Getting to Melbourne

Visas

Please click here for more information on the visas/electronic travel authority.

Airport

Melbourne Airport operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, providing passengers with the maximum flexibility in scheduling domestic and international travel. Visitors can take advantage of many low cost carriers, wireless internet, 24/7 wheelchair assist service and a dedicated foreign language and group arrivals desk. The Airport is curfew free, it has no additional arrival or departure tax for flights in and out of Australia and provides trouble-free transfers (single international and domestic terminal precinct).
melbourneairport.com.au

Flights

Melbourne Airport, also known as Tullamarine Airport, is the primary airport serving the city of Melbourne, and the second busiest airport in Australia. As an international airport, Tullamarine is linked directly to numerous main cities in the Asia Pacific area, and operates with most of the international airlines.

You may find some useful information to help you plan your flight by clicking here.

Skybus

Melbourne Airport is serviced by the Skybus Super Shuttle—the only bus service linking the airport to the city. Tickets are available from the driver; from the information booth outside the terminal; or from the Skybus Super Shuttle website. Tickets prices (as at May 2012) are AUD17 one way or AUD28 return. For more information visit: www.skybus.com.au

All travelers to Australia, other than Australian and New Zealand citizens, must hold a valid visa or electronic travel authority (ETA). It is your responsibility to ensure documentation is correct and completed before you commence your journey. Delegates must register for the event before lodging their visa/ETA application. Following your registration, you will receive an acknowledgement letter. This is all you require from the event manager in order to make your visa/ETA application. We recommend you apply for your visa at least six weeks before your intended date of travel to Australia (or two weeks if you are from an ETA or eVisitor eligible country) as visa processing times may vary.

How to apply:

  1. Before lodging an application you should determine which visa you should apply for a ETA / eVisitor or Visitor subclass 600
  2. Determine whether you are eligible to apply online for an eVisitor visa or ETA.
  3. If you are not eligible to apply online, you may lodge a paper-based visa application.

In order to obtain assistance on this process, and find the Australian visa office nearest to your current country of residence please click here.
If you are unsure and you need more information, please contact your nearest Australian Embassy/Consulate or view the Australian Department of Immigration website www.immi.gov.au.

Invitation letter

Invitation letters will be supplied only to fully paid registrants. You will be able to request these upon registration.

Tourist tax refund scheme

International travellers can claim back the GST (goods and services tax) and WET (wine equalisation tax) they have paid on goods bought in Australia that they are taking with them when they leave the country. The tax can be claimed back at international airports and seaports under the Tourist Refund Scheme (TRS) subject to conditions such as an $A300 minimum from one store. Details on the TRS are available at www.customs.gov.au under the travellers heading. Please note that this scheme is not applicable to meeting registration fees or accommodation.
Travel insurance

The Congress Organisers recommend that delegates purchase travel insurance including cover for non-refundable meeting registration fees.

24/7 airport to hotel transportation

The SkyBus express bus service to the city operates 24/7, every 10 minutes. The journey takes just 20 minutes and costs AU$17 one way and AU$28 for a return fare. Taxis from Melbourne Airport to the city centre will take 20 minutes and cost approximately AU$45 for a one-way fare.
skybus.com.au