About Adelaide
  Visas for business travel to Australia
  Time zone and weather information
  BIC-TA 2008 photos


About Adelaide

Adelaide, the capital of South Australia, is a very well planned city. The city centre has a grid of wide streets and various squares all within 1 square mile. This centre is surrounded by 930 hectares of parkland, including rose gardens and olive groves. The Torrens River runs through the centre, separating Adelaide and North Adelaide. The city centre is surrounded by diverse landscapes, including the Mount Lofty Ranges (Adelaide Hills) and fabulous coastal beaches.

South Australia's wine districts are world-renowned, with many well-known vineyards and boutique wineries only a short distance from Adelaide.

Adelaide has a relaxed and high-quality food and wine culture where fine dining, café culture and great bars mix together. Entire streets are devoted to dining. Stylish Rundle Street is given over to alfresco eating, especially Italian-style cafés. Gouger Street, home of a famous large fresh produce market, hosts great seafood and Asian cafés.

Adelaide is well known for its art and theatre. The Adelaide Festival of Arts, together with its sister event the Adelaide Fringe, is regarded as the most innovative in the world.

There are a great variety of things to see while visiting Adelaide. Some of the many tourist attractions include:

Cleland Wildlife Park With over 120 species of Australian wildlife in open range and landscaped enclosures, this park lets you enjoy unique interactive wildlife experiences in a natural bushland setting. Here you can cuddle a koala or feed a kangaroo.

Adelaide Botanic Gardens These stunning gardens feature plants from around the world. At the Botanic Gardens, you can relax under one of the beautiful trees or admire the statues, water features and heritage buildings.

Mount Lofty Summit This summit overlooks some of the most picturesque scenery in South Australia. At 710 metres above sea level, it provides spectacular panoramic views of Adelaide and its coastline.

For more information about Adelaide, please go to the official South Australian tourism website, which provides a  comprehensive visitor guide (PDF 15.5 MB).


Visas for business travel to Australia

Travellers to Australia must have a valid visa before boarding their plane; they cannot apply for a visa on arrival. (Note: The only exception is New Zealand and Norfolk Island passport holders who will be issued a visa on arrival in Australia and normally do not need to lodge a visa application prior to their departure.)

Depending on the passport they hold, participants in the conference who will be travelling to Australia require either an ETA (Business Entrant) or a Business (Short Stay) Visa. These visas are intended for visits of up to 3 months.

For more information on how to apply for a visa, please visit the official Department of Immigration and Citizenship website.

If you require a visa, you are advised to apply for it as soon as possible (at least 4-6 weeks in advance of your intended date of travel). This is especially the case for participants who require a Business (Short Stay) Visa.

When you register to attend the conference, you will be asked to provide various personal details. Please ensure that the details you provide are complete and accurate. Incomplete or incorrect information may jeopardize your visa application.



     Residential college

  St Ann's College (about a 20-30 minute walk to the conference venue) (see map)

Contact information

187 Brougham Place North Adelaide 5006
South Australia
Phone: +61 8 8267 1478
Fax: +61 8 8267 1903
Email: info@stannscollege.edu.au

Room information

Single: AUD 42.80 per night
Ensuite: AUD 70.00 per night

     Recommended hotels

The following hotels are located at the centre of Adelaide city (about a five-minute drive from the conference venue). Please look at the Adelaide map to check their locations relative to the conference venue.

  Majestic Roof Garden

"Opened in April 2004, Majestic Roof Garden Hotel is an inner city hotel that oozes personality and charm. Created with the discerning traveller in mind, the interiors of this 120-room hotel are an envied mix of cosmopolitan class and a flow-through of space and light - the softest shades of earth, the sparkle of precious metal and ambient lighting integrate perfectly with a concept of less is more."

Room information

Rooms are available for the entire time of the conference. The price for one standard room is approximately AUD 165.00 per night. (To start the booking process, click on 'Enquire' on the hotel website.)

Stamford Plaza

"Stamford Plaza Adelaide is superbly situated in the heart of the city on Adelaide's key cultural boulevard, North Terrace. Our excellent location means that you're just a short stroll to the Adelaide Convention Centre, Casino, Festival Centre and Rundle Mall shopping, with the beach only 20 minutes away door-to-door, via the new tram."

Room information

The price for one standard room is approximately AUD 250.00 per night.


Sebel Playford

"The Sebel Playford Adelaide is a boutique hotel in the heart of Adelaide which offers the perfect blend of classical style and contemporary luxury. Located only 9km from Adelaide International Airport, this hotel has a stunning Art Nouveau ambience and features beautifully appointed guest rooms and suites, luxurious amenities and exquisite cuisine."

Room information

The price for one standard room is approximately AUD 240.00 per night.


Oaks Embassy

"Perfectly located on North Terrace in the heart of the CBD and opposite the Adelaide Convention Centre, Oaks Embassy Apartment Hotel offers contemporary one-, two- and three-bedroom spacious apartments. Enjoy the hotel's luxurious facilities including superb indoor heated lap pool, sauna, spa, plunge pool, steam room, gymnasium. A great base for business or pleasure."

Room information

One- and two-bedroom apartments are available (starting at AUD 160.00 per night).

    Other hotels

To check the availability of other hotels in Adelaide, we suggest you visit the Wotif website.

Please note that the accommodation providers listed above are not affiliated with BIC-TA 2008. The prices quoted are subject to change.


Time zone and weather information

Click here to view the time zone and weather information for Adelaide.


BIC-TA 2008 photos

  Conference dinner at Mount Lofty Summit.zip
  Presentations at the National Wine Centre.zip
  Some Organising Committee members.zip
  Tour of Adelaide Botanic Gardens.zip
  Tour of Adelaide city.zip
  Visit to Cleland Wildlife Park.zip
  Visit to Glenelg beach.zip