Air Travel

Melbourne Airport is located approximately 25kms from Melbourne’s CBD on the Tullamarine Freeway and is easily accessible via hire car, taxi or bus.

International Flight Routes

Domestic Flight Routes

Launching in March 2018, the first non-stop commercial flight to Australia from the UK!

From March 2018 delegates travelling from the UK, or connecting through the UK, can fly to Melbourne via Perth, directly from LHR. This new Qantas route will offer the quickest travel from the UK to Australia on the new Dreamliner aircraft, stopping in Perth before continuing on directly to Melbourne.

Airport Transfers

Skybus operates a shuttle between the airport and the city, departing every 10-15 minutes between 06:00 and 21:30 and half hourly or hourly at other times. Skybus operates 7 days a week, including public holidays and is a 20 minute average trip.

Should you wish to book a private airport transfer, following are some reputable suppliers :

Hughes Limousines Te1300 615 165

Chronis Corporate Cars Mob 0419 330 920

Official Airline Partner

Qantas is proud to be the official airline partner of ISHA 2018.

Qantas is Australia’s largest domestic and international airline and is widely regarded as the world’s leading long distance airline and one of the strongest brands in Australia. With a reputation for excellence in safety, operational reliability, and world class customer service; Qantas offers a truly global network proposition for delegates travelling to Melbourne for ISHA 2018.

Qantas is delighted to be offering delegates special discounted airfares which are easily booked 24/7 through the registration booking portal on the ISHA 2018 registration page. A unique discount code will be sent to you within your registration confirmation.

International Visitors

Planning Your Arrival Into Australia


For international passengers, we suggest that you try to allow yourself at least a day in which to adjust to the time difference and relax after your flight before the International Society of Hip Arthroscopy 2018 ASM commences. Travellers flying westward across the Pacific Ocean are reminded that they will lose a day by crossing the International Date Line. The ‘lost day’ will be returned on the return journey.

Visa Information

Under Australia’s universal visa system, all visitors to Australia must have a valid visa to travel to and enter Australia (other than New Zealand passport holders who will normally be granted a Special Category visa on arrival, provided they meet health and character requirements; and permanent residents of Norfolk Island who may be granted a Permanent Resident of Norfolk Island visa on arrival). For more information, see the Australian Government VISA FINDER.

Participants, attendees and speakers that will not be working, performing or otherwise be paid to contribute at the meeting:

  • Visitor (subclass 600)(Business stream) visa. For more information Click Here
  • Electronic Travel Authority – ETA (subclass 601). For more information Click Here
  • eVisitor (subclass 651)(Business Stream) visa. For more information Click Here

Attendees, speakers and exhibitors that will be working, performing or otherwise be paid to contribute at the event may be eligible for the following visa options:

  • Temporary Work (subclass 400)(Short Stay Specialist) visa.  For more information Click Here

Please refer to the Business Fact Sheet for guidance on the visa options that may be most suitable for event participants.

Event participants should also refer to the Visa Application Requirements Factsheet for information on visa application requirements.

Please Note: These are the visa options available presently but the Department reserves the right to change regulations. IECN assistance will NOT guarantee a visa grant. Visa applicants must demonstrate that they meet all the legislative requirements for an Australian visa.

All visitors should apply for a visa at least two months prior to their intended date of departure, and four months prior for people with character or health concerns.

The ISHA Secretariat holds no responsibility for visa applications.

Invitation Letters

ISHA 2018 will offer invitation letters to persons who have registered and paid the complete registration fee. The letter will provide proof of registration and proof of payment.

It should be understood an invitation is intended to help potential participants obtaining a visa. It is not a commitment on the part of the ISHA 2018 ASM to provide any financial support.

You may request such a letter on the online registration form or from the ISHA 2018 Registration Office at

Invitation Letters will be issued only once payment of registration has been received.

Please note that when applying for your Visa you should include a copy of your registration confirmation.


Australia is free from many plant and animal diseases prevalent in other countries. Very strict quarantine rules apply to the importation of animals and plant products and many cannot be brought into the country without prior application. To have a smooth transition through quarantine and to enjoy your visit in Australia, it is important that you understand Australia’s quarantine regulations. Visit for more information.


Please ensure that along with your passport and visa, you also pack your registration confirmation letter within your carry-on luggage. You may be asked to produce this when going through customs at your arrival airport. In addition to this, please be sure to fill out your Incoming Passenger Card with all details and answer each question honestly.


Due to Victoria’s compact size delegates may wish to opt to self-drive to explore outside the main City. Major roads between cities and country towns are well signposted and generally of a high standard.

Road Rules

The most important rule for travellers in Australia is that you drive on the left-hand side of the road. You must also wear a seatbelt and have your licence with you when you’re driving (you’ll be fined if you don’t). A driver’s licence from home will suffice for up to three months in Australia, as long as it has photo ID and it’s for the same class of vehicle you intend to drive. In Victoria, the speed limit on the open road rises to 100km/hr and, in some sections of freeway, 110km/hr.

For more information on licences and Victorian road rules, click here.

Car Rental

Melbourne and larger regional centres have plenty of local and international car rental firms, offering a variety of vehicles and deals. The minimum age to rent a car in Victoria is generally 25 years old, however some outlets will hire cars to under 25s, although surcharges and restrictions may apply.

The main rental companies are Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz and Thrifty.

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