ANPSA – Albany 2019 – Overview

 

Why come to Albany, Western Australia?

·        Biodiversity – extraordinary range on impoverished soils

·        Fascinating vegetation communities

·        High proportion of endemic plants

·        Knowledgeable tour and trip guides

·        Stimulating program of speakers

·        Study Group gatherings

 

When

·        Sunday 29 September to Friday 4 October 2019

·        Tours the week before and week after

 

Getting to Albany

Fly to Perth

·        Albany is 420km south east of Perth by road

·        Take a one-way pre-conference tour from Perth to Albany

·        Return with a one-way post-conference tour from Albany back to Perth

·        Regional flight with Rex Airlines between Perth and Albany

·        Transwa Government bus, 3 routes – comfortable and cost effective

Driving from the East

·        Turn south at Norseman on Hwy 1, via Esperance – 650km

·        Continue west from Norseman, good gravel road through the Great Western Woodland to Hyden, then sealed – 680km

 

Tours

·        Three pre-conference tours one-way from Perth and finishing in Albany, and

·        Three post-conference tours one-way from Albany and finishing in Perth:

  1. East – Sorry, but the Eastern tour will not take place due to lack of accommodation.
  2. North – Perth to Mt Lesueur, then Wongan Hills and an inland route to Albany (and reverse post-conference) – 6 nights
  3. South-western – Perth, the Swan Coastal Plain to Busselton, and through the forests to Albany via Pemberton (and reverse post-conference) – 5 nights
  4. South-eastern – Perth through Dryandra and Kojonup to Albany (and reverse post-conference) – 1 night

·        One tour beginning in Albany and finishing in Albany, both pre and post conference

  1. Albany to Ravensthorpe, Esperance (including Fitzgerald River NP) and return to Albany

 

Tour details (subject to change): Download handout here.

Half-day pre-conference tour:

Two half day tours will be offered for Sunday 29 Sept 2019.   One of these tours is envisaged to be a bus/coach hop-on hop-off tour around Albany to see the natural highlights and the other one is a 2 coach tour to Torndirrup National Park and the Whaling Centre, with a maximum of 50 people in each of the 2 coaches.  ALL REGISTRATIONS MUST OCCUR ON SATURDAY OR SUNDAY AS TOURS COMMENCE ON MONDAY MORNING.

 

Draft Programme (subject to change)

·        Sat 28/9 – Albany Wildflower Show last day (early registration available)

·        Sun 29/9 – Short local tours, Registration, AGM, Welcome Reception

·        Mon 30/9 – Day excursion (see below)

·        Tues 1/10 – Talks and AJ Swaby lecture

·        Weds 2/10 – Day excursion (see below)

·        Thurs 3/10 – Talks and Conference Dinner

·        Fri 4/10 – Conference talks and Farewell

During the Conference, two days will be allocated to full day excursions. We will be running 3 destinations both days with a maximum of 100 guests to each destination.  Conference attendees will be able to go on only two of the tours.

Download details of in-conference tours here.

 

Accommodation

·        Albany a popular holiday city.

·        Full range of accommodation options close to conference venue.

·        Early booking of accommodation is advised. Conference week is the first week of WA school holidays.

·        Conference rates at selected places.

·        Recommend Albany Visitor Centre for bookings.

 

Other Albany Attractions

● National Anzac Centre

● Art and woodcraft galleries

● Albany Farmers Market – Saturday morning

● Historic Whaling Station and Regional Wildflower Garden

● Scenic coast, heathlands, forests and mountains

● Limeburners Distillery, prize winning whisky

● Wineries and craft breweries

● Historical buildings