Visa and Travel

VISA

Please check if you are holding an eligible passport to apply Electronic Travel Authority to entry Australia from the website: https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/getting-a-visa/visa-listing/electronic-travel-authority-601#Eligibility. If you are please apply an Electronic Travel Authority before your travel from the website: https://www.eta.homeaffairs.gov.au/ETAS3/etas

If you are not eligible to apply Electronic Travel Authority to entry Australia you will need to apply a visa to attend this conference, you can apply:

VISITOR VISA (SUBCLASS 600): BUSINESS VISITOR STREAM

This visa stream lets you visit Australia for business reasons. This visa costs AUD140 and will allow you to stay in Australia for up to 3 months. The estimated processing time of this visa is :

  • 75% of applications: 9 days
  • 90% of applications: 17 days

Invitation letter can be requested by sending email to ERMR2019@uow.edu.au. For more details please visit the Australian Government website: https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/getting-a-visa/visa-listing/visitor-600/business-visitor-stream

TRAFFIC

ERMR 2019 Conference attendees will have a number of transport options at their disposal. Whether you’re coming by air, train, car or bus, it couldn’t be easier to attend the conference. Please fly to Sydney if you come to Wollongong by air.

TRAVELING TO WOLLONGONG FROM THE AIRPORT

The cheapest and easiest way to get to Wollongong from the Airport is to catch a train. The train leaves from both the domestic and international arrivals areas. All you have to do is to do a transfer at Wolli Creek station and change to a train heading to Port Kiama, Bomaderry or Dapto and get off the train at North Wollongong Station or Wollongong Station. You can buy a journey ticket at one of the automated machines or kiosks. Visit the Transport NSW website for journey times, as well as arrivals and departure times.

Taxis don’t operate between the airport and Wollongong, although you can hire a private shuttle service. UOW recommends Leisure Coast Limousines.

GETTING TO NOVOTEL WOLLONGONG NORTHBEACH HOTEL

Making your way to the conference venue is easy from either Wollongong station or North Wollongong Station. You can travel to the venue of ERMR 2019 Conference by:

  • Car: Parking is available in Novotel.
  • Bus from North Wollongong Station: North Wollongong Station is close to the Novotel. There is a free shuttle bus service (route 55A or 55C) available on weekend and it takes around 20 minutes from North Wollongong station to Novotel. Please be notified that the free bus service from North Wollongong Station is only available on weekend.
  • Bus from Wollongong Station: A free shuttle bus service (route 55A or 55C) is also available from Wollongong station to Novotel and it takes around 20 minutes. The free shuttle bus from Wollongong Station is available everyday.
  • Walk from North Wollongong Station: It takes around 15 minutes from North Wollongong Station to Novotel on foot. 

PUBLIC TRANSPORT IN WOLLONGONG

Buses are the only form of public transport for traveling around Wollongong. Buses around Wollongong are on the Opal system. An Opal card is prepaid ticketing system. You need to load the card with money and then tap the card when you enter and exit the bus. You can get your Opal card online, and at registered retailers.

You can top up your Opal card online, or at a registered retailer. If you top up at a retailer, the money will be loaded instantaneously. If you elect to top up online, bear in mind that it can take up to 60-minutes for the money to appear in your account.

You can also use the Wollongong Taxi Service, which is run by Illawarra Taxi CabsUber is also available in the city.