For those who live far away from the hospital, or have visitors who need accommodation, there are many local options at various prices.
The following accommodation options are nearby the Austin Hospital and offer discounted rates for Liver Transplant patients and their families. Please be aware that these places are in high demand so if possible make arrangements well in advance.
Royal Talbot Flats
Self contained units on the grounds of the Royal Talbot Rehabilitation Centre, which is part of Austin Health and about a 15 minute drive away. Patients who travel from regional areas and interstate will be prioritised. Availability is often limited. Contact your Social Worker or Transplant Coordinator to book.
$35 per night (bulk billing not applicable, if you are eligible for reimbursement through your state travel scheme, you must apply for reimbursement after your stay).
Click here for more information (pdf brochure).
Ryder Cheshire Victorian Homes
10–14 Donald Street
Ivanhoe VIC 3079
03 9254 2400
$30 per person per night for those covered by VPTAS (see Travel section).
Others are charged $20 per night.
Priority to country patients and their families. No children permitted. Cooking facilities, own bathroom. Ten minute walk to the Austin Repatriation Hospital with the shuttle bus to Austin or a short walk to Ivanhoe Station to take the train to Heidelberg.
The Medihotel is located on the Austin campus on the north side of the Studley Road car park, entry by Studley Road.
Free of charge for patients, carers $35 or $11 for concession rate.
Those who are eligible can claim reimbursement through VPTAS (see Travel section for details). Only accommodates patients and one carer. Carers cannot stay there without the patient.
Shared kitchenette and lounge, TV, DVD and laundry facilities.
There are basic provisions for tea, coffee, biscuits and a light breakfast. Night meal will be provided free to patient $10 charge for carers.
Medihotel is closed on Saturday nights.
Please contact your Nurse Coordinator or Social Worker to book Medihotel.
Indigenous Hospitality House
1/907 Drummond St
Carlton VIC 3054
03 9387 7557
A communal house that offers a place to stay while a family member is in Hospital. Guests are invited to make a donation of about $5.00 per night. Meals are supplied.
Contact your Social Worker to make a referral on 03 9496 5560.
The following commercial accommodation options are nearby the Austin and offer reduced rates for Austin patients and their families:
205 Bell Street
Preston VIC 3072
Toll Free 1800 006 494
03 9485 0100
Various room options starting from $64 for a single room (single bed) and $89 for a double room
From $109 for a double studio apartment
Alphington Quest Lodging
35 Coate Ave
Alphington VIC 3078
03 9488 1188
Price start from $108 per night
Ivanhoe Quest Apartments
72-84 Upper Heidelberg Road
Ivanhoe VIC 3079
03 9490 2100
Studio Apartment: $150.00 per night
1 Bedroom Apartment: $165.00 per night
2 Bedroom Apartment: $270.00 per night
Bell Motor Inn
Crn Bell and 2 Patterson Street
Preston VIC 3072
03 9480 2099
$110 per night (special price for Austin patients’ relatives)
Jika International Motor Inn
551 Heidelberg Road
Fairfield VIC 3078
03 9481 2822
$100 double room with breakfast
$97.50 single room with breakfast
Discounts for longer stays
Bed & Breakfast Accommodation
Brett & Beverley
5 Quinn Street
Heidelberg VIC 3084
03 9455 0740
0432 320 006