Hotel and Travel

Energy Change Institute, Australian National University
Energy Change Institute, Australian National University
Manning Clark Centre, GH32 , Canberra, Australia

Canberra has a range of accommodation options within 15-40 minutes walking time to the onsite conference venue, the Manning Clark Centre at The Australian National University.  OSA has arranged special room rates with local properties for Congress attendees and exhibitors.  Hotels have availability as long as room categories are available. You may be able to get better rates by shopping around the area.  Hotels with guaranteed rates are subject to availability.

ANU Campus Hotels

University House
Starting at $152AUD/night

Student Residences
Starting at $70 -$110AUD/night

Liversidge Court - ANU Apartments

Off Campus Hotels

Peppers Gallery Hotel, Canberra (formerly DIAMANT Hotel)
Starting at $300AUD/night for event dates
Starting at $190AUD/night for shoulder nights

Hotel Hotel

QT Canberra

Novotel Hotels Canberra
From $220AUD/night, room only
$20AUD Breakfast


Each of the contracted hotels offer special discounts or included features with their rate!  For details on each hotel, click here!

ANU Campus Hotels

Please indicate in the notes that you are attending the OSA Light, Energy and the Environment Congress.
Reservations direct line: 02 6125 5275 / 6125 5276
Discount Code Reference: “The Optical Society” (place in comment field)
Reservation Deadline: Reservations based on property's availability

Student Residences
Halls of Residence, Daley Road
Acton ACT 2601
ANU owned and operated residences. To book a room fill in the booking form and email it to the above email address. 
Discount Code Reference: "OSA Light, Energy and the Enviroment Congress"
Reservation Deadline: Reservations based on property's availability

Liversidge Court
To book a reservation you are required to submit a completed Credit Authorization Form  
Book Reservations Online
Reservation Deadline: Reservations based on property's availability

Off Campus Hotels

Peppers Gallery Hotel, Canberra (formerly DIAMANT Hotel)
For Reservations call:  +02 6175 2222 or Email: 
Discount Code Reference: OSA14
Hotel Reservation Deadline: Reservations based on the property's availability

Hotel Hotel
For Reservations call: +61020628706287 or Email:
Discount Code Reference: OSA2014, Light, Energy and the Environment
Hotel Reservation Deadline: Reservations based on the property's availability

QT Canberra
For Reservations call:  +61 2 6247 6244 or Email:
Discount Code Reference: X-0112OSA
Hotel Reservation Deadline: Reservations based on the property's availability

Novotel Hotels Canberra
For Reservations call: +61 2 6245 5000 or Email:
Discount Code Reference: OLEE021214
Reservations can be made for travel dates between Tuesday, 2 December - Friday 5, December 2014


Visa Information

Picture of PassportsUnless you are an Australian or New Zealand citizen, you will need a visa to enter Australia. New Zealand passport holders can apply for a visa upon arrival in the country. All other passport holders must apply for a visa before leaving home.  Please visit Australian Immigration website for more information.

Electronic Travel Authority
The Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) allows people to visit Australia for short term tourism or business purposes of up to three months. An ETA is available to passport holders from more than 30 countries, regions and locations. Check the Australian Government Department of Immigration and Citizenship website for eligibility requirements.
Eligibility for an eVisitor visa and ETA will be determined by the country of passport that the applicant holds. Further information on the eVisitor visa, including how to apply online, can be found on the website at:  Further information on the ETA can be found on the website at:

Letters of Invitation

Visa Assistance - Letter of Invitation Request

Individuals requiring letters of invitation to obtain travel visas must apply using the online form

If you have any questions about the visa invitation letter application process, please contact:

  • Email:
  • Fax: +1 202.416.6100
  • Mail: OSA Management – Invitation Letter
    Optical Society of America
    2010 Massachusetts Ave., NW
    Washington, DC 20036
Please fill out all the required information on the form completely to the best of your ability. If you are presenting a paper, include the title and session in which the paper will be presented, or if you are exhibiting, please indicate so in your request. Please note that each individual requesting an invitation letter must fill out a separate form. All letters will be sent in PDF form to the email address provided. If a paper letter is required, please respond to the email. Requested paper letters will be sent complimentary through airmail. This option may take a few weeks to arrive. If you wish to expedite the process, letter will be spent through Federal Express with the recipient’s Federal Express account number or credit card number with an expiration date, please also include your billing address in the request email. OSA Management reserves the right to request further information regarding the company or affiliation of the attendee to ensure the validity of requests.

Getting to Australia

Canberra International Airport (CBR) serves Australia's capital city, Canberra, and the city of Queanbeyan, NSW with air travel to Canberra with daily domestic flights from interstate airports such as Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth or Brisbane.  Major airlines fly daily and you can book flights with domestic and international carriers Qantas and Virgin Australia.

Airline Discounts

American Airlines LogoAmerican Airlines 

The Optical Society has arranged discounted air travel with American Airlines. You may visit the American Airlines website at to search for available flights to. Use the authorization code A14N4BP to receive your discount. You may also call the American Airlines Meeting Services Desk directly at +1.800.433.1790 for assistance with reservations and ticket purchases.

QANTAS Airways
Conference fares offer a discount of 8% on Economy Cabin sale fares in market at the time of booking and further discounts are available on other cabins and booking classes. All fares are subject to availability and dates of travel.  Delegates can fill in a conference booking form and email this to Qantas Conference Bookings (North America) for a quote before confirming travel.  You can also call 1.800.227.4500 (US) or look here for specific country telephone numbers to book your Qantas flight.

Qantas can get you to Canberra from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth and Darwin. Qantas and its kangaroo symbol are synonymous with all things Australian. 

VA LogoVirgin Australia Airlines
Virgin Australia strives to reduce the cost and confusion of air travel. They aim to make flying a relaxing and enjoyable experience. Their commitment is to bring long term sustainable low fares to cost conscious travellers around Australia.  Visit there website here.

Traveling Between Sydney and Canberra

Arriving by plane -  it is preferable to arrive in Sydney airport in the early morning or mid-afternoon. This will give you sufficient time to travel to Canberra after your arrival in Sydney.

Most international airlines do not fly into Canberra airport. International delegates arriving at Sydney airport will need to make further arrangements to travel to Canberra.

It is recommended that delegates take the bus from Sydney to Canberra. The bus is inexpensive (roughly $25), and the Canberra bus terminal (Jolimont Centre) is extremely close to ANU. Delegates will be able to enjoy the 5-10min walk or catch a shuttle bus to the ANU Campus.
The bus services available are: Murrays or Greyhound

  • The bus terminals for Murrays and Greyhound are a short stroll from the Sydney airport international arrival gate (near the pick-up zone).

  • It is recommended that delegates using bus services should book tickets early as they are commonly sold out.

  • If delegates choose to use the bus to commute back to Sydney for their departure flight, a return bus ticket can be purchased.

Murrays Logo

Take the scenic route from Sydney to Canberra with Murrays Motorcoach.  Murrays makes your travel to and from Sydney and Canberra a breeze.  There are hourly departures between 04:00 - 19:00 between Syndey's International Airport to Canberra's Jolimont Centre.  Check here for timetables.  Tickets must be booked on website.

   Greyhound offers services from the Sydney International Airport to the Canberra Jolimont Centre.  Check here for timetables.  We advise that you purchase your tickets in advance prior to arriving onsite. 

Arriving via Plane in Canberra:

For delegates considering taking a domestic flight from Sydney to Canberra, the available airlines are Virgin Blue, Jet Star and Qantas. There is a taxi stand outside the arrivals gate.

Note: If you are an international delegate arriving at the international arrivals gate in Sydney, you will need to catch an airport shuttle bus to the domestic terminal where you can catch your flight to Canberra. A fee is required to catch the airport shuttle bus.


Taxi services to Canberra airport

Taxi services are available to and from the airport and city and an approximate fare for the airport to the city is in the order of $30 (fare is an estimate only based on fare calculator).


There is an Airliner shuttle buses from the airport, for your convenience. Or else you can catch a taxi to your accommodation. The Canberra Airport is only about 15 minutes from the ANU.Getting to the Australian National University (ANU)

Arriving by train or bus
If you do not wish to catch a taxi from the station to the ANU (about a ten minute trip), you can catch bus Route 39 or bus Route 80 (they run at least every half hour between 07:30 and 22:30) to the city centre. Bus fares within Canberra are all $3.00 regardless of destination. Ask the driver for a transfer ticket - this will allow you to transfer at the City Interchange (Bay 5) to a Route 34 bus (running every half-hour) which will take you past the Research School of Humanities, Liversidge Apartments, University House and Burgmann College at the ANU.

Canberra Cabs is the main taxi company serving the Canberra area. Bookings for Canberra Cabs may be made by calling 13 2227 or 6215 8500.

About Canberra

Canberra Picture Montage
Canberra is a safe, clean city with friendly people. The stunning south coast beaches and the Snowy Mountain ski slopes are only a two hour drive away and if the big city lights are an attraction, then flights to Sydney take about 40 minutes. ANU students also have great access to public institutions such as the National Library, the National Gallery of Australia and the National Parliament. A wide range of student accommodation is available on, or close to, the campus and within walking distance to public transport and city centre.

About The Energy Change Institute and The Australian National University

The ECI aims to provide authoritative leadership in Energy Change research and education through a broad portfolio ranging from science and engineering of energy generation and energy efficiency, to energy regulations, economics, sociology and policy.

The Australian National University campus is set in extensive parkland (Parks and Wildlife) and hosts a number of Australian and exotic trees, attractive gardens, open space and soft green lawns. Visitors and Students alike can enjoy all the conveniences that come from being within close proximity to the city centre - just a few minutes' walk away.

Enjoy Your Time in Canberra!

Have a Little Pre-Conference Fun with Hire-A-Guide

Take advantage of the half day Capitol and Country Tour of Canberra and surrounds.  

Pick up and drop off is conveniently located at the Manning Clarke Center. 

Half Day Tour: $69AUD

The half day tour offers different and unique highlights of Canberra with sweeping views of the city, a visit to the War Memorial, the Anzac Parade and a tour of the Parliamentary House.

This specially designed tour for conference attendees, friends and family is scheduled for Monday 1 December.

Please book by emailing, mention you are with the OSA Light, Energy and the Environment Congress and ask for Kerstin.

You can also contact Hire-A-Guide for other options or requests.

*Tours operate for a minimum of 20 people and a maximum of 90 (spilt into 2 groups with itineraries to avoid crowding)


Disclaimer: The Optical Society provides this list of independent suppliers only as a resource to Congress attendees. This list is not intended to be exhaustive, and the inclusion of an independent supplier’s information does not constitute The Optical Society’s approval, endorsement or guarantee of that supplier. Congress attendees’ purchase of goods or services from any of these independent suppliers are subject to the terms and conditions of such suppliers. 

Other Things to Do:

National Attractions:

  1.        Australian War Memorial
  2.        National Gallery of Australia
  3.        National Museum of Australia
  4.        National Portrait Gallery
  5.        Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House
  6.        National Film and Sound Archive
  7.        National Arboretum Canberra
  8.        Questacon
  9.        Parliament House
  10.    National Zoo and Aquarium
  11.    Australian Institute of Sport
  12.    Australian National Botanical Gardens

City Attractions

  1.        Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex
  2.        CSIRO Discovery Centre
  3.        Cockington Green Gardens
  4.        Old Bus Depot Markets
  5.        Stromlo Forest Park
  6.        Canberra Glassworks
  7.        Namadgi National Park


There are 33 wineries within 35 minutes of Canberra and most have cellar doors.  These can be accessed via car or on a tour.  If you are after something with a little more diversity than solely wine then have a look at the poacher’s way, an initiative that focuses on food, wine and art in the region.  It lists a number of places were delegates will be able to sample some of the best on offer.
Poachers Way:
Wine Tours: Some organizations that organize tours below:
Hire a Guide
Contact: Kerstin Wallace
Phone: 02 6288 7894
Canberra Region Premium Tours
Phone: 0414 797 953
Canberra Day Tours
Contact: John
Phone: 0418 455 099