How to get to Melbourne
Qantas is delighted to be the exclusive airline partner for the Dietitians Association of Australia 2020 Conference being held in Melbourne.
Qantas is offering registered delegates and travel partner’s special discounted airfares which are easily booked online via the dedicated booking portal on your conference registration travel page. When booking, use the allocated code to access these airfares. Please note: multiple stopover flights are excluded from this offer.
Qantas is Australia’s largest domestic and international airline and is widely regarded as the world’s leading long distance airline. With a reputation for excellence in safety, operational reliability, and world-class customer service; Qantas offers a truly global network proposition for delegates travelling to Melbourne for the DAA 2020.
Access Code: DAA20
Getting Around Melbourne
There are a number of transportation options from Melbourne Airport to MCEC, and around the city of Mebourne.
The SkyBus transports visitors direct from Melbourne Airport to Southern Cross Station. Bus stops are located outside Terminal 1, Terminal 3 and Terminal 4. Tickets can be purchased when you arrive at the bus stop or online from www.skybus.com.au.
MCEC is a 10 minute walk from the station or catch tram 96 which stops opposite the Clarendon Street entrance of MCEC.
The Sky Bus single adult fare from the airport to your accommodation is A$19.75 and the return fare is A$36.50 (please check here for your price zone and further services).
Ask your taxi or Uber driver to drop you off at MCEC’s Clarendon Street entrance. There are two nearby taxi ranks – Crown, Clarendon Street and DFO, Convention Centre Place.
A taxi fare from Tullamarine airport to DFO South Wharf is approximately A$75. If you would prefer to pre-book your taxi during your stay in Melbourne, please call 13 2227 or book online via https://book.13cabs.com.au
Open 24 hours, seven days a week Wilson Parking manages 1060 undercover parking spaces. Entrance and exit is off Normanby Road. View MCEC Maps page
Fees (subject to change)
0.0 – 1.0 hour: $14.00
1.0 – 2.0 hours: $28.00
2.0 – 3.0 hours: $42.00
3.0 + hours: $56.00
Earlybird rate – $17.00, enter between 6am – 9am and exit between 3pm – midnight Monday – Friday.
Parking is available for people with disabilities in the Melbourne Exhibition Centre car park. Disabled parking locations are near entry doors 1, 6 and 10, which have lift access to the concourse and exhibition area on Level 1. To access Level 2 or Level 5, a separate elevator is located behind the customer service desk. Easy access to a taxi rank and the street is via a ramp outside the main Clarendon Street entrance.
Tram routes 96, 109 and 12 (Stop 124A Casino/MCEC) will all take you to our Clarendon Street entrance. Otherwise, tram routes 70, 75 and the City Circle (Stop D5) take you to Flinders Street. From there, it’s just a short walk up Clarendon Street until you reach the MCEC. The trams do NOT run to the airport.
Take the train to Southern Cross. Once you exit the station, you can catch the 96, 109 or 12 tram routes and arrive at MCEC in just a few stops. The trains do NOT run to the airport.
When it comes to location, it doesn’t get much better than one of the world’s most liveable cities. Regarded as the “cultural and sporting capital” of Australia, Melbourne is as a diverse as its multicultural heritage. There is plenty to explore so it is the perfect destination to add a few extra days pre or post conference to visit the spectacular galleries, live music venues, prestigious restaurants, intricate laneways and designer boutique stores.
Melbourne is known for showcasing four seasons in one day so don’t forget to check the weather forecasts to make sure you’re well prepared, as well as the links below for what’s on in and around your stay.
Top Things to do in Melbourne
Please note: Some of the attractions listed below do require admission tickets. To pre-book your tickets online or secure deals for multiple attractions passes, please visit this website: https://www.itoursntix.com/attractions/melbourne-flexi-attraction-pass/
World-class art galleries and installations. Mind-blowing food and drink. Thrilling, extraordinary events that capture the hearts of Melburnians year after year. Fed Square is anything but square. Since opening in 2002, Fed Square has seen more than 100 million visits and been named the 6th Best Public Square in the World.
Walk down the famous laneways and admire the street art that has made the Melbourne urban art scene known across the globe. Take in the dizzying array of colours, characters and shapes created by local and international artists alike. Pick out everything from stencils and paste-ups to murals and installations. Take a wander on your own or join one of the popular walking tours to get some background on the artists and their work.
Step through the grand red gates of Melbourne’s Chinatown and enter a whole new world of Asian cuisine, karaoke, cocktail bars and fashion boutiques. Explore the strip of nineteenth century buildings between Swanston and Spring streets on Little Bourke Street – Australia’s oldest Chinatown.
Queen Victoria Market
Officially opened on 20 March 1878, the Market has been serving the people of Melbourne for more than 140 years. The Market has seen many transformations and has recently been added to the National Heritage List, recognising the significant place it holds in Australian history as our nation’s most iconic fresh produce market. Experience the Market at its liveliest on a Ultimate Foodie Tour. Click here to book a tour today.
SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium
SEA LIFE Melbourne takes you on an interactive ocean adventure filled with amazing discovery around every corner. Discover creatures of the Southern Ocean in the 2-million-litre oceanarium. Melbourne SEA LIFE aquarium is home to King and Gentoo penguins, nurse sharks and a mega croc.
Eureka Tower, a 297 metre (975 ft.) gold plated skyscraper by the Yarra River in the heart of the Southbank precinct. High up on the 88th floor, 285 metres above sea level, you’ll find the – Eureka Skydeck: Melbourne’s greatest point of view, and one of the most stunning observation decks in the world.
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Gardens is a treasured part of cultural life and a valuable asset to the heritage rich city. With its stunning vistas, tranquil lakes and diverse plant collections, the Gardens are a place of continual discovery and delight. Enjoy the Aboriginal Heritage Walk, a Free Guided Walk, a ride on the Garden Explorer or Punting on the tranquil Ornamental Lake, all set against a beautiful backdrop and just moments from the city. Visit the website for more information.
Melbourne Cricket Ground
Melbourne is the sporting capital of Australia. With a capacity of 100,000 and a history dating back to 1853, the MCG is considered one of the world’s greatest stadiums. Daily 75-minute tours take visitors for a trip down a memory lane of great moments in sporting history and incorporate the National Sports Museum, including the Australian Gallery of Sport and Olympic Museum. Daily 75-minute tours take visitors for a trip down a memory lane of great moments in sporting history and incorporate the National Sports Museum, including the Australian Gallery of Sport and Olympic Museum.
1 Convention Centre Place
South Wharf, Victoria, 3006
T +61 3 9235 8000
The Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) is a venue that needs no introduction. It has hosted everything from large conventions and exhibitions, to concerts, tradeshows and gala dinners that draw audiences of the world’s elite thinkers, innovators and leaders.
Situated on the picturesque Yarra River, MCEC features state of the art facilities. The MCEC is conveniently located in the heart of Melbourne – a pleasant ten-minute riverside stroll from many of the city’s restaurants, hotels and shopping areas making it easily accessed by foot or public transport.
We anticipate that many of our delegates will be looking to relax and unwind from the full line up of inspiring and energised program sessions, so free public transport options within the city will make it easy to get around.
MCEC is the first convention centre in the world to be awarded a 6-star green star environmental rating. With their continuous involvement in Melbourne Renewable Energy Project, reducing carbon emissions, Food Waste reduction, banning Single use plastics and supporting the community via OzHarvest where they redistributed 56,277 meals through their food rescue donation program.