Conference Location

The BPA2017 conference will be held on the 30th and 31st October at the Novotel Wollongong Northbeach Hotel located at 2-14 Cliff Rd, North Wollongong, New South Wales. Please see maps below or click here. The hotel entrances are located on Bourke Street and Cliff Road.


Conference Registration

Early bird registration is now open. Please click here to register.


Getting Around Wollongong / to the Venue

Wollongong is approximately 1.5 hours south of Sydney, connected by the City Rail network and by the F6 freeway (now known as the M1), which joins with the Princes Highway at Sutherland in Sydney’s southern suburbs. Wollongong is best serviced from Sydney airport. (Also keep an eye on regional airline, JetGo, who have announced flights directly from Melbourne and Brisbane to Albion Park Rail (20 minutes from Wollongong CBD) that may happen in time for the conference). For those flying interstate or internationally, your options for connecting to Wollongong from Sydney airport, are via the rail system, a shuttle bus service, private transfer or to drive (hire car).

  • Train: Go to Sydney Airport Domestic or Sydney Airport International Train Station, Platform 2. Catch the AirportLinktrain to Wolli Creek (approx. 10 mins). At Wolli Creek, change to Platform 4 for your train to Wollongong (the South Coast Line) and take the train to North Wollongong Station (approx. 1.5 hrs). The Novotel is a 15-minute walk east from North Wollongong Train Station (see mapAlso see Getting Around Wollongong info below).
  • Shuttle bus: Leisure Coast Limousine Service and Airport Connections and Creasy Bear Tours provide transfer services. Travel time is approx. 1.5hrs from Sydney Airport.
  • Rental car: Sydney Airport rental car information can be viewed here. Travel time is approx. 1.1hrs from Sydney Airport (also see Welcome to Wollongong info below)

Visit Destination Wollongong for more information about Getting to Wollongong


Getting around Wollongong with free Shuttle Buses

Getting around Wollongong is easy with free shuttle buses connecting the University of Wollongong main campus (including the Illawarra Health and Medical Research Institute (IHMRI)), UOW Innovation Campus, Wollongong City, the beaches and neighbouring suburbs. There are three different free shuttle bus options. In particular, the Gong Shuttle travels in clockwise and anticlockwise loops around UOW, the city and beaches. It stops at the Novotel Northbeach (Stop #8) and can also be used as a shuttle from North Wollongong train station to the Novotel on weekends. The Gong Shuttle generally arrives every 10-20 minutes during service times Mon-Fri 7am-10pm and 8am-6pm on weekends.



Wollongong also has a taxi service. Click here or call 4254 2111


Conference Accommodation

Here is a list of hotels in the area.

Accommodation Relative Price guide Distance to venue
Novotel Wollongong Northbeach $$$$ 1 minute walk
Beach Park Motel $$ 5 minute walk
Boat Harbour Motel $$ 5-10 minute walk
Belmore All-Suite Hotel $$ 15 minute walk
Adina Apartment Hotel $$$ 15 minute walk
Flinders Budget Motel $$ 15 minute walk
Quest Wollongong $$$ 15 minute walk
Best Western City Sands $$$ 20 minute walk
Sage Hotel $$$ 20-25 minute walk


Conference Social Event

Wollongong is proud to host two social events during BPA2017. A pre-conference event is planned for Sunday 29th October, while the main social event will be held on Monday 30th October. More info coming soon.


Welcome to Wollongong!

The Novotel is located opposite to the beautiful Northbeach in Wollongong, which is the site for the historic Bathers Pavilion, restaurants and host to a number of fun activities (including surf lessons and beach volleyball). Several metres north of the Novotel are the stunning Northbeach Lagoon and Stuart Park – home to the local Sky Diving drop zone! Northbeach is a hub for cafes, restaurants and bars, which continue along the spectacular ‘blue mile’ walk along Cliff Road, from Northbeach to Wollongong Harbour and the Lighthouses. The free Gong Shuttle bus stops out the front of the Novotel – catch it to explore Wollongong City or the University precincts, or drop by the Wollongong Botanical gardens that are located opposite UOW Keiraville campus (see map below and Free Shuttle info above).

If you are hiring a car, we suggest taking the scenic route from Sydney by exiting the highway at Helensburgh onto Grand Pacific Drive to experience the world famous Sea Cliff Bridge, a cantilever bridge winding along the cliffs of Northern Illawarra. While you are here, be sure to check out Mount Kiera Lookout located on top of the Illawarra Escarpment above UOW for a breathtaking view of the Illawarra, or add an extra day to your trip and take time out to explore the nearby Shoalhaven and Historic Berry, with local wineries, art galleries, boutique stores, cafes and restaurants.



Subject to availability, free on-street parking is located along Cliff Drive within Stuart Park (north of the Novotel), accessible via George Hanley Drive (see map below). The Novotel offers underground parking for a fee. Alternatively, locate parking anywhere along the free shuttle route, then catch the bus to the conference.



Please click here for maps of the General surrounds and Local area of the venue.