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Travel and Accommodation

Travelling to Canberra

Canberra is well serviced by direct flights from many Australian state capitals. Singapore Airlines flies direct non-stop to Canberra from Singapore and Wellington. Many international airlines fly to Melbourne and Sydney, from where you can get internal flights to Canberra. There is also an hourly bus to Canberra from Sydney airport’s international terminal, which is economical, runs from early morning to late evening and takes less than 3 hours.

Canberra accommodation

The conference venue, (the Shine Dome) is at the Australian National University, in Acton, on the western side of Canberra’s downtown (also known as ‘the city’). The city has a large range of accommodation within 15 minutes’ walk of the conference venue, from economical student accommodation, to accommodation for visiting academics, good-value serviced apartments, and a whole range of hotels. While we have not made any special accommodation arrangements, we suggest the following might be a starting point for finding somewhere to stay during the conference:

Economy range:

The on-campus ANU student accommodation usually has modest individual rooms with shared bathrooms for rent to the general public, such as Toad Hall (1974, designed by John Andrews). Rooms are around AUD $70 per night – go to


ANU also has accommodation at University House (1947, designed by Brian Lewis), a popular venue for visiting academics. It has a lovely courtyard and a few dining options. They have a range of room types, from single rooms with shared bathrooms, to 2-bedroom apartments. See:

The QT Hotel in Canberra often has good deals and good eating (and drinking) options, and is close to the conference venue. One of its features is its support of local designers and artists, where their work is used throughout the hotel. They have the usual range of hotel room types. Go to:

Higher range:

Hotel Hotel in the Nishi Building (2014, Fender Katsalidis Architects and Suppose Design Office) is the city’s premier contemporary designer hotel, and is located in a newer part of the city which has a good selection of eating and drinking places. See: