Visitor Information

Adelaide, South Australia

The 7th International Symposium on Animal Functional Genomics (ISAFG) and the associated Functional Annotation of Animal Genomes (FAANG) Workshop will be held in the National Wine Centre of Australia in the centre of Adelaide, South Australia. A short course on using R for gene annotation will be held directly after the FAANG workshop, at the North Terrace Campus of the University of Adelaide. The National Wine Centre and North Terrace Campus are within a 10 minute walk to downtown Adelaide with hotels, shops and restaurants. Bus and tram stops are within a 5 minute walk.

Adelaide has a wide selection of good accommodation (http://southaustralia.com/places-to-go/adelaide/accommodation) and excellent food (http://southaustralia.com/places-to-go/adelaide/food-and-wine). There is an extensive variety of restaurants, cafes, and bars in central Adelaide, which offer the freshest seafood and local produce. Vegetarian options and ethnic cuisines are readily available. Adelaide also is home to the best food market in Australia, the Adelaide Central Market.

There are many sites of interest in Adelaide, including the Adelaide Botanic Gardens, the South Australian Museum with the world’s largest Australian Aboriginal artefact display, the Art Gallery of South Australia, and the Adelaide Zoo (http://southaustralia.com/). White sandy beaches are a tram ride away at Glenelg, a bus ride will take you to Cleland Wildlife Park to view and feed Australian wildlife, and three of Australia’s finest wine regions (Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, and Adelaide Hills) are within 1 hour by car. Further afield, there are 3800 km (2400 miles) of coastline and more than 300 national parks covering 20% of the state (https://www.environment.sa.gov.au/parks/Home). And of course, there is Kangaroo Island, world famous for its wildlife and natural beauty (http://www.tourkangarooisland.com.au/).

Visas

You will need your passport and a VISA to enter Australia unless you are an Australian or New Zealand citizen. These visas must be arranged prior to your arrival in Australia. For some nationalities, an electronic visa can be issued on-line quickly and cheaply. For other nationalities, however, you must apply for your visa through a service provider. Please confirm your visa requirements using the links below and obtain the correct visa as necessary. The conference organisers are not responsible if you are denied entry into Australia because of visa problems. Some Australian visas may take 3-4 weeks to process. So please arrange your visa as far in advance as possible.
https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/trav
https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/trav/visa-1/600-

Weather

November is the great time of year to visit South Australia with mild daytime temperatures and little rain. The average day time temperature is a pleasant 25oC (77oF) and night time temperatures average 13oC (55oF). There are usually just 8 days with rain for a total of 30 mm in the month (http://www.bom.gov.au/climate/averages/tables/cw_023037.shtml).

Language

English is the primary language spoken in Australia and is the language used at ISAFG conferences.

Currency

The currency is Australian dollars. You may exchange other currencies at banks and foreign currency exchange offices for Australian dollars but there will be a fee. Most ATMs will accept cards from around the world and allow you to withdraw Australian dollars as cash. However, again, there are usually fees attached with such transactions. You may use travellers cheques, but not all establishments accept travellers cheques. So please check beforehand as you may need to exchange the travellers cheques at a local bank instead. MasterCard and Visa credit cards are universally accepted, but the use of AMEX cards often attracts a fee.

Tipping

In general, there is no tipping in Australia except for exceptional service. This is true even in restaurants or bars where unless stated on the menu, tipping is not expected. It is common though to tip taxi drivers and hotel staff with a few dollars, especially if they are handling your luggage.

Safety

Australia is a safe place in general. However, we do have our share of poisonous creatures (eg spiders, snakes) and animals who think people are tasty (e.g. crocodiles, sharks). Just follow the local advice about avoiding encounters with such wildlife and you will not have any difficulties. We do have various diseases carried by insects (eg dengue fever, Ross River fever) and animals (e.g. Hendra viruses) but no rabies or malaria. Avoid handling wildlife and wear insect repellent if you travel outside the city to areas where mosquitoes are likely to be present (eg rainforests).

Personal safety is rarely a problem in Australia. Unfortunately, theft does occur. However, if you use good judgement and are careful with your valuables, then you should not have any issues. If you do have a problem, you should contact the local police immediately for assistance.

The number one hazard in Australia for tourists (and the locals) is sunburn. So remember to bring your sunglasses, hat and sun cream AND then remember to wear them when outside in the sun!

Other useful tourist information can be found online (http://www.downunderonline.com/). If you have any questions or require further details, please do not hesitate to contact the conference organiser, Cindy Bottema via email .

Airport

There are an increasing number of direct international flights into Adelaide as well as daily flights from all the Australian major cities. Currently, there are direct flights into Adelaide from Auckland, Hong Kong, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Doha and Dubai. However, many international visitors connect through Perth, Melbourne, Brisbane or Sydney.

The Adelaide International Airport is only 10 minutes from the city centre. Transport choices from the airport to the centre of the city include taxis, public buses, airport shuttles, Uber and car rental.

The airport website provides useful details: http://www.adelaideairport.com.au/

Adelaide Airport

Venue

The conference venue is the National Wine Centre of Australia, located on North Terrace just northeast of the business district and adjacent to the Adelaide Botanic Gardens. It is within a 10-15 minute walk of many hotels and restaurants. The new city tramline stop and City Loop bus stop are a 5 minute walk. The City Loop bus and tram within the central business district are free. Public car parking is available within a 3-5 minute walk on Hackney Road for a maximum of 4 hours ($2.60 per hour) or Plane Tree Drive for a maximum of 10 hours ($2.60 per hour).

All scientific sessions, including the plenary sessions, poster sessions, and workshops, as well as the welcome reception will be held at the National Wine Centre. Wireless internet access will be available throughout the National Wine Centre for the duration of the conference. A small cafe within the Centre will be open during the conference. Morning and afternoon teas and lunch will be served in Hickinbotham Hall and Concourse with the posters and exhibits.

For further information on the venue, please check the National Wine Centre website: https://wineaustralia.com.au/

Registration desk

The ISAFG registration desk at the main entrance of the National Wine Centre will be open on Monday, 12th November from 7:30 am so that delegates may pick up their materials prior to the start of the conference and mount their posters. The desk will be also open from approximately 7:30 am to 5:30 pm each day of the conference.