From our Friends in Melbourne
Melbourne is an expert at big events, and our city is enthusiastically welcoming the Rotary International Convention,
27-31 May. We’re excited to meet you, and we’re creating all kinds of unique experiences that you won’t want to miss!

Golfers can enjoy playing 18 holes at one of Melbourne’s legendary sand belt courses on Friday, 26 May (before the convention begins), and help Rotary’s fight against polio at the same time.

On Saturday afternoon, discover the exhilaration that comes from attending a match of our own Aussie rules football, or as we call it, footy.

Then on Saturday night, experience a different kind of excitement with our welcome reception at the Melbourne Museum, showcasing Victoria’s finest food and beverages as well as insight into Australia’s history. Learn about Indigenous culture, the origin and evolution of our life in Victoria, and sporting treasures like the mighty racehorse Phar Lap.

For a very different food and beverage experience, enjoy a sample of our culinary diversity through the Streets of Melbourne events. On Monday and Tuesday nights at South Wharf, you can sample the best we have to offer — and you never know what other surprises we have planned for you!

Monday night also offers you a choice from an assortment of club-hosted hospitality events, each one unique.

Our final special event on Tuesday night will take you on an exclusive Rotary express train to Flemington, home of the renowned Melbourne Cup horse race, for a night like no other. This is your chance to wear your fanciest fashions, as if you were attending the race. You can dine on Victoria’s superior cuisine and wines and have your picture taken with a past winning racehorse and the mighty Melbourne Cup itself.

Melbourne has so much to offer — make sure you take this once-in-a lifetime opportunity!

Visit the host committee website to book these events.

Explore Melbourne and Australia
We’ve also organized a range of spectacular tours to help you explore Australia beyond the convention. Whether it’s a part-day walking tour of Melbourne, a tour to the monolith Uluru, in the ‘Red Centre’, or an exploration of the Great Barrier Reef and nearby rainforests, you’ll find something to meet everyone’s tastes. Explore the tours and book yours today.

Between your events and tours, taste some of the best coffee in the world!
Melbourne’s rich and diverse coffee culture dates back to the middle of the 20th century, when the first espresso machine arrived in the city. Since then, the industry has grown tremendously and made Melbourne the coffee capital of Australia.

Known globally for its coffee obsession and sophisticated cafe culture, Melbourne has more than 2,000 cafes and some of the most accomplished baristas in the world, including the winner of the 2022 World Barista Championship, Anthony Douglas from Axil Coffee Roasters.

Notable cafes that locals frequent include ST. Ali, Market Lane Coffee, Sensory Lab, and Dukes. Choose the Caffeinate option in the online guide to Melbourne as a starting point to plan your daily caffeine needs. And if you have more time, consider attending a coffee roasting, tasting, blending, brewing, or filtering masterclass to learn from the experts themselves!