Adelaide & University of Adelaide

Adelaide is a city conveniently designed with a square mile epicentre, surrounded by parklands and with a blend of historic buildings, wide streets, cafés and restaurants. Adelaide has rolling hills to the east and beaches to the west. With a population of slightly more than 1 million, Adelaide is often referred to as ‘the twenty minute city’! The airport is only 7 km from the central business district (CBD), and both the Adelaide Hills (with historic villages, vineyards and farmland) and major beaches are less than half an hour away by car. Just some of the reasons why Adelaide has been recognised as one of the world’s top ten most liveable cities for the past three years.

Adelaide is also known as the Festival City (being the first Australian capital to introduce a Festival of Arts), the gateway to the Outback and with a vibrant calendar of events throughout the year

including theatre, exhibitions, major events, gardens, museum, art galleries, food and wine, cabaret and sporting events. July: it’s winter so you will be in Adelaide during the height of the AFL (Australian Football League, colloquially known as Aussie Rules) season so be prepared to be inundated with talk of form/performance by the two South Australia-based teams: Adelaide Crows and Port Power!

When Colonel William Light founded Adelaide in 1836, he had a simple plan: a one square mile city centre and lots of open space. He laid out the streets in a grid surrounded by what are now State Heritage-listed parklands. But Adelaide is a city that flows seamlessly into world famous wine regions such as the Barossa Valley (north of the city) and McLaren Vale (to the south) and the coastal escapes of Fleurieu Peninsula and Yorke Peninsula. Stunning Kangaroo Island is just a two-hour drive (plus one-hour ferry ride) south.

Adelaide has a diverse cultural mix which guarantees a sensational choice of food. Rundle Street in Adelaide’s CBD east (10 minutes’ walk from the conference venue and 5 minutes from the two preferred hotels) includes a mix of historic pubs, family-run cafés and restaurants. Dine alfresco morning, noon and night. Gouger Street (adjacent to the Central Market) is crammed with Asian restaurants. Explore Leigh and Peel streets (both running between Hindley and Currie streets) with their quirky, funky and ambient bars and eateries.


The University of Adelaide is a world-class tertiary education and research institution committed to delivering high-quality and distinctive learning, teaching and research experiences. It is one of Australia’s “Group of 8” or “G8” universities.

The University was established in 1874 and teaching began in 1876. The first official lecture was in Latin and the Bachelor of Arts the first degree offered. However, the University's first Vice-Chancellor, Dr Augustus Short, had a vision for a university open to investigate new fields such as the sciences, modern literature, art and moral philosophy; subjects other than the narrow classics curriculum offered at Oxford University at the time. This vision would be realised in 1882 when the University became the first in Australia to grant degrees in science.

The spirit of enquiry was further embraced and the freedom to explore non-classical subjects continued. Before reaching the 1900s the University offered degrees in arts, science, law, medicine and music. Additionally mathematics, philosophy, languages and mining engineering were taught. These flagship degrees and disciplines continue at the University today.

The University soon established a reputation for excellence in education and research and attracted leading academics of international distinction. An early Professor of Mathematics and Physics, Sir William Henry Bragg, won the prestigious Nobel Prize in Physics (1915) together with his son and University of Adelaide graduate, Sir William Lawrence Bragg.

As it grew, the University continued to be a place where its alumni could forge new ground and lead the way in research and discovery. Renowned Antarctic explorer Sir Douglas Mawson had a long association with the University that included 31 years as Professor of Geology and Mineralogy. Graduate Lord Howard Florey was honoured with a Nobel Prize in 1945 for his ground-breaking work in the application and manufacture of penicillin.

The early pioneers of the University of Adelaide established the academic quality, first-class intellectual environment and distinctive features that remain today. In the 21st century, the University is recognised as a centre for excellence in higher education that nurtures curious minds and delivers world-leading research outcomes.

The University acknowledges the Kaurna people, the original custodians of the Adelaide Plains and the land on which North Terrace campus is built.

On site at the University while attending PDU2, you will find various options for coffee, light meals, ATMs, Post Office, Bookshop, general store, WiFi, printers and photocopying, and a prayer room for Muslim visitors.

Arrival & Transportation

Arrival – Adelaide Airport

International flights (from Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong, Dubai, Auckland and other origins) all land at Adelaide International Airport, 7 km from the city centre.

Domestic flights land at this same airport, serviced by Qantas, Jetstar, Virgin Australia and Tiger Airlines. Regional Express (REX) provides connections from Melbourne (via Mt Gambier) and regional South Australia.

Taxis are a convenient way to get to and from the airport. There is a designated taxi rank located at the left of the pedestrian plaza as you walk out of the baggage carousel area. Concierges provide a safe environment and allocate taxis to passengers. They can also organise taxis with baby capsules, wheelchair access, five-seaters and maxi taxis for larger groups or station wagons for large amounts of baggage. There is a A$2 levy added to fares for taxis leaving the airport and an average cost into the CBD is approximately A$25.

During your stay in Adelaide, your hotel/accommodation should be able to arrange a taxi for you and/or direct you to a taxi rank. Alternatively, telephone numbers are:

Suburban Taxis                                  131 008

Independent Taxis                            132 211

Yellow Cab                                         132 227

If you wish, you can pre-book for a specific time/place pick-up (useful if you have a tight timeframe in travelling to the airport on departure).

There is also a City Shuttle (enquire at the SA Tourism Desk immediately in front of you as you exit from International Arrivals or come down the escalator from the arrivals hall). Currently operating Monday to Friday (6:00 am to 6:00 pm) and Saturday-Sunday (6:00 am to 4:00 pm); there may be a wait of up to 30 minutes. This service will drop you in Hindmarsh Square, which is conveniently located for both preferred hotels, Crowne Plaza and Ibis. (If you wish to book return service to the airport on departure, the contact number is 0433 533 718).

Arrival – interstate bus services

If you’ve decided to travel from Sydney (approximately 20 hours) or Melbourne (9-10 hours) by bus, these services terminate at the Central Bus Station in Franklin Street which is open 6:00 am-0:30 am seven days a week. Lockers, shower facilities, free WiFi and café are available.

Telephone: +61 8 8203 7203.

Bus operators:

Gray Line  Telephone:  1300 858 687 
Greyhound Australia  Telephone:  1300 473 94 
Firefly Express  Telephone:  1300 950 571    

Arrival – train

There are overnight services from Sydney (the legendary Indian Pacific) and Melbourne (on the iconic Overland service which also offers a day service).

Please note that interstate trains terminate at Keswick Terminal which is on the outskirts of the CBD, an approximately 10 minute taxi ride to the preferred hotel locations.

Bookings through Great Southern Rail:

Telephone: 1800 703 357 (International calls +61 8 8213 4401).

Public Transport

Adelaide is a city of well-connected places. It's easy to get around, with quality public transport operating seven days a week. Dedicated bike lanes and paths make it a great place to cycle and travelling by foot is a standout option thanks to the city's flat and easily navigable streets.

Adelaide Metro is Adelaide’s public transport system, with an extensive array of services including buses, trains and trams through the city and greater metropolitan area. Timetables, fares and service information can be found at

Metrocard: to travel on the transport system you can pay your fare using a Metrocard or a Metroticket. Both can be purchased at the Adelaide Metro Information Office (corner King William and Currie Streets in the CBD). There is a one-off cost of A$5 for the Metrocard and unless you are planning to travel beyond the CBD, we would suggest a day-use Metroticket would be sufficient. These can be purchased on board from bus drivers or from ticket vending machines on trains and trams. Alternatively you may wish to purchase a Metrocard Visitor Pass, which provides unlimited travel on all buses, trams and trains for three consecutive days from when first used. It costs A$25 and includes maps and information on using the system. At the end of your three days this Visitor Pass can be recharged and used as a Metrocard for the remainder of your stay.

Free City Connector serves the city and North Adelaide, linking major tourist attractions, key destinations and facilities. Bus routes 98A and 98C connect North Adelaide and the city, while 99A and 99C connect inner city areas not served by the tram.

The tram service is free between the Adelaide Entertainment Centre (4 km outside the city) and South Terrace, passing via North Terrace and King William Street. It then continues from South Terrace to Glenelg but the correct fare for this sector must be paid. The services runs approximately every 15 minutes during business hours. There is a tram timetable on the Adelaide Metro website.


Things to know


Our preferred hotel partners for PDU2 are Crowne Plaza and Ibis. Both properties have extended a preferential rate to conference attendees with online bookings via and referencing the individual booking code (direct links).

Both are ideally situated within a 2-3 block walk from the conference venues at the University of Adelaide.

Travel visas

Participants from some countries may require a visitor visa to come into Australia. Please check online well in advance of your visit to see if you need a tourist visa: or travel visa online:


Please visit this website before you depart for Australia. At arrival you will be given an Incoming Passenger Card and you MUST mark yes if you are carrying plant material, animal products, certain foods or other prohibited items. Declared items will be assessed as part of your arrival clearance; note that your baggage may be assessed by x-ray, detector dog or randomly inspected by a customs officer. Fines, prosecution and even a jail term apply for false declarations. However if ALL items are declared you will not be penalised, even if they are seized.

Please also note that there are strong internal regulations regarding carrying fresh fruit, plants or flowers on internal domestic flights.


The Australian dollar (A$) is the legal tender in all states and territories. Currency exchange terminals, as well as ATMs, are available at Adelaide Airport and several locations throughout the city. ANZ Bank in Rundle Mall offers a foreign exchange service.

Travelex offices:           HSBC, 55 Grenfell Street

                                         Australia Post, Level 1, City Cross, 33-39 Rundle Mall

                                         Shop Four, Beehive Corner (corner Rundle Mall and King William Street)

Coins are:                      5, 10, 20, 50 cents plus 1 and 2 dollars

Notes are:                      5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 dollars


220-240 Volt, 60 Hz; two- and three-prong flat, angled plugs: Type I (see below).



Opening hours differ slightly so we suggest Monday to Friday, 9:30 am to 4:00 pm as a guide.

Foreign exchange facilities and ATM         

Currency exchange services and ATMs are available at Adelaide Airport on your arrival plus in Rundle Mall and across town.


July is wintertime in southern Australia. Adelaide can expect daily temperatures ranging from a minimum 8°C (46°F) to a maximum 14-16°C (57-60°F). There can be variations to this, but as a guide, it is probably advisable to plan layering of clothing, particularly for air-conditioned buildings and sunny days.

If travelling pre- or post-conference:

Kangaroo Island: average July temperature is between 11°C and 19°C.  Winter is magnificent on Kangaroo Island, with its lush greenery, flowing rivers and plethora of wildlife. This is when the mammals come out and ‘joeys’ start to emerge from their mothers’ pouches. It is also a fantastic time for whale watching. However July is the island’s wettest month.

Flinders Ranges: winter daytime temperatures are generally mild, but the nights can be very cold. Expect a minimum of 15-16°C and maximum of 26-30°C. Some rain is possible.

Coober Pedy: winters are delightful for the local residents after the harshness of the unrelenting summer heat. Like the Flinders Ranges, evenings can be cooler but expect minimum 20-22°C and maximum 28-34°C, with some chance of showers or rain.


Rundle Mall (Adelaide CBD): Monday-Thursday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm; Friday, late night shopping to 9:00 pm; Saturday-Sunday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Woolworths Supermarket, Rundle Mall: Monday to Friday, 7:00 am to 9:00 pm.

Coles Supermarket, Rundle Mall: 6:00 am to 9:00 pm. Saturday 5.00pm closing.

Suburban shopping centres: usually 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Thursday 9:00 pm closing. Sunday, 11:00 am opening.

Post Office, Adelaide CBD: Level 1, City Cross, 33-39 Rundle Mall

GPO: 141 King William Street (corner Franklin Street).


  • Australians drive on the LEFT-HAND SIDE OF THE ROAD. If you are intending to hire a car please check before you arrive as to whether an International Driver’s Licence is required.
  • Passport photographs: it is always expedient to travel with a couple of ‘just in case’ spares.
  • Travel insurance is highly recommended if doing your own touring, and compulsory if undertaking pre- or post-conference excursions.
  • Emergency PDU2 contact personnel during the conference:
    • Sue Mikkelsen Mobile:  0476 590 555
    • Diego Garcia-Bellido Mobile:  0404 426 249
Cafés, restaurants, wine bars...

The Leigh and Peel streets precinct (off Hindley Street in the CBD) has an eclectic choice of restaurants, wine bars and funky finds. Some of our favourites for wine by the glass, boutique beers, tapas/nibbles and shared plates are:

  • Gondola Gondola, 1 Peel Street; try their take on an espresso martini, and their glazed pork rib rack
  • Maybe Mae, 15 Peel Street; set underground with a kind of New York vibe; settle into a green leather booth and peruse the wine list
  • Clever Little Tailor, 19 Peel Street
  • Peel Street, 19 Peel Street
  • La Rambla Tapas Bar, 28 Peel Street
  • Uderberri, 11 Leigh Street                                             
  • Casablabla, 12 Leigh Street; where else would you find flamenco, jazz, funk, reggae, tribal dance and Sambutuka Samba drumming? Let your hair down!
  • Pink Moon Salon, 21 Leigh Street; contender for Adelaide’s best Ploughman’s platter.

And others, all within a 5 minute walk/stroll from the two conference preferred hotels:

  • Amalfi Pizzeria, 29 Frome Street, telephone: 8223 1948; an Italian institution in Adelaide
  • The Hennessy Rooftop Bar, located in an art deco 1930s building on the corner of King William and Hindley Streets; try the Champagne and cheese platter created by well known South Australian chef Bethany Finn
  • First at Richmond Hotel, 128 Rundle Mall, telephone: 8215 444; bar verandah overlooks Rundle Mall, while inside it features a long Calcutta Marble bar, sparkling wire ball chandeliers and modern art
  • 2K.W., Level 8, 2 King William Street (corner North Terrace); telephone: 8212 5511; great city views and a good bar menu; seating can be at a premium. (Downstairs is Jamie’s Italian, telephone: 7109 5000)
  • The Stag Hotel, corner Rundle Street and East Terrace; iconic (and totally refurbished) with its Champagne Bar or of course the front bar with its fabulous range of South Australian wines and boutique beers/ciders; also a restaurant, well known for steaks.

And the diverse choice in Rundle Street East, from inexpensive to five star, from Chinese, Italian and Thai to Indian, Greek and Spanish – all just a 5 minute stroll from our two preferred hotels.