Welcome to the 6th international conference on mobile Learning
16–19 October 2007 Melbourne Australia. Melbourne Exhibition & Convention Centre

Melbourne Welcomes you! Melbourne – recognised as a marvellous place to be when voted 'world’s most liveable city', this beautiful state capital offers an exceptional lifestyle where visitors are made very welcome. Melbourne is a modern and progressive city while it retains much of its gracious, historic charm.

Renowned for its culture and arts, Melbourne also offers a vast array of sights, activities, entertainment, and epicurean experiences as well as a multitude of sporting and cultural events. Its history is fascinating and explains much of the elegant architecture; an enormous breadth of cuisines and reputation for ‘best eating’ in australia; the traditions of theatre and artistic pursuits; the tag ‘garden state’ with its famous parks and gardens throughout the city; its exciting shopping and sports-mad locals

Whatever your interests, something is sure to delight or enrapture. stroll the city streets and soak up the atmosphere, the architecture and the friendliness; linger in a bustling café, share a peaceful park with a black swan, or saunter along a city beach…

Did you know that melbourne is situated on an ocean bay? It also has the Yarra River running through the very heart of the city – find a restaurant overlooking the water fronting the city skyline, daydream on one of its diverse bridges or take a cruise and enjoy a different, interesting view of this city: the famous melbourne cricket ground where the 1956 olympic games were staged and a busy sporting venue today, past the home of the australian open, picturesque parks and gardens, the port and docklands that have changed into award-winning city living precincts. Melbourne has opened up to become a true waterfront city!

There is so much to see & do - these are just some of the attractions or for more detailed information about magnificent melbourne go to the official tourism website www.visitmelbourne.com

  • Arts Centre
  • Melbourne Observation Deck
  • Australian Centre For The Moving Image
  • Cook's Cottage
  • Ballooning
  • Federation Square
  • National Gallery Of Victoria
  • Scienceworks & Planetarium
  • Melbourne River Cruises
  • Melbourne Museum
  • Immigration Museum
  • RAAF Museum
  • Parliament Of Victoria
  • Royal Botanic Gardens
  • Melbourne Aquarium
  • Crown Entertainment Complex
  • Imax Theatre
  • Colonial Tramcar Restaurant
  • Werribee Park Open Range Zoo
  • Historic Homesteads
  • Old Melbourne Gaol
  • Melbourne Maritime Museum
  • MCG Tours
  • Melbourne Zoo
  • Puffing Billy Steam Railway
  • Melbourne Olympic Parks
  • Healesville Sanctuary
  • Shopping
...then there are all the exciting events throughout the year!
Go to www.visitmelbourne.com to help plan your exciting adventure or relaxing holiday to Melbourne, Australia.

Conference Venue Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre
Clarendon St, Melbourne

Situated on the picturesque Yarra River, the Melbourne Exhibition Centre features state of the art facilities including well appointed meeting rooms with close access to exhibition areas. The Centre is also located just a short stroll from many of the city's restaurants, hotels and shopping areas making it easily accessed by foot or public transport.

The entertainment precincts of Crowne complex, Southbank boulevard, Docklands and Federation Square are a pleasant ten minute riverside stroll.

24 hour car parking can be accessed via Siddeley street

PH + 61 3 9205 6481
FAX + 61 3 9205 6404

Accommodation Where to stay in Melbourne
The conference office has selected hotels and apartments in Melbourne to suit a range of budgets and preferences. Please see the accommodation page for more information (to be updated shortly).

Transport Getting Around Melbourne
Trams, Trains and Buses Melbourne’s trams are legendary! Enjoy a free tram experience, and see the city sights on the ‘City Circle’ trams that run in and around the city. Jump off and on at places of interest.

Both Flinders Street train station and Southern Cross train station are within walking distance of the conference venue, with tram stops on Spencer and Clarendon streets that are close to the Conference Venue .

Other destinations within Melbourne are easily accessed through the integrated network of trams, trains and buses - for information on transport routes and timetables visit www.viclink.com.au

Melbourne is regarded as a relatively safe city, making it attractive to explore. Taxis (all are yellow), rental vehicles and chauffeured limousine services are all available. A taxi rank is situated at the Spencer Street exit of the MECC (conference venue), or can be flagged on the street.

Melbourne's major taxi companies include:
Arrow - 13 2211
Black Cabs Combined - 13 2227
Silver Top Taxis - 13 1008
Wheelchair accessible taxis 1300 364 050

Getting to and from the Airport
Melbourne airport is 25km/30-45mins (non peak hour traffic) from the city. From the airport you can take the Skybus shuttle service to the CBD and city hotels(approximately AUD$15), a yellow taxi (approximately AUD$45), a rental car or a pre-booked limousine.

From Coach and Rail Terminals
If arriving by coach or rail, these terminals are located within the city so a short tram or taxi ride from these will get you to your city accommodation

Weather Melbourne does have a reputation for variable weather – it can reach freezing point on a winter’s night and climb to over 40°C/104°F during a summer heat wave, and there can be a 20 degrees difference in just one day. So its not uncommon to have four seasons in one day! Fortunately, most of the time the weather does follow a pattern. The best advice is to consider ‘layering’ when visiting Melbourne – choose clothing to suit the range of average temperatures below, but allow for the odd day beyond these averages

°C °F
September - November
9 - 22 48 - 68
December - February
15 - 35 60 - 95
March - May
10 - 25 50 - 77
June - August
7 - 15 44 - 60
This chart of minimum & maximum average temperatures is a guide only

Victoria Melbourne is the capital city of the state of victoria, which offers an even greater array of wonderful experiences! If you have the time before or after your business commitments, venture beyond the city – see stimulating possibilities at www.visitvictoria.com

The great ocean road with spectacular views of ocean bordered by rugged natural bushland, the 12 apostles (impressive rock formations rising out of the sea), the fairy penguin parade at Phillip Island and the endless white sandy beaches, untouched flora and fauna of Wilsons Promontory are just a few of the amazing attractions Victoria has to offer.

For more ideas and to plan your travel visit www.visitvictoria.com

Australia Australia is a land of spectacular scenery, amazing wildlife and exciting adventures. Whether its our long white sandy beaches, the vibrant colours of the red centre, the calming, beautiful natural bushland, or Sydney’s iconic Opera House and Harbour bridge, there’s so much to attract excite and entice. If you travel from across the world, don’t miss an opportunity to see something of this vast continent. Want to relax in the tropics, walk around Uluru (Ayers Rock), self-drive around vineyards or go snorkelling?

Australia is a huge country with many fascinating destinations so choosing can be difficult. Help can be found at the Tourism Australia website www.australia.com

VISA Requirements With the exception of New Zealand citizens travelling on New Zealand passports, all international visitors must obtain a visa/ETA before entering Australia. For information about visa applications please visit www.immi.gov.au/visitors

Applications for visas must be submitted AT LEAST 3 WEEKS PRIOR TO DATE OF YOUR TRAVEL. However we recommend that application for visas are submitted as soon as possible.

Invitation Letters
Download the International Delegate Visa Information document.

Click here for professional advice on Visa requirements for entry in Australia

For futher information, contact the conference office
PO Box 415
Ascot Vale VIC 3032 Australia

Email: enquiries@mlearn2007.org
PH + 61 2 8251 0045
FAX +61 2 8251 0097

Insurance Insurance of any kind is NOT included in registration fees - it is advised that delegates take out appropriate health and travel insurances prior to travelling. The MLearn committee and the conference office do not take any responsibility for delegates failing to insure.

Organised Tours around Melbourne Tramcar Restaurant – Wednesday October 17th Book Now
Dining in Melbourne is a wonderful experience especially aboard the fleet of historic trams that have become The Colonial Tramcar Restaurant. These burgundy coloured restaurants on wheels are the first travelling tram restaurants in the world and ensure a delightful and innovative approach to dining. Cruising the streets of inner city Melbourne, fine cuisine and excellent Australian wines with full bar are featured amidst a cosy atmosphere where the service is friendly and the décor inviting.

Cost: $105 per person.
Includes: Tram travel, five course meal, drinks and gst.
Times: 8.20pm to 11.30pm.

Yarra Valley Wines – Saturday October 20th Book Now
This cool climate region that was first planted in 1838 is renowned for its sparkling and elegant table wines. Visits would be made to 3 wineries, the small family owned Kellybrook, the valley’s first vineyard Yering Station and the French owned Domaine Chandon.

Cost: $110 per person, based on a minimum of 30 people.
Includes: Deluxe coach transport, wine tasting with cheese and biscuits at Kellybrook Winery, wine tasting & main course lunch with glass of wine at Yering Station Winery, guided tour, food platter & glass of wine at Domaine Chandon, guide, gst.
Times: 9.00am to 5.30pm.

Saturday October 20th, 2007 (L) Book Now
Depart Melbourne at 8am and travel to the west through Geelong, the state's second largest city. Not long past Geelong the ocean comes into view as we pass through Torquay and then onto Anglesea. Continue onto Lorne where the dual mix of the ocean and the Otway Ranges is breathtaking. Lunch would be taken at Lavers Hill and before the drive through to the rainforest at Melba Gully then to the Shipwreck Coast. The afternoon would feature the coastal rock formations of Loch Ard Gorge, 12 Apostles and The Arch before arriving in Port Campbell.

Sunday October 21st, 2007 (B, L) Book Now
After breakfast travel across to Tower Hill, an extinct volcano and now a State Park. A walk through the park reveals koalas in generous numbers in the gum trees. Late morning continue through to Dunkeld where lunch will be enjoyed at the stylish Royal Mail Hotel. After lunch, travel through the Grampians National Park into Halls Gap for the visit to the Brambuk Aboriginal Cultural Centre. Ownership of Brambuk is shared between five Aboriginal communities with historic links to the Grampians ranges and the surrounding plains. Spend time learning more about aspects of Koori culture, bush tucker as well as a nature walk. Late afternoon transfer through to Halls Gap, the major town at the heart of the breathtaking Grampians mountain range.

Monday October 22nd, 2007 (B, L, D) Book Now
Depart Halls Gap and travel through the Grampians taking in some of the most spectacular scenery the state has to offer. Included in these are The Balconies, Mt Difficult Lookout and The Jaws of Death before transferring through to Ballarat and Sovereign Hill. After the welcome some free time would be available to explore the park. Sovereign Hill is a recreation of Ballarat's first ten years following the discovery of gold there in 1851. Adjourn to the Charlie Napier Hotel for dinner before experiencing the sound and light show, 'Blood on the Southern Cross'. The show brilliantly recreates the events that lead to Australia's only civil war, the Eureka Stockade on Sunday December 3rd 1854. On the return to Melbourne divert to the airport for anyone with a late flight.

Cost: $770 pp, based on a minimum of 10 people (twin/double share). $900 pp, based on a minimum of 10 people (single share).
Includes: Deluxe mini-bus transport, two nights accommodation, shearing demonstration and farm visit at Crombie Homestead, tour of Melba Gully, Port Campbell National Park, Tower Hill, Grampians and Sovereign Hill, entry fees to Sovereign Hill and Blood on the Southern Cross, meals as indicated, gst.
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