Travel and Accommodation

The conference is held at the Australian Academy of Science's Shine Dome, in Canberra, Australia. The Shine Dome (address: 15 Gordon St, Acton ACT 2601) is located about 9km from the Canberra Airport, about 15min drive away. The map below shows the location of The Shine Dome. 


Travel to Canberra:

A limited number of International flights fly directly into Canberra Airport. Canberra is between 1 and 2 hours flying from the Eastern Australian capitals like Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne. Most domestic airlines (Qantas, Virgin, JetStar) fly regularly between Canberra and the major Australian cities.

Canberra is also easily reached by Bus from Sydney. Buses run from Sydney Central and the Sydney International airport to downtown Canberra Jolimont Centre. Its about 3hr journey, and buses run every hour from about 5am till 7pm. 


Canberra Airport

Murrays Bus

Greyhound Bus



There are many accommodation options to suite a range of budgets. Discount rates are available for conference participants at the hotels given below. All hotels are located in downtown Canberra, at a short stroll from the conference venue, the Shine Dome.

1) University House (1 Balmain Cres, Acton ACT 2601)

Rate offered:
-bed and breakfast rate in a Twin Room, single occupancy at $152 per night
-bed and breakfast rate in a Queen Suite, single occupancy at $167 per night.

Rooms have been reserved for Direct booking with University House:
Please mention GASP2016 (Galactic Archaeology and Stellar Astrophysics) when booking.
The rooms will be held in the block until 4 -5 weeks prior to the start date.

2) Mantra Group hotels in Canberra: the discount code applies to 

Mantra on Northbourne (84 Northbourne Ave, Canberra ACT 2612) and Peppers Gallery ( 15 Edinburgh Avenue, Canberra) hotel only.

To book and receive 10% off your accommodation, visit:  , select one of the two aforementioned hotels and follow the below simple steps:
1. Select your dates and number of people – hit SEARCH
2. Input Promo Code 1696NOV16 (case sensitive) – hit SEARCH
3. Select your room type and hit BOOK to proceed to payment screen

The discount will apply for any room type travelling between 21st to 25th November 2016, when booked before 21st October 2016. All rooms are subject to availability at time of booking, there will be no release backs or inventory updates leading up to check in.

3) Novotel Canberra (65 Northbourne Ave, Canberra ACT 2601)

Different rates available. At the time of booking call reservations directly on 02 6245 5000 and quote block code
AST211116. Rate is valid 30 days prior to arrival. After that, public rates applies.