This year the conference will be held in the heritage listed and recently refurbished Hawthorn Arts Centre, located at 360 Burwood Road, Hawthorn (just 6 kilometres from Melbourne’s CBD and approximately 12 minutes by train from Flinders Street Station).
ConferenceNational has secured a limited number of rooms at a special price for ACFID Conference delegates at Quest Serviced Apartments – Hawthorn; Amora Riverwalk Hotel and Quest Kew.
Quest Service Apartments – Hawthorn
Quest Hawthorn is located at 616 Glenferrie Road, Hawthorn and is just around the corner from the Conference Venue (approximately 100 metres) and about 500 metres from Glenferrie Train Station. Quest is offering ACFID conference delegates a discounted room rate of $194 per night for one of their “Studio” rooms.
Amora Riverwalk Hotel
2.0 km from the Hawthorn Arts Centre
Standard Queen Room $209.00
3.0km from the Hawthorn Arts Centre
Two Bedroom Apartment $350
How to book any of the above Hotels: Book your accommodation through Conference National’s Accommodation portal here.
Flying to Melbourne Melbourne Airport is located to the northwest of Melbourne’s CBD approx. 24kms and about 34kms from Hawthorn.
Through the Flight portal managed by ConferenceNational, you can book your flights with zero booking fees and at the best price, whilst still earning rewards points (for applicable carriers). Once you have completed your booking, you will receive a summary email with a tax invoice and booking reference. You will receive an e-ticket within 24 hours when your booking is confirmed. If you have any questions about your flight booking please contact CN Flights on 1300 54 59 09 (9:00am – 5:30pm, Mon – Fri, AEST)
The flight portal can be accessed here.
Taxi from the airport
The taxi rank is located outside each of the arrivals terminals across the airport. A taxi from the airport to the CBD will be about $50 and to Hawthorn about $80. The time to travel from the airport to the CBD or Hawthorn can be anywhere between 30-60 minutes (potentially longer during morning and afternoon peak-hours).
Uber from the airport
Uber drivers do not have an official rank at Melbourne Airport. For Uber users, when booking your driver, you’ll need to call the driver directly to negotiate a pick up location at Melbourne Airport.
The Skybus The Skybus service (the big Red bus) operates every 10-20 minutes (more often during peak times) and is a direct service from Melbourne Airport to Southern Cross Station in the CBD. A one-way fare is $19 and a return fare (valid for three months) is $38. Southern Cross Station is one of Melbourne’s major public transport hubs. More on public transport options below.
Getting to Hawthorn Arts Centre on public transport
By train: If you are coming from the CBD the best and fastest option is via train. The train ride from the Flinders Street Station in the city to Hawthorn (Glenferrie Station) is about 12 minutes. Worth noting the suburb of Hawthorn is serviced by three train stations: Hawthorn Station, Glenferrie Station and Auburn Station. The one for the Hawthorn Arts Centre (and for the main shopping and eating strip of Hawthorn) is Glenferrie Station.
The main Train Lines that service Glenferrie Station are:
- Lilydale Line
- Belgrave Line
- Blackburn Line
These three lines run via the City Loop. The City Loop stations are: Flinders Street, Southern Cross, Flagstaff, Melbourne Central and Parliament Stations.
Glenferrie Train Station is considered a premium station so even if you hop on an Express Service it is highly likely that you will stop at Glenferrie Station. It is advisable to checked the stopping stations before you step onto your train.
To see all train lines that service Glenferrie Station please visit the Public Transport Victoria website: https://www.ptv.vic.gov.au/
By tram: if you are staying in Malvern, Caulfield North, St Kilda East or St Kilda your best public transport options is via Tram. The main tram route that services Hawthorn is the No.16 tram which travels from the Swanson Street, Melbourne CBD to Kew via: St Kilda Road, then through St Kilda and St Kilda East, North Caulfield, Malvern, Hawthorn (Glenferrie Road) and on to Kew.
The other trams that service Hawthorn are the No. 70 and No. 75 trams.
To see all Trams services for Hawthorn please visit the Yarra Trams website: http://www.yarratrams.com.au/
Getting around Melbourne on Public Transport
Melbourne’s public transport network consists of Trains (Metro), Trams (Yarra Trams) and Buses (various companies). An overview of the full network can be accessed via the Public Transport Victoria website.
The most likely candidates for your public transport experience in Melbourne will be either the Metro train system or the iconic Yarra Trams. It is worth noting that individual cash tickets on Melbourne’s public transport system cannot be purchased. The only fare option for public transport is via the Myki Card (much like Sydney’s Opal Card or Canberra’s MyWay Card). Myki Cards can be purchased (for $6.00) at most of Melbourne’s train stations (usually these are premium stations) and at all 7/11 Convenience stores. The maximum full fare is $7.80 per day. So if you are in Melbourne for three days your financial outlay will be about $30 ($6 for the card + $24 three days fare).