Arriving by plane: Melbourne has two airports: Melbourne Tullamarine Airport (bigger, closer) and Avalon Airport (smaller, further). You can travel to the city via Taxi, Skybus, Uber, or hire a car.
Below are some estimated costs for most of these options.
- Taxi from Tullamarine: expect to pay up to approx $80 into the city
- Taxi from Avalon: expect to pay between $96.00 to $134.40 into the city
- Skybus: the cheap and efficient Skybus, which offers free connections from Southern Cross station to most major hotels. You can purchase a one-way fare or a return fare from Tullamarine $19.50/$39 and Avalon $22/$42. Fares are slightly cheaper when purchased online and in advance.
- Hire Car: It is best to arrange your hire car before arriving in Melbourne and collect it from the airport.
Getting around Melbourne
- Hire cars: The usual range of hire car providers are available in Melbourne, though the rent-a-bomb company is usually the cheapest.
- Public Transport: The Melbourne tram, bus and rail network is easy to negotiate, and the trams which cover the inner-city extensively are Melbourne icons.
You'll need a Myki card to travel; find more info here.
- Making new friends: In the spirit of lindy exchanges worldwide, you’ll find that many Melburnians are willing to give you lifts to, from, or between events. Try asking around at events to see if anyone has car spots available.
Looking for somewhere to stay?
There are a range of places to stay in Melbourne. All the late night parties are held at Forever Dance in Richmond, so inner city locations are ideal.
Discount Accommodation deal:
Batman’s Hill Hotel are offering discounted rooms for MLX guests - 15% off the best available rate when bookings are made through the website www.batmanshill.com.au!
Instructions for accessing this discount:
- Go to the Batman's Hill Hotel website.
- In the black bar at the top, enter the dates of the stay and click on ‘check availability’.
- Do not enter any discount code here. A new window will pop up.
- Now click on Promo code - a box will come up, where you can insert the promo code THINKMELBOURNE.
- Click on 'Apply'. The new discounted rate will pop up automatically.
The hotel is in front of Southern Cross station, close to the airport shuttle for out-of-towners! Please note, this means that the accommodation is a short train ride away from the late-night events. However, it’s still super central to Melbourne in general and MLX as well.
There are options to share a 2 bedroom apartment with 4 people (4 single beds). If you have any issues, please contact [email protected].
- The Richmond Hill Hotel is a short walk from our late night venue.
- Past MLX visitors have had kind words for the Nunnery hostel in Fitzroy.
- www.airbnb.com.au is a very popular choice for non-traditional accommodation.
- You can find out about hostels at hostelz.com
- Lastminute.com.au is another good website for urgent accommodation deals.
- Check wotif.com for information about last-minute and other accommodation.
- Consult the Visit Melbourne accommodation guide for other accommodation types.
Hosting At MLX
Who can be hosted at MLX?
This year, MLX will only be co-ordinating hosting arrangements for international dancers who are registered MLX pass holders.
Why host an international visitor?
- Tradition and goodwill: Hosting is a long-standing tradition with Lindy exchanges around the world, including MLX. It's part of the exchange spirit to offer a bed for a visitor, and to know they'll 'exchange' the favour when you come to visit in their city.
- Language: An opportunity to practise your language skills with an international guest. Let us know what other languages you can speak so we can match you appropriately.
- Dance friendships: Having a house guest for an exchange makes the weekend just that little bit more fun. You get to meet new dancers, show off your city to visitors, and they get to learn things about Melbourne through your expert local eyes.
Ask any veteran host and they can tell you about the strong friendships formed from hosting fellow dancers.
What do hosts do?
- The basics: Locals simply offer a bed (or mattress or air mattress or couch) to visiting dancers. The usual deal for visitors is that they're offered somewhere to sleep (with bedding), somewhere to wash, a basic breakfast and tips on how to get around.
- Length of stay: Hosts aren't expected to host their guests for any longer than the length of the exchange itself, though they may choose to do so. It's a good idea to discuss this before the exchange weekend.
- Transport and travel: Hosts with cars usually drive their guests to events with them. Hosts using public transport either tip their guest off on who to ask for lifts, or they take them with them on the tram or train. It's a good idea for hosts to confirm their guest's travel plans and arrival/departure times as soon as possible.
What do guests do?
- Keep it clean: Guests are usually expected to tidy up after themselves, respect their host's space and buy them a couple of drinks (or a lovely present) in gratitude. We ask you to only use your host's phone and internet access if it is offered. It's often a good idea to invest in a pre-paid phone card before you arrive.
- Reputation and hosting karma: How much further you go is entirely up to you. But particularly good hosts and house guests soon gain a reputation on the exchange circuit, and are very popular come registration time. Particularly bad house guests and hosts also gain a reputation.