Getting to Alice Springs
Alice Springs is approximately 3 hours flight from all mainland capital cities. Most fights are operated by Qantas with the occasional service available with Virgin. Note that practically all arrivals into Alice Springs occur prior to midday and most departures are in the afternoon so plan accordingly.
Regarded as one of the world’s greatest rail journeys, The Ghan is the perfect way to turn your Forum into the trip of a lifetime. Running once a week from Adelaide or Darwin, the 2 day journey takes you deep into the heart of Australia.
An economical option is to book a Greyhound Bus service from Adelaide or Darwin. These run once a day and have connections to other major cities throughout Australia.
Alice Springs Airport
Alice Springs Airport is a modern, fully air-conditioned terminal located 15 kilometres to the south of the township of Alice Springs, the main entry point and heart of Central Australia. Please see below for more details on getting to and from the airport:
The Alice Springs Airport shuttle bus service is operated by Alice Wanderer Airport Transfers operates for all scheduled flights in to and out of Alice Springs. The shuttle bus will transfer passengers between the airport and town centre, picking up and dropping off passengers from local hotels, hostels and their office on Todd Street, opposite Tourism Central Australia.
Tickets can be purchased from the Attendant at the airport or bookings can be made online at www.alicewanderer.com.au.
Alice Springs Taxis 08 8952 1877
Territory Taxis 08 8953 3322
Private Hire Cars
(Also incorporating Tiny'sadn Territory Private Hire)
|08 8953 3030|
|Denis Private Hire||0418 853 075|
|Hire Me Private Hire||0458 166 123|
|Tailormade Tours||08 8952 1731|
|Red Centre Private Hire||08 8953 8372|
|Scheids Private Hire||08 8952 3542|
|Avis||Bookings: 13 63 33
Alice Springs Airport Desk: 61 8 8952 3694
|Budget||Bookings: 13 27 27
Alice Springs Airport Desk: 61 8 8955 5899
|Europcar||Bookings: 13 13 90
Alice Springs Airport Desk: 61 8 8953 3799
|Hertz||Bookings: 13 30 39
Alice Springs Airport Desk: 61 8 8952 8697
|Thrifty||Bookings: 1300 36 72 27
Alice Springs Airport Desk: 61 8955 5233
Getting around Alice Springs
The public transport bus service, A bus, leaves from outside the Yeperenye shopping centre on Hartley St, running about every 1 ½ hours Monday to Friday and on Saturday mornings. It traverses three routes: 400/401 detours the cultural precinct, 100/101 passes the School of Air and 300/301 passes may southern hotels and caravan parks along Gap Road and Palm Circuit.
Timetables are available from the visitor information centre on cnr Todd Mall & Parsons Street or online on the Northern Territory Government Website: www.nt.gov.au
Taxis congregate neat the visitor information centre.
Alice Springs Taxis 08 8952 1877
Territory Taxis 08 8953 3322
Alice Springs is relatively flat (except for Anzac Hill) so you may wish to hire a bicycle to get around. Just make sure you take lots of water!
Lasseters Hotel offers complimentary mountain bikes. Check with the concierge for details
Alternatively Outback Cycling offer bike hire including helmets from $30 for a half day hire. They also offer guided cycling tours if you are looking at doing some pre or post forum exploring. Visit them at outbackcycling.com
Banking hours in Alice Springs are generally: 9.30am-4pm Monday to Thursday, 9.30am-5pm Friday. Most banks provide convenient automatic teller machines. Foreign currency exchange is available during trading hours. There are a number of ATMs available at Lasseters Hotel Casino with other alternatives on Gap Road, approximately 1km away from the venue.
Central Australia is a semi arid environment which means the climate is one of clear blue skies throughout most of the year, low rainfall, an average of nine hours of sunshine, long hot summers and short, sunny winters with frosty mornings. In November the maximum temperature averages 33.9°C. Expect warm days and nights, thunder and dust storms and wildflower season making it one of the most exciting seasons.
Alice Springs operates on Australian Central Standard Time which is UTC +9:30 hours. The Northern Territory does not utilise Daylight Saving Time.
Tap water in Alice Springs is safe to consume.
Be aware of the climate and the effect it has on your body. Drinking plenty of water is essential to enjoying your holiday. It is easy to forget, but the dry atmosphere and the temperatures can make you prone to dehydration. If you are walking or climbing you will need to consume additional water at regular intervals. You should carry at least two litres of water for every hour the activity will last. Regardless of where you plan to travel, it is essential to carry plenty of water.
Is the Earth Sanctuary Dinner included in my registration?
The Earth Sanctuary Spirit of the Outback Dinner & Astronomy Experience is an optional social function for delegates and partners staying in Alice Springs on the night of Thursday 2 November. Tickets are NOT included in your registration but can be purchased online during the registration process. For more information on the Earth Sanctuary Dinner, please click here.
How do I know if I am registered for a social function?
A ticket to the welcome reception and forum dinner is included in each full registration. Additional tickets can be purchased for day registrants and accompanying partners. After registering for the AAIR Forum you would have been emailed a registration confirmation which lists the social functions for which you are registered. If you require another copy please email Tobie Newman.
Can I bring a partner along to the social functions?
Yes, you most certainly can – additional tickets can be booked when you registered online, or through the Leishman Associates office. Please email your request to: Tobie Newman. During the conference, bookings can be made at the registration desk, subject to availability.
I have special dietary requirements – what do I do?
You must advise the conference managers of any special dietary requirements when you register for the conference. Caterers at each function will be informed of these. During the day there will be a buffet table offering food suitable for dietary requirements. If you are unsure, please don’t hesitate to ask staff at the registration desk.
IMPORTANT – If your dietary request relates to a life threatening allergy, please ensure that you advise the organisers as soon as possible.
What food is included in my registration?
Full Registration: All morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea is provided each day. All food at the welcome reception and forum dinner is included, if you are attending.
Day Registration: Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea is provided only for the day you have registered.
How do I gain entry into the forum sessions?
It is suggested that delegates arrive at preferred sessions promptly to ensure a seat. If sessions become full then delegates will not be allowed entry. Please wear your name tag for entry into all sessions
How do I pay for my accommodation?
When you book your accommodation your credit card details will be transferred to the hotel you have selected – please confirm this on check in with your hotel. Your credit card will not be charged until you check out. If you have arrived 24 hours later than your indicated arrival day you may find that you have forfeited your deposit.
Where is the forum venue?
Alice Springs Convention Centre
93 Barrett Drive
Alice Springs NT 0870
How will I know if there have been any changes to the program?
Any changes to the forum program will be announced during housekeeping notices each morning. You may also check with Leishman Associates staff at the registration desk.
Is there security at the forum?
The members of the Forum Organising Committee and Leishman Associates accept no liability for personal accident of loss or damage suffered by any participant, accompanying person, invited observer or any other person by whatever means. Nor do we accept liability for any equipment or software brought to the conference by delegates, speakers, sponsors or any other party. Please protect your personal property. Do not leave laptops, cameras, and other valuable items unsecured. Be conscious of individuals who appear out of place and do not wear a conference name badge. Advise Leishman Associates staff if this does not occur.
Can I photograph or record the forum sessions?
Delegates are not permitted to use any type of camera or recording device at any of the sessions unless written permission has been obtained from the relevant speaker. A professional photographer will be at the forum, if you have any issues with being photographed please notify the photographer or Leishman Associates staff.
I am a speaker, what should I do?
Please bring your PowerPoint presentation with you when you register. All speakers should present themselves to the speakers preparation desk at least four hours prior to their scheduled presentation time, to upload their presentation. Speakers are also requested to assemble in their session room 5 minutes before the commencement of the session if possible, to meet with their session chair and to familiarise themselves with the room and the audio visual equipment. A technician will be present in the room at all times. There will be facility to test and modify your presentation if required.
I am a chairperson, what should I do?
Chairpersons will receive an email prior to the forum, reminding them of their responsibilities. If you are a chairperson and do not receive this, or have additional questions, please contact Leishman Associates.
Will copies of the presentations be available after the forum
Copies of presentations will be available on the forum website following the conclusion of the forum. Speakers will be requested to sign a release form. This is not compulsory.
What is the dress code for the forum?
For all forum sessions the dress code is smart casual or informal business.
The Welcome Reception falls on Halloween! We welcome anyone who would like to dress up for the occasion. Otherwise smart casual is also appropriate.
Dress code for the Forum dinner is After 5.
What time does the registration desk open?
The Registration Desk will be open at the following times:
Tue 31 Oct: 1.00pm – 5.30pm
Wed 1 Nov: 8.15am – 5.00pm
Thu 2 Nov: 8.30am – 5.00pm
Where do I register?
Alice Springs Convention Centre
93 Barrett Drive
Alice Springs, NT
When and where are the welcome reception and forum dinner?
DATE: Tuesday 31st October 2017
VENUE: The Courtyard, Alice Springs Convention Centre
COST: Included in Full Registration. Tickets for day registrations or guests can be purchased separately for $70pp.
DRESS CODE: It’s Halloween! We welcome anyone who would like to dress up for the occasion. Otherwise smart casual is also appropriate.
DATE: Wednesday 1st November 2017
VENUE: The Old Quarry, Alice Springs
COST: Included in Full Registration. Tickets for day registrations or guests can be purchased separately for $125pp.
DRESS CODE: After 5
Will there be wireless internet access?
Wireless internet will be available at the forum. Simply select the ASPCC wifi option from your device and accept the conditions to access.
Parking at the Alice Springs Convention Centre
Car parking is available at the front of the convention centre.
AAIR Forum reserves the right to amend or alter any advertised details relating to dates, program and speakers if necessary, without notice, as a result of circumstances beyond their control. All attempts have been made to keep any changes to an absolute minimum.