Early Childhood Australia National Conference 2016

Venue, Destination & Transport


Darwin Convention Centre

The hub of northern Australia has one of the strongest investment and growth forecasts in the country. It’s a regional centre for energy and minerals with prosperous agribusiness, marine, tourism, and defence industries. As Australia’s gateway to Asia, Darwin City has strategic access to the world’s most exciting new economies. But what makes Darwin a compelling place is that aside from a thriving business climate, it also cultivates an enviable “people climate”.

Darwin is a place that welcomes and values people of every kind. Its population of over 100,000 is comprised of 50 nationalities. Indigenous Australians are a vital presence in the life of the city; the Larrakia have a unique place in the community as the acknowledged traditional custodians of Darwin and their art and culture are thriving in the city.

With an unpretentious, casual culture and enviable outdoor recreation scene, it’s no wonder that Darwin boasts a youthful, creative and fun-loving community.

Link to the Darwin Convention Centre – www.darwinconvention.com.au

Introducing Darwin

Australia’s Northern Territory is one of the most popular visitor destinations in the world. People come to see and enjoy an ancient Aboriginal culture and a multitude of natural and cultural treasures.

Darwin is the gateway to the Australian Outback and some of the country’s best tourism experiences. Progressive, vibrant, and energising, Darwin is a breath of fresh air that will always prove irresistible to potential delegates, encouraging high attendance.

Wealth of knowledge and specialist expertise to share

The Territory’s increasing status as a world leader in energy development and mineral exploration has made Darwin the destination of choice for the resources industry’s most prestigious and influential events.

Home to the largest number of Indigenous Australians per capita, the Northern Territory also has extensive experience in a wide range of indigenous matters including health, education, training and business development.

Darwin is also home to the Menzies School of Health Research, which is internationally renowned for its work in indigenous health, tropical diseases and infections.

Darwin’s location offers unique capabilities in areas of tropical expertise. Scientists are working at the cutting edge of tropical medicine, food production, architecture, climate change research, preventing incursions of exotic pests, and fighting tropical diseases.

The Northern Territory is also the ideal place to gain valuable insights in environmental science, geographic information systems (GIS), environmental risks assessments and tropical wildlife management as much of the region remains untouched – from the savannas and wetlands to the dry arid regions.

Visit the NT Convention Bureau site for further information.

Getting to Darwin

Darwin International Airport is located approximately 13km or 15 minutes drive from the city centre. Registered taxis are available 24 hours, seven days a week at a cost of approximately AUD25.00 one way from the airport to the City Centre. Qantas and low-cost airlines Jetstar and Virgin operate regular direct services to Darwin from Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane, Cairns and Alice Springs. Airnorth and Skywest – the major regional airlines for the Northern Territory and Western Australia respectively – provide essential links for regional communities, tourists and businesses.

Travelling around Darwin

Airport Transfers

Easy access is available from the airport to the city centre via bus and taxi. Please refer to the Darwin International Airport website for further information.


Taxis are available from Darwin International Airport. The central business district is approximately 15 minutes from the airport. Registered taxis are available 24 hours, seven days a week at a cost of approximately AUD25.00 one way from the airport to the City Centre.

Blue Taxi Company
Phone: +61 8 8981 3777 or 13 TAXI (138 294)

Darwin Radio Taxis
Phone: 131 008 (Not available outside Australia)

People Movers NT – Mini-Bus Service
Phone: +61 8 8983 2111 or book online www.peoplemoversnt.com.au

City Palmerston Minibuses
Phone: +61 8 8980 3700

Car Rental

A range of car rental services are available at Darwin International Airport. Please refer to the Darwin International Airport website for further information.

Social Tours

Discover Darwin’s secrets and explore Darwin and regional NT by joining one of the many tours on offer from Tourism Top End. Click here to explore the many tours on offer.

International Visitors – Planning your arrival into Australia

For international passengers, we suggest that you try to allow yourself at least a day in which to adjust to the time difference and relax after your flight before the conference commences.

Visa Information
All visitors to Australia must have a valid visa before boarding their plane regardless of the length of stay.

Note: New Zealand and Norfolk Island passport holders do not usually need to lodge a visa application prior to their departure unless they have health and/or character concerns.

Driving License
International Driving Licenses are recognised throughout Australia. Car rental companies ask for a valid driving license.

Banking, Currency and Exchange Rate
Banking hours are generally 0900 to 1600 and extended on Fridays to 1700. Several international banks have offices in the CBD. Currency exchanges are located at airports, banks and major hotels. Consult a bank for the latest exchange rate.

Credit Cards
Most hotels, large restaurants and shops will accept international credit cards, the most widely recognised being American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard and Visa. Automatic teller machines are plentiful and situated throughout the city.

Electrical current is 240/250V, AC 50Hz. The Australian flat three-pin power outlet is different from that in many countries, so you will need an adaptor. If your appliances are 110V, check if there is a 110/240V switch. If not, you will need a voltage converter. Universal outlets for 240V or 110V shavers are usually found in leading hotels.

It is strongly recommended that delegates take out adequate travel and health insurance prior to commencement of travel. Further information can be obtained from your travel agent.

The Organising Committee and/or ECA shall not be held liable for personal accidents or losses or damage to private property of registered delegates of the conference. Delegates should make their own arrangements with respect to personal insurance.

Australia applies a tax to the purchase of both goods and services called the Goods and Services Tax (GST). The rate of tax that applies to taxable products and services is 10%. Tax is already included in the advertised prices. Non-Australian delegates may be eligible for a refund of GST via the Tourist Refund Scheme.

Tipping is not as widespread or regulated in Australia as it is in other parts of the world. Tipping is your prerogative, a reward for service. It is customary to tip hotel porters, and a gratuity of about 10% is usual in restaurants if good service is received. NO service charge is added to hotel or restaurant bill.