other information and links

  • Here is an updated map, including some points of interest, a few hotels (though there are obviously dozens not included) and the venue.
  • If you will be arriving from overseas to attend USMoC, it is likely that you will need some kind of visa arrangement organised before you travel: the only real exceptions to this are those of you travelling on Australian or New Zealand passports.  Visit this website for information that will help you decide what is the appropriate form of visa. Following the links for "individuals and travellers" will get you to information on the kinds of visas that are relevant (assuming at most 90 days of stay in Australia).
  • Good cheap (AUD 19) connection from Tullamarine Airport to Melbourne City is viaSkyBus, which takes you to Southern Cross Station. For SkyBus passengers there is a free hotel transfer service operating between Southern Cross Station and most hotels in Melbourne City, including Arrow on Swanston, IBIS and Mercure. For comparison, a taxi from the airport to City would cost about AUD 50.
  • To use public transport in Melbourne you will need to purchase a travel card called myki. It costs AUD 6 and can be bought at train stations and some tram stops from large contraptions called myki machines. Using the same contraptions you top up your myki, that is, put some money on it. It is also possible to buy and top up myki cards at post offices and some shops (see herefor more). On board trams and buses, and at entrances to train stations there are myki readers, which you touch with your myki to pay the fare. Two-hour full fare for trams, buses and local (Metro) trains it is AUD 3.90 on weekdays. To get the lowest fare on buses and trains you need to touch the reader again when you get off (the ever helpful Public Transport Victoria calls it the three T: top up, touch on, touch off). On trams you do not need to touch off, you get the lowest fare just by touching on. 
  • There will be a conference dinner on Tuesday June 28.  Venue to be announced.
  • Just after USMoC, at the same venue, there will the annual Australasian Association of Logic conference, which some attendees may find interesting.
  • See the Melbourne Broadsheet for lots of general information about eating in and around Melbourne.  A vegetarian eating guide to Melbourne is here.  
  • For coffee, an all-important part of life as we know,  here are some suggestions.
  • Internet access is typically not free at Australian hotels. All participants will have wireless internet access (eduroam, and a native La Trobe wireless) at the conference venue. For participants who need to use the net extensively and wish to avoid excessive costs, we suggest visiting State Library of Victoria. Open till 9pm on weekdays it is one of Melbourne attractions in itself, provides free wireless and a rather pleasant work environment.