With a population of over 4 million and one of the fastest growing cities in Australia, Melbourne is often regarded as our country’s sports, fashion and cultural capital. Melbourne remains elegant and refined, proudly enjoying its crowning title as the ‘World’s Most Liveable City’ for a fifth year in a row. Birthplace of the hipster and coffee connoisseur, Melbourne is rightly renowned for its love of food and fine dining.
The Screen Futures Summit will be held on both sides of the city grid, at two venues connected by a free tram ride along Swanston Street:
Friday, Saturday and Sunday (Days 1–3)
RMIT University on the north side of the city
Opening Night, YMF and Sunday (Day 3)
ACMI at Federation Square, between the CBD and the Yarra River
Suggested accommodation: Jasper Hotel
Jasper Hotel is a 4-star hotel offering a range of rooms, including five with wheelchair access. Delegates are also able to check out on Sunday and leave their luggage in a secure room at the hotel until the conference concludes.
Delegates are entitled to a 15% discount off the lowest available rate during the stay period of Thursday 30 June to Sunday 3 July 2016 on all room types. Simply enter the promotional code SF2016 for your discount when you book.
Melbourne has an accessible metro and regional train system.
Trams are free throughout the Melbourne CBD and drivers will announce when you must ‘touch on’ if you are leaving the Free Tram Zone. Myki cards are available at all 7-Eleven stores and 800 other retailers. You can top up at train stations and online. For more details on public transport routes and how to use Myki, visit the Public Transport Victoria website at ptv.vic.gov.au.
Both new and older style trams service the streets, but if you’re looking for a tram experience that does not involve commuters, book a dining experience on the Colonial Tramcar Restaurant and eat and drink your way through Melbourne while exploring some of the more interesting tram routes.
Don’t let the cold weather of winter put you off – slip on a stylish scarf and coat and mingle with the best of them. Here are some restaurants and bars around RMIT University and Jasper Hotel:
- Melbourne Central (shopping centre; includes food court plus a variety of restaurants and bars)
- Nirankar (Indian & Nepalese)
- I Love Dumplings (dumplings; Chinese)
- Chan Charlie Chan (Asian Fusion)
- Fancy Hank’s BBQ Joint (traditional American slow-cooked meats)
Lygon Street in Carlton is known as ‘Little Italy’ and is only a very short walk northeast from RMIT University Building 80. It boasts a multitude of (mainly Italian) eateries.
Some well-known and delicious restaurants and bars around the Fed Square precinct include:
- MoVida and MoVida Next Door (Spanish, with a focus on tapas)
- The Meatball and Wine Bar (industrial chic; Italian meat, fish and vege balls)
- The Press Club and Gazi (George Calombaris’ Modern Greek restaurants
- Chin Chin (trendy Asian Fusion)
- Lucy Liu (Asian share plates and cocktails)
- Supernormal (Asian Fusion)
- Chocolate Buddha (Japanese)
- Cumulus Inc (Modern Australian)
There are also dozens of authentic Asian restaurants in Chinatown (Little Bourke Street, between Swanston and Exhibition Streets).
Things to do
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The city is an eclectic mix of office buildings, theatres, apartments, parks, restaurants, bars, music venues, universities and shared outdoor entertainment spaces.
Federation Square (opposite the famous Flinders Street railway station) houses an open amphitheatre and is home to the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI), the Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, the Melbourne Visitor Centre, numerous cafes, restaurants and bars, and is just a short stroll from the iconic Arts Centre Melbourne and NGV International (National Gallery of Victoria).
Southbank, where it borders the Yarra River, is a popular tourist hub, boasting numerous restaurants that overlook this gentle waterway. On a stroll along Southbank Promenade, through Queensbridge Square and on to Yarra Promenade, you will enjoy a relaxed atmosphere among buskers, holiday-makers and locals travelling from one part of town to another.
Further along the river is SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium, the historic museum ship Polly Woodside, the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) and Docklands – the waterside extension of the Melbourne CBD.
Sports fan? Melbourne is considered one of the most prolific sporting cities in Australia. Annually hosting the Australian Open Tennis Championships, the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix, and the Spring Racing Carnival. Three iconic sporting arenas lie within walking distance of the CBD: the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), Etihad Stadium and AAMI Park.
Try a different mode of transport to enjoy this beautiful city: A boat cruise along the Yarra over to Williamstown or an elegant horse-and-carriage ride along St Kilda Road, taking in the nine-kilometre boulevard lined with office apartments and English plane trees. Alight at the spectacular Royal Botanic Gardens for a wander around its tranquil ponds and flowerbeds, or take a picnic blanket and be at one under an ancient tree. The gardens are surrounded by a running track consistently full of joggers and walkers gaining their daily exercise fix.
West of the St Kilda Road boulevard is Albert Park, with its large lake – home to the Grand Prix – and further along is St Kilda, famous for its atmospheric beach, bohemian lifestyles, Luna Park, the Palais Theatre, backpackers, and its iconic and calorific cake shops.
North of the city is the edgier side of Melbourne, where the hipster was born and happily thrives today. Try Brunswick Street in Fitzroy, and Smith Street in Collingwood for an alternative dose of food, shopping and café lifestyles.