Hilton on the Park, Melbourne
Located in elegant East Melbourne, Hilton on the Park - Melbourne is in the heart of the city’s sporting and entertainment district.
Literally a kick away from all the action, the hotel is positioned directly opposite the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), AAMI Park, Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne Park (home of the Australian Open tennis tournament) and the beautiful Fitzroy Gardens.
The location offers convenience in exploring Melbourne, with trams and trains on the doorstep, and only a short walking distance to the city centre and famous shopping precincts.
Accommodation for attendees
Hilton on the Park - Melbourne is offering attendees of Census | beyond the count a discounted accommodation rate of just $225 per night. This special rate is only available to conference attendees, including speakers and exhibitors. Please note that the Thursday night allotment is now sold out. To secure this rate for Wednesday or Friday, please use the link below.
Amenities near Hilton on the Park
ATM - BankWest, 142 Wellington Pde, East Melbourne (170m)
Convenience Store - 7/11, 100 Bridge Rd, Richmond (900m)
Supermarket - IGA, 84 Flinders St, Melbourne (1.1km)
Pharmacy - Pyman's Pharmacy, 84 Wellington Pde, East Melbourne (350m)
Doctor - Epworth GP Clinic, 113 Albert St, East Melbourne (700m)
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How to get to Hilton on the Park
From the Melbourne Airport
Taxis are available from the ground floor level of the Melbourne Airport outside of Terminals 1, 2 and 3. The fare from the Airport to the Hilton is around $65 including tolls.
The SkyBus is available outside of Terminals 1 and 3, and leave every 10 minutes between 6am and 12am. For more information, see timetables. A return ticket is $26 and is able to be pre-purchased.
The SkyBus will take you to the Southern Cross Station on Spencer Street, from here you can take advantage of the free Hotel Service link to the Hilton on the Park (as long as there is no major events occurring at the MCG at the time). If the Hotel Service is unavailable you can catch the 75 Tram at The Southern Cross Station and get off at the Jolimont Station. Hilton on the Park will be directly across the road. More information on tram fees and timetables is available from the Metlink website.
When heading back to the Melbourne Airport by SkyBus you will need reception from the Hilton on the Park to organise the Skybus Hotel Service back to Southern Cross Station. A time for pick up needs to be booked at least one day in advance.
There are six car rental businesses located at Melbourne Airport, for a list of these companies visit the Melbourne Airport website. It is best to book your car rental prior to arriving to ensure availability. Costs range from $60 to $200 per day.Driving directions from the Airport to the Hilton on the Park.
Arriving by train
If you are coming from outer Melbourne suburbs and other areas of Victoria by train, get off at any of the following Melbourne city loop stations - Flinders St, Parliament and Southern Cross. Then catch the Hurstbridge or Epping Line train and get off at Jolimont Station. Hilton on the Park will be directly across the road.
You also have the option of getting a tram from these stations. From Flinders St, jump on the 75 Tram and get off at Jolimont Station. From Parliament, jump on the 48 Tram and get off at the Jolimont Station. From Southern Cross, you can catch either of the above trams. The Metlink website has information on timetables and fees.
Things to do in Melbourne
If you are planning to stay on in Melbourne for some sightseeing and shopping, there are some great places to visit close to the Hilton on the Park.
Melbourne Cricket Ground
Across the road from Hilton on the Park is the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Tours run daily every half hour from 10am to 3pm, except on event days. Tours cost only $10. More information can be found at the MCG website.
Only 1km away is Bridge Road - famous for shopping, great cafes, bars and restaurants. It is only a short stroll from the hotel or you can jump on the 48 or 75 Tram. For more information visit the Bridge Road website.
See the sights of Melbourne from the Yarra River. Sightseeing cruises operate daily and depart half hourly from Berth 5 Southgate Promenade, Southgate. More information can be obtained from Melbourne Cruises.
If you're wanting to get in a show, there a several theatres nearby, including Her Majesty's Theatre and the Mariner Theatres (which includes the Princess Theatre, Regent Theatre, Forum Theatre and Comedy Theatre). Keep an eye on their websites to see what will be showing in March.
Museums and Galleries
The Melbourne Museum will be showcasing 'Mulana: Spirit' - an exhibition of works by Victorian Aboriginal artist Megan Cadd. The permanent exhibitions include Dinosaur Walk, Bugs Alive, 600 Million Years and the famous Phar Lap. Information on fees and exhibitions can be found on the Melbourne Museum website.
The National Gallery of Victoria is Australia's oldest public art gallery and will be celebrating 150 years in 2011. Exhibitions showing in March will include 'The Naked Face - Self Portraits', 'Luminous Cities' and 'Stormy Weather'. Information on the gallery and its exhibitions can be found at the National Gallery of Victoria's website.
For other information and events, go to the Visit Melbourne website.