Melbourne is the capital of the state of Victoria in Australia.
How to get to Melbourne
Most flights land at Melbourne Airport at Tullamarine. A taxi between the airport and the city can cost up to $50 each way, however Skybus travels between the airport and Southern Cross Station in the city centre for $16 one way, $26 return, and leaves every 10 to 15 minutes during the majority of the day. Tickets can be bought at the skybus
The majority of Jetstar flights land at Avalon Airport near Geelong. Avalon is 55km from the city, and as a result taxi rides between Avalon and Melbourne city are not recommended. Sunbus run a bus service between Avalon and Melbourne city timed for departing and arriving planes. Cost is $27 each way.
Firefly Express runs twice-daily services between Melbourne/Sydney and Melbourne/Adelaide. Cost is $65 each way between Melbourne and Sydney, and $55 each way between Adelaide and Sydney.
Countrylink travels between Melbourne and Sydney twice-daily, and Melbourne and Canberra once a day. prices vary depending on demand, but expect in the $100 to $150 range each way.
The Overland travels three days a week between Melbourne and Adelaide (Monday, Wednesday and Friday to Melbourne; Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday to Adelaide). Cost is $89 one way, $149 return.
Travelling via rail to Melbourne from any other major Australian city requires changing trains. More information can be found at Australian Railway Journeys
Getting around Melbourne
Melbourne has a comprehensive array of public transport options, and uses a combined ticketing system. Metlink Melbourne is the place to go to answer any public transport question you have.
Melbourne has two zones for public transport. Zone 1 is the "inner" area, while Zone 2 covers the rest of Melbourne.
A "2 Hour" ticket covers all travel within the next 2(ish) hours, a daily covers all travel until 3:00am the next morning, while a weekly covers travel for the entire week. If you are intending to travel on Public Transport for more than 4 days within a 7 day period, a weekly is the best value for money.
Driving around Melbourne is an option, however there are two things to keep in mind.
Firstly, the Trades Hall Venue is just outside the Melbourne CBD, and as a result parking may be a problem.
Secondly, Melbourne does have a system of toll roads in place. These toll roads operate without toll booths as tolls are collected electronically. Travelling on the toll roads without organising the toll can result in a hefty fine.