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Life Support AAS2022, Deakin University 23-26 November

Travel information

Conference location

The conference will be held on the lands of the Wadawurrung people of the Kulin nations, at the Waurn Ponds (Geelong) campus of Deakin University.

There are two conference venues:

Detailed Waun Ponds campus map.

Arriving in Geelong

Arriving by car

Located just an hour’s drive southwest of Melbourne, getting to Geelong is easy thanks to a range of well-maintained and clearly sign-posted roads and highways. Marking the beginning of the Great Ocean Road and the gateway to the Bellarine Peninsula, Geelong is easily accessed from the city.

From Melbourne’s CBD, cross the West Gate Bridge and travel along the West Gate Freeway for about 5 minutes until it merges onto the Princes Highway. Follow the Princes Highway for approximately 60km before exiting left onto Melbourne Road. Follow the road, bearing left at Latrobe Terrace and following the road into the centre of town. For those wishing to continue sightseeing after the conference in Geelong, the Surf Coast Highway and Great Ocean Road to Torquay and beyond both make excellent touring routes.

There are also lots of car parks available around Geelong, we’ve added them to the conference Google Map for your viewing. There is also a parking map on the Central Geelong page, for central Geelong.

Directions below are from Geelong Station, in Geelong West, as it is a central location. It is an easy 16 minute drive from Geelong Station in central Geelong to the university. See the trajectory on Google Maps.

  • Take Brougham St to Latrobe Terrace/Princes Hwy/A10, 3 min (650 m)
  • Head north towards Trainshed Way, 210 m
  • Turn right towards Trainshed Way, 21 m
  • Turn left onto Trainshed Way, 81 m
  • Turn left onto Mercer St, 65 m
  • Turn left onto Brougham St, 270 m
  • Follow Latrobe Terrace/Princes Hwy/A10, W Fyans St/C112 and C136 to Roslyn Rd in Highton, 10 min (6.1 km)
  • Turn left onto Latrobe Terrace/Princes Hwy/A10, 2.0 km
  • Turn right onto W Fyans St/C112, 1.5 km
  • Turn left onto Shannon Ave/C136, 1.3 km
  • At the roundabout, take the 4th exit onto Barrabool Rd/C136, 1.2 km
  • Slight left towards N Valley Rd/C133, 61 m
  • Slight left onto N Valley Rd/C133, 140 m
  • Take Thornhill Rd to Kings Way in Waurn Ponds, 4.0 km
  • At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Roslyn Rd, 500 m
  • Turn left onto Thornhill Rd, 2.0 km
  • Continue onto Pigdons Rd, 800 m
  • Turn right onto Nicol Dr N, 550 m
  • At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Kings Way

If driving to campus, approach via Pigdons Road and enter on Alfred Deakin Drive. At the roundabout turn left at Nicol Drive South. Pass Goodstart Early Learning (on the right) and Deakin Student Residential Services, and Residence Road (also on the right). Turn right into the Car Park 3 (CP3). Free parking will be on your left in the blue “Park and Go” zone. If you have a parking permit, drive straight ahead and park in the right lots.

To find other car park locations at the Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus, go to the campus map. Car parks are marked as 'CP'. More information on parking and how to pay can be found here.

Interactive map: Press the side menu button to access different options on the interactive map.

Arriving by train or bus

Public transport in Victoria advises you must wear a fitted face mask covering your nose and mouth on public transport for your entire journey.

Geelong train station is operated by V/line, it is well connected to a large number of Australian cities, so have a look at their website for the best connection there. You can use Public Transport Victoria to plan your journey either by train or bus and check for any disruption. Geelong is connected to Adelaide, Melbourne, Ballarat, Bendigo, Casterton, Colac, Mount Gambier and Warrnambool among others.

In order to ride the bus and train, you’ll need to buy a myki card, either physical or on your phone. You can do this on the Public Transport Victoria page, as well as see instructions on how to top up your card; either online, on the app, or at a machine.

You can catch the train from Geelong Station to Waurn Ponds Station towards the venue, which takes 14 minutes, then take a bus or a taxi the rest of the way. There are two buses (Bus 41 and 42) from Waurn Ponds station to Deakin University (WP campus). Bus 1 and 42 also leave from Geelong Station and take you to campus - the destination stop is Deakin University/Alfred Deakin Dr. Public transport is quite frequent, it’s worth checking Google maps or the PTV Journey Planner for the current fastest route.

Arriving by ferry

Searoad ferries connects Queenscliff and The Bellarine, where Geelong is located, with the Mornington Peninsula, Eastern suburbs of Melbourne, and Phillip Island. The 40 minute crossing departs every hour, every day between 7am - 6pm (7pm 26 December - 31 January).

Another way to reach The Bellarine and Geelong region, direct from Melbourne CBD, is via a cruise on Port Phillip Ferries.

Have a look at Visit Geelong and The Bellarine pages for more information.

Arriving by plane

Avalon Airport

When booking your plane tickets, we reccommend travelling to Avalon Airport since it is only a 20 minute (19km) drive from Geelong. You can travel to Geelong by car, taxi or bus.

Car Rental companies Budget, Avis, Europcar, SIXT and Hertz operate at Avalon.
Here are the directions from Avalon, see the trajectory on Google maps:

  • Get on M1, 3.6km
  • Head south on Canberra Dr, 120m
  • At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit, 900m
  • Turn left, 140m
  • Turn right, 1.3km
  • Turn left onto Beach Rd, 300m
  • Merge onto M1 via the slip road to Melbourne/Geelong/Great Ocean Rd, 850m
  • Follow M1 to Highton. Take the exit towards Waurn Ponds/A10/Grovedale from M1, 29.5km
  • Merge onto M1, 28.9km
  • Take the exit towards Waurn Ponds/A10/Grovedale, 550m
  • Follow Colac Rd/Princes Hwy/A10 and Pigdons Rd to Alfred Deakin Dr, 1.1km
  • Use the right 2 lanes to turn right onto Colac Rd/Princes Hwy/A10, 600m
  • Use the right 2 lanes to turn right onto Pigdons Rd, 450m
  • Turn left onto Alfred Deakin Dr, 80m

Taxi companies operating out of Avalon Airport include:

The approximate taxi fare to/from Geelong is $54, or $112 from Melbourne.

MyBus airport transfers run between Avalon and Geelong, the Bellarine Peninsula and the Surf Coast. Prices start from $28 per person one way (this includes the $2 Airport Surcharge).

Melbourne Airport

Melbourne Airport is an hour (92km) drive from Geelong, you can travel to Geelong by car, taxi, bus or train.

Car Rental companies Budget, Avis, Europcar, SIXT, Enterprise and Hertz operate at Melbourne. More info here.

Here are the directions from Melbourne Airport, see the trajectory on Google maps:

  • Get on Metropolitan Ring Rd/Western Ring Rd/M80 in Tullamarine from Airport Dr, 5km
  • Head west towards Francis Briggs Rd, 98m
  • Exit the roundabout onto Airport Dr, 4.1km
  • At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit and stay on Airport Dr, 290m
  • At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto the Metropolitan Ring Rd/Western Ring Rd/M80 slip road to Ring Rd/M1/Geelong Fwy, 550m
  • Drive from Princes Fwy/M1 to Highton. Take the exit towards Waurn Ponds/A10/Grovedale from Princes Fwy/M1, 86.3km
  • Merge onto Metropolitan Ring Rd/Western Ring Rd/M80, 17km
  • Use the right 2 lanes to merge onto Princes Fwy/M1 towards Geelong/Avalon Arpt, 68.7km
  • Take the exit towards Waurn Ponds/A10/Grovedale, 550m
  • Follow Colac Rd/Princes Hwy/A10 and Pigdons Rd to Alfred Deakin Dr, 1.1km
  • Use the right 2 lanes to turn right onto Colac Rd/Princes Hwy/A10, 600m
  • Use the right 2 lanes to turn right onto Pigdons Rd, 450m
  • Turn left onto Alfred Deakin Dr, 80m

You can pre-book a taxi to pick you up from the airport. Your taxi will be ready to collect you in the outdoor section of the Terminal Car Park at Terminals 1, 2 and 3.

Skybus provides direct airport bus service to the city and back again. Buses run 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every 10–15 minutes in the day and every 30–60 minutes at night. Buy Skybus tickets at the Airport or online, tickets start from $24. This will take you to Melbourne, where you will need to catch a train to get to Geelong.

V/line trains run between Melbourne and Geelong. Tickets start at $9.60 and include a coach from Geelong station to Deakin University, taking around an hour and a half. There are three or four services every hour to Geelong, making it a very convenient journey.



The official currency in Australia is the Australian Dollar ($, AUD). You can withdraw currency from ATMs using your local bank card or a designated travel card.


Plug Sockets

Remember to pack adaptors, you will need a Australia Standard Power Socket three-prong adapter (if you have US/European three-prong bear in mind it is a different shape) if you have devices that use other plugs.


Unless you are an Australian or New Zealand Citizen or Permanent Resident, or identify as a Torres Strait Island – practically everyone else needs a travel visa to enter Australia. Folks from the USA, UK and several other European countries are eligible for the free Visitor which allows visitors to stay for up to 3 months for each entry in a 12 month period

Emergency number

Dial 000 (triple zero) when you encounter an emergency and are requiring the assistance of the police, fire, or ambulance departments.