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There's never a good time to go to Melbourne.
Mel-BUN iz really, really, goodz. Lotsa bookshops and culturey stuff. It is the Australian "London", but better in some ways. Plus I have some friends there. The worst things is the trams, which try to turn the puppy into road-kill. people allege that Mel-BUN can get cold, but that is a lie. There is central heating in hotels etc. The trains are a bit old, probably dating back to the times of Julius Caesar.
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I love Melbourne and only regret that I never had the chance to move there and do study.

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1. If you are really strapped for cash (as I usually am, did I mention being a student?) - you might consider looking at the tram lines that lead to the convention centre and find yourself accommodation where they are JUST outside the free-tram zone so you can get a quick lift in on a tram. Check the Sunday times though, and prepare for a walk if they're not running frequently that early on the Sat/Sun.

NOTE - the convention center itself is right outside the free tram zone. Hop off one stop early if you're concerned, and walk over the bridge instead. It's actually a very nice walk anyway.

Areas within the free tram zone are here.

2. I know Air B&B get a bad rap, but it might be worth looking into. You'll be out all day, home probably late and then out again fast in the morning to see the show. Should make you not-too-much-of-a-bother as a house guest!

3. Try to get there a day early or a day after so you can see things like Embiggen Books; I used to recommend Bernard's Magic store but it's now closed.

4. Comfortable walking shoes and comfortable pants to sit in. Honestly. Remember sitting in lecture theatres for hours? It's going to be like that a bit. Make sure you wander all around the convention centre itself to look at books, the upstairs section, have a peek into the Hilton next door, go see the boat outside, the pub outside, the inevitable bunch of protesters outside. There's the casino and the Yarra Promenade - do check them out. Further up and east is Kings Domain and Federation Square. Costs nothing to wander about.

After a few hours of talks, your body is going to start thinking it's in the dark and quiet a lot and then you start getting sleepy. So, use the breaks to eat as healthily as possible and move about (which is definitely possible with the menu!) and don't sugar up too much otherwise you'll find your blood sugar crashing by the final speaker. And that's no fun.

5. Just because you can't afford the dinner doesn't mean there isn't fun elsewhere to be had, so do use social media to network together. AFA Forum is good for that.
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There's never a good time to go to Melbourne.
Mel-BUN iz really, really, goodz. Lotsa bookshops and culturey stuff. It is the Australian "London", but better in some ways. Plus I have some friends there. The worst things is the trams, which try to turn the puppy into road-kill. people allege that Mel-BUN can get cold, but that is a lie. There is central heating in hotels etc. The trains are a bit old, probably dating back to the times of Julius Caesar.
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