9th Australasian Viral Hepatitis Conference

Location & Travel

Please be aware the World Indigenous Peoples' Conference on Viral Hepatitis will begin at 2pm on Sunday 14 September for registration with transfers departing the convention centre at 4pm for the Welcome Reception. The conference will conclude at 5.30pm on Tuesday 16 September. The 9th Australasian Viral Hepatitis Conference will begin at 12.30pm Wednesday 17 September and conclude at 5pm Friday 19 September.

The World Indigenous Peoples' Conference on Viral Hepatitis and the 9th Australasian Viral Hepatitis Conference is taking place in Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia at the city's Convention Centre.

Alice Springs is located in the heart of Australia's outback and is the third largest town in the Northern Territory. Although Alice Springs is often referred to as the 'centre of Australia' this is not technically correct. Depending on the method used to calculate it, there are at least five 'centres of Australia' - but Alice Springs does sit close to the centre of the various different 'centres'! Alice Springs began its modern history as "Stuart", a telegraph station on the Adelaide to Darwin line. Alice Springs was the name given to the local waterhole. However, this dual naming created such confusion for administrators in Adelaide that on 31 August 1933 the township of Stuart was officially renamed Alice Springs. For more information regarding the History of Alice Springs please click here.

Explore this famous outback town and discover the real Australia. With many amazing sites such as the Overlander Telegraph station, the dry Todd River, Anzac Hill lookout at sunset, the Araluen Cultural Precinct, Road Transport Hall of Fame, Olive Pink Botanic Gardens, the Reptile Centre and the National Women's Hall of Fame to name a few it's recommended you take 7 to 10 days to fully explore the region. But even if you can only spare three or four days to see the highlights, you’ll have a fantastic time. Be warned though, it will leave you wanting to come back again.

Climate in Alice Springs
Climate is one of extremes. It can be said that an observer will report almost every present weather on the card in a set of seasons. It even snowed on four occasions last century and on Ayers rock in 1997. Not only does Alice Springs have hot summers and cold winters but the diurnal range in temperature can be up to 28°C. Rainfall can vary dramatically from year to year. For example, in 2001 Alice had 741 mm but in 2002 we had 198 mm. The annual average is 286 mm per year. Spring can be said to be the most exiting season of the year with big changes in temperature from day to day, thunderstorms, hail and dust storms. It is also the wild flower season, usually peaking in September and early October.

Average Climate in September:
Average maximum temperature: 27.3°C
Average minimum temperature: 10.3°C
Average rainfall: 8.4 mm
Average hours of sunshine: 10

What to wear in Alice Springs
During the day the weather can get quite warm at this time of year, so lightweight clothes are recommended. However it can get cold at night so you should be prepared with warmer clothes for the evening.

Time zone
The Time Zone in the Northern Territory is Australian Central Standard Time (ACST). ACST is 9 hours and 30 minutes ahead of Coordinated Universal Time (UTC).

International Telephone Dialling Code for Northern Territory
International country code: + 61 (Australia)
Area code: 08 (Northern Territory)

Tax and Tipping
Tipping is optional and is not expected anywhere in Australia. They are usually given as an expression of gratitude for exceptionally good service. 10% is usually a standard amount to give.
Goods and services tax (GST) is a tax on most goods and services in Australia. GST is added to the price of taxable goods and services at a rate of 10%.

Internet Connection
Most hotels will have internet connection available in the rooms, however it will be at a small cost. Some cafés may have free internet available and internet cafés are located around the town. 

Australia's anti-smoking regulations mean that you cannot smoke in any public building, including bars and restaurants. In addition smoking in outdoor eating areas is also banned.

Getting around Alice
Buses and taxis are both good ways of getting around Alice Springs. For more detailed information on prices, timetables and services please click here.

Getting to and from the airport.
Alice Springs Airport is located approximately 16 km south of the Alice Springs town centre along the Stuart Highway, and is serviced by airport minibus, taxi and backpacker pick-up services.
Both the coach and train terminals are within the Alice Springs central business district. For more information please click here.

Things to do and see during your stay in Alice Springs
For information on what to do and see in Alice Springs visit the Travel Northern Territory Website. There's great suggestions on outdoor activities, guided tours, family activities, dining and entertainment and much more.

For more information on some great sights and tours please click here.
For suggestions on some great restaurants please click here.