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Melbourne

 

Melbourne is considered to be the cultural, sporting and fashion capital of Australia. Renowned for its multicultural identity, Melbourne is seen as a mecca for diverse dinning and social experiences making it a rich and enthralling city to visit. Boasting an abundance of lushious green gardens, world fameous sporting facilities (including the MCG and Flemington Racecourse) and a bar or cafe on every corner Melbourne is as much an experience as it is a destination.

 

With one of the most well planned and intricate tram systems in the world, coupled with an efficent metropolitan train system, you have the ability to visit all of the spectualr sites that the CBD and its surroundings have to offer. Popular destinations such as St Kilda and Fitzroy are just minutes away by tram.

 

Venue

 

Mercure Melbourne Treasury Gardens puts you in the heart of Melbourne.

Guests enjoy spacious modern rooms with views of the city or the beautiful Treasury Gardens.

All 164 rooms are protected from outside noise with double glazed windows. Each room is air-conditioned and equipped with a minibar, in-room safe and a desk with internet accessibility. Rooms also feature refrigerators, round-the-clock room, minibars, toiletries, LCD TVs with satellite channels and pillow menus. Safes, hair dryers, coffee/tea makers, irons/ironing boards and laundry facilities are also available.

Mercure Melbourne Treasury Gardens features WiFi in public areas and self parking, along with the convenience of an airport shuttle.

The restaurant, Lime Restaurant and Bar, serves Modern European cuisine using fresh regional produce and is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

This 4-star Melbourne CBD hotel is within walking distance of city

landmarks including the Melbourne Museum and Eureka Tower,

Parliament House, Federation Square and the MCG.

 

 

Getting there

 

Distance from Airport – 20km (25 mins)
Taxis are readily available to and from the airport and will cost about AUD$50. Skybus is a cheaper option that runs between the airport and Southern Cross Station in the CBD. A ticket is AUD$18 one-way.

Australia
 

Currency

Decimal currency is used in Australia - dollars and cents. Current exchange rates can be obtained from your bank and on-line at www.xe.com

 

Banking
Banks in Australia are open Monday to Thursday 0930 to 1600, and 0930 to 1700 on Fridays. Some banks are open on Saturday. Exchange facilities are available at airports and most major hotels. Automatic Teller Machines (ATMs) are available at a wide variety of outlets. All major credit cards are widely accepted in Australia.

 

Travel and Health Insurance
It is strongly recommended that you take out insurance policies to cover medical and travel expenses. If necessary, consult your travel agent.

 

Electricity
Electricity in Australia is 220-240V AC 50Hz. The sockets are three pin and you may need an adaptor. Universal outlets for 240V or 100V shavers are found in most leading hotels. Multi-voltage appliances as well as adaptors are readily available in department stores and luggage shops.

 

Shopping
Most stores in Sydney open Monday to Saturday until around 1700 to 1800. Some retailers may remain open until 2100 week nights, and between 0900 to 1800 Sundays. Grocery and department stores generally open seven days a week, with late night trading until 2100 on week nights.

 

Taxes
A Goods and Services Tax (GST) of 10% applies to all consumer goods and is included in retail prices. Overseas visitors may be able to claim a refund of the GST through the Tourist Refund Scheme (TRS). Further information is available at: http://www.customs.gov.au/site/page4646.asp

 

Tipping
Tipping is acceptable in Australia it is not compulsory. Generally tips are only given for good service but even then it is not mandatory. If you do want to leave a tip, ten percent of the bill is customary.

 

Water quality
The water in Australia exceeds the standards for safe drinking water set by the World Health Organisation. It is safe to drink water straight from the tap.

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