Event Information

Hobart and South

Hobart, Tasmania’s capital city, offers a blend of heritage and lifestyle with world class activities and attractions nearby.

In Hobart, explore the converted colonial warehouses of Salamanca and on Saturdays there’s Salamanca Market, Tasmania’s most visited attraction.

From here it’s a short walk to the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery or a short ferry ride takes you to Mona, one of the world’s largest private collections of art and antiquities.

South of Hobart are the clear waters and stunning coastline of Bruny Island and the beauty of the D’Entrecasteaux Channel. An alternative route passes through the Huon Valley alongside the tranquil Huon River and on to the rugged Hartz Mountains National Park.

To the east are the wineries of the Coal River Valley and further on is Tasman National Park, with its spectacular coastline and historic convict sites.

Heading west, the road follows the beautiful River Derwent through the Derwent Valley and on to the grandeur of Lake St Clair in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.

And if you’re travelling north to Launceston, the Midland Highway, dubbed the Heritage Highway, offers many opportunities to learn of Tasmania’s heritage past, with homesteads and country cottages revealing the state’s early colonial history along the way.

Useful Links


Grand Chancellor Hotel
Davey Street
Hobart TAS 7000
T: +61 3 6235 4535
W: www.grandchancellorhotels.com/hobart

The Australasian Coasts and Ports LOC 2019 have selected the Hotel Grand Chancellor, Hobart as the host venue for “Future Directions from 40 S and beyond”.

It is the home of Hobart’s ‘Federation Conference & Exhibition Centre’ with 10 function rooms and a purpose built auditorium which is the largest venue in Tasmania.

The site comfortably accommodates our planned Plenary presentations, six (6) concurrent sessions, expansive exhibition, as well as providing sufficient accommodation for all our interstate and international guests.

The 4.5 star Hotel Grand Chancellor is well positioned overlooking one of the world’s most picturesque and historic harbours. Capturing unspoiled panoramic views of Derwent River or Mount Wellington and the city; the extraordinary charm of this magnificent city; the central business district; shopping and all of Hobart’s many tourist attractions, Hotel Grand Chancellor offers the best location for your stay in Hobart. There are all the facilities you would expect of a 4.5 star superior hotel at your disposal plus hair salon and an art gallery in the lobby. Enjoy contemporary dining at Restaurant Tasman or relax over a quiet drink in The Atrium Lounge Bar while taking in the magnificent views over the waterfront.

General Information

Transport and Parking

Limited undercover parking is available at the venue at a cost and a number of commercial car parks are located nearby.

Getting Around Hobart

Public transport facilities in Hobart are easily accessible with frequent bus services. Taxis abound and are reasonably priced.   A free busy bee service operates throughout the city. For further information on bus timetables visit the Metro Tasmania on www.metrotas.com.au.


As airlines are regularly changing and updating schedules we recommend you check each airlines web site for the best prices and most convenient flights.


Many hotels will recommend and offer an Airport Shuttle service however the Red Line service is available to pre-book from the airport to your chosen accommodation. These bookings can be made at www.tasredline.com.au. There are also taxi and bus services that run regularly from the airport to the city centre.

Airport to City Transfers

SkyBus Hobart City Express provides fast, frequent and low cost airport transfers to Hobart City. Travel in comfort in their modern, purpose built coaches with onboard luggage storage, enjoying free WiFi as you travel express to the city. Tickets can be purchased online, at the e-Kiosk in Hobart, or from the driver when you board the bus.


Hire Cars


Traveling to Australia

Passports and Visas

On 23 March 2013, the department implemented changes to the types of visas available to persons wishing to travel to Australia to attend, participate at, or compete in events being held in Australia.

Under Australia’s universal visa system, all visitors to Australia must have a valid visa to travel to and enter Australia (other than New Zealand passport holders who will normally be granted a Special Category visa on arrival, provided they meet health and character requirements; and permanent residents of Norfolk Island who may be granted a Permanent Resident of Norfolk Island visa on arrival).  For more information, see the fact sheet: www.border.gov.au/about/corporate/information/fact-sheets/47temporary-residence

There are many visa options available to people wishing to visit Australia. The appropriate visa option will depend, amongst other things, on the person’s purpose for visiting Australia. You may wish to use the Visa Finder to help determine which visa you require.

Click here for the new visa fact sheet, effective from 1 July 2013.  This fact sheet includes information about the visa options available for those who are travelling to Australia as business visitors, including the new arrangements in place for online applications for the Visitor (Subclass 600) visa and the Temporary Work (Short Stay Activity) visa (subclass 400). For the purposes of attending this event, you may wish to consider applying for one of these visas, based on your role at the event.

Please note that only certain passport holders are eligible to apply for these visas online.

If your sole reason for coming to Australia is to attend this conference, please apply for this VISA:

For information on who can apply for the eVisitor (subclass 651) visa online, please go to: www.border.gov.au/Trav/Visa-1/651-

For any other circumstances, please view the below VISAS:

For information on who can apply for the ETA (Subclass 601) visa online, please go to:  www.border.gov.au/Trav/Visa-1/601-

For information on who can apply for the Visitor (Subclass 600) visa online, please go to:  www.border.gov.au/Trav/Visa-1/600-

For information on who can apply for the Temporary Work (Short Stay Activity) visa (subclass 400) online, please go to: www.border.gov.au/Trav/Visa-1/400-


We recommend that applicants applying for a paper-based visa lodge their application at least 6-8 weeks before their intended travel date to Australia. All travellers to Australia must have a valid visa before boarding their plane. Travelers to Australia cannot apply for a visa on arrival.


As a guide, temperatures in Hobart in September range from 6.4°C to 15.2°C.


All communication with registered delegates will be by email.  If you register and do not receive a confirmation by email within 5 working days please contact the Conference Secretariat, Encanta Event Management, by phone on +61 3 9863 7609 or email [email protected].


The information in this web site is correct at the time of printing. The Organisers reserve the right to change any aspect of the program without prior notice.


Conference Sessions: Smart Casual
Welcome Reception: Smart Casual
nextGEN Forum: Smart Casual
Women in Engineering Networking Reception: Smart Casual
Field Trips: To be advised
Conference Dinner: Cocktail/Lounge Suit


In the event of industrial disruption or other unforeseen circumstances, the Host, Organising Committee and Encanta Event Management accept no responsibility for loss of monies incurred by delay or cancellation.


Registration fees do not include insurance of any kind. It is strongly recommended that all delegates take out their own travel and medical insurance prior to coming to the Conference. The policy should include loss of fees/deposit through cancellation of your participation in the Conference, or through cancellation of the Conference itself, loss of airfares for any reason, medical expenses, loss or damage to personal property, additional expenses and repatriation should travel arrangements have to be altered. Neither the Conference Secretariat nor the Organising Committee will take any responsibility for any participant failing to insure. Please speak to your travel agent or airline in regard to this matter.


The Conference Organisers recognise that some delegates may have special dietary needs. Please advise the Conference Secretariat either via the registration form or in writing should you wish for them to make alternative arrangements on your behalf.

Please Note: Dietary requirements received less than 72 hours prior to the event cannot be guaranteed. Kosher meals may be available, however please note this will be at an additional cost.

Smoking Policy

The Tasmanian Government imposes a strict no smoking policy in venues, restaurants, bars and shopping centres in Hobart.

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