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The Australian Science Communicators are hosting the conference in collaboration with the World Federation of Science Journalists.



There are a range of hotels in close proximity to the conference venue.

We have secured a discounted rate for some of the hotels nearby ranging from A$230 (for the Grand Hyatt) down to A$110. Closer to the time of the conference, we may not be able to secure these rates, however can still assist with finding you accommodation at a reasonable rate.

For assistance with accommodation please contact Kim O'Dea on kimo@wsm.com.au or +61 3 9645 6311.

More information on the hotels - location, services etc - can be found on the hotel's own web pages, however rates and availability cannot be guaranteed if you contact the hotels directly.

  • Booking Details
  • Here are a selection of hotels nearby where we have secured a discounted rate:


  • Grand Hyatt Melbourne (conference venue)
  • Stamford Plaza Melbourne
  • 4-Star

  • Rydges Melbourne
  • Pacific International Apartments – Exhibition
  • Mercure Grand Hotel on Swanston
  • Mercure Hotel Melbourne
  • Best Western Hotel
  • 3-Star

  • Hotel Y
  • Mercure Hotel Welcome
  • The Victoria Hotel Melbourne
  • Booking details

    Early arrival or late departure

    Please note that the check in time for the conference hotels is from 2.00pm. Please indicate or notify the conference organisers in writing if you will be arriving early, as it may require you to pre-register the night before to guarantee immediate access to your hotel room. Please also indicate or notify the conference organisers in writing if you will arrive at your hotel after 6.00pm, as failure to do so may mean your room will be released.

    How to book your accommodation

    Please indicate on the registration form your accommodation requirements listing hotels in preferential order 1, 2, 3 etc. As there is limited space available at each hotel, it is important that you book early. Accommodation will be allocated strictly in order of receipt of registration form. To secure your accommodation booking, a deposit of one night's accommodation is required. All accommodation accounts to be settled by the delegate on site. All rates include GST.

    Change of booking

    Any change to a reservation must be notified to the conference organisers in writing and not directly to the hotel.

    Payment of accommodation

    Accommodation accounts are to be settled by the delegate on site direct with the Hotel. Waldron Smith Management will not accept cheques for accommodation payment.


    The hotels impose strict cut off dates of 30 days prior to arrival; therefore any bookings made after 16 March 2007 will be on request only.

    Grand Hyatt Melbourne (Conference venue)

    123 Collins Street
    Melbourne Vic 3000

    Grand King/Twin Room - $230.00

    Grand Hyatt Melbourne is the congress venue and is located at the top end of prestigious Collins Street in the heart of Melbourne's central business, shopping, theatre and restaurant district and is within walking distance of many of Melbourne's tourist attractions.

    Stamford Plaza Melbourne

    111 Little Collins Street
    Melbourne Vic 3000

    One Bedroom Suite - $235.00 per night

    The Stamford Plaza Melbourne is the best five star all suite hotel in Melbourne. Ideally located at the ‘Paris' end of Little Collins Street, Stamford Plaza Melbourne is set amidst Melbourne’s stylish restaurants and bars, fashionable shops and boutiques, is close to its many theatres, and is walking distance to the city’s famous sporting venues.

    Rydges Melbourne

    186 Exhibition Street
    Melbourne Vic 3000

    Deluxe Queen Room - $195.00 per night

    The stylish newly refurbished Rydges Melbourne is the largest 4 star hotel in the CBD, with over 290 guest rooms and 70 suites. Built in 1969 with the specific purpose of providing businesses with accommodation, restaurants, bars and conference facilities, the hotel has deserved the praise bestowed upon it. From the moment you arrive at Rydges Melbourne you will experience the warmth and genuine hospitality delivered by our service staff, that has become the hallmark of the Rydges brand. This 22-story hotel caters to both corporate and leisure travellers by combining stylish guest rooms and suites all with views, fresh and efficient service and an unsurpassed central location.

    Pacific International Apartments – Exhibition

    100 Exhibition Street
    Melbourne Vic 3000

    (minimum 2 night stay)
    1 Bedroom Executive Apartment - $169.00 per night
    2 Bedroom Executive Apartment - $229.00 per night

    Pacific International Apartments - on Exhibition are perfectly positioned to make the most of your stay in Melbourne. Stylish, modern and spacious, they feature open plan living areas with designer kitchens, soaring ceiling-height windows and contemporary furnishings. Ideal for overnight visits or extended stay, these chic, new fully self-contained serviced apartments are located near the "Paris" end of Collins Street, with international fashion boutiques, theatres and fine dining restaurants nearby.

    Mercure Grand Hotel on Swanston

    195 Swanston Street
    Melbourne Vic 3000

    Standard Single/Double/Twin Suite - $175.00 per night

    Unrivalled location in the heart of Melbourne's CBD. Modern and spacious rooms that meet the needs of the most discerning business ot leisure traveller. Inclusive of premier restaurant ON 15 - which boasts city skyline views, a selection of fine wines and international cuisine.

    Mercure Hotel Melbourne

    13 Spring Street
    Melbourne VIC 3000

    Standard Single/Double/Twin Room - $145.00 per night

    Mercure Hotel Melbourne is in the city centre, near state parliament and overlooks picturesque Treasury Gardens. The hotel features 164 rooms, a restaurant and bar. The many boutiques of Collins Street are close by and it is an easy walk to Federation Square, the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Rod Laver Tennis Centre and Vodafone Arena. The free city circle tram stops right at the front door.

    Best Western Hotel

    123 Queen Street,
    Melbourne VIC 3000

    Standard Single/Double/Twin Room - $140.00 per night

    A central location, newly refurbished rooms with high speed internet access, cable TV, ample work space, parking, fitness room, sauna and squash courts.

    Hotel Y

    489 Elizabeth Street
    Melbourne VIC 3000

    Standard Single/Double/Twin Room - $140.00 per night

    65 newly renovated boutique rooms rooms. Features include: an entirely smoke free environment, 24 hour reception, tour desk, business centre, laundering service, stylish cafe plus complimentary access to a nearby health club and parking facilities.

    The Hotel Y is not available to book via the registration form. Please feel free to contact them directly - www.hotely.com.au

    Mercure Hotel Welcome

    2675-281 Little Bourke Street
    Melbourne Vic 3000

    Standard Single/Double/Twin Room - $136.00 per night

    Located in the heart of Melbourne's CBD withi easy walking distance to shopping. Close to historic theatres, restaurants and major sporting venues. Offering friendly service and quality accommodation at an affordable price.

    The Victoria Hotel Melbourne

    215 Little Collins Street
    Melbourne VIC 3000

    Heritage Double Room (double bed) - $110.00 per night
    Heritage Twin Room (2 x single bed) - $110.00 per night

    The Victoria Hotel is located in the centre of Melbourne, right in the heart of the city. This historic landmark hotel combines the grandeur of the late 1800’s and contemporary comfort. The Hotel's location is perfect for all tastes, right next to the Melbourne Town Hall and within close walking distance to some of Melbourne’s best attractions, such as the Princess Theatre, Bourke Street Shopping Mall, the National Gallery, the Arts Centre and Federation Square. If you’re going to the MCG or the Botanical Gardens, Melbourne’s transport system is nearby and will get you where you need to go in no time.