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 www.australasianpalaeontologists.org/pdu2 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.
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:
www.immi.gov.au/visit/pages/visit.aspx or travel visa online: www.border.gov.au
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