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NEW FOR ISSCR 2018! You can book tours to get the most out of your ISSCR 2018 experience in Melbourne.

The following optional tours are designed by Arinex Destination Management (license No. 2TA001144), for participating delegates and accompanying persons attending ISSCR 2018. All tours can be booked via the online registration form and when you book your hotel.

See also: Terms & Conditions and Disclaimers.

ISSCR 2018 Tour Schedule

TimesMon 18 JunTues 19 JunWed 20 JunThurs 21 JunFri 22 JunSat 23 JunSun 24 Jun

Melbourne Bike Tour
Yarra Valley Food & Wine Journey

Penguin Parade to Phillip Island 
AfternoonMelbourne City SightsMelbourne Laneways TourAboriginal Heritage Walk Queen Victoria Markets Foodie Tour
Pre/PostThe Grampians National Park Rock Art & Wildlife 2 day/1 night pre tourThe Grampians National Park Rock Art & Wildlife 2 day/1 night pre tour

Other Exciting Tours Available to Schedule

Melbourne City Sights

This four hour coach tour is designed to give participants an orientation of the city. The tour includes visits to points of interest such as Queen Victoria Markets, Melbourne Cricket Ground and Olympic Park, Spencer Street Station, Federation Square, The Shrine of Remembrance, the Royal Botanic Gardens, Albert Park Lake, and the Grand Prix site.

Date: Tuesday, 19 June, 2018city-sights

Time: 1300 – 1700 hours   


Date: Wednesday, 20 June, 2018

Time: 0900 – 1300 hours

Cost: AU$68.00 per person

Departure point: Convention Place, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre


Melbourne Highlights Bike Tour

With a local guide you will have the opportunity to explore Melbourne’s grooviest streets, parks, shops, cafes, hidden laneways and multicultural neighbourhoods. Experience real Melbourne hospitality and sample some gourmet treats on this leisurely ride. It’s the perfect way to start any Melbourne visit.  Discover places cars can’t go, as you scoot along bike paths and through peaceful parks.

bike-tourDate: Wednesday, 20 June, 2018

Time: 0900-1230

Cost: AU$110.00 per person

Departure point: Vault 14 Federation Wharf, Federation Square

Melbourne Laneways Tour

Enjoy a casual stroll with a passionate guide through the back streets and beautiful lanes and arcades of Melbourne city. On this intimate tour, you will discover local designers, small businesses, a little history, the amazing architecture and the stories behind the art works that have become an important part of Melbourne's street scape.  Melbourne is famous for its laneways and arcades and your local guide will show you why!


Date: Thursday, 21 June, 2018

Time: 1300 – 1600 hours

Cost: AU$105.00 per person

Departure point: Convention Place, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre


Aboriginal Heritage Walk at the Royal Botanic Gardens

Experience Melbourne's Royal Botanic Gardens in a traditional way in an Aboriginal Heritage Walk.  An Indigenous interpreter will give you a greater understanding of the customs and rich heritage of the local Boonwurrung and Woiworung people, taking you on a journey on the camping and meeting grounds of the traditional owners of the land, against the vibrant setting of the Royal Botanic Gardens.  Experience a traditional smoking ceremony and discover traditional uses of plants for food, tools and medicine.



Date: Friday, 22 June, 2018

Time: 1300 – 1600 hours

Cost: AU$92.00 per person

Departure point: Convention Place, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre

Queen Victoria Markets Foodie Tour

Experience the famous Queen Victoria Markets with a private gastronomy food tour. The Queen Victoria Market is often described as the heart and soul of Melbourne. Explore the iconic food halls and heritage Sheds where the banter is as fresh as the produce in the largest open-air market in the Southern Hemisphere.  Discover the very best foods on offer, learn fascinating history and uncover some of the specialities you can buy.  And when you’re all shopped out, sit back and relax with a coffee, before some free time to explore and shop at your leisure!


Date: Saturday 23 June 2018

Time: 1130 – 1500 hours

Cost: AU$113.00 per person

Departure point: Convention Place, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre


Yarra Valley Food and Wine Journey

Travel to the world famous Yarra Valley for a day of fine food and wine. Visit five premier wineries for personalised wine tastings and enjoy a delicious two course lunch at a vineyard restaurant before returning to the city.  Meet local winemakers and discover their compelling family histories. Visit both large and boutique wineries, connect with fascinating family stories and enjoy the ultimate Yarra Valley winery experience.




Date: Sunday, 24 June, 2018

Time: 0900 – 1730 hours

Cost: AU$195.00 per person

Departure point: Convention Place, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre

Penguin Parade to Phillip Island

This full day outing provides an opportunity to see what could possibly be the cutest and most intriguing wildlife Australia has to offer. Visit a wildlife sanctuary with an opportunity to hand feed kangaroos and see Australia’s adorable koalas.  A stop at Brighton Beach and Nobbies Lookout ensures a scenic, beautiful and relaxing day out of the city. At Phillip Island get ready for the extraordinary arrival of the little penguins onto the beach. The Fairy Penguins that nest here perform a “parade” every evening – emerging from the sea and waddling up the beach to their burrows. Be privy to one of nature’s most spectacular shows – a few minutes after sunset. Enjoy dinner before returning late evening.



Date: Sunday, 24 June, 2018

Time: 1300 – 2300 hours

Cost: AU$295.00 per person

Departure point: Convention Place, Melbourne Convention and Exhibtion Centre

Pre and Post Meeting Tours

Arinex has made several pre and post tours throughout the Victoria province available for purchase. All prices shown are in AUD.

The Grampians National Park Rock Art & Wildlife

  • 2 days/1 night
  • Departure: 0830 hours, Monday 18 June 2018
  • Return: 1830 hours, Tuesday 19 June 2018
  • Cost:
    • AU$2,390.00 per person based on double occupancy
    • AU$2,590.00 per person based on single occupancy
  • Three hours from Melbourne there is a wonderland of experiences to be had with Aboriginal rock art and amazing encounters with Australian animals. Travelling in a specially built 4x4 mini bus over sand roads, through creeks and down precipitous mountain passes, you will be stunned by the scenery and have two days seeing Australia’s ancient history of its first people and get up close to Australia’s unique wildlife. Your driver/guide is an expert in remote area touring and will take you to see rock art dating back thousands of years, a captive breeding program to re-establish some of Australia’s most endangered animals and to remote places to see Australian wildlife in their natural habitat. The Grampians National Park has so many hidden natural treasures and you will return you to Melbourne with a head full of memories and experiences from this beautiful region.
    • Tour includes:
      • 3.5 - 4 star accommodation
      • 1 x 2 course dinner
      • 1 x cooked breakfast


Daylesford & Mount Macedon Ranges Food and Wine Trail

  • 2 days/1 nightdaylesford-mount-macedon-ranges-food-and-wine-trail
  • Departure: 0800 hours, Sunday 24 June 2018
  • Return: 1800 hours, Monday 25 June 2018
  • Cost:
    • AU$1,425.00 per person based on double occupancy, 5 star accommodation
    • AU$1,865.00 per person based on single occupancy, 5 star accommodation
    • AU$1,095.00 per person based on double occupancy, 4 star accommodation
    • AU$1,260.00 per person based on single occupancy, 4 star accommodation

This tour is focused on enjoying the gourmet delights of the Macedon Ranges. There are wonderful landscapes, experiences and characters that make this tour a unique and exciting journey through an emerging tourism hotspot. Visit picturesque townships, taste award wining wines and meet local producers.  Stay overnight in the beautiful town of Daylesford, famous for its mineral waters, artisan food producers, fine dining, boutique shops and gold rush architecture. Your stay in Daylesford is at the 'Lake House', one of the acclaimed 'Luxury Lodges of Australia'. This stunning property has become an iconic destination for sublime dining experiences.  Alternatively, stay at the 4 star Frangos boutique hotel.

Tour includes:

  • Stay at the 'Lake House'  5 star with 3 course dinner 
  • Frangos and Frangos 4 star with 2 course dinner at Mercato
  • Fully cooked breakfast
  • Restaurant lunch on Piper street
  • Lunch at Red Beard Bakery
  • Small group touring 
  • 2 Winery visits
  • Visit to Herbal Lore
  • Visits to Daylesford Cidery, Istra Smallgoods, Red Beard Bakery, O'Tooles Honey and Garden of St Erth



Great Ocean Road Overnight Tour

  • 2 days/1 night
  • Departure: 0830 hours, Sunday 24 June, 2018
  • Return: 1730 hours, Monday 25 June, 2018
  • Cost:
    • AU$910.00 per person based on double occupancy
    • AU$1,020.00 per person based on single occupancy

The Great Ocean Road is one of the world's most spectacular and scenic coastal drives. Cliff hugging curves, an emerald rainforest, charming seaside villages and amazing views of the country and coastline that will take your breath away add up to an incredibly memorable trip. Take the time to explore the diversity of this great coastal road in a relaxed and comfortable style.  Discover the wildlife, coastal towns, ocean view accommodation, beautiful food, rainforests, 12 Apostles and shipwreck history of the Great Ocean Road.  Scenic stops are many, including opportunities to see koalas, kangaroos and many colourful native birds in the wild, a cool temperate rainforest gully to see the world’s tallest flowering plants, prehistoric trees and ferns and unique features such as ‘Yabbie Chimneys’.  The 12 Apostles are Icons of Australia’s natural beauty. Arrive as the stacks are lit with the morning sun making them perfect for photos and free of crowds.

Tour includes:

  • 3.5 - 4 star accommodation
  • 1 x 2 course dinner
  • 1 x cooked breakfast


Touring Terms and Conditions

All sightseeing tours include informative English-speaking commentary, all entry fees and meals where specified. Comfortable shoes and clothing are recommended for all tours. For any outdoor tours we recommend that participants bring sun protection cream, sunhat, sunglasses, and a warm jacket.

All tours are based on a minimum number of participants. If minimum numbers are not reached by 4 May, 2018, alternative arrangements or a complete refund will be made. Places on all tours are limited and will be allocated strictly in order of receipt of payment. Where participants cancel their tour bookings prior to 4 May, 2018, payment will be refunded in full. Thereafter, no refunds will be made.


The services specified in these tour descriptions are available at the time of writing. However, in the event that any service(s) become unavailable for any reason, Arinex Destination Management will make every effort to supply alternative services of an equal standard and value but cannot accept any responsibility for failure to provide the specified services.