Canberra is the national capital of Australia and is located 300km south-west of Sydney. Canberra Airport has direct flights to and from all the capital cities of Australia. International attendees should be able to book, as a package, flights to and from Canberra (these would normally go via Sydney or Melbourne).

It is also possible to catch a bus or train to/from Sydney. If you are an international student on a budget it can sometimes be cheaper, although slower, to book flights to Sydney and then catch the bus to Canberra. The bus picks-up/drops-off at the international and domestic airports in Sydney. For bus/train route and pricing see:

From the airport to the ANU it is only about 15mins by car, so you can either:

  • catch a taxi $20-$30, or
  • catch the Airliner bus and walk (10 min) across to the ANU from civic.


International attendees will need to make certain they have the correct visa for entering Australia to attend the conference. See If you need a letter of invitation for getting a visa, please contact the Local Arrangement Chair Eric McCreath.


Please make your own arrangements for accommodation. Note that ALT/DS have reserved some rooms at University House and Rydges for people attending the conference (you still need to book these directly). So if you book accommodation at one of these location please say that you are attending ALT/DS so you can take up one of these reserved rooms.

University House This hotel is on ANU campus and is also the conference venue. Note, when booking a room please state that you are attending ALT/DS.

Rydges Lakeside Canberra Hotel This hotel is just off campus and a 10mins walk to the conference venue. Note, when booking a room please state that you are attending ALT/DS. There is no way to specify the ALT/DS group booking via Rydges online forms. International attendees might make a reservation against the group booking either via calling them directly or emailing them at: . And quoting the group booking code X-0510ANU. The rates for the group booking should be $180/night for the nights of the 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th of October. You may have to book with different rates for dates outside that range.

Australian Capital Tourism maintains a web site with links to a number of possible accommodation options. This web site also has a range of interesting things for people to do and see in and around Canberra.

Unfortunately attendees are unlikely to obtain student residential accommodation, as this is generally only available over the summer while students are away.