Welcome to Australia

About Australia
Australia is a vast country of nearly three million square kilometres - stretching from the tip of tropical Cape York Peninsula in the Coral Sea down to cold wilderness at South East Cape in Tasmania; from the beautiful beaches and semi-tropical forests of Cape Byron to the arid Steep Point in Western Australia by the Indian Ocean.  Most Australians live on the coastline, between the forests and the beaches, where the climate is warm in the summer and temperate in the winter.  Australia's interior is a beautiful, vast desert, home to the 'Red Centre' and to some of the most dramatic and barren country on Earth.

Indigenous Australia                                                                                                             
Australia’s Indigenous culture, made up of Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders, is complex and diverse.  The Indigenous cultures of Australia are the oldest living cultural history in the world, dating back more than 50,000 years.  The cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are rich and resilient, based on passing on knowledge, arts, rituals and performances from one generation to another; speaking and teaching languages, protecting cultural materials, including sacred and significant sites and objects.

For information on Australia, visit Tourism Australia.
For information on Victoria, see the Visit Victoria website.
For information on Melbourne, visit City of Melbourne and That's Melbourne.

Most International flights will fly directly into Melbourne, eliminating the need to take a connecting domestic flight.  Below is a map indicating estimated international flight times.

Planning your Travel
Because of time differences and jet-lag, we suggest that you consider your arrival date carefully, to ensure that you can relax and familiarise yourself with the city of Melbourne and the location of your accommodation before the start of the World Summit.

Passport and Visa
All travellers to Australia, other than those holding New Zealand passports, require a valid entry visa prior to travel to Australia.  For many nationalities an Electronic Visa or Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) can be obtained from your travel agent or airline when making your travel arrangements. Please view the Visa information page and contact your travel agent or airline for further details.

Airport Information
Melbourne Airport is located 20 km (approx 25 minutes) from central Melbourne.  A taxi fare is approximately A$50.  To see options for travel from the airport, visit the Melbourne Airport website.

Australia is free from many plant and animal diseases prevalent in other countries.  Very strict quarantine rules apply to the import of animals and plants, which cannot be brought into the country without prior application.  Food products are also restricted.  For more information see the ‘Information for International Travellers’ on the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS) website.