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The Pokémon Oceania International Championships are returning to Melbourne for the 2019-2020 Championship Series! The event, one of the largest of the entire season, will take place at the Melbourne Exhibition Center in Victoria, Australia from February 21-23, 2019. It will feature high Championship Point payouts and other prizes, spread between the Pokémon Trading Card Game (TCG) and Video Game Championships (VGC).
Bay 21 & 22, Northern Concourse – Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. Entry via Door 13.
1 Convention Centre Place, South Wharf, VIC, 3006
Entry is via Clarendon Street.
How do I get to the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre?
There are multiple ways to get to the venue via public transport, however, we highly recommend the tram or walking from Melbourne City. For more public transport options, please see Public Transport Victoria’s Website.
The Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) is a 15 minute walk from Melbourne’s CBD. The fastest way to the event is to walk down Clarendon Street and enter through the main entrance.
Tram routes 96, 109, and 12 stop at the MCEC and will take you to the Clarendon Street entrance. To catch the tram to this stop, you will require a myki card. Information on these cards is available here.
Most trains heading towards the city will take you to Southern Cross Station. Once at the station, tram routes 96, 109, and 12 will take you to the MCEC. Catching a train requires a myki card. Click here for information on these cards.
From the Airport (Tullamarine Airport)
A taxi, Uber, or bus can be used to get from the airport to the MCEC. If you would prefer to use the bus, the SkyBus has a direct service to the MCEC called the Southbank Docklands Express. This bus stops at the Clarendon Street entrance.
Do I need anything to travel around Melbourne on public transport?
To travel in Melbourne on the public transport system, individuals MUST pay for and travel with a myki card, unless only commuting within the free tram zone. You can purchase a myki card from a large range of retailers and locations including most corner stores and train stations. It is important to note that the card requires you to have myki money on it to be able to travel. The locations to place money on the card are the same as where you buy them from. To use the card, it’s as simple as “touch on” and “touch off”. Touch on using the myki card readers before you board the transportation and touch off after you have finished your journey.
For more information visit the myki website.
Inside the venue, there is a handful of cafés with basic food and drink options. Just outside the venue, there are many options for food. The Wharf just outside the front of MCEC offers a number of restaurants. The DFO next to the MCEC has a range of fast food options and clothing stores. Corner shops are located around the city and behind the MCEC. Make sure you stock up on water!
Australian Summer is very unforgiving to those who are not used to it. Melbourne can get very humid during the summer and can make 30°C/86°F days feel like 40°C/104°F and above.
For further information please see the FAQ.
If you’re new to Melbourne or would like more detailed information and travel advice, see our extra tips and advice page.