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Summer Institute Location Guide

Explore the best of Melbourne during Summer Institute.

This year’s venue is Victoria University’s City Tower, located in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD, with the Celebration Event: 10 Years of Summer Institute to be hosted just a short walk away at the stunning Q Events by Metropolis events space.

Plan your trip to Summer Institute with accommodation, dining and other attractions.

Use the guide below to find accommodation, cafés, restaurants and more—all close to Summer Institute 2022.

VU City Tower


The listed locations are a guide only. AVID Australia does not guarantee the availability or suitability of these locations. Please follow the links at each location for more information.

Getting around Melbourne

Melbourne CBD has a fantastic public transport network that can get you anywhere you need to go around the city!

Free Tram Network

Melbourne CBD includes a free tram zone. You can see a map of the Free Tram Zone here. If you’re only travelling in this zone by tram, you don’t need a myki (ticket). However, if travelling by train or bus you will require a valid myki.

For more information about public transport in Melbourne, check out the Melbourne City information page.

Getting to Summer Institute

AVID’s Summer Institute will be hosted at
VU City Tower
370 Little Lonsdale Street.

There are two train stations within walking distance of the venue:

  • Flagstaff Station

  • Melbourne Central.

There are several tram and bus stops located near the tower, which you can find using the Public Transport Victoria Journey Planner.

Eat and Drink

Looking for a coffee?

Melbourne is known for its coffee culture! Here are a few of the many coffee shops near the Summer Institute venue.

  • Le Will Cafe – connected to Flagstaff Station
    305 William St, Melbourne VIC 3000

  • Brick Lane Melbourne – 2 minute walk
    33 Guildford Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000

  • White Mojo – 2 minute walk
    115 Hardware St, Melbourne VIC 3000

  • Piccolo Me – 3 minute walk
    456 Lonsdale St, Melbourne VIC 3000

  • Operator25 – 5 minute walk
    25 Wills St, Melbourne VIC 3000
  • Maker Coffee – 5 minute walk
    387 Little Bourke St, Melbourne, VIC 3000

Dinner is served

The Melbourne food scene has everything you could possibly want to eat! For those thinking about grabbing some dinner after the conference days, check out these areas for some great restaurants.
Note: As with most major cities, we would suggest making a booking where possible to avoid disappointment.

Eating areas near the conference venue:

  • Hardware Lane – 5 minute walk
    A popular eating destination, Hardware Lane is filled with restaurants and bars.

  • Chinatown Melbourne – 12 minute walk
    Melbourne is home to the southern hemisphere’s oldest Chinatown which dates back to the gold rush.

  • Melbourne Central – 5 minute walk
    Surrounding one of the city’s main train stations, this area has an array of restaurants and casual eating spots to explore.

Search for CBD restaurants and book a table via the Open Table website.

Refer to these guides for more ideas on where to visit whilst in town: