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Welcome to Hobart

The island State of Tasmania has been chosen as the venue for the ascilite 2011 conference. There are so many things that make Tasmania unique. Nature, history, some of the best beer and wine available in Australia to compliment fine food served in an easy relaxed atmosphere – just some of the attractions that this wonderful State has to offer.

When you visit us for this conference you will find it is a city of warm welcomes and friendly smiles.

Hobart is an intriguing blend of heritage and lifestyle, scenery and vibrant culture. It is warm sandstone, bright spinnakers on the water, fish punts at the docks, the slap of halyards on masts, coffee under the striped sun umbrellas of Salamanca, an occasional frosting of snow on Mt Wellington, bush tracks and birdsong. Hobart’s history is marked with controversial events that have shaped the city’s cultural fabric. It’s a city of bustling markets, fun, festivals and entertainment, and of fine restaurants.

Saturday in Hobart is the day for the world famous Salamanca Markets. Wander the brightly coloured stalls of art, crafts, retro clothing, food, produce and some of the finest woodwork in Australia. Salamanca Markets are open from 8am every Saturday.

Tasmania is a great touring destination. For all the latest information visit Tourism Tasmania’s website at

The Conference Venue – Wrest Point

ascilite 2011 will be held at Wrest Point which is located on the shores of the
beautiful Derwent River looking towards the city of Hobart. The conference facilities at Wrest Point are second to none. The Exhibition Foyer, with its glorious harbour views, is directly adjacent to the main plenary area and the purpose-built plenary theatre. Wrest Point is Australia’s oldest casino, with unsurpassed views from conference and accommodation areas.






Hobart International Airport

There are regular Qantas, Virgin Blue, Tiger Airways and Jetstar flights from most Australian airports directly to Hobart.

Taxis and shuttle buses offer the most convenient transfers between the airport and Hobart city. The Airporter Shuttle service meets every incoming flight at Hobart Airport and will transport to all major hotels, but is not wheelchair accessible. The cost is $15 one way, $30 return. Taxis from the airport cost approximately $55 and are easily available outside the terminal.

Wheelchair accessible transfers can be arranged through United Taxis on +61 3 6274 3120 prior to arrival or 131 008 on arrival.


Spirit Of Tasmania

If you have the time, why not take a mini cruise on the Spirit of Tasmania and bring your car with you. The Spirit has day and overnight sailings from Melbourne, arriving at Devonport in the North of Tasmania.

Hobart is a leisurely 3-4 hour drive, depending on whether you stop for breakfast along the way :


Getting Around Hobart

From the Wrest Point you are an easy 5 – 10 minute  taxi ride from  the Hobart CBD, Salamanca Place, local shops, restaurants and the historic area of Battery Point. A taxi will cost approximately $8. The local bus company, Metro, stops at the front door of Wrest Point, please see the concierge for current timetables.


Local Secrets

We asked our staff to share some of their local secrets with you. Click on a location on this Google map to learn more about some of the places, restaurants, bars and activities that the locals recommend.

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Key Dates

4 - 7 December 2011