National Conference5 - 6 May 2016,
Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre

Important Dates

10 December 2015
Abstract submission closes
midnight (AEDT)

10 February 2016
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31 March 2016
Early Bird Registration Deadline

4 May 2016

5 – 6 May 2016
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About Melbourne


A packed agenda of food, wine, sports and arts is your introduction to Melbourne – from its creative, exciting city centre to its buzzing neighbourhood hubs. It’s the gateway to Victoria’s world-class wineries, natural springs, spectacular coastline and alpine villages.
Melbourne is a city filled with natural beauty, cosmopolitan flavour and a diversity of experiences on offer. Whatever your interests, something is sure to delight or enrapture – stroll the city laneways and soak up the atmosphere, street art, architecture and the friendliness of locals; linger in a bustling café, share a peaceful park with a black swan, or saunter along a city beach.

There is so much to see & do – these are just some of the ‘must see’ attractions
For more detailed information about Melbourne go to the official tourism website

‘Must see’ attractions in Melbourne:

Melbourne Zoo

view over 300 different species from around the world in naturalistic habitats at Melbourne’s award winning zoo.

Eureka Skydeck

In just 38 seconds you are propelled to the observation deck on the 88th floor via the fastest lifts in the Southern Hemisphere. Stepping onto the Skydeck, visitors are presented with 360 degree views of Melbourne and its surrounding areas thanks to the floor to ceiling windows.


Melbourne Museum

Enjoyed by over one million visitors each year, Melbourne Museum is one of Melbourne’s favourite award winning cultural destinations.

National Gallery of Victoria

The National Gallery of Victoria has two magnificent galleries – NGV International and NGV Australia located a short walk apart – both with free entry to the permanent collection. Victorians and visitors can now enjoy two public art galleries within one magnificent arts precinct.

Federation Square

Federation Square is Melbourne’s most prominent meeting place and a unique cultural precinct which, including multicultural festivals, markets, film screenings, sporting events and much more, brings together a creative mix of attractions, museums and galleries, and the finest of dining with its many restaurants, cafes and bars.

Photo courtesy of John Gollings.

Melbourne Aquarium

Situated on the riverside, Melbourne Aquarium is home to thousands of animals including sharks, turtles, stingrays, tropical fish and more.
Walk underwater through the glass viewing tunnels and come face-to-face with remarkable marine and freshwater animals that Australia is famous for.


Melbourne Laneways

Experience Melbourne’s eclectic spirit with a night out exploring the wonderful nightspots, bars, restaurants, galleries and boutiques peppering the city’s streets and laneways.


Hot Air Ballooning

Those with a bit of extra coin to spare and who are wanting some unforgettable views will want to take a hot air balloon ride over Melbourne, as it’s one of the few cities in the world that allow such an experience directly over its skyline. Take in the beauty of the city as the sun rises and enjoy a bird’s eye view of all that you survey amidst the pure calm and serene skies.


Queen Victoria Market

Those with a need for knick-knacks will be in their element with a visit to Melbourne’s Queen Victoria Market, a bustling outdoor hub with an item, souvenir or meal to suit pretty much every taste. This is the Queen of all markets and the vibrant, exciting mix of cultures and ethnicities of Melbourne can be discovered here, with a variety of foods and souvenirs from all corners of the Earth on offer.


Places of Interest in Victoria:

Yarra Valley Winery Tours

Visit your choice of the picturesque Yarra Valley or stunning Mornington Peninsula where you can sample some of the best wine in the region.

Penguin Parade to Phillip Island

Witness this uniquely Australian experience at Phillip Island as the world’s smallest Penguins come home from the sea and waddle across the beach to their sand dune burrows.

The Great Ocean Road

Travel along one of the most breathtaking and scenic coastlines that includes the Twelve Apostles, Otway rainforest and Bells Beach.

Puffing Billy

Board Australia’s favourite steam train as it travels along a narrow railway through the spectacular Dandenong Ranges.

Healesville Sanctuary

The wonder of the Australian bush comes alive at this premier wildlife park. It is home to over 300 species of wildlife including koalas, dingoes and the platypus.

Spa country in Daylesford

Sample mineral waters, explore craft and antique shops, go boating on the lake or just relax.

Sovereign Hill in Ballarat

a recreated goldfields township set over 25 hectares on a site which forms part of the richest alluvial goldfields the world has ever seen. We offer a wide range of activities carried out by costumed staff and volunteers, many of whom portray some of the behaviours and prejudices of the 1850s!