Travel and Accommodation


Travel to Melbourne

The IAFL 2019 conference takes place in the heart of one of the world’s most liveable cities. Melbourne is a vibrant and exciting city with all the best that Australian multicultural society has to offer. Delegates can arrange travel to Melbourne International Airport and stay in the Melbourne CBD to be conveniently located near the RMIT City Campus.

A note from your Conference Committee Chair

As chair of the organising committee and president of the IAFL, I am delighted to invite you to my home city of Melbourne*. For me, the city is layered and complex – a gold rush past and the heady days of Marvellous Melbourne in the 1880s have left an indelible imprint on the fabric of modern Melbourne. 

For many visitors, Melbourne is rattling trams, soaring Victorian public buildings, and laneway street art. And certainly Melburnians are proud of their fabulous festivals and foodie culture (and don’t even get us started on the coffee thing). Yet I still find myself lingering on a quiet bridge over the Yarra imagining a majestic pre-settlement landscape, the riverside meeting-place of two mighty language groups, the Boonwurrung and Wurundjeri. 

Above all, Melbourne is a place of secrets and treasures. Bring a warm coat and experience it all this July.  


A/Prof Georgina Heydon

More detailed travel information is available through the Melbourne Convention Bureau portal linked through the banner above.

Centre Place, Melbourne
Centre Place, Melbourne

For accommodation options, please see below for a wide range of recommendations. In addition to these hotels listed, any hotels located in the CBD, or along the Swanston Street and St Kilda Road tram corridor will be convenient for the conference venue at RMIT University’s city campus.

*Since we’re linguists, Australian English is non-rhotic so ‘Melbourne’ is pronounced with all the stress on the first syllable and a schwa in the second syllable.

Accommodation in Melbourne

Some hotels on this list (which is not exhaustive) has kindly extended rate offers for IAFL conference delegates. Please see the red ‘discounted’ section next to each listing with instructions on how to secure these discounts.

1. Novotel and IBIS Melbourne Central

399 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne 3000
Tel: (+61)3/99298888
Fax: (+61)3/99298858

Discount: click here, enter your travel dates, then search by city ‘Melbourne’. When the hotel list appears, look for and click on the ‘negotiated rate’ icon (with a red suitcase) and follow the prompts to book. This will entitle you to 9% off novotel, and 5% off IBIS.

2. Jasper Hotel

489 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne 3000
Tel: (+61) 3 8327 2777

Discount: to secure a discount when booking, click here and enter ‘iafl2019’ into the promo code section

3. Rydges on Swanston

701 Swanston St, Carlton Melbourne 3053
Tel: (+61) 3 9347 7811

Discount: to secure a discount, call +61 393477811, or email to book and quote ‘IAFL conference 2019’

4. Discovery Melbourne

167-175 Franklin Street, Melbourne 3000
Tel: (+61) 3 9329 7525


5. Mantra on Little Bourke

471 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne 3000
Reservation 1300 987 604


6. IBIS Melbourne Swanston Street

Image result for ibis melbourne swanston street609 Swanston Street, Carlton, Melbourne 3053
Tel: (+61)393473027
Fax: (+61)393473027

Discount: Click here to book a discounted rate of $110 per night (approx 15% off)

7. Mercure Melbourne Therry Street

43 Therry Street, Melbourne 3000
Tel: (+61)3/96376666
Fax: (+61)3/96376677

Discount: Click here and enter ‘IAFL’ into the promo code section for an exclusive discount

8. Quest on  Bourke/ Lonsdale/ Carlton


155 Bourke Street, Melbourne VIC 3000 Australia
Tel: (+61) 3 9631 0400

Discount: Click here and enter ‘IAFL2019’ into the promo code section to access a discounted rate

43 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne VIC 3000 Australia
Tel: (+61) 3 9663 3317

2-9 Finlay Place, Carlton VIC 3053 Australia
Tel: (+61) 3 8341 4777

9. Melbourne Central YHA

Image result for melbourne central yha

562 Flinders St Melbourne, VIC, 3000
Tel: (+61) 3 9621 2523
Hostel Manager: Suzanne Taylor

10. Brady Hotel Central Melbourne

1540396271_5bd094efb33c5-thumb30 Little La Trobe Street, Melbourne, VIC 3000                Tel: (+61) 3 9650 9888

Discount: To book follow this link, select ‘book now’ and the promo code ‘IAFL19’ to secure a discount