Conference Location

The BPA 2018 conference will be held 6-8th November 2018 at the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) in Adelaide, South Australia. SAHMRI is centrally placed within the heart of Adelaide’s biomedical precinct. It is situated next to the University of Adelaide’s Medical and Health Sciences (AHMS) building, University of SA’s Centre for Cancer Biology building and the Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH). Please see maps below or click here.


Welcome to Adelaide

Adelaide boasts a vibrant pop-up bar scene that fills its laneways. The city is renowned for being home to world-class chefs and a unique dining experience with different boroughs to experience throughout the city’s centre (Gilbert Place, Leigh Street and Peel Street to name a few). All of these venues and more are all highly accessible within the CBD. For a beachside experience, choose our historic Glenelg which only is 12km from the CBD and a 30 minute tram ride. Glenelg’s Moseley square is filled with shopping and dining outlets to compliment your beachside experience. Be sure to take advantage of your visit to the state as an opportunity to taste our locally sourced, internationally sought-after seafood.

If you travel forty minutes from the CBD, you’ll hit one of three major wine regions. In the south, McLaren Vale boasts the quirky boutique winery Alpha Box and Dice, and the visually stunning d’Arenberg Cube. Of particular note in The Adelaide Hills is the world-famous Penfold’s winery. Meanwhile, the Barossa Valley houses over 150 different wineries on its own.

For sporting enthusiasts, visit the recently renovated Adelaide Oval which has been home to many historic cricket matches all the way since Sir Donald Bradman’s time. The sporting ground not only hosts up to 50,000 spectators for our nation’s cricket and AFL matches, but also gives its visitors an opportunity to scale its structure for the ultimate views of Adelaide even at night time.

The Conference will overlap with the OzAsia Festival, featuring special performances, dining experiences and other experiences.

For more things to do visit our local tourism website.


Getting Around Adelaide and to the SAHMRI Auditorium

SAHMRI is located in the Adelaide CBD and is approximately 15 minutes north-east of the Adelaide Airport, accessible by taxi, Uber or shuttle bus (see transport options here).

Adelaide CBD is serviced by trams, buses, taxis and Ubers. Most attractions in the CBD are within walking distance of each other.

You can travel around the Adelaide city centre for free on the tram between the Adelaide Entertainment Centre and South Terrace, or take the 99C bus which is the City clockwise loop and makes stops at Rundle Mall, the South Australian Museum and Adelaide Central Market.

If you are in Adelaide only for the duration of the conference and travelling beyond the CBD, an Adelaide Metro Visitor Pass may be ideal. The pass includes unlimited travel for three consecutive days as well as a visitor pack with maps and travel guides. If you’re staying longer, the Visitor Pass can be recharged with normal Metrocard fares to help you get to where you want to go. For more information, visit the Adelaide Metro website.

The free City Connector Bus is a convenient link between the major facilities within North Adelaide and Adelaide city centre including universities, community services and shopping precincts. The bus service operates seven days a week (except public holidays).

There are a number of supervised taxi ranks that provide a safe place to wait for a taxi in the evenings. On Friday and Saturday nights between 11pm and 4:30am these ranks are staffed with a concierge and a security officer. They are located at:

  • North Terrace, entrance to the Adelaide Casino
  • Corner of Hindley Street and Morphett Street
  • Pulteney Street, near entrance to Rundle Mall
  • King William Street near entrance to Rundle Mall
  • Colley Terrace, Glenelg (near Moseley Square)


Conference Accommodation

Here is a list of hotels in the area.

Accommodation/Star rating Price guide Distance to SAHMRI venue
Hilton Adelaide / *****
$193 10 minute free tram ride
Stamford Plaza Adelaide / ***** $301 5 minute walk
Oaks Embassy / **** $165 5 minute walk
Oaks Horizons / ****
$139 5 minute walk
Oaks iStay Precinct / **** $139 10 minute walk
The Hotel Metropolitan / *** $75 5 minute walk
Blue Galah Backpackers Hostel / *** $80 5 minute walk

We have secured a 12% discount off the Oaks Horizons best available online rate and 15% off the Oaks iStay Precinct best available online rate for conference attendees, subject to availability.


BPA Conference Social Events

This year there will be two social events in Adelaide associated with the conference. There is no additional cost to attend these events for registered attendees.

A pre-conference welcome mixer is planned for Tuesday the 6th of November from 5:30 to 8:40pm in the SAHMRI Auditorium. The evening will be a South Australian food and wine showcase, giving the opportunity for attendees to sample highly acclaimed local wine, beer and cider sourced from the Adelaide Hills, McLaren Vale and Barossa Valley. Meanwhile, local group Little Adelaide Catering Co. will serve a selection of South Australian delights, including internationally renowned seafood.

The main social event will be held in the John Halbert Room of the Adelaide Oval on Wednesday the 7th of November from 6-11pm. Local band The Blend will provide entertainment while you take in the views of the oval and riverbank, and indulge further in canapés and drinks.

Parking near SAHMRI

On-street parking is subject to availability and there are limited spaces for time limits between 1-2 hours near the SAHMRI building on North terrace and adjacent Hindley street.

Paid, under cover parking is available at:

  • Secure Parking 124/126 Hindley St
  • Wilson Parking 189-207 Hindley St
  • Adelaide Convention Centre North Terrace Car Park
  • The Royal Adelaide Hospital



Please click here for maps of the CBD and local area around SAHMRI including roadside parking restrictions.


Extending your visit to South Australia

If you have time to travel beyond Adelaide, there’s a lot to do in South Australia. For example, the Eyre Peninsula is one of the only places in the world where you can cage dive with Great White Sharks or Sea Lions.  Alternatively, you can visit Kangaroo Island and get in touch with nature. Further north, the opal capital Coober Pedy is almost certainly unlike anywhere else you’ve ever been, with most residents living underground.

See even more ideas at SouthAustralia.com.