Things to Do


In town for AIDC and looking for things to do? Make your first port of call this year's venue, the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI). A unique institution at the heart of Melbourne's iconic meeting place, Federation Square, ACMI celebrates, explores and promotes the moving image in all its forms - film, television and digital culture.

Through award-winning Australian and international exhibitions, films, festivals, live events, creative workshops, education programs and resources, ACMI provides unsurpassed ways to engage with the moving image.

Starting life as the State Film Centre in 1946, ACMI evolved from being a collection-based institution to an internationally recognised hub for screening and advocacy, screen education, industry engagement and audience involvement.

As a major cultural, tourism and learning attraction, ACMI is an integral element in Melbourne's position as one of the world's truly creative cities.

We are very excited to partner again with ACMI for AIDC 2018 conference.

See an exhibition @ ACMI

Watch a film @ ACMI

ACMI Venue Map

Federation Square Map


From laneway bars to high-end eateries, wineries, shopping and more, it's not hard to see why Melbourne has been ranked "The World's Most Liveable City" for six years in a row. Below is a list of top picks from AIDC locals of their favourite city and its surrounds to give you a taste of the what Melbourne has to offer.

The Top 5 To-Do List

Walk or run around the Tan Track located at the Royal Botanic Gardens

Explore the city’s Laneways (and bars)

Take a ride on the City Circle Tram

Visit the National Gallery of Victoria (International at Southbank and Australian at Federation Square) and the University of Melbourne’s Ian Potter Museum

Ride the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel

Food! Glorious Food!

You can’t come to Melbourne without having a bite and a drink at one of the following CBD eateries and drinking spots.

Latino Vibes

Mesa Verde

Movida Next Door

Pacos Tacos


A Taste of Asia


Izakaya Den


Chin Chin


Mediterranean Musts


Grossi Florentino

The Press Club

Il Solito Posto

The European

Laid Back Bites

The Grand Trailer Park Taverna

Arbory Bar & Eatery

Spring Street Grocer - Gelato & Cheese Room

Watering Holes. Tried and trusted.

ACMI Café & Bar

Beer Deluxe

Transit Rooftop Bar

Madame Brussels

Eau de Vie

Bar Lourinha


Pony Fish Island

Whiskey & Alement

Loop Roof

Wonderful Wineries

Yarra Valley

Mornington Peninsula

Bellarine Peninsula

Shopping for the Fashionistas.


Melbourne Central

Captains of Industry

Alpha 60

Philips Shirtmakers

Lord Coconut


Perks and Mini

Queen Victoria Markets

Cinemas for the Cinephiles


Cinema Nova Carlton

Palace Kino

Hoyts Melbourne Central

Village Crown Casino

​Indigenous Culture

Wominjeka! Welcome to Melbourne, known as the Kulin Nation to its traditional owners. Melbourne is rich in Indigenous culture, which we encourage you to explore on your visit to AIDC.

The Aboriginal Heritage Walk

The Aboriginal Heritage Walk offers a rich and vibrant cultural experience and is one of the most popular tours at Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne, a stone's throw from the AIDC. Indigenous guides provide a unique insight into the history of both the Gardens and its traditional owners. Daily except Saturday, and bookings are essential.

The Koorie Heritage Trust

The Koorie Heritage Trust is conveniently located at Federation Square and welcomes non-Indigenous people to learn about Victoria's Indigenous cultural heritage. Exhibitions and cultural walks are available daily.