MELBOURNE - ABOUT THE CITY
Melbourne is a maze of hidden laneways, opulent bars, exclusive restaurants and off-the-beaten-track boutiques. Here you can soak up culture, hit the sporting grounds, taste the dynamic food and wine scene, dance till dawn or wander the parks and leafy boulevards.
Visit Federation Square, the city's landmark cultural space, and enjoy a sunset beer on the St Kilda promenade. Shop till you drop on funky Brunswick Street or up market Chapel Street. Wander Southbank's cafés, bistros and bars and get a world tour of cuisines in Carlton, Richmond and Fitzroy.
Take an Aboriginal Heritage Walk through the Royal Botanic Gardens and cheer with a capacity crowd at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
Melbourne Airport is serviced by over 20 international airlines. The airport is approximately 22 kilometers from the city – approximately 25 minutes drive.
Taxi ride: From the airport to Crown Casino will cost around AUD60 and the journey will take approximately 20-40 depending on the traffic condition.
Bus: The SkyBus offers direct services from Melbourne Airport to the City every 15 minutes with prices starting from AUD16.00 one way.
PokerStars Qualifiers will be staying at the luxurious Crown Metropol Hotel. We recommend the Crown Metropol Hotel in Melbourne but the city also boasts a wide variety of other hotels from deluxe through standard to bed-and-breakfast style accommodation.
Visas: Travellers need a valid visa for Australia. Visas can be obtained from selected travel agents, and the Electronic Travel Authority can be applied for online, or you can apply in person at your local Australian High Commission or Consulate. For visa information, please visit www.immi.gov.au/visitors/tourist/visa-options.htm
Time: GMT +10
Melbourne weather in late August and early September: Average temperature (Celsius) 14 High and 7 Low
Currency: Australian Dollar (AUD) $1 = US $1.02. Major credit cards are widely accepted.
Voltage: 220-240 Volts