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Host City Information   The Great Ocean Road   Puffing Billy, Healesville Sanctuary, Yarra Valley                                    Sovereign Hill & the Goldfields   Penguin Parade   VISA Information

Date: 15 - 18 September, 2010

Location:    Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre, Melbourne Australia (

Accommodations:     Hilton Melbourne, South Wharf

Crown Promenade/Crown Metropol

Crown Plaza Melbourne

*To obtain the special conference rates please book your accommodation through the conference organizer at .  You can also secure your preferred accommodation online at the time of registering for the conference.


Host City Information


Welcome to Melbourne, the host city for ISEH 2010.

A dynamic city of world-class events, boutique shopping, classy nightlife, renowned food and wine, modern architecture, galleries, theatres and museums, Melbourne is a stylish and sophisticated capital with plenty of experiences to keep you occupied.

Australia's events capital excels at hosting international sporting and cultural affairs drawing visitors from around the world. City icons including the Melbourne Park, the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Arts Centre and Flemington Racecourse come alive throughout the year with Australia's most prestigious events.

Wile you're in town, make sure you discover all the treasures Melbourne has to offer. The city boasts a celebrated food and wine scene that caters for all budgets and tastes, while night owls are blessed with a wondeful assortment of bars creating a vibrant nightlife that rivals the world's best.

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The Great Ocean Road


The Great Ocean Road is one of the world's great drives, a dramatic, powerful, dangerous and majestic coastline, also know as the Ship Wreck Coast. Your day on the Great Ocean Road extends from Geelong to Bells Beach through Torquay, Lorne and Apollo Bay. After your lunch stop you continue on through the Otway National Park, to the rugged beauty of the Twelve Apostle National Park and the Twelve Apostles themselves, is there really twelve? To Loch Ard Gorge, Port Campbell and finally London Bridge, shaped by the wild Southern Ocean this coastline will not fail to impress. Got your camera?


  • Views of Melbourne and Port Phillip Bay from West Gate Bridge
  • City of Geelong and Corio Bay
  • Torquay and the Surf Coast
  • Visit famous Bells Beach
  • Spectacular coastal views along the Great Ocean Road
  • Surf beach resort of Lorne
  • Precipitous coastal cliffs, long sandy beaches and rolling surf
  • River inlets and fern gullies
  • Enjoy a delicious two course lunch at Apollo Bay Hotel as guests of Charles and Merrilyn Lear
  • Perhaps a walk along the beach
  • Otway National Park - fern gullies and eucalypts make up this beautiful Australian rainforest
  • Port Campbell National Park's rugged coastline, "The Shipwreck Coast" with many stops including...
  • Gibson's Steps - gain a unique perspective of the stunning Apostles from the water's edge
  • Huge stone monoliths of the Twelve Apostles
  • You may take an optional helicopter flight over the shipwreck coast (own expense)
  • The Island Arch and Razorback - grand architecture carved by surf
  • Loch Ard Gorge - site of the tragic shipwreck of the "Loch Ard"
  • Port Campbell - holiday resort and fishing village
  • This powerful coastline provides scope for stunning photography
  • Return directly to Melbourne enjoying an on-board Australian movie "All The Rivers Run - 1"
  • See the spectacular evening lights of Melbourne from West Gate Bridge.
  • Please bring a windbreaker and walking shoes.

    Departs: 8:00 AM

    Returns: 7:30 PM

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  • Puffing Billy, Healesville Sanctuary, Yarra Valley

    Ride on Australia's most notable narrow gauge railway through the spectacular Blue Dandenong Ranges with bellbirds and kookaburras echoing the steam train's whistle. Tour through the richness of the Yarra Valley - a pastoral experience of farms and vineyards, haystacks and wine grapes. Healesville Sanctuary - a truly Australian experience - cradled in the forested foothills of the Great Divide where you can surround yourself with Australian wildlife.


  • Melbourne's eastern suburbs
  • Visit Sherbrooke Forest - heart of the Dandenongs; tall eucalypts, kookaburras and bellbirds
  • Share Bush Billy tea with the locals...colourful crimson rosellas and king parrots! (opportunity to hand feed with seed provided)
  • Ride through the forest from Belgrave on Puffing Billy steam train - an original steam locomotive
  • Sherbrooke Forest - noted for its lyrebirds, tall mountain ash eucalypts and fern gullies
  • Pass through quaint villages noted for their restaurants, craft shops and beautiful gardens
  • Panoramic views from Grantulla Road
  • Opportunity to taste Australian wines at Fergusson's Winery, a noted Yarra Valley wine producer
  • Enjoy a delicious spit roast lunch as guests of Louise Fergusson (vegetarian meals available)
  • Tour through the Yarra Valley
  • Pass through the township of Healesville - set amidst mountain bushland
  • Visit Healesville Sanctuary - home for over 200 species of Australian birds, mammals and reptiles in a natural bushland setting
  • Stroll through paddocks of kangaroos and wallabies
  • Walk through large aviaries and pond areas that bring birds of the wild so close to hand - the elusive lyrebirds, eagles, ibis & spoonbills
  • Witness the "Eagles Fly" demonstration

  • Observe the underwater life of the platypus
  • Come face to face with a koala!
  • Meet a furry wombat!
  • See dingoes, Tasmanian Devils, echidnas, snakes and goannas.


    Departs: 8:20 AM
    Returns: 5:30 PM

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  • Sovereign Hill & the Goldfields

    Gold - 1850 - The world focussed on Ballarat as the cry 'Gold' echoed around the globe. People from all nations poured into Ballarat to seek a fortune, many found the real Australia and decided to make this great land their home. Today, you too can capture the excitement of these bawdy times as you visit the scene of revolt, rebellion and the emergence of democracy at Eureka and Sovereign Hill - Ballarat.


  • Travel the Western Highway - stagecoach route of the 1850's
  • Bacchus Marsh - a landscape of orchards - once a resting place for the Cobb & Co stagecoach
  • Ballarat - enjoy a complete town tour of this gracious city with its exquisite gardens and noble statues
  • Eureka Stockade - site of the 1854 Miner's Rebellion
  • Visit Sovereign Hill - an authentic recreation of an 1850's gold mining town. See & experience...
  • Gold panning in Red Gully Creek
  • Take a guided tour of the underground mine (own expense)
  • Blacksmiths and traditional craftsmen
  • Visit the Gold Museum & "Voyage of Discovery" - an audio visual of life on the Australian goldfields
  • Visit the many original shops
  • Perhaps try some homemade boiled lollies! Maybe a Devonshire Tea at the New York Bakery?
  • The Chinese Village - highlighting Chinese involvement in the goldfields
  • Why not ride a stagecoach!
  • Take in the atmosphere of Main St.
  • Watch the Giant Crushing Battery
  • Treat yourself to lunch at the United States Hotel.

    Departs: 8:20 AM

    Returns: 5:30 PM

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    Penguin Parade



    So completely Australian - unique in the world.
    Every evening at dusk the Little Penguins come home from the sea at Phillip Island. From the waves - across the beach - to the sand dunes - the Little Penguins can almost be touched as they waddle to their burrows. Sunset at Summerland Beach has drawn millions of visitors to Phillip Island. It is the nightly ritual of these little flightless birds which will enthrall you as you observe from the beach and the elevated boardwalk.
    Koalas - totally Australian - peering down from the gum trees where they live. Fat and furry, wet noses and a gentle smile of contented living on Phillip Island.



  • Western Port - water birds and mangroves
  • Panoramic views of French Island
  • Enjoy a short introductory video "The Little Penguin"
  • San Remo - maritime fishing village
  • Look for birdlife at the island wetlands (seasonal)
  • Visit Churchill Island for afternoon tea (own expense)
  • Opportunity to meet wallabies/kangaroos
  • Phillip Island Nature Park - a natural home for koalas, seals, shearwaters and Little Penguins
  • Koala Conservation Centre - look for koalas in their natural habitat from tree top boardwalks
  • A dinner stop will be made before or after the Penguin Parade (dependent on season and at own expense)
  • The Nobbies - a rugged rocky outcrop
  • Seal Rocks - home to Australia's largest colony of fur seals
  • Witness the Penguin Parade on floodlit Summerland Beach
  • See penguin rookeries from an elevated boardwalk
  • Inspect the Visitors Centre - an opportunity to learn about the life of the Little Penguin
  • During your evening return to Melbourne a panoramic Victorian video feature will be screened


    Departs: 1:15 PM
    Returns: 11:00 PM

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    VISA Information

    All travellers to Australia must have a valid visa before boarding their plane; they cannot apply for a visa on arrival. The only exception is New Zealand and Norfolk Island passport holders who will normally be issued a visa on arrival in Australia. Depending on how you apply, or where you apply from there may be a charge for an Australian entry Visa.

    For further information in relation to visas for people to come to Australia for a business-related visit such as a conference, please see:

    Some delegates will be eligible to apply for an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA). ETA’s are available to passport holders from a number of countries and regions.

    Please see the link below to determine if you are eligible for an ETA:

    If the country for which you are a passport holder is listed you may apply via this online application form link:

    If you are not eligible to apply for an ETA, please use the link below:

    We strongly advise all participants to apply for a visa at least 6-8 weeks in advance of their intended date of travel.

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