Travel Information

ACIS 2017 is being held in Hobart, Tasmania which is Tasmania's beautiful, ocean and mountain hugged capital city.

Hobart Airport is served by all major Australian airlines including Qantas, Virgin, Jetstar, and Tigerair. Skyscanner or Webjet are useful web sites for checking out fares especially if traveling on a budget (note that cheaper flight options often don't include checked luggage and those sites may add a booking fee which is not the case when booking directly on airline web sites).

Another option for the journey to Hobart is to fly into scenic Launceston in Northern Tasmania (where we hosted OzCHI 2016 ) with flights to Launceston Airport often being much more affordable than flying directly to capital city Hobart. Options to continue to Hobart from Launceston include hiring a rental car or traveling by coach. Driving down to Hobart from Launceston takes about 2h 30mins for the approx. 180km. Google Maps’s very optimistic estimate is 2h 13min whereas a leisurely trip including grabbing coffee in Campbell Town takes about 3 hours. There are a number of food options in Campbell Town including Zeps however they close at 8pm.

Yet another option for attendees from mainland Australia who wish to bring their own car is to travel by boat from Melbourne via the Spirit of Tasmania. The ferry arrives in Devonport in Northern Tasmania. Driving to down to Hobart takes at least 4h when following the highway and at least 5h when taking the most scenic (and partly unsealed!) route via Miena and the highland lakes on the Central Plateau icy conditions can occur at all times of the year and even in summer travellers would be advised to check weather conditions prior to taking the highway lakes route.

Traveling to and from the Hobart CBD can be done by taxi (the airport is well served with taxi usually readily available), rental car (served by major car rental companies even though not mentioned on the airport web site) or by Airporter shuttle bus that serves many inner city hotels (click here for more information), including the Wrestpoint casino where the conference is held.

Both the Wrestpoint casino in Hobart where the conference is hosted and the nearby doctoral consortium site can be easily reached by public transport as both sit next to a busy arterial road which is Sandy Bay Road. A taxi ride from the CBD would take about 10 minutes and a trip on a Metro Tasmania bus ($3.40 one way unless you purchase a 'green card') shouldn't take much longer (click here for more information). Walking 3.5km via historic Battery Point which has been a preference of past international visitors takes about 45 minutes (click here for more information). It is not obvious from the Metro Tasmania site but there is a Metro Tas  app available for both iOS and Android. There is also the Bus Pal app built by Hobart based company Secret Lab founded by University of Tasmania graduates. Bus Pal is only available for iOS however it comes with Apple Watch support!