General Information


The Annual Scientific Meeting of the Astronomical Society of Australia (ASA) for 2019 will be held at the beautiful University of Queensland St Lucia Campus, Brisbane, QLD, Australia. The campus is located approximately 5 km south of the CBD and is easily accessible by train, bus or even ferry!

Information on good places to stay and how to get to the venue can be found under "Accommodation" and "Getting around Brisbane". Transport from the airport to the city is also very easy, with some options listed under "Flight Information".

The conference will be held in the Parnell building. This is in the main quad.

Information for Presenters/Chairs

We have included some information for attendees giving talks, posters or chairing sessions as downloadable PDFs at the following links:


Attendees at other conferences recently have reported it is becoming common for scammers to phone up offering to book accommodation to try and steal credit card information. Please be on the look out for this. The organisers for ASA 2019 will NOT phone you up offering to book accommodation.

Here we list some potential accommodation options:
Hotel Name Address Travel Time to UQ (one way) Booking Information
Mantra Southbank Brisbane 161 Grey Street,
South Bank, QLD 4101.
Phone (AU): 13 15 17
Ph (Int): +61 7 5665 4450
25 minute ferry trip.

To book visit:

Once booking is confirmed, it can be accessed via My Bookings on the same website by logging in using the Reservation number on your confirmation and the Surname on the booking.

Inn on the Park Serviced Apartments, Toowong 63 Jephson Street
(Cnd Sherwood Road)
Toowong, QLD 4066.
Phone: +61 7 3736 4400
7 minute bus trip.
10 minute ferry trip (from Milton Station).

Call to book direct for UQ rates

Room Types. Listed price is UQ rate per night:
  1. 1 bedroom apartment ($150)
  2. 2 bedroom apartment with 2 queen or with 1 queen and 2 single beds. Can accommodate 2 or 3 people respectively. ($198)
  3. 2 bedroom plus study apartment. Can accommodate 8 people. ($240).
Oaks Charlotte Towers 128 Charlotte Street,
Brisbane, QLD 4000.
Phone: 1300 663 477
15 minute bus trip.
20 minute ferry trip (from North Quay).
Book online here
Oaks Festival Towers 108 Albert Street,
Brisbane, QLD 4000.
Phone:1300 664 427
15 minute bus trip.
20 minute ferry trip (from North Quay).
Book online here
The Women's College
(limited rooms available)
University of Queensland,
College Rd, St Lucia,
QLD 4067.
Phone:+61 7 3377 4500
On Campus To book call the College directly. More information on the website
St Leos College
(limited rooms available)
University of Queensland,
College Rd, St Lucia,
QLD 4067.
Phone:+61 7 3878 0600
On Campus To book call the College directly. More information on the website

Outside of the above options you could try searching for your own hotels or using AirBnB. There are many convenient options near the University, or just across the river. Good suburbs include:

  • West End (only 3 minute ferry ride from UQ)
  • St. Lucia
  • Highgate Hill
  • South Brisbane
  • Toowong

Getting around Brisbane

Public transport in Brisbane mainly operates using cash or goCards. These cards offer discounted travel rates compared to paper tickets and can be purchased at Queensland rail stations (including the airport station) or at 7-Eleven and NightOwl convenience stores throughout the city. A $AUD10 refundable deposit is required for the card itself, and then you simply top it up with however much you need.

The nicest way to get to UQ from the CBD, South Bank, West End, or Milton, is by CityCat on the river. To pay for your ferry ticket you can use your goCard or buy a paper ticket. Paper tickets need cash and payment is taken on the ferry. No debit/credit cards accepted.

Brisbane also has an extensive public transport network of buses and trains. The Loop is a free bus service that runs through Brisbane's Central Business District. It has numerous major stops including Central Station, Queen Street Mall, Botanic Gardens, Riverside Centre, QUT and King George Square. For all other paying bus services you will again need a goCard or cash, with the former strongly preferable. Children under five years travel free and those aged five to fifteen years travel for half price. You can pick up bus timetables from Council Customer Service Centres, Queen Street Bus Station Information Centre, Garden City Bus Interchange, newsagents, and libraries.

TransLink coordinates the bus, train and ferry services throughout south-east Queensland. For more information about fares, timetables, tickets and services please visit the Queensland transport website.

Finally, as with most universities, parking at St Lucia campus is extremely limited. It will fill up by 7:30am in the mornings even outside of semesters. We do not recommend you drive; public transport is the way to go!

Flight Information

Brisbane Airport is the primary international airport serving Brisbane and South East Queensland. It is the third busiest Australian airport. The airport services 26 airlines flying to 42 domestic and 28 international destinations. The airport has numerous facilities including ATMs and currency exchange, baggage wrapping, toilets and showers, parents rooms, mobile charging stations, etc.

You can travel to Brisbane City and the University of Queensland via the following methods:

  • Taxi - approximately $AUD55 to $AUD75 one way.
  • Con-x-ion Airport - Transfers meet every flight arriving into Brisbane Airport seven days a week, offering one way or return "door to door" coach services from the Airport to/from Brisbane city, the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast. Passengers can book transfers at the Con-x-ion customer service counter in the International Terminal, kerbside booth at the Domestic Terminal or online.
  • Car Rental - All major car rental companies have desks at Brisbane Airport including Avis, Budget, Hertz, Thrifty and Europcar. However, as stated above, driving and parking around St. Lucia campus is extremely difficult and we strongly recommend you use one of the many public transport options instead!
  • Uber - Costs approximately $AUD35 - $AUD50
  • Train - Airtrain offers convenient services between the Airport, Brisbane City and the Gold Coast, as well as transfers between the Domestic and International Terminals. Airtrain operates every day between 5.45am and 10pm, departing every 15 minutes during peak hours. A single trip from the Airport to the City costs around $AUD18. For the full Airtrain schedule and fare details please see


Childcare will be available for infants and children under 5. If you require childcare please contact Kylie Williams (