Perth is in fact just one international flight from much of Europe, Asia and Africa, and two flights from much of the Americas. From other Australian capital cities, Perth is a direct flight of two to five hours.
In December, Perth will bathe you in sunshine and treat you to equally warm hospitality, tourism and dining experiences - so much so that you may wish to extend your stay for a week, a month or longer.
Perth caters for accommodation options for all budgets from hostels to luxury hotels, with average hotel prices are around AU$160 / night. Similarly, both our suggested conference locations offer dining experiences for every budget and taste. An average lunch price with a drink would be AU$20 and dinner AU$35. There are many supermarkets and delis available if you prefer to prepare your own meals. For a quality specialty coffee, you would expect to pay AU$4 – although we are looking to have ‘ground and made to order’ coffee stations, where you could order your coffee for free.
We are committed to finding ways to support students and members from developing countries to attend the conference. So far, we have secured AU$125,000 toward bursaries. We have identified a variety of other funding and sponsorship opportunities that could also assist with travel and workshop facilitation.
We place an emphasis on bringing you a sustainable conference. This is of strong importance to us, and we have listened to the feedback from other Society members on other conferences that echoes this sentiment.
We want to ensure those with children are catered for during the conference. Indeed, we encourage you to combine the conference with a bucket-list family holiday to Australia. We will aim to provide not only adequate space for you to care for your child (e.g. changing, feeding etc.) but also a creche where little ones are looked after while parents enjoy the conference program. We are also investigating age appropriate programs for toddlers and older children to participate in during the conference.
You can see Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins, and eponymous black swans in the Swan River, where both possible conference venues are situated. You can walk to Heirisson Island where you can view kangaroos in the wild. A short ferry ride across the river will take you to Perth Zoo where you can view native species and learn about their research and breeding program for threatened WA fauna. In less than an hour by car, bus and / or ferry, you can reach more dolphins, Australian sea lions, long-nosed fur seals, little blue penguins and quokkas, 'the world's happiest animal'.
You’ll have to visit us to find out but we can guarantee your safety… mostly.
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