Visiting Melbourne

Useful Apps: To explore Melbourne and the surrounding area during your stay for CHI Play 2018 you may find the following apps of interest: List of Melbourne Apps


  • Mantra Southbank Melbourne (Use the promo code CHIPLAY2018 for 10% off any room type between 27th October–1st November 2018, when booked before 27th September 2018. Mantra is an 8 minute walk to the conference venue.
  • DoubleTree Hilton, is a 6 minute walk or short tram ride to the conference venue.


  • Melbourne contains numerous restaurants tailored to specific cultural, religious and dietary requirements
  • In and around the conference venue you will find numerous places for eating out such as Chocolate Buddha (casual Japanese) or MoVida (casual Spanish) all located within walking distance of the conference venue.
  • Food on demand – Uber Eats and Deliveroo provide food delivery from an extensive range of restaurants and eateries both in the CBD and wider Melbourne areas via their Android and iOS apps.
  • Please visit the following website for more information on Melbourne food:

Transport & Getting Around


  • Melbourne Airport (also known as Tullamarine Airport):
    • This is the major international airport for Melbourne located approximately 17km north of Melbourne CBD.
    • Melbourne Airport is the recommended closest airport to Melbourne.
  • Avalon Airport:
    • This airport mainly serves domestic flights and is approximately 50km southwest of Melbourne CBD.

Ground Transport in Melbourne

  • Skybus – bus service direct from either Melbourne or Avalon Airport to the Melbourne CBD (at Southern Cross Train Station) leaving every 10-15 minutes, as well as select CBD hotels. For information see
  • Public Transport (trams, trains, buses) – Melbourne has the most extensive tram network in the world (‘Yarra Trams’), and includes free tram travel throughout the CBD. For tram travel outside the CBD as well as trains and buses, a ‘Myki’ card is required for all public transport and can be purchases at retail stores throughout Melbourne. See website for details at
    • Note that complete public transport routes and directions are also available for Melbourne using Google Maps and selecting ‘Public Transit’ directions.
  • Myki Explorer – The $15 AUD Myki Explorer pack provides the refillable Myki card including $9 credit and discount coupons for many Melbourne attractions. Available for ordering at or can be purchased at select locations in Melbourne including the visitor centre in Federation Square.
  • Uber is available in Melbourne. Note that this is the only ridesharing app currently available for Melbourne.
  • Taxis are available in Melbourne. Taxi services include:

Attractions & Events

When coming to Melbourne, you might be interested in arriving a couple of days earlier, as CHI PLAY is part of Melbourne Games Week, which includes several days of games events across the city , including PAX Australia, one of the largest games expos worldwide.

To attend Melbourne International Games Week (MIGW) you will need to purchase a ticket, available from their website

MIGW will be held at various locations in the Melbourne CBD, from the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (located at Federation Square, the location of the CHI Play conference) to the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (located on Swanston Street – see section above for transport information).

To attend PAX Aus you will need to purchase a ticket, available from their website.

PAX Aus will be held at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre, 1 Convention Centre Place, South Wharf, Melbourne, VIC 3006. A 20-minute walk from the CHI Play 2018 conference location, or a 20-minute tram ride on route 12 or 109 (leaving from terminal on Flinders Street, out front of the station entrance).

Attractions in Melbourne CBD with easy walking or free tram distance:

Visit Melbourne Tourist Information during your stay for advice on things to see and do.

Universities in Melbourne