Venue & Social Events


The venue for this year is the Hotel Realm, situated in the central, leafy suburb of Barton.

Welcome Reception

Ostani Bar, Hotel Realm
 6:00pm – 7:30pm, Monday May 1

Included in full conference registrations.

Conference Dinner

Hotel Realm
6:30pm for 7pm start, Tuesday May 2

Included in full conference registrations.

Optional Field Trip 

Wednesday May 3, $65
First tour 5:20pm – 8:10pm (including bus travel), second tour 6:50pm – 9:40pm (including bus travel)

When registering, please nominate which tour you would be prefer to join, spaces are limited.

An evening field trip to the Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary, hosted by the Woodlands & Wetlands Trust and the ACT Government

The field trip will be a 90 minute guided walking tour of the predator-free Sanctuary, spotlighting for Eastern Bettongs, Eastern Quolls and Bush Stone-curlews, with a discussion on pest animal management within the Sanctuary.

The Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary is on the north eastern border of the ACT.  This Sanctuary and the adjacent Goorooyarroo Nature Reserve protect the largest and most intact contiguous area of Yellow Box – Red Gum Grassy Woodland in public ownership across the original range of this endangered ecological community.

Since 2005, a major research collaboration between the ACT Government, Australian National University, James Cook University and CSIRO, The Mulligans Flat – Goorooyarroo Woodland Experiment, has been undertaken in the reserves, with the aim of understanding and restoring the structure and function of temperate woodlands to increase biodiversity.

As part of the restoration experiment, an 11.5 km rabbit, cat and fox proof fence surrounds the Sanctuary and all cats, foxes and hares have been removed.  The exclusion fence was constructed with the expectation of reintroducing fauna that have become locally extinct.  In 2012, Eastern Bettongs were reintroduced into the Sanctuary.  This marked the first time in a century that this species was living in the wild on mainland Australia.  Since then, the Bush Stone-curlew and Eastern Quoll have also been re-introduced.

Bus transport will be provided to the Sanctuary from the conference venue and return.

Two field trip sessions will be provided on the one evening, with a maximum of 30 people at each session, ie 60 people only in total.  First in; best dressed!