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Australian National Botanic Gardens

The Australian National Botanic Gardens maintains a scientific collection of native plants from all parts of Australia. The plants are displayed for the enjoyment and education of visitors and are used for research into plant classification and biology. A herbarium of preserved plant specimens is closely associated with the living collection.

The Gardens also cultivates plants threatened in the wild and stores their seeds in the National Seed Bank. This helps protect them against extinction and provides information which can assist reintroduction to their natural habitat.

Address: Clunies Ross Street, Acton ACT 2601

Kambri, ANU

For the traditional custodians of this land, ‘Kambri’ has been a meeting place for thousands of years. The name was gifted to the ANU by representatives of the Little Gudgenby River Tribal Council, Buru Ngunawal Aboriginal Corporation, King Brown Tribal Group, and the Ngarigu Currawong Clan.

The Kambri cultural precinct offers a new educational, physical, creative and social experience in a village setting. In time, this contemporary community space hopes to bring the spirit of place-making and gathering to the ANU.

The Australian National University
Address: University Ave, Acton ACT 2601 

Research School of Biology, ANU

The ANU Research School of Biology (RSB) carries out research in a wide range of biological and biomedical sciences. It also oversees the University’s Biology curriculum, with a diverse offering of courses across both undergraduate and graduate degrees.

The Australian National University
Address: 134 Linnaeus Way, Acton ACT 2601

Host City


Canberra packs a big punch for such a small city and has recently come third in Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2018 list. National treasures are found round almost every corner and exciting new boutique precincts have emerged, bulging with gastronomic highlights and cultural must-dos.

Explore this award winning destination, from its stunning cultural attractions, fabulous markets offering the freshest local produce, shopping scene bursting with the best in boutique, local creations and discover its gorgeous outdoor attractions such as waterfalls, gorges, rivers, lookouts and snow-capped mountains.

Canberra offers a great diversity of attractions and experiences all within close proximity to accommodation and transport. For solo travellers, couples, families and groups, Canberra has something to appeal to the curious, adventurous, foodie or explorer within us all.

For more information on what to do at Canberra, please visit the Visit Canberra website.

Getting Around

Canberra Airport
The state-of-the-art Canberra Airport terminal is certainly the best of its kind in the region, if not the world. Not only is it functional and efficient, it is a place of interest and calm, with world-class sculptures, landscaped gardens, and stunning water features. It is approximately a 15 minutes journey from Canberra Airport to the city centre.

Transport Canberra runs ACTION Bus route 3 with regular services between the Canberra Airport terminal through to the City interchange, seven days a week. Please view the Route 3 timetable and route map on the Transport Canberra website.

Ride Sharing
Uber is available from Canberra Airport. Request a pick-up or obtain an estimate from the Uber app. Your Uber driver will pick you up from the Express Pick-up car park, located on the ground floor of the green IndoorPark, a short 20 metres covered walk from the arrivals hall.

Canberra taxi cabs can take you wherever you need to go and to catch a taxi, use a taxi rank where the clearly marked cars are parked and ready for dispatch. You can also phone ahead or book online. Canberra taxis and cabs accept payment by credit cards, Cabcharge vouchers, cash and electronic funds transfer. Some suggested taxi companies include:
ACT Cabs: 02 6280 0077

Canberra Elite: 13 22 27
Silver Service: 13 31 00


Autumn (or Fall) is a particularly beautiful time of year to watch Canberra’s seasonal transition. Canberra’s stunning cityscape plunges into hues of red, gold, russet, ochre and crimson as the trees transform.

In April, the climate is relatively cool and dry. The average temperature is a maximum of 19°C. The seasonal minimum is 14°C, although it can feel cooler, particularly in the evening. The mean temperature average in April in Canberra is approximately 17°C. 

The Conference will take place across a range of venues, all of which are within 20 mins walking distance of each other. Please click on the red location pins below for further details.