Host City Information
Welcome to Melbourne, the host city for ISEH 2010.
A dynamic city of world-class events, boutique shopping, classy nightlife, renowned food and wine, modern architecture, galleries, theatres and museums, Melbourne is a stylish and sophisticated capital with plenty of experiences to keep you occupied.
Australia's events capital excels at hosting international sporting and cultural affairs drawing visitors from around the world. City icons including the Melbourne Park, the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Arts Centre and Flemington Racecourse come alive throughout the year with Australia's most prestigious events.
Wile you're in town, make sure you discover all the treasures Melbourne has to offer. The city boasts a celebrated food and wine scene that caters for all budgets and tastes, while night owls are blessed with a wondeful assortment of bars creating a vibrant nightlife that rivals the world's best.
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The Great Ocean Road
Views of Melbourne and Port Phillip Bay from West Gate Bridge
City of Geelong and Corio Bay
Torquay and the Surf Coast
Visit famous Bells Beach
Spectacular coastal views along the Great Ocean Road
Surf beach resort of Lorne
Precipitous coastal cliffs, long sandy beaches and rolling surf
River inlets and fern gullies
Enjoy a delicious two course lunch at Apollo Bay Hotel as guests of Charles and Merrilyn Lear
Perhaps a walk along the beach
Otway National Park - fern gullies and eucalypts make up this beautiful Australian rainforest
Port Campbell National Park's rugged coastline, "The Shipwreck Coast" with many stops including...
Gibson's Steps - gain a unique perspective of the stunning Apostles from the water's edge
Huge stone monoliths of the Twelve Apostles
You may take an optional helicopter flight over the shipwreck coast (own expense)
The Island Arch and Razorback - grand architecture carved by surf
Loch Ard Gorge - site of the tragic shipwreck of the "Loch Ard"
Port Campbell - holiday resort and fishing village
This powerful coastline provides scope for stunning photography
Return directly to Melbourne enjoying an on-board Australian movie "All The Rivers Run - 1"
See the spectacular evening lights of Melbourne from West Gate Bridge.
Please bring a windbreaker and walking shoes.
The Great Ocean Road is one of the world's great drives, a dramatic, powerful, dangerous and majestic coastline, also know as the Ship Wreck Coast. Your day on the Great Ocean Road extends from Geelong to Bells Beach through Torquay, Lorne and Apollo Bay. After your lunch stop you continue on through the Otway National Park, to the rugged beauty of the Twelve Apostle National Park and the Twelve Apostles themselves, is there really twelve? To Loch Ard Gorge, Port Campbell and finally London Bridge, shaped by the wild Southern Ocean this coastline will not fail to impress. Got your camera?
Departs: 8:00 AM
Returns: 7:30 PM
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Puffing Billy, Healesville Sanctuary, Yarra Valley
Melbourne's eastern suburbs
Visit Sherbrooke Forest - heart of the Dandenongs; tall eucalypts, kookaburras and bellbirds
Share Bush Billy tea with the locals...colourful crimson rosellas and king parrots! (opportunity to hand feed with seed provided)
Ride through the forest from Belgrave on Puffing Billy steam train - an original steam locomotive
Sherbrooke Forest - noted for its lyrebirds, tall mountain ash eucalypts and fern gullies
Pass through quaint villages noted for their restaurants, craft shops and beautiful gardens
Panoramic views from Grantulla Road
Opportunity to taste Australian wines at Fergusson's Winery, a noted Yarra Valley wine producer
Enjoy a delicious spit roast lunch as guests of Louise Fergusson (vegetarian meals available)
Tour through the Yarra Valley
Pass through the township of Healesville - set amidst mountain bushland
Visit Healesville Sanctuary - home for over 200 species of Australian birds, mammals and reptiles in a natural bushland setting
Stroll through paddocks of kangaroos and wallabies
Walk through large aviaries and pond areas that bring birds of the wild so close to hand - the elusive lyrebirds, eagles, ibis & spoonbills
Ride on Australia's most notable narrow gauge railway through the spectacular Blue Dandenong Ranges with bellbirds and kookaburras echoing the steam train's whistle. Tour through the richness of the Yarra Valley - a pastoral experience of farms and vineyards, haystacks and wine grapes. Healesville Sanctuary - a truly Australian experience - cradled in the forested foothills of the Great Divide where you can surround yourself with Australian wildlife.
Witness the "Eagles Fly" demonstration
Observe the underwater life of the platypus
Come face to face with a koala!
Meet a furry wombat!
See dingoes, Tasmanian Devils, echidnas, snakes and goannas.
Departs: 8:20 AM
Returns: 5:30 PM
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Travel the Western Highway - stagecoach route of the 1850's
Bacchus Marsh - a landscape of orchards - once a resting place for the Cobb & Co stagecoach
Ballarat - enjoy a complete town tour of this gracious city with its exquisite gardens and noble statues
Eureka Stockade - site of the 1854 Miner's Rebellion
Visit Sovereign Hill - an authentic recreation of an 1850's gold mining town. See & experience...
Gold panning in Red Gully Creek
Take a guided tour of the underground mine (own expense)
Blacksmiths and traditional craftsmen
Visit the Gold Museum & "Voyage of Discovery" - an audio visual of life on the Australian goldfields
Visit the many original shops
Perhaps try some homemade boiled lollies! Maybe a Devonshire Tea at the New York Bakery?
The Chinese Village - highlighting Chinese involvement in the goldfields
Why not ride a stagecoach!
Take in the atmosphere of Main St.
Watch the Giant Crushing Battery
Treat yourself to lunch at the United States Hotel.
Sovereign Hill & the Goldfields
Gold - 1850 - The world focussed on Ballarat as the cry 'Gold' echoed around the globe. People from all nations poured into Ballarat to seek a fortune, many found the real Australia and decided to make this great land their home. Today, you too can capture the excitement of these bawdy times as you visit the scene of revolt, rebellion and the emergence of democracy at Eureka and Sovereign Hill - Ballarat.
Departs: 8:20 AM
Returns: 5:30 PM
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So completely Australian - unique in the world.
Every evening at dusk the Little Penguins come home from the sea at Phillip Island. From the waves - across the beach - to the sand dunes - the Little Penguins can almost be touched as they waddle to their burrows. Sunset at Summerland Beach has drawn millions of visitors to Phillip Island. It is the nightly ritual of these little flightless birds which will enthrall you as you observe from the beach and the elevated boardwalk.
Koalas - totally Australian - peering down from the gum trees where they live. Fat and furry, wet noses and a gentle smile of contented living on Phillip Island.
Western Port - water birds and mangroves
Panoramic views of French Island
Enjoy a short introductory video "The Little Penguin"
San Remo - maritime fishing village
Look for birdlife at the island wetlands (seasonal)
Visit Churchill Island for afternoon tea (own expense)
Opportunity to meet wallabies/kangaroos
Phillip Island Nature Park - a natural home for koalas, seals, shearwaters and Little Penguins
Koala Conservation Centre - look for koalas in their natural habitat from tree top boardwalks
A dinner stop will be made before or after the Penguin Parade (dependent on season and at own expense)
The Nobbies - a rugged rocky outcrop
Seal Rocks - home to Australia's largest colony of fur seals
Witness the Penguin Parade on floodlit Summerland Beach
See penguin rookeries from an elevated boardwalk
Inspect the Visitors Centre - an opportunity to learn about the life of the Little Penguin
During your evening return to Melbourne a panoramic Victorian video feature will be screened
Departs: 1:15 PM
Returns: 11:00 PM
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All travellers to Australia must have a valid visa before boarding their plane; they cannot apply for a visa on arrival. The only exception is New Zealand and Norfolk Island passport holders who will normally be issued a visa on arrival in Australia. Depending on how you apply, or where you apply from there may be a charge for an Australian entry Visa.
For further information in relation to visas for people to come to Australia for a business-related visit such as a conference, please see:
Some delegates will be eligible to apply for an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA). ETA’s are available to passport holders from a number of countries and regions.
Please see the link below to determine if you are eligible for an ETA:
If the country for which you are a passport holder is listed you may apply via this online application form link:
If you are not eligible to apply for an ETA, please use the link below:
We strongly advise all participants to apply for a visa at least 6-8 weeks in advance of their intended date of travel.
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