Venue and Host City

Conference Venue

The conference will be hosted by Curtin University situated in the southern suburbs of Perth, Western Australia, only 25 minutes by bus and train from the centre of the city. The University has excellent conference, exhibition facilities and catering facilities, which enable delegates to maximise their time during the conference.

Host City

The conference will be held in Perth, Western Australia. Perth is a vibrant, energetic city that offers a truly unique Australian experience. Set on the banks of the spectacular Swan River, Perth is Australia’s sunniest capital city and the fastest growing urban centre, offering cultural diversity and sophistication, combined with a relaxed and friendly vibe. Beyond Perth, delegates can choose to experience the breathtaking and unparalleled beauty of the natural attractions in the regional areas of Western Australia.

Airport and Transport

The domestic and international airport terminals are located approximately 11.6 km from the Perth City Centre.

Covered taxi ranks are located on the ground floor of both the International Terminal (T1) and Domestic Terminals (T2 & T3) and cost approximately AUS$35. It takes about 25 minutes from the airport to Perth.

Transperth operates a bus service to and from Perth Airport's Domestic Terminals. This bus stop in located in the bus lane, closest to Qantas Domestic Terminals.

Bus 37 operates daily between Kings Park and Domestic Terminals (T2 & T3), via the Esplanade Bus Port, Victoria Park Transfer Station and Belmont Forum Shopping Centre. The journey takes approximately 55 minutes.

Please note that Transperth does not operate bus services to Perth Airport's International Terminal.  The Perth Airport Connect shuttle service is available for passengers who wish to travel between both the International (T1) and Domestic Terminals (T2/3) and Perth City.

To view maps and timetables or for further information on Transperth services please visit www.transperth.wa.gov.au.

For more information, please contact Transperth on 13 62 13 (Perth metro area) or +61 8 9428 1900.

See and do

There is always something happening and so much to see and do in Perth, here are a few suggestions:

Two Feet and a Heartbeat Tours
Two Feet and a Hearbeat run a series of informative, interactive and inviting tours around Perth and Fremantle. Each walking tour in Perth is delivered in a relaxed, informative and conversational manner, designed to entertain and educate. Walk into the past, present and future and get unique insight into why Perth is “the way it is”. Here are some of the many tours run by Two Feet and a Heartbeat:

Two Feet and a Heartbeat are providing a special 10% discount to all MERGA delegates and accompanying partners. Simply quote the discount code “TFPERTH” when booking to receive your discount.

Visit www.twofeet.com.au to book a tour today.

Rottnest Island
Famous for its laid back atmosphere and beautiful beaches, Rottnest Island lies just 18 kilometres offshore from Perth surrounded by the sparkling Indian Ocean. This is where the locals go to swim, surf, snorkel, fish and relax.

Surrounded by coral reefs and shipwrecks, the diving and snorkelling is out-of-this-world. Rotto is a car-free zone and hiring a bicycle is the best way to get around. There's also the local Bayseeker bus that regularly runs around the island and can drop you at some of the more secluded beaches and surf breaks. There are 20 bays to choose from, meaning you can often find a stretch of sand all to yourself.

Penguin Island
Located 45 minutes south of Perth and a five minute ferry ride across Shoalwater Bay, Penguin Island is one of Australia's premier nature based tourism destinations. The star attraction is the little penguin - the smallest species in the world. Visitors can get up close to the penguins at the Discovery Centre where rangers host three daily penguin feedings (costs may apply). This is your best opportunity to see these creatures as they're shy and spend most daylight hours feeding at sea or hidden in their burrows.

Mandurah
For those who love being on, in or near the water, Mandurah is a dream destination just 50 minutes south of Perth. There, you'll find some of Australia's most spectacular waterways, including the Peel-Harvey estuary, which is twice the size of Sydney Harbour and blessed with abundant wildlife, pristine beaches, beautiful blue-green waters and a buzzing foreshore area.

Being less than an hour's ride from Perth by car or train, it's little wonder this water-side playground is one of the capital's most popular day trips.

Fremantle
Fremantle is a 30 minute drive or a 30 minute train ride from Perth city.

Against a backdrop of the best preserved 19th century port streetscape in the world, a day out in Fremantle is an eclectic and eccentric blend of fabulous artisanal food, handcrafted beers, great coffee, quirky boutiques and a lively music, arts and festival scene. On arrival, grab a sidewalk table on Fremantle's bustling ‘Cappuccino Strip’, ponder the impossibly long list of coffee options and do some people watching. Or go in search of some of Fremantle’s delectable baked goods for breakfast or brunch.

If you’re in Fremantle on a Friday, Saturday, Sunday (or even Monday if it's a public holiday), step into the iconic Fremantle Markets. For over 100 years, its hall has been filled with exotic aromas, fresh produce, fashion, live music, performance art, crafts and Indigenous art.

Kings Park
One of the largest inner-city parks in the world, Kings Park and Botanic Garden covers 400 hectares of Perth's heart with serene natural bushland and sculpted gardens. It's perched high on the crest of Mount Eliza, making it a top spot to take in sweeping panoramas of Perth's city skyline and Swan River.

Pack a picnic or barbecue and take the 15 minute walk to Kings Park from Perth's centre, or hop on a free CAT bus. Pick up maps and brochures from the Visitor Information Centre, take a free guided walk or enjoy a self guided tour.

Swan Valley
Indulge the senses with a trip to the Swan Valley. The vineyards of Western Australia's oldest wine region invite you to sample their fruits, feast on award-winning local produce and discover local heritage.

Just 25 minutes east of Perth, the Swan Valley is a world away from city life. You can reach it by road, or take the scenic route aboard a Swan River cruise from Perth's Barrack Street Jetty. You can even winery-hop in the back of a horse-drawn wagon or chauffeured classic car.

Lancelin Sand Dunes
For a taste of adventure and an injection of adrenalin, head to the Lancelin sand dunes north of Perth.
Here, you can go sand boarding down massive 45 degree angle dunes, which are the biggest in Western Australia. Hit the sand in a dirt bike or four wheel drive.

From the peaks you'll be rewarded with a panoramic outlook over Lancelin, surrounding farmland, sand hills and coastline. Some of the best views are at dawn and dusk. The sand dune system is about two kilometres long and is nestled directly inland from Lancelin Township.

Lancelin is about an hour and a half drive north of Perth.

Margaret River and the South-West
Rolling vineyards set against a backdrop of ocean and forest let you easily hop from one experience to the next. Catch sight of the amazing humpback whale, explore ancient caves and then stroll through forests of timber giants. Or spend the day at one of Margaret River’s great wineries, where you can relax with a glass of the region’s world-renowned wine, matched with local truffles and crayfish.