Travel and Visa Information
If you are an international delegate, you will likely need either an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) or a business visitor stream visa to come to Australia to attend the conference, depending on the country of your passport. In both cases a fee is involved, and the ETA or visa has to be obtained prior to arrival in Australia. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the necessary documents and permissions to enter Australia.
For the most up-to-date regulations and other official information, please visit the website of the Australian Government Department of Home Affairs. A tool is available (currently in beta) that will help you determine the type of via you require: https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/getting-a-visa/visa-finder/visit. (Select “attending a conference or expo” as the main purpose of your visit.)
We strongly urge you to begin your visa application process as early as possible, as it may take a longer duration to complete in some instances.
For those requiring official letters to support their visa application, these can be obtained after registrationand payment has been completed. We will refund registration fees if your visa application is rejected. (You will need to provide us with a copy of the rejection letter.)
Getting to Wollongong
If flying, Wollongong can be accessed from Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport catering for international flights and domestic flights across Australia. The airport is about a 55min drive from the conference venue. Flights from Brisbane and Melbourne are available to Albion Park Airport a 25min drive.
If you are flying in to Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport then the recommended mode of transport is through private shuttle. Leisure Coast Limousine Service (a TALE 2018 sponsor) provides point to point pickup and drop off to the airports. It is a cost effective, convenient and stress free mode of travel.
A train service is also available from the two airports. A train station is directly accessible from both the international and domestic Sydney terminals. More information and timetables will be provided closer to the conference date.
When planning your arrival and departure times, you may like to consult the Conference Schedule At-a-Glance. It is recommended that you plan to arrive in Wollongong by the late morning of 4 December 2018 if you are presenting or wish to attend a pre-conference workshop, and no later than mid-afternoon otherwise, as the conference opening ceremony is slated to take place in the late afternoon (exact time TBA).
Selected International Flight Options
Direct flights to Sydney Include:
Auckland - with Air New Zealand, Emirates, Jetstar, Qantas, Virgin Australia (3.5hrs)
Bangkok - with Thai Airlines, Qantas and Emirates (9.5hrs)
Beijing - with Air China, China Eastern and Qantas (11hrs)
Delhi - with Air India (12.5hrs)
Dubai - with Emirates and Qantas (14hrs)
Jakarta - with Qantas (7hrs)
London - with Qantas (17hrs)
Los Angeles - with American Airlines, Delta Airlines, Qantas, Virgin Australia and United Airlines (15hrs)
Kuala Lumpur - with Air Asia and Malaysia Airlines (8.5hrs)
Manila - with Philippine Airlines and Qantas (8hrs)
Ho Chi Minh City - with Jetstar, Qantas and Vietnam Airlines (8.5hrs)
Singapore - with Air Asia, Qantas, Singapore Airlines and Scoot (8hrs)
Tokyo - with ANA, Japan Airlines and Qantas (9.5hrs)
Traveling Around Wollongong
Getting around Wollongong is easy with the FREE bus. Yes, that is correct – the city has a free bus that loops the city in both directions. The loop connects the Novotel with the University of Wollongong and all the major hotels.
On weekdays the Shuttle operates every 10 minutes between 7am and 6pm and every 20 minutes from 6pm to 10pm. On weekends the Shuttle operates every 20 minutes between 8am and 6pm.
The route numbers for the Gong Shuttle are 55A and 55C.