About Darwin

 

Darwin is a modern capital city highly valued by its diverse and highly multicultural population, with a strong position in business and industry.

Darwin is treasured country to its traditional owners, the Larrakia people, who are prominent and active members of the local community.

Darwin has evolved from its days as a laid back frontier town and while it still retains its relaxed charm, it has become a sophisticated city. Many visitors are surprised to find that it has accommodation, eateries, clubs, pubs, museums and other amenities that are equal to what you’ll find in the southern cities.

Our city is both modern and multicultural, boasting a population made up of people from more than 60 nationalities and 70 different ethnic backgrounds. The city is characterised by its many exciting cultural festivals and weekly food and craft markets.

For more information as well as attraction and activities guides; tour information; and ideas for dining and entertainment, see the Tourism Top End website at this address: https://www.tourismtopend.com.au/AMOS-2019.

For information about getting around Darwin, see the City of Darwin guide or the Northern Territory public transport website.

Australian Visa Requirements

Under Australia’s universal visa system, all visitors to Australia must have a valid visa to travel to and enter Australia (other than New Zealand passport holders who will normally be granted a Special Category visa on arrival, provided they meet health and character requirements; and permanent residents of Norfolk Island who may be granted a Permanent Resident of Norfolk Island visa on arrival).   It is important to apply for a Visa as soon as possible as it can take some time to process.

For more information on Australian visa requirements, visit https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/getting-a-visa/visa-finder

Banks

Normal banking hours are Monday to Thursday 9.30am – 4.00pm and Fridays 9.30am – 5.00pm, excluding public holidays. 24 Hour Automatic Teller Machines (ATMs) can be found throughout the City and Shopping Centres. There are four major banks in Australia which offer a full range of banking services including currency conversions and sales of travellers cheques including Commonwealth Bank, Westpac Bank, ANZ Bank and the National Australia Bank.

Lunch

AMOS-ICTMO 2019 registration DOES NOT INCLUDE LUNCH except for special workshops or activities that require registration.  This encourages delegates to take a break and explore Darwin and the Waterfront Precinct.  There is a variety of lunch options at a number of food outlets located near the Darwin Convention Centre.  

Childcare

Since 2014, AMOS has been providing childcare at the Annual Conference. AMOS will be providing a childcare service at AMOS-ICTMO 2019. We plan to run the service 11-14 June with morning/afternoon sessions. Limited places will be available. There will be a $20 fee for each session or $30 per day. The service will be provided by a professional child care service and will be situated at the conference venue or in a nearby hotel within easy distance. If you are interested in using the childcare service, please contact amos2019@amos.org.au for more information.

Currency

Decimal currency is used in Australia – units are dollars and cents. All major credit cards are widely accepted in Australia. Visit www.xe.com for current exchange rates.  You will need cash to pay for food and drinks from food vans at Mindel Markets or the food stall at Deckchair Cinema.

Electricity and Plug Outlets

220-240V is standard in Australia. Electricity sockets take two or three flat, not rounded, prongs. North Americans and Europeans will need to buy a converter before they leave home.

Mobile Phones

Australia operates on a digital network, therefore analogue mobile or cell phones cannot be used.

Temporary sim cards can be purchased from convenience stores, department stores or phone outlets.

Travel and Health Insurance

We strongly recommend that you take out insurance policies to cover medical and travel expenses. If necessary, consult your travel agent.

Safety and Security

Darwin enjoys a reputation as a safe tourist destination. Nevertheless, you should exercise basic safety precautions such as walking in well-lit areas and staying in a group at night, always locking your car and hotel room, and not leaving valuable items unattended in public areas. The phone number for the emergency services in Australia is 000.

Things you cannot bring into Australia

Australia has very strict importation laws and like most countries we place great emphasis on protecting our native fauna and flora from infectious diseases and other hazardous substances. The Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS) provides quarantine inspection services for the arrival of international passengers, cargo, mail, animals, plants or their products exported from Australia. For more information regarding specifically what you are able to bring into Australia visit the Australian Government Biosecurity website.

Tipping

Tipping is not the general custom in Australia and service charges are not added to accounts by hotels and restaurants. However, you may tip hotel porters and food and drink waiters in restaurants (up to 10% of the bill) for special service. At any time, tipping is at your discretion.

Wheelchair access or other mobility disability access during the Conference

When you register, please notify the Conference Secretariat of any mobility disabilities you have so that any venue access challenges can be addressed.