VALA2020 Welcome to Melbourne


The City of Melbourne welcomes all delegates taking part in the VALA – Libraries, Technology and the Future biennial conference.

The theme for this conference is ‘Focus on the Future’ and over three days it will feature six international keynote speakers, Roundtable and Award Sessions in Plenary, 3 streams of peer-reviewed Concurrent Sessions, interactive discussions and presentation formats, a bustling exhibition hall and much more.

While you are in Melbourne we encourage you to explore our city’s superb entertainment venues, restaurants, bars and art galleries. The City of Melbourne’s What’s On website assists visitors and residents alike on what is happening in Melbourne, from where to eat to which events are on any given day in the city.  Or, for the latest information on what to do, see, eat and drink in Melbourne, subscribe to receive weekly updates.

The City of Melbourne’sWhat’s On Blogprovides content on arts, culture, events, bars, shopping, theatre, sport and more. Make the most of your time in Melbourne and discover the very best of what Melbourne has on offer.

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Getting Around


A taxi fare from Melbourne Airport to Melbourne CBD is approximately $50-$60.  If you would prefer to pre-book your taxi during your stay in Melbourne, you can call either of the main taxi companies.

  • 13 Cabs – 13 22 27
  • Australia Wide Taxi – 131 008

You can request a ride from Uber from either the Domestic or the International terminal of Melbourne Airport. Just request your Uber once you have exited the terminal and your driver will meet you at the pick–up area. For more information on Uber please visit


SkyBus offers a shuttle bus service from the airport to Melbourne CBD and city hotels. This service operates 24 hours, 7 days. Buses run every 10 minutes throughout the day and every 30-60 minutes overnight. Tickets can be purchased on arrival or online by visiting the SkyBus website.

Public Transportation

Getting around Melbourne traffic can be challenging for the best of us. Taxis, Uber and a variety of other rideshare options are available but why not try out our public transportation options instead? With trip planning available in Google maps and a Free Tram Zone, its never been easier to give it a go! If you are wanting to travel further, Myki is the ticketing system for trains, trams and buses in metropolitan Melbourne. Tickets must be purchased in advance (not available on board) at Interstate and international visitors can purchase a visitor pack at the MCEC Business Centre, PTV Hub at Southern Cross Station and the SkyBus terminals at Melbourne Airport and Southern Cross Station.