Melbourne, Victoria

The conference convenor’s are thrilled to welcome you to Australia’s cultural capital, Melbourne. The city offers a rich and diverse cultural experience, with something for everyone to enjoy. Located in a beautiful natural setting, Melbourne offers easy access to stunning beaches, scenic parks, and picturesque countryside.

Known for its vibrant arts and culture scene, world-renowned gastronomy, and impressive architecture Melbourne is also an important scientific innovation hub with researchers, universities and industry partners developing new ideas and concepts, making it the perfect location for us to come together to discuss all the latest in sterilization updates.

Climate: The weather in August is typically cool, with temperatures ranging from 9°C to 18°C and occasional rainfall, so make sure to pack appropriately. 

Activities: Planning to spend a few extra days in the city around the conference? Check out what’s on in August here.



Melbourne Airport is VIC’s major aviation gateway and the first point of contact for many visitors to the State. The airport is serviced by around 30 international airlines and is just a 25 minute drive from the city. Qantas, Virgin Australia and Jetstar are the major domestic carriers which run services from Australia’s major cities.




Melbourne Airport can be easily reached by car, taxi or bus. 

  • Car rental company booking desks are located at the airport
  • Taxis are readily available outside the terminal and a trip to the city will cost around AUD$60
  • Skybus provides direct airport bus services to the city and back again. Buses run 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every 10-15 minutes in the day and every 30-60 minutes at night. Buy Skybus tickets at the Airport or online.




Melbourne taxis are easy to spot. Cabs often wait in designated cab ranks at clearly signposted locations and busy spots such as Flinders Street Station. You may also hail a taxi in the street. If the rooftop lamp is lit, the taxi is usually unoccupied and available for hire. Telephone bookings are also available. The main taxi service providers in Victoria are 13CABS, Silver Top Taxis, Crown Cabs, and Silver Service Taxis.

Rideshare trips with the Uber app are popular in Melbourne. Payment is cashless, as you set your billing details with a credit card after you install the app. Check out these popular options too; Ola, Didi and Shebah (all-women rideshare).




myki is Melbourne’s ticket to travel on the city’s trains, trams and buses. It’s a plastic smartcard with stored value which can be topped up and re-used again. is Melbourne’s public transport system, providing locals and visitors cost effective and efficient travel throughout the city and the greater metropolitan area. Purchase your myki online at www.myki.com.au, premium train stations, or retail outlets displaying the myki sign Including 7-Elevens). Alternatively, you can now also travel by digital myki on your Android phone on the Google PayTM app. Please see the Public Transport Victoria website for more details. 

You’ll find timetables, fares and service information on the Public Transport Victoria website. Use the Journey Planner function to plan your travel and get information in real time. 



ACMI – Located in the heart of Melbourne’s Fed Square, ACMI celebrates the wonder and power of the world’s most democratic artform – fostering the next generation of makers, players and watchers. ACMI’s vibrant calendar of exhibitions, screening, commissions, festivals, and industry and education programs explore the stories, technologies and artists that create our shared screen culture.


Iconic Laneways and Arcades – Wandering through the city’s mosaic arcades and art-filled laneways might be the ultimate way to see Melbourne on foot. Here’s where to find the hole-in-the-wall cafes, secret shops, tiny wine bars and iconic restaurants of the small streets.

This walk is approximately 2.4km and takes around 2 hours.


Melbourne SkyDeck – Located in the heart of the city, Melbourne Skydeck captures everything that is special about Melbourne and beyond. Featuring the Southern Hemisphere’s highest observation deck, the Melbourne Skydeck experience dazzles, entertains and informs through its spectacular and ever-changing views, state-of-the-art virtual and augmented reality technology, and the Melbourne Skydeck app.


Secret Gardens Walk – Melbourne is blessed with a ring of green spaces surrounding the city. Amount the magnificent 19th century parks and gardens, you’ll find hidden grottos, secluded ponds and site of Aboriginal significance.

This walk is approximately 4.2km and takes about 2 hours.


Phillip Island Penguin Parade – Watch Little Penguins dash home across the sand at dusk at Phillip Island Nature Parks’ Penguin Parade. Explore boardwalks after sark to see, smell and hear these penguins in the colony, greeting neighbours, partners, and their chicks. Every visit to the Penguin Parade protects nature for wildlife. Visitors support Phillip Island Nature Parks vital research, education and conservation projects that ensure Phillip Island’s native habitats thrives into the future for both wildlife and us to enjoy.


The Lume – Connection was born from a powerful vision: top celebrate the captivating art and music of the First Peoples while making a positive impact of their vibrant artist communities. This extraordinary experience tells the story of the country’s rich and enduring cultural history. Step into the world of Connection, where more than 11o visionary visual and musical artists come together to create an unparalleled showcase of First People’s act. Across nearly 650 digital and original artworks, emerging voices dance alongside those of master artists, who collectively bring songlines from the remotest regions of this land to life.


Yarra River – Exploring the Yarra River ON A BOAT provides a unique perspective and totally amazing experience. Bring some drinks and snacks to enjoy as you cruse through Melbourne’s spectacular scenery. Choose to Skipper Yourself or a Skippers Cruise for truly memorable experiences.

  • Skipper Yourself: You don’t need a boat licence to skipper yourself and explore the Yarra River under your own steam. Anyone can captain our user-friendly electric boats.
  • Skipper Cruises: With our skippers cruises you’ll experience the very best of Melbourne. ON A BOAT provides the skipper, so all you need to do is focus on having an awesome time.


Yarra Valley – Less than an hour from Melbourne, the Yarra Valley & Dandenong Ranges is a life experience away, quality local food and wine, breathtaking scenery and indulgent activities. Take an early morning balloon flight, meet passionate food and wine producers, and encounter a platypus at Healseville Sanctuary in the Yarra Valley. Wander the walking trails, meander the villages and discover the hidden delights of the Dandenong Ranges amount its scenic winding roads, abundant artist studios, craft stores and renowned gardens.


Zoo – Over 300 species of animals can be found in the beautifully landscaped setting of Melbourne Zoo, just minutes from the central city. Stroll through an Asian village and garden setting to see the majestic Asian elephants. See unique Australian wildlife, encounter sleek Sumatran tigers, watch orangutans swinging through the trees, or submerge in an underwater world to see Victoria’s native penguin’s species and Australian fur seals. There are also interactive exhibits where visitors have the chance to learn all about the zoo’s animals, the fight to save wildlife from extinction, and what visitors can do to help.