Visiting Melbourne for the 2023 AARE Conference?

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You have time to consider what you would like to experience around the 2023 AARE Conference Voice, Truth, Place: Critical Junctures for Educational Research at the University of Melbourne.

There are some great resources from the City of Melbourne that can help you consider the country on which the conference takes place:

City of Melbourne- Aboriginal History and Interactive Map

Aboriginal Melbourne

If you are coming from away, and interested in Smart cities, you may enjoy connecting with some of the local initiatives outline here:

City of Melbourne as a Smart City

Our dedicated Local Conference Committee have been collating different ideas around places and activities that might also be of interest:


Arts Centre Melbourne


Billibellary Walk, UniMelb

Federation Square

Hardrock Climbing

Koori Heritage Trust

Immigration Museum

Melbourne Aquarium

Melbourne Museum

Melbourne Skydeck

National Gallery of Victoria

Pubs & Clubs - nightlife

Queen Victoria Market (day & Wed night)

Royal Botanic Gardens

Sports Museum, MCG

State Library

University of Melbourne Galleries/Museums

There are bespoke tours and adventures that you can book yourself into at these places, and also through Get your Guide.

I live part of the time on Phillip Island, and if you haven’t seen our fairy penguins parade up the beach in the evening, it is worth the trip.

It’s a busy time of year in Melbourne, so consider connecting with colleagues and collaborators and plan to pre-book yourselves into a shared experience to entangle yourselves into our quirky and beautiful city and surrounds.

Catherine Smith

Chair, Conferences Standing Committee