All full 3-day registrations included the Conference Dinner at the iconic MCG (Melbourne Cricket Ground) and access to the Friday evening Welcome Reception.
AEES conference sessions
The Australian Earthquake Engineering Society (AEES) annual conference was held at the same venue over the same three day period, so delegates could choose to attend sessions at this event for a fraction of the cost of the normal AEES registration.
Post Conference Tour
Depart Melbourne CBD hotels & travel west over volcanic plains to Bacchus Marsh, then over the Rowsley Fault (the most active fault in Western Victoria) to Ballan & Creswick for morning tea. After viewing the diverse range of volcanoes in this region including the historic Deep Lead gold mining area, we travel south through Ballarat to Colac for lunch. An afternoon drive through the main volcanic belt including the Stony Rises, volcanoes & maars at Camperdown and Terang to Tower Hill, concluding at Warrnambool, the site of Victoria’s most damaging two earthquakes in 1903, for dinner and overnight accommodation.
Depart Warrnambool and travel along the Great Ocean Road and witness the rugged splendour of the famous 12 Apostles off the shore of the Port Campbell National Park. These eight massive limestone stacks (five have fallen since their discovery), rise up majestically 45 metres from the Southern Ocean and are surrounded by majestic cliffs. Twelve Apostles walking tour – Visit to Apostle Whey Cheese. Guided tour & lunch at the Otway Ranges Treetop Walk – A 600 metre long 25 metre high elevated tree top walk ascending at a gentle grade through a magnificent stand of cool temperature rainforest featuring Myrtle Beech, Blackwood and Mountain Ash. The pinnacle of the treetop walk is the 47 metre high lookout which is ascended via a spiral stairway through the understorey to emerge amongst the crowns of the giants of the forest. Drive along the spectacular Great Ocean Road through Lorne and Anglesea to Geelong, passing over the Lovely Banks Fault, and return to Melbourne CBD hotels. This tour includes bus transfers, a guided tour of the Otway Fly, lunches, the walking tour of the 12 Apostles, dinner and overnight accommodation and breakfast in Warrnambool.
Many assessments of the “World’s Most Liveable City” put Melbourne in the first place, and most include it in the top few places. It is the second largest city in Australia, with a growth rate that will see it as the largest within a few decades.
The ASC 2016 venue is the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) overlooking the Yarra River adjacent to the central business district of Melbourne. The centre was opened in 2011, in time for the IUGG 2011 conference.
Melbourne has an extensive public transport network, with trains, trams and buses. The conference centre is within easy walking distance of the two main railway stations.
There are many hotels within easy walking distance from the conference centre, ranging from five star to backpacker. There is usually a good correlation between the hotel cost and the level of luxury.
There are direct flights to Melbourne from many cities in the Asia-Pacific region, including Dubai, Djakarta, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Manila, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Beijing, Chengdu, Shanghai and others. Australia is a popular tourist destination, and strong competition between airlines ensures availability of low prices, especially for early bookings.
Recent economical adjustments have seen the Australian dollar drop relative to other currencies (e.g. US$1 ~ A$1.33), providing a significant benefit for visitors from overseas.
Passport and Visa
All visitors need a passport and many need a visa. Due to the number of tourists visiting Australia, this is usually a simple procedure that can easily be handled by a local travel agent. The local organising committee will be happy to help if an invitation letter is needed.
The conference centre has a free internet service for all conference registrants. Most hotels provide an internet connection, sometimes with an additional cost. For stays of more than a few days, most visitors’ find that a prepaid wireless modem costs less and is more convenient because it can be used anywhere.