Melbourne is a stable, prosperous city and a gateway to the Asia-Pacific region named the 'World's Most Liveable City' as named by the Economist Intelligence Unit for the seventh consecutive year in 2017. With its ease of navigation and temperate climate, visitors are drawn to Melbourne to explore its labyrinth of laneways and experience its innovative food and wine scene, thriving culture and year-round calendar of major events.
Melbourne offers excellent air access with 33 leading carriers flying to the city from 39 International destinations, 484 times per week. Melbourne's comprehensive transport network and touring companies will also enable delegates to travel to other parts of Victoria and Australia for pre and post touring.
For many delegates, this could be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to visit the 'Land Down Under' and have access to uniquely Australian experiences. An exciting and engaging social program can bring to life Australia's diverse culture and extensive array of natural attractions. Around Melbourne itself are inspiring day trips to the Yarra Valley and Mornington Peninsula wine regions, the Great Ocean Road, the Penguin Parade at Phillip Island, historic Sovereign Hill and Healesville Sanctuary.
Operating since the 1870s, the Queen Victoria Market is one of Melbourne's biggest landmarks and is a paradise for shoppers. Always thriving throughout the day, the market is home to a staggering array of shops and stalls, and you can pick up virtually almost anything at this lively and characterful meeting place.
Visit Melbourne's regenerated Waterfront City for a day of shopping and entertainment. This sleek and modern quarter of town is home to the Harbour Town Shopping Centre, which provides much in the way of the latest fashions, luxury goods, cosmetics, household goods and more. Families and visitors with young children will enjoy the Wonderland Fun Park, home to fairground classics such as dodgems, carousels and rollercoasters.
Hop aboard the City Circle Tram for a fun and cost-effective way of taking in the city's sights. Melbourne is famous for its extensive tram network and the City Circle operates a heritage tramcar around the central ring of the city centre and CBD, passing by sights as Federation Square, Flinders Street Station, the Docklands and Parliament House. An audio commentary provides some context to the tram's route and history Melbourne while you whir past through the city.
Architecture aficionados should visit the magnificent Manchester Unity Building, one of the finest examples of 1930s art deco buildings the city has to offer. Originally conceived as a project to alleviate unemployment brought about by the Great Depression, nowadays visitors can join a formal 1-hour guided tour of this stunning building, which retains every inch of its former glory.
September is the start of spring in Melbourne the weather begins to warm. Temperatures will drop to their lowest in the mornings and evenings with average low temperatures of 9°C (48°F). However, they will climb to an average high of 17°C (63°F) in the afternoon hours.
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