Melbourne is a hive of business travel activity–but if you’ve never been there for business, a travel guide to business in Melbourne will be essential. Any corporate traveller knows that local knowledge and efficiency is vital to success, so it’s well worth your time to understand where to eat, drink, work, play and stay before you go. If you are planning a corporate trip to the Garden City, check out our Melbourne business travel guide, or contact the Pulse Travel team to find out how they can make your business travel easier.
The main Melbourne Airport is in Tullamarine, and if you’re planning to fly, this is most likely where you will touch down. Located 23 kilometres northwest of the city centre, Melbourne Airport is in the outskirts of Melbourne City.
When you land at Melbourne Airport, there are a few ways you can transfer to your accommodation. If you’re up for public transport you can take the SkyBus to St Kilda, the CBD, Frankston and more, but if you’d prefer private transport, the team at Pulse Travel can arrange a private or hire car for you. It all depends on what expenses are included in your Corporate Travel Policy.
If you’re travelling from Melbourne, there are a range of secure parking options available for use. Choose from outdoor Value Parking, undercover Terminal Parking or Premium Valet Parking, depending on your needs and budget. You can find out more information regarding Melbourne Airport’s parking options here.
When closing a big business deal, a good night’s sleep is essential. Whether you’re after an opulent hotel or something more budget-friendly, Melbourne has a wealth of business hotel’s to suit your needs.
If you’re looking to stay in Melbourne CBD, there are a few hotels we recommend. If you want a hotel further out, our blog on the Best Hotels in Australia With Conference Facilities is a great place to start! The corporate travel team can also organise a hotel that suits your needs and budget, ensuring your accommodation during your trip is covered.
The Grand Hyatt in Melbourne is known as a favourite for anyone looking to conduct business in Melbourne, and it’s not hard to see why.
Right in the CBD on Collins Street, the Grand Hyatt offers everything you would expect from a 5-star hotel chain, with plush rooms and thick curtains to help you block out noise and relax after a long day. The hotel also features an array of meeting areas, booked through their Meetings on Demand booking tool allowing you the flexibility of choosing your own meeting space.
Overlooking Flagstaff Gardens and right opposite the Flagstaff Tram Station, the Oaks Hotel on William offers an array of leisure and transport options for those staying in Melbourne.
The stylish, self-contained rooms offer Wi-Fi, large beds and kitchenette facilities, as well as undercover parking facilities for an additional cost. Oak & Vine Restaurant also offers an exclusive in-room dining menu for guests staying at the Oaks Hotel, allowing you to enjoy a range of dining options while in the city.
If you’re looking for a stylish yet affordable stay in the heart of Melbourne, look no further than Rydges. Located in the heart of the city on Exhibition Street, you’ll have a wealth of shopping, dining and entertainment options right at your doorstep, as well as a comfortable and stylish room to return to when meetings are done for the day.
Rydges Melbourne is also fully equipped for a variety of meetings and functions, with the entire first floor dedicated to weddings, events, meetings and other corporate functions. Booked through their Conference and Events team, or through the team at Pulse Travel, you can host all of your meetings from the comfort of your hotel, as well as enjoy a private dining experience in their private dining area.
The Melbourne CBD is jam-packed full of cool and quirky cafes and coworking spaces, and if you’re in the area for business reasons, you might as well get out there and try some of them.
Located right in the CBD, JustCo, Space & Co and Collins Square are all great coworking options for those looking to get out of the hotel for the day. Each of these spaces offer a desk, kitchen as well as access to private conference rooms for any meetings you may have.
If working in a cafe or restaurant is more your style, there is no end to the number of cafe’s available in the Melbourne area. Many of them are open early and close late, so all you have to do is head to your local cafe and pop open your laptop!
If you’re fortunate enough to stay for a couple of days in Melbourne and have some spare time, it’s well worth checking out some of the tourist sights on offer.
Melbourne is known for a couple of things in particular–its coffee, laneway artwork and tourist destinations such as the National Gallery of Victoria and Federation Square. If you have enough time on your hands, the National Gallery and Federation Square are both close to the CBD and fantastic spots to visit on a short tourist break.
If you’re only in Melbourne for a day or two, we highly recommend grabbing a coffee and heading to see some of Melbourne’s laneway artwork. Hosier Lane is particularly famous and is located right off Flinders Street, so you can easily take a detour on the way to or from your meetings.
Of course, you could always treat yourself to an entire weekend in the city, heading to the MCG to see sport is a compulsory part of the Melbourne lifestyle. You can also book one of their corporate suites, allowing you to enjoy the game and entertain your business associates at the same time!
Melbourne is a vibrant, bustling, unique city, and a fantastic place to visit for both business and pleasure.
With plenty of bigger businesses spread out in the suburbs, factoring plenty of travel time into your schedule will be important to ensuring you get to meetings on time and don’t get stuck in traffic. Melbourne weather can also be extremely unpredictable, so ensure you pack a jacket and umbrella before you head off.
The team at Pulse Travel are specialists in booking corporate and leisure travel around Australia and the world. If you’re looking to travel to Melbourne for corporate purposes, speak to our experienced team of agents about how they can make your next corporate trip easier.