This section contains information regarding travelling around Melbourne.
Information on which visa you may need can be found on the Department of Home Affairs website https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/trav/ente
Australia has strict bio-security laws regarding what you can and cannot bring into the country. All luggage is screened or X-rayed − if you fail to declare quarantine items on arrival and are caught, you risk a hefty on-the-spot fine or prosecution, which may result in much more significant fines and up to 10 years’ imprisonment. Please check the website for a list of items not allowed into Australia. https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/trav/ente/brin/can-i-bring-it-back
Melbourne Airport (MEL)
Melbourne airport is approximately 20km north of Melbourne’s city centre. Getting from the airport to your hotel or to RMIT is easy, with several options for how you travel.
A one-way taxi ride from Melbourne airport to the city centre will take approximately 30 minutes and cost ~$60. Uber also services the airport.
The SkyBus is an express airport shuttle bus running every 10 minutes between the airport and Southern Cross station in Melbourne’s CBD. It costs $19 for a one-way ride. Pre-booking for peak travel times is recommended.
There are several public transport bus lines which leave from Melbourne airport.
If you wish to rent a car, rental companies including Hertz, Europcar, and Avis all have service desks and pickup options at Melbourne airport.
More details can be found at https://www.melbourneairport.com.au/
Public transport in and around Melbourne is good. Public Transport Victoria website contains all the relevant information for public transport in the state. https://www.ptv.vic.gov.au/
The journey planner gives recommended travel methods and estimated times. A mobile app is also available. Melbourne public transport uses a ticket system called Myki. Similar to London’s Oyster card: pre-paid travel card used to travel on all trams, buses and trains in Victoria. Purchased from some machines, major trainstations. Topped up at 7-Eleven stores or machines. https://www.ptv.vic.gov.au/tickets/myki/
A Myki explorer ticket ($15 – adult) includes discounts to attractions.
Travel to regional Victoria via train can be a nice way to see the country side. To plan your trip visit https://www.vline.com.au/
The 86 Tram Route travels between Melbourne city centre and RMIT Bundoora Campus (the final stop). The entire journey takes approximately 1 hour.
*Please not that public transport to and from the Outdoor competition site (Greensborough Model Aircraft Club GMAC) is not available but buses will be provided on practise and competition days. *
Larger car-rental companies have offices in major cities and towns, as well as at Melbourne Airport. Most companies require drivers to be over the age of 21, though in some cases it’s 18 and in others 25 (for insurance reasons).
Driving in Australia
To drive in Australia you’ll need to hold a current driving licence issued in English from your home country. If the licence isn’t in English, you’ll also need to carry an International Driving Permit, issued in your home country.
Australians drive on the left-hand side of the road and all cars are right-hand drive.
Give way An important road rule is ‘give way to the right’ − if an intersection is unmarked (unusual), and at roundabouts, you must give way to vehicles entering the intersection from your right.
Speed limits The general speed limit in built-up and residential areas is 50km/h. Near schools, the limit is usually 25km/h (sometimes 40km/h) in the morning and afternoon. On the highway it’s usually 100km/h or 110km/h; in the NT it’s either 110km/h or 130km/h. Police have speed radar guns and cameras and are fond of using them in strategic locations.
Seat belts & car seats It’s the law to wear seat belts in the front and back seats; you’re likely to get a fine if you don’t. Small children must be belted into an approved safety seat.
Drink-driving Random breath tests are common. If you’re caught with a blood-alcohol level of more than 0.05% expect a fine and the loss of your licence. Police can randomly pull any driver over for a breathalyser or drug test.
Mobile phones Using a mobile phone while driving is illegal in Australia (excluding hands-free technology).