Our conference will be held at Rydges on Swanston, from Monday 25th to Wednesday 27th November 2019.


Melbourne is Australia’s second largest city, is regarded as the cultural and fashion capital of Australia and is renowned for its fine restaurants. It is a true multicultural city with more than one quarter of its inhabitants born overseas. The city is extremely racially tolerant and very easy to work and live in. Visitors enjoy a warm and friendly reception.


Melbourne’s attractions are its gardens and parklands, food precincts, arcades, and great sporting facilities, including the Melbourne Cricket Ground and Flemington Racecourse. Most of these attractions are situated around the Central Business District or within an easy tram or train ride. There are a number of easy day walks within a few kilometres of the CBD.


Although Melbourne sprawls around much of Port Phillip, the main focus for visitors is the Yarra River, which, with its resplendent Victorian bridges, forms the southern parameter of the CBD. The river separates the city from the Southbank development and the parklands that surround the Royal Botanic Gardens.


South of the Yarra River is St Kilda Road, a nine-kilometre boulevarde lined with office buildings and English plane trees. To the west of St Kilda Road is Albert Park Lake, which hosts the Australian Grand Prix. The boulevarde runs up to St Kilda, a bayside suburb once the haunt of prostitutes and drug addicts. St Kilda, famous for its Acland Street cake shops, has seen a remarkable resurgence over the past 20 years and is now one of Melbourne’s most fashionable areas to live and visit.


North of the CBD are the Queen Victoria Markets, parklands and gardens, including Fitzroy Gardens, Flagstaff Gardens and Treasury Gardens.


Although Melbourne has a good metropolitan train system, it is envied by city administrators the world over for its excellently laid out tramway system. A mix of new and old trams grace a network of tram tracks that stretch far out into the suburbs. The city even has a commercially run tramcar restaurant that runs along the more interesting tram routes.


Melbourne has long summers and mild winters. In November, temperatures average between 14-24oC (57.2-75.2oF)