Travel and Accomodation

Overview:

Information for arrival in Hobart Airport

    Hobart airport is about 15km from the city centre and is serviced by taxi, shuttle bus, bus, or you can hire a vehicle from there. The taxi fare to the city is approximately Au$55. Shuttle buses provide door-to-door service (Hobart city) for a fare of AU$ 17(ow)/30(rt), and are timed to connect with all incoming and outgoing flights. Pre-bookings are not require for taxis or buses, with the shuttle buses timed to connect with incoming (and outgoing) flights.

    If driving in Hobart, please remember to drive on left had side of the road, and to drive in a clockwise direction around roundabouts.

Attractions

  • On the fringe of Hobart’s central business district one finds historic St David’s Park. Headstones from the old Hobart cementary are set up at the southern end of the park. Walk to the south-western exit of the park to reach the Georgian cottages and the village atmosphere of Battery Point. This area is best explored by foot.

    Hobart’s picturesque waterfront is also nearby – down the Kelly steps and cross Salamanca lawns to the docks, where hard-working fishing boats are berthed close to cruising yachts and a square-rigger or two.

  • Self-guided tours, both walking and driving, allow visitors to explore Hobart and Tasmania’s Polar Pathway.
  • Tasmania is known for its wonderful outdoors, bushwalks (hikes) are a popular. 60 Great short walks of Tasmania includes a walk on the upper slopes of Mt Wellington Organ Pipes. A great resource on trails in the wider Hobart region is available from Greater Hobart Trails, including a description of the Rivulet Trail, which connects the symposium venue C3 with the fringe of the city centre.
  • Flower Shows are held in Hobart Town Hall several times a year. The Dahlia, Gladiolus & Floral Art Show will be held Friday, 14 March 2014 (1300 – 1800) and Saturday, 15 March 2014 (1000 – 1630). Entry fees apply.
  • Salamanca market, one of Australia’s best outdoor markets – operated by Hobart City Council – takes place every Saturday from 0830 to 1500 at Hobart’s Salamanca Place, set between graceful plane trees and the mellow sandstone facades of historic warehouses. At about 300 stalls vendors and artists offer food and music, including fresh fruit, crisp organic vegetables, hot baked spuds, the warm aroma of a coffee and croissant, buskers singing the blues, stroking a harp or strumming a lively folk song. Salamanca Market highlights fine Tasmanian art & craft including hand-worked glass, innovative design in Tasmanian timbers, stylish clothing, and bold ceramics.
  • The Museum of the Old and New Art, MONA, is one of Hobart’s major attractions. Entry fees apply.
  • Tasmania Symphony Orchestra offers two shows in the week of our symposium:

    Billy Bragg’s Tooth and Nail tour will arrive in Hobart at the TSO in Davey Street, Hobart on Wednesday, 12 March 2014 from 2000. Entry fees apply.

    Choral Fantasy will be played at the TSO’s home in Davey Street, Hobart on Saturday, 15 March 2014 from 1430. Entry fees apply.

  • Boutique Wine Tours Tasmania has been operating in the Coal River Valley for nearly two years. They offer premium small group wine tours (13 pax) to the wineries of the Coal River Valley & Huon Region in southern Tasmania & MONA Museum of Old and New Art.
  • For a complete list of Hobart’s and Tasmania’s attractions, please refer to the official information, including Discover Tasmania.

Location and Background

Following www.australia.com “Australia is the largest island and the world’s smallest, flattest continent.” It is situated between 10° and 39°S, its highest point, Mt Kosciuszko, reaches 2,228 m. Australia covers an estimated area of 7,692,024 km2 (i.e. about the same size as the contiguous USA)  and is host to a population of approximately 22.5 Million people.

Tasmania, the 26th largest island in the world, is an island state in the south-east of Australia extending about 68,401 km2. Nearly 37 % of Tasmania is protected by national parks, reserves or World Heritage sites, allowing Tasmania to promote itself as the natural state.

Note that at the time of the conference, South Eastern Australia will observe Daylight Saving, which is UT+11hours.

A printable map of central Hobart and the inner suburbs (courtesy Tasmanian Travel & Information Centre) provides additional information.

Hobart airport is about 15km from the city centre and is serviced by taxis, shuttle buses, or you can hire a vehicle from there. The taxi fare to the city is approximately Au$55. Shuttle buses provide door-to-door service (Hobart city) for a fare of AU$ 17(ow)/30(rt), and are timed to connect with all incoming and outgoing flights.

Payment by EFTPOS (debit card) is popular in Australia. Many stores and restaurants also accept payment by credit card, usually Visa and MasterCard. Alternatively, payment seems to be possible with international debit cards (EFTPOS, EC-Karte, Carte Bleue, …).

Travel: Visa and quarantine

Along with a current passport valid for the duration of your stay, the Australian government requires a visa from visitors of every nation (but New Zealand) to be issued before you arrive. If you are short-term visitor or business traveller, the process is easy and can be done in a few minutes on the Internet, using the Australian government’s Electronic Travel Authority (ETA). This is an electronic visa that takes the place of a stamp in your passport. For more information please see your travel agent or the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship.

For information on how to apply for a  Business Visitor Visa, please see the document: Business Events Factsheet. Visa applicants must demonstrate that they meet all the legislative requirements for an Australian visa. For additional background relating to visas for people to come to Australia for a business-related visit, check out the info of the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship for Business Visits.

Applicants applying for a paper-based visa should lodge their application at least 6-8 weeks before their intended travel date to Australia. Those applying for their visa electronically should do so at least 2 weeks prior to travel. Note the implementation of the new Biometrics Program for visa applicants lodging a paper-based application in the following countries; France, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Zimbabwe, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Yemen. For further information please check the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship’s Biometrics Program

Please contact Petra if you require an invitation letter for your visa.

Please note that Australia’s strict quarantine applies to importing plants, animals, or their products, including food. Upon entry visitors will be asked to declare these (and other items), and sniffer dogs are used to check all incoming luggage. Camping, hiking and fishing gear will be checked to ensure it is clean. Please check with the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service, and declare to them if you are unsure.

Accommodation

Following is an incomplete list of accommodation in Hobart. Alternatively check for options on websites such as wotif.com. Participants must book their own accommodation and must settle directly with their accommodation provider. Please make sure you book accommodation early as any block-bookings will be released about 6 weeks prior to the conference.

Block-bookings have been made for 08 – 15 March 2014 with the following providers, rates are for March 2014:

  • Quest Waterfront [Ref: UTASMAR]

    Hotel Room – $175
    Studio Delux – $199
    Family Suite – $285
    Extra person – $35

    3 Brooke Street Hobart 7000
    (03) 62 248 630
    questwaterfront@questapartments.com.au

    Room configuration:
    Hotel room – Queen bed, Tea and coffee facilities and ensuite bathroom (No. of guests included in rate = 2)
    Studio Delux – QB and 1 single bed, kitchenette, Movie Vue, ensuite bathroom. Can request extra single bed (no. of guests included in rate = 3)
    Family Suite – QB in living area & 2 SB in separate room (can be made into a king sized bed), kitchenette, Movie Vue, 1 bathroom. Can request extra single bed (no. of guests included in rate = 4)

    Bookings of 3 nights or more will require 1 night as deposit. Breakfast is available at two locations, Harbour Lights Café and Customs House Hotel, where meals can be charged back to you room account at Quest Waterfront.

  • Quest Savoy [Ref: UTASMAR]

    Studio Delux – $185
    Executive Suite – $220
    1 Bedroom (3.5 Star) – $175
    Extra person – $35

    38 Elizabeth Street Hobart 7000
    (03) 6220 2300
    questsavoy@questapartments.com.au

  • Quest Trinity [Ref: UTASMAR]

    Studio – $169
    1 Bedroom – $189
    2 Bedroom – $265
    3 Bedroom – $305
    Extra person – $35

    149 Brooker Avenue Hobart 7000
    (03) 6236 9656
    questtrinity@questapartments.com.au

  • Old Woolstore Apartment Hotel [Ref: IGS2014]

    1 Macquarie Street, Hobart
    Phone 1800 814 676 or +61 (03) 6235 5355

    Booking need to be made by email or calling the reservation team on either number provided above. Credit card details are required at the time of booking and standard terms and conditions apply.

    Hotel Room – $136 per room, per night, room only (rate covers 1-2 people, 1x queen bed or 2x separate beds)
    Studio Apartment – $156 per apartment, per night, room only (rate covers 1-2 people, 1x queen bed)
    One Bedroom Apartment – $179 per apartment, per night, room only (rate covers 1-2 people, 1x queen bed OR 2x single beds)
    Two Bedroom Apartment – $259 per apartment, per night, room only (rate covers up to 4 people, 2x queen beds OR 1x queen & 2x singles)
    Additional guests/rollaway beds cost an extra $40 per night. Internet is available for $5 for 24 hours.

    Breakfast is available in the Stockman’s Restaurant from 0630-1000 and 2013 rates are: Continental $14.00 and Full Buffet $19.50.

  • Best Western Hobart [Ref: International Glaciological Society]

    Superior room – $169

    Continental/Full Breakfast – $15/$18

    156 Bathurst St, Hobart 7000
    ++61 3 6232 6255 (Fax: ++61 3 6234 7884)
    reservations97434@bestwestern.com.au

Stayz Holiday Accomodation provide links to a range of (smaller) accomodation options.

Other accomodation options include:

(Prices are indicative only and current for July 2013.)

  • Lenna of Hobart & Salamanca Terraces

    Park View Room – $159 TBC
    Harbour View Room – $189 TBC
    Family Room – $219 TBC
    King Suite – $219 TBC
    1 Bedroom Apartment $175 TBC (at Salamanca Terraces)

    The in-room internet costs are as $2 per hour or $14.95 per day (note this is not wireless internet). Complimentary wifi and computer station are in the Chandelier Lounge Bar at Lenna. Breakfast is $19.50 per person for the continental buffet or a la carte menu from $12.50.

    Credit card details are required to guarantee the booking and an email address to send confirmation details.

  • St Ives Hotel

    Deluxe studio double $139
    Deluxe studio twin $139 (maximum 2 people)
    Deluxe studio twin $159 (maximum 3 people)
    Deluxe studio imperial $153
    2 Bedroom $179 (if an extra bed is required an extra $20.00 charge per night. Subject to availability)

    Room configuration:
    Deluxe studio double – Queen size bed
    Deluxe studio twin – Queen size bed & a single bed
    Deluxe studio imperial – King size bed & a guaranteed balcony
    2 bedroom – Queen size bed in the main bedroom, 2 single beds in the second bedroom & bathroom upstairs. Down stairs is the kitchenette & living areas.
    All rooms have a kitchenette, which has a stove top , microwave & fridge. These rates apply provided bookings are made direct with the hotel. A credit card is required to secure the booking, paying one nights deposit. Internet is charged at 5c per mb.

  • Welcome Stranger Hotel

    Single/Double or Twin Room – $125 (4 nights minimum stay, includes Continental Breakfast).
    Extra Person in room $45.00 including breakfast.

  • Shipwright’s Arms Hotel

    Budget rooms – $85 Single/$90 Double (Shared bothroom)
    Economy room – $100 Double (Shared bothroom)
    Ensuite rooms – $150 Double (Ensuite)
    Self serve Continental breakfast included.

  • The Pickled Frog – Backpackers

    12 Bed Dorm: $24
    8 Bed Dorm: $25
    6 Bed Dorm: $26
    4 Bed Dorm: $27
    3 Bed Dorm: $28
    Twin/Double: $67
    Single: $62
    Frog Apartment: $100 (2 people) $25 per extra person

    WIFI available

    281 Liverpool St, Hobart

    info@thepickledfrog.com
    Ph: +61 3 6234 7977

  • Central City – Backpackers

    12 Bed Dorm: $21
    7-10 Bed Dorm: $23
    5-6 Bed Dorm: $25
    3-4 Bed Dorm: $27
    Double (2 persons): $69
    Twin (2 persons): $69
    Single (1 person): $55

Campgrounds are budget cabins are located outside the city, and tend to require car access to commute into Hobart.

The Hobart Travel Centre provides additional information on accommodation.

Weather

Tasmania lies in the path of the Roaring Fourties, that produce highly changeable weather conditions. Hobart features a maritime climate, and is known to experience four seasons in a day. Although Hobart is the driest capital within Australia, make sure you pack raincoat, warm clothes including a beanie, sun block including sun glasses, a sun hat and some comfortable walking shoes for the Wednesday field trip. Climatological data and up-to-date weather information are available from the Australian Bureau of Meteorology.