BADGE COLLECTION UPON ARRIVAL
For attendees wanting to collect their badge on Monday 29 October 2018 please visit the registration desk upon arrival which will be located on Level 2 in the Convention Centre.
For attendees arriving and collecting their badge between Tuesday 30 October – Thursday 1 November, the registration desk will be located outside Door 1 of the Exhibition Centre.
PLEASE NOTE all attendees are required to provide photo identification to collect their badge and will be subject to mandatory bag checks before entering the event.
FOR YOUR ARRIVAL INTO AUSTRALIA
International visitors that are non-Australian passport holders will require a visa to enter Australia for arrival to Melbourne for IMARC
Arrival from UK & Europe
If you hold a passport from UK or Europe, you can apply for authorisation to travel to Australia online. The most common visa for these passport holders is the eVisitor (Business Stream) visa. There is no application or service fee. Applications can be made here.
Arrival from USA, Canada & Asia
Passport holders from USA, Canada or Asia can also apply for a visa online. The most common visa for these passport holders is the ETA (Business Entrant)(Subclass 601). There is no visa application charge for this visa but a service fee of AUD $20 is charged for online applications. Applications can be made here.
Please note: It can take time to receive a visa. Please begin the process of applying for a visa at least 45 days prior to your arrival into Australia.
Receiving a Letter of Invitation
Submitting an official Letter of Invitation from IMARC with your application is an important step in this process. The letter itself will not guarantee your application’s approval. The letter is merely supplementary information that explains an applicant’s intended travel purpose.
To receive a Letter of Invitation for IMARC please follow the instructions below:
- Register for IMARC
- During the registration process for IMARC, please state that you need a Letter of Invitation
- Upon request, be prepared to provide your date of birth and passport number to the IMARC customer service team.
Your letter of invitation will be emailed to you after your registration has been completed and your payment has been received.
Print your Letter of Invitation in colour and submit it with your visa application to the Embassy/Consulate alongside all other required documents.
IMARC have negotiated competitive rates for the following hotels near the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre. To receive the special rates please book with the links below.
Crown Metropol Melbourne
2 8 Whiteman St, Melbourne VIC 3006
T: +61 (0) 3 9292 6211
Rates from $310 AUD
Delegates are able to secure their reservations directly with the hotel by clicking here or over the phone with the reservations department. Guests need to quote “IMARC” in order to reserve the room on the group rates and will require a direct credit card when making the booking to guarantee the reservation.
GETTING TO THE MELBOURNE CONVENTION & EXHIBITION CENTRE
The SkyBus transports visitors directly from Melbourne Airport to Southern Cross train station.
Bus route 237 operates from Queen Victoria Market, via Southern Cross Station to Lorimer Street South Wharf from Monday to Friday. Lorimer Street is approximately a five minute walk to MCEC. There is also a coach pick up/drop off point at Bay 1, Convention Centre Place (closest to DFO South Wharf).
For further bus timetable information and trip planning, visit the Victorian Public Transport website.
The closest train station is Southern Cross Station. Get off at Southern Cross Station and catch tram number 96, 109 or 12 as above. For further train timetable information and trip planning, visit the Victorian Public Transport website here.
Catch any of the following trams and get off at the stop 124A Casino/MCEC which will take you to the Clarendon Street entrance of MCEC:
- Route 96 – St Kilda to East Brunswick
- Route 109 – Port Melbourne to Box Hill
- Route 12 – Victoria Gardens to St Kilda
Alternatively catch tram number 48 or 70 and get off at Stop D5 on Flinders Street. Then take a short walk towards the Yarra River, across the Seafarers Bridge. For further tram timetable information and trip planning, visit the Victorian Public Transport website here.
If you’re driving to Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, the Exhibition Centre car park can be accessed via Normanby Road.
If you’re being dropped off at the Exhibition Centre, our Clarendon Street entrance is the closest entrance. If you’re getting a lift to the Convention Centre, the entrance near DFO is the closest drop off point.
If you’re heading to the Exhibition Centre, ask your taxi or Uber driver to drop you off at MCEC’s Clarendon Street entrance. If you’re going to the Convention Centre, ask your driver to drop you off at Convention Centre Place, next to Pan Pacific Melbourne and DFO South Warf. We have two nearby taxi ranks – Crown, Clarendon Street and DFO, Convention Centre Place.
When you arrive from Melbourne Airport (also known as Tullamarine Airport), you have three options.
- Catch a taxi from outside your terminal
- Request an Uber by following the signs outside your terminal to the pick up zones
- Catch the Skybus, which has a service called the Southbank Docklands Express that stops at the Clarendon Street entrance of MCEC. Receive 5% discount on purchasing tickets online by entering the promotional code ‘MCEC’.