The main international port of entry into Australia for most delegates is Sydney followed by Melbourne. Delegates will clear customs and have a range of domestic transport options to Albury-Wodonga from both locations.
Albury is one of the most accessible regional locations in Australia, with a major airport that is serviced daily by three major airlines from Sydney (nine flights daily – Qantas, Virgin Australia , Regional Express) and Melbourne (four flights daily – Regional Express). One way flights take 50 min and can cost between $100 and $300 AUD ($75 - $225 USD) depending on airline and time of day.
Albury lies on the heart of the XPT rail line between Sydney and Melbourne. The train ride is extremely scenic, competitively priced and takes approximately eight hours (ex-Sydney) and four hours (ex-Melbourne). Rail tickets cost between $50 and $120 AUD ($35 - $90 USD) depending on departure time and carriage class. Further information on rail can be found here.
The border region lies on the Hume Freeway, the major roadway connecting Sydney to Melbourne. Hire car companies are located at international airports in both Sydney and Melbourne. Albury-Wodonga is approximately five hours from Sydney and three hours from Melbourne. Driving in Australia is on the left hand side.
Conference venue: Albury Convention and Performing Arts Centre
Overview and Facilities
The Albury Entertainment Centre’s main auditorium accommodates up to 800 people in air-conditioned armchair comfort over two tiered levels. The facility easily accommodates up to five concurrent sessions, with all rooms in close walking proximity to each other.
The Albury Entertainment Centre is situated in the heart of the Albury CBD within easy walking distance to a broad range of shops, cafes, restaurants, major hotels, motels, pubs and nightclubs. The CBD is five kilometres from the Albury airport, with delegates able to easily reach the venue or accommodation via taxi or bus on arrival. Click here to view a map of Albury-Wodonga and the Entertainment Centre.
The following information is provided by the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection. We recommend that all overseas participants read this carefully:
Under Australia's universal visa system, all visitors to Australia must have a valid visa to travel to and enter Australia (the only exceptions to this are New Zealand passport holders and permanent residents of Norfolk Island).
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, and the passport they are holding.
The following "visa finder" web page can be of help to find out which visa is suitable for you: http://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Visa-1
Please also refer to the Business Information Sheet for guidance on the visa options that may be most suitable for your travel situation.
Please also refer to the General Information for Visa Applicants.
Please take into account processing times and lodge visa applications as early as possible.