23rd AHSN Conference Information
23rd AHSN CONFERENCE 1-3 FEBRUARY 2017
From Melbourne Airport (Tullamarine)
There is an Airport Shuttle Bus that serves Ballarat every 90 to 120 minutes. The journey takes about 90 minutes, costs $34 single or $64 return, and arrives at Ballarat Station.
An alternative means of transport is to take the SkyBus from Tullamarine Airport to Melbourne’s Southern Cross Station and then take the train to Ballarat. The bus leaves every 10 minutes, takes about 20 minutes, and costs $19 one way.
Driving from Tullamarine to Ballarat can be achieved entirely by freeway and takes about 80 minutes.
From Melbourne City Centre
Trains run about every hour between Melbourne’s Southern Cross Station and Ballarat and take on average 85 minutes. A peak single ticket at time of posting costs $20, and an off-peak $14 single, but be aware that the journey requires a Myki card that costs an additional $6. A Myki card can also be used for local buses in Ballarat and transport in Melbourne. For information on obtaining a Myki, visit: http://ptv.vic.gov.au/tickets/myki/buying-your-myki/
Driving from Melbourne CBD to Ballarat takes about 90 minutes. The M1 freeway can be joined at Southbank, close to the city centre, but access to the M1 from east and west of the city may involve short sections of toll road.
Local Transport – Getting to the Conference Venue by Bus and Car
The campus lies 400 metres south of the city’s second main thoroughfare, Sturt Street, along which most local buses run. There is no bus stop nearer to the campus than those in and adjacent to Sturt Street.
It is hoped to arrange parking on the campus for conference attendees as there is only short term parking in the immediate vicinity and conference registrants will be advised about this later.
Accommodation in Ballarat
Within a kilometre of the School of Mines Ballarat (SMB) campus there are a dozen hotels and motels.
At the cheaper end, Reid’s Guest House (Lydiard Street), the Mid-City Motor Inn (Doveton Street) and Barkly Motor Lodge (Main Road) all have rooms under $125 per night.
In the mid-range, The Provincial Hotel, The George Hotel and the Ansonia, all on Lydiard Street, and the Best Western (Bakery Hill), have rooms in the $150 to $170 bracket.
At the top end, Craig’s Hotel and Quality Inn Heritage, both on Lydiard Street, start at about $200 per night.
NB: BOOK EARLY While there is ample accommodation, many of the better priced rooms will be booked well in advance, particularly towards the end of the conference week when there are several other events being held in Ballarat. If you have any notion of staying on to enjoy Ballarat's attractions after the conference, it would be advisable to book early.