myki
When travelling on public transport you must always have a valid ticket and show it on request. If you do not have a valid ticket you may receive a fine.
Explorer Pack Costs
A full fare myki explorer pack costs $15 and includes $8 myki money for travel.
A concession, child or seniors myki visitor pack costs $7 and includes $4 myki money for travel.
What is the Climate in Melbourne?
Melbourne’s November temperatures average a high of 22 degrees Celsius and low of 12 degrees Celsius.
In Melbourne the weather can change suddenly so it is good to be prepared – take an umbrella and wear layers that can be worn as needed.
What is the Time Zone in Melbourne?
Melbourne’s central time zone is UTC + 10:00 hours. Melbourne is based on Eastern Standard Time and observes daylight saving time from early October to late March when clocks are advanced one hour.
Where Can I Get Visitor information?
Can I Park at Rydges Melbourne?
Car parking is available at the Secure Park located directly below the hotel. Guests simply take a ticket from the boom gate on entry and park as normal – they will then need to present that ticket at the hotel reception desk to receive the discounted rate of $25 per day. Public transport is available via Parliament train station and numerous tram lines on Bourke Street.
How do I gain entry to the Forum sessions?
It is suggested that delegates arrive at preferred sessions promptly to ensure a seat. If sessions become full then delegates will not be allowed entry. Please wear your name tag for entry into all sessions.
Where is the Forum venue?
186 Exhibition St
Melbourne VIC 3000
What time does the Registration Desk open?
Where do I register?
Registration will be in the Broadway Foyer.
You will find Emily Marriott and Samantha Jordan at the Registration Desk.
Emily can be contacted on 0438 808 439 at any time.
Will there be complimentary Wi-Fi?
Yes, there sure will be!
Network: Rydges Event
How will I know if there have been any changes to the program?
Any changes to the Forum program will be announced during housekeeping notices each morning. You may also check with Leishman Associates staff at the registration desk.
When and Where are the Welcome Drinks and Forum Dinner?
Monday 19 November 2018
Venue: Bobby McGee’s
Dress Code: Smart Casual
Tuesday 20 November 2018
Venue: Melbourne Zoo
Dress Code: Dress to the theme (INTO THE JUNGLE) or smart casual. Perhaps you could arrive dressed as your favourite animal? Or maybe just a set of tiger ears is more your style? Dressing to the theme is entirely optional.
Transport: Please meet in the Rydges foyer at 5.50pm to travel by coach to the dinner. Parking is free should you wish to drive. Buses will depart back for Rydges at 10.15pm and the last bus will have left by 11pm.
How do I know if I am registered for a social function?
A ticket to the Welcome Drinks and Forum Dinner is included in each full registration. Additional tickets can be purchased for day registrants and accompanying partners. After registering for the AAIR Forum you would have been emailed a registration confirmation which lists the social functions for which you are registered. If you require another copy, please email us.
Can I bring a partner along to the social functions?
Yes, you most certainly can – additional tickets can be booked when you registered online, or through the Leishman Associates office. Please email your request to: firstname.lastname@example.org. During the conference, bookings can be made at the registration desk, subject to availability.
What food is included in my registration?
Full Registration: Lunch, morning and afternoon refreshments are provided each day. All food at the Forum Welcome and Forum Dinner is included, if you are attending.
Day Registration: Lunch, morning and afternoon refreshments is provided only for the day you have registered.
I have special dietary requirements – what do I do?
You must advise the Forum managers of any special dietary requirements when you register for the Forum. Caterers at each function will be informed of these. During the day there will be a buffet table offering food suitable for dietary requirements. If you are unsure, please don’t hesitate to ask staff at the registration desk.
IMPORTANT – If your dietary request relates to a life-threatening allergy, please ensure that you advise the organisers as soon as possible.
How do I pay for my accommodation?
When you book your accommodation your credit card details will be transferred to the hotel you have selected – please confirm this on check in with your hotel. Your credit card will not be charged until you check out. If you have arrived 24 hours later than your indicated arrival day you may find that the Hotel will charge you for the missed night.
Is there security at the Forum?
The members of the Forum organising committee and Leishman Associates accept no liability for personal accident of loss or damage suffered by any participant, accompanying person, invited observer or any other person by whatever means. Nor do we accept liability for any equipment or software brought to the conference by delegates, speakers, sponsors or any other party. Please protect your personal property. Do not leave laptops, cameras, and other valuable items unsecured. Be conscious of individuals who appear out of place and do not wear a conference name badge. Advise Leishman Associates staff if this does not occur.
Can I photograph or record the Forum sessions?
Delegates are not permitted to use any type of camera or recording device at any of the sessions unless written permission has been obtained from the relevant speaker. A professional photographer will be at the Forum, if you have any issues with being photographed please notify the photographer or Leishman Associates staff.
I am a speaker, what should I do?
Speakers are requested to bring their presentation on USB and load in the Speakers’ Preparation Room (located in the Mad Men Boardroom), no later than 2 hours prior to their session time
Presentations can be emailed prior to the Forum to email@example.com
An AV Technician will be onsite to provide assistance
All presentations should supplied be in PowerPoint – 16:9 ratio (if you are using Prezi or Keynote, please advise prior)
Speakers are requested to assemble in their session room five minutes prior to their session to familiarise themselves with the room and the audio visual equipment
Any queries should be directed to Emily and Samantha at the Registration Desk.
I am a Chairperson, what should I do?
Chairpersons will receive an email prior to the Forum, reminding them of their responsibilities. If you are a chairperson and do not receive this, or have additional questions, please contact Leishman Associates.
Will copies of the presentations be available after the Forum?
PowerPoints will be available on the Forum website following the conclusion of the Forum. Speakers are asked to give their consent for their presentation to be released. This is not compulsory.
What is the dress code for the Forum?
For all Forum Sessions and the Welcome Drinks/Forum Dinner the dress code is smart casual or informal business.
AAIR Forum reserves the right to amend or alter any advertised details relating to dates, program and speakers if necessary, without notice, as a result of circumstances beyond their control. All attempts have been made to keep any changes to an absolute minimum.