University of Melbourne


The University of Melbourne is an internationally renowned research University, founded in 1853 by an Act of the Victorian Parliament.

Melbourne in the 1850s was a small colonial city but its civic leaders had a vision of an exciting future. The Foundation Stones of the University and the State Library of Victoria were laid on the same day.

Beginning as a cluster of buildings set in a large park on the fringe of the city, with four professors and 16 students, the University now sits at the heart of a thriving international city. Today over 8000 academic and professional staff support a vibrant student body of more than 48 000, including more than 13 000 international students from over 130 countries around the world.

The University is more than a place of learning and research; it is an integral part of the cultural life of the city of Melbourne.

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History of The University of Melbourne

Baillieu Library is one of the biggest libraries in Australia with 3.7 million books.

The underground car park is an architectural feat which was featured in the original Mad Max movie.

The Old Quad is reminiscent of Harry Potter and was built by the same individuals who started the eight-hour Labour day movement.

Some Quick Interesting Facts

2008: Melbourne Model introduced, reflecting the global trend towards broad and liberal undergraduate education leading into specialised, professional graduate study and research degrees.

1982: Professor Graeme Clark developed and later conducted the first multi-channel commercial cochlear implant, engineering the first bionic ear.

1970: A group of Melbourne University students defied the odds to build Australia’s first satellite.

1883: Julia ‘Bella’ Guerin, graduates from the University of Melbourne and is the first woman to graduate from any Australian university.

These are only a small selection and example of what makes the University of Melbourne and its history

Distinct, Daring, Diverse & Different

Some Key Defining Accomplishments

The University of Melbourne, The Spot

How to get here

You can get to Melbourne/The Spot by:

Uber/Didi to the venue which will cost approx. AUS $40,

Starbus is a door to door drop off service and will cost AUS $20
Skybus is a service which drops passengers at Southern Cross Station which will cost AUS $20. The Southern Cross is a major train station hub for Melbourne approximately 16 minutes by Public Transport to The Spot (2.6 Kilometres)

Myki – A must for Public Transport Use
Myki is the contactless ticketing system for Melbourne's public transport. You can buy them at machines and MYKI ticketing booths at train stations and in selected retail outlets such as 7-Eleven and Tattersalls. When you buy a Myki, you can choose between 'Myki money' (your fare will be deducted each time) or 'Myki pass', which is a set amount of money for a set number of days of unlimited travel. For travellers to Melbourne Myki Money is the suitable selection. If you board a train, tram or bus, 'touch on' your Myki by tapping it against the Myki reader. When you get off at your station or stop, 'touch off' by tapping it again. The only exception are trams in the Melbourne CBD – which incorporate the free tram zone. When using trams in this zone you do not need to tap on or off. Visit for all your public travel information



Melbourne has two major Airports:

The Tullamarine (International) Airport (MEL) is serviced by 30 international airlines and Avalon Airport (AVV) is serviced by four major domestic carriers

Delegates are advised to book flights into Tullamarine Airport Only (MEL) 

The conference venue is 19 km from Tullamarine Airport.

Things you might like to know before you pack  


Melbourne is known for its weirdly unique weather where you get to experience 3-4 seasons in one day. Melbourne hots up in December through to February with an average temperature of 25 degree Celsius.  

It is advised to use a sunscreen with SPF 50, carry an umbrella and a warm cardigan at all times to stay weatherproof throughout your stay in Melbourne. 

Health and Safety 

Australia is one of the safest places in the world but, precaution is always better than cure!  

A comprehensive travel information is a must before you visit Melbourne and in case of emergencies please call triple zero (000) and ask for fire, police or ambulance help. 

If you are touring pre and post and visiting our beaches, make sure you swim only on lifeguard patrolled beaches between the red and yellow flags. Please visit for more information on beach safety.  

For more information on bites and stings please visit  

Internet or Wi-Fi access and Mobile  

The conference venue and your place of accommodation will give access to the Wi-fi at all times but in case you wish stay connected to internet everywhere, you can buy a sim card with internet, messaging, local and international calling. As soon as you collect baggage and exit the airport, you have a lot of options to buy a sim card.  


Australia’s currency is Australian Dollar (AUD). There are money exchangers at the Airport as well as in the CBD area which is at a walking distance from the conference venue. You can use all major debit and credit cards. If you are carrying $10,000 AUD cash or more in or out of Australia, you will need to fill out a Cross-Border Movement – Physical Currency (CBM-PC) form. You can claim a GST refund and Wine equalisation tax on purchases above $300, for more information and terms and conditions please visit  

Electricity (Insert picture of socket/plug) 

In Australia, we use the power plugs and sockets of type 1 i.e. angled two or three pin plugs, the standard voltage is 230V and frequency is 50Hz.  


Except for Australian and New Zealand citizens, all other passport holders are required to obtain an Australian Visa to enter. There are a range of visas you can apply for including tourist and working holiday visas. Visas can be obtained from Australian Embassies, high commissions, consulates and online. For more information on suitable visas and how to apply for one please visit 


The University of Melbourne has some amazing instagrammable spots where you cannot miss taking your pictures!

Arts West Building
Botany Building
Clock Town
John Medley Building Welcome Sign
Melbourne School of Design
Old Quad
Systems Garden
Underground Carpark


Books & Bites
Café Commercio
Books & Bites
Haymarket café
Porta Via
Seven Seeds

Melbourne is known for its freshly brewed coffee and The University of Melbourne has a lot of coffee shops in and around the campus. It is always a good idea to carry your own keep cup and some providers will discount your coffee when you do. Watch this space for ANZMAC 2020 special café offers!!!


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