The Host City
The National Capital offers the perfect environment for fresh ideas and positive interaction for the ALIA 2000 conference. Canberra is a place where people have always gathered. Even the name is appropriate, being the Aboriginal word for 'meeting place'. Canberra is home to the national parliament, many major national institutions and host to nurmerous national and international events. Canberra's world class facilities and national attractions merge harmoniously with the bushland environment.
As expected from a diplomatic city, restaurants abound along with an impressive array of galleries, museums, theatres, exhibitions and other attractions.
The temperature at this time of the year is a pleasant 20 degrees C during the day but can be as low as 8 degrees C at night.
Taxis are readily available 24 hours a day. The local taxi company is Canberra Cabs - phone 132227. There is a taxi phone located in the foyer at the reception desk of the National Convention Centre.
Canberra also has a reliable local bus service available. The local bus company is ACTION. You can find out more information about fares and timetables on their website.
The Conference and Exhibition Venue
The National Convention Centre is centrally located Canberra's business district, adjacent to the ParkRoyal Canberra and the casino, and close to restaurants and shopping. The centre just seven kilometres form Canberra airport, also offers underground parking with direct access to the main foyer.
The conference registration desk will be situated in the Foyer of the National Convention Centre. The desk will be open from:
- 3:00pm - 7:00pm on Monday 23 October
- 7:30am - 5:30pm on Tuesday 24 October
- 8:00am - 5:30pm on Wednesday 25 October
- 8:00am - 5:00pm on Thursday 26 October
The conference internet café will be located on the first floor, just above the Exhibition Hall. Conference delegates will be able to surf the net and check their e-mail during the conference. The café will be open from 8.00am to 5.00pm every day.
Undercover car parking is located under the National Convention Centre at a current charge of $7.00 per day. Open-air paid parking is also available across the street from the Convention Centre at a current charge of $6.00 per day.
The National Convention Centre is designed to offer exhibitors the perfect showcase for their products and services. The Exhibition Hall includes a large pillar-less floor area, drive in access and undercover loading. The Hall is located just off the main foyer and natural light floods the area. The floor is carpeted to reduce echo and the roof trussing facilitates easy mounting of lighting, banners and signs.
Canberra City Map