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Travel & Visas

Getting There | Visas

MCEC Directional Map

Getting There

The central location of the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre means it is easily accessed by the city's roadways, freeways, public transport and on foot. The City Link automated tollway connects the MCEC to the airport in just 20 minutes. The Centre is also serviced by six parking areas suitable for public, exhibitor and bus parking with additional parking available within walking distance of the centre.

Public Transport

Getting to and from the Airport

Click here to view various transportation options for getting to and from the airport.


Tram numbers 96, 112 and 109 travel down Spencer/Clarendon streets and stop opposite the Clarendon
Street entrance of the MCEC.

Tram numbers 48 and 70 stop at the end of Flinders Street. Walk towards the Yarra River, across the
new pedestrian bridge.

Please note: Melbourne is in the process of transitioning to a smart card ticketing system called myki.
To travel by tram, you must pre-purchase a myki card and load an amount on the card for travel. The
card price for a full fare myki is $6 and $3 for a concession, seniors’ or child myki.

You can buy a myki:
• From a myki machine at all metropolitan train stations and selected accessible tram stops
and bus interchanges
• 7-Eleven stores
• Selected retailers where you see the myki sign

There are also myki Visitor Packs available for sale at the Visitor Information Centre at Federation
Square. For more information visit


Southern Cross and Flinders Street stations are both a short stroll from the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. These stations are major hubs for suburban, regional and interstate rail services. Directions and ticketing information is available from Centre staff.

For tram and train timetables see


Ask your driver to drop off at Convention Centre Place, next to the Hilton South Wharf Hotel.
Local taxi companies include:
Black and White Cabs Phone: 131 008 International dialling: +61 3 8413 7200
Yellow Cabs Phone: 132 227 International dialling: +61 3 9277 3700

Taxi ranks are right on the doorstep:

  • Melbourne Exhibition Centre
  • Melbourne Convention Centre
  • Crown Entertainment Complex
  • Southern Cross station


The SkyBus transports visitors direct from Melbourne Airport to Southern Cross Station. MCEC is a 10 minute walk from the station or catch tram 96 which stops opposite the Clarendon Street entrance of MCEC.

Bus route 238 operates to and from Southern Cross Station to Convention Centre Place between the hours of 10:00 – 15:00, Monday to Friday.

The coach pick-up/drop-off point is Coach Bay 1, Convention Centre Place (closest to DFO South Wharf).

Visit for timetable information.

Airport transfers

Skybus Super Shuttle is the official transit link between Melbourne Airport and the central business district. It departs every 15 minutes from Southern Cross station, a five-minute walk from the Centre.

Purchase tickets and view the timetable at the Skybus website.

Read more information on travel to Melbourne.

Click here for information on getting around the MCEC centre, and nearby car park locations.


To assist delegates with Visa Applications, as soon as you register as a delegate and pay your Congress Registration Fees, we will forward a formal letter of invitation and confirmation of registration which you can use for visa application purposes.

Do I require a visa?
All visitors to Australia must have a valid visa before boarding their plane regardless of the length of stay. New Zealand and Norfolk Island passport holders do not usually need to lodge a visa application prior to their departure unless they have health and/or character concerns. It is recommended that applicants applying for a paper-based visa lodge their application at least 6-8 weeks before their intended travel date to Australia.

This event is registered with the International Event Coordinator Network (IECN) Service. The IECN assists event participants by offering free advice on Australian visas. Visit their website for more information.

The IECN can advise you on the following:

  • how to apply for a visa
  • what visa to apply for
  • when to apply for a visa
  • where to apply for a visa.

What should I do to help with the visa application process?

For the best possible chance of obtaining a visa to travel to Australia to attend an event, you should:

Please note, the implementation of the new Biometrics Program for visa applicants lodging a paper-based application in the following countries; France, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Zimbabwe, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Yemen, see:

There are many visa options available to people wishing to visit Australia. The appropriate visa option will depend, amongst other things, on the person's purpose for visiting Australia.

Visas for Specific Purposes

NB: These are the visa options available presently but the Department reserves the right to change regulations.

1. Business Visas - is the most appropriate option for delegates fulfilling an official role such as speaking/presenting at the event, or if the delegate is employed and is travelling to Australia to be involved in an activity that is related to their profession. Business Events Factsheet.pdf

NB: IECN assistance will NOT guarantee a visa grant. Visa applicants must demonstrate that they meet all the legislative requirements for an Australian visa.

For additional background relating to:

• visas for people to come to Australia for a business-related visit, please see:

Health and character requirements
All visa applicants will be required to meet certain character and health requirements as part of their visa application process. These requirements exist to uphold the safety and security of the Australian community. The following links provide further information on these requirements, see: and

Important: IECN assistance will not guarantee a visa grant. In order to be granted a visa you must meet all the legislative requirements of that visa.

Online enquiries: Complete the online form to receive advice: IECN Enquiry Form
Telephone: Monday – Friday 9.00 am - 5.00 pm (AEST)
1300 550 684 (in Australia – for the cost of a local call)
+61 1300 550 684 (outside Australia – standard call charges apply).

Confidentiality: In accordance with the Australia’s Privacy Act 1988 the IECN is not able to provide a list of events and conferences in Australia. In accordance with Australia’s Privacy Act 1988, any information an event organiser or participant passes on to the Department’s IECN, will only be used to facilitate visa processing with the relevant Australian overseas visa office.

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2012 ICASM | 60th International Congress of Aviation & Space Medicine
16-20 September 2012 | Melbourne Australia

Please direct all event enquiries to the Congress Secretariat:

Iceberg Events - 
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Phone +61 7 3876 4988
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