The 31st Australian colloid and surface  science student conference


About the Venue

Deakin's Warrnambool Campus is set on the banks of the picturesque Hopkins River, close to local surf beaches and popular tourist attractions. The 94 hectare site is approximately five kilometres from the centre of Warrnambool CBD, serviced by the Princes Highway and by its own railway station and bus services. Warrnambool has a population of 34,000 and is roughly 250 kilometres west of Melbourne.

With surf beaches and the Hopkins river at your doorstep, you have a choice to live off site or on campus. Finding a place to live can be a headache, especially when you're new in town.

Accomodation at the venue is available for the entire duration of the conference, with the option of early-arrival on Sunday evening (make sure to register for Sunday).

Alternatively, living off campus is a great – and affordable – way to get to know the town when you're around for 31ACSSSC.


Deakin University proudly provides a smoke-free environment on all its campuses. Visit deakin.edu.au/health-and-wellbeing for more information.

Getting to Warrnambool

By Car:

Warrnambool Campus is just under three hours from Melbourne by car, if you avoid the scenic route.
From the Melbourne CBD join the Monash Freeway (M1)
Take the exit for B140 Hamilton
Turn left onto Lower Darlington Rd/C164
Turn right onto Princes Hwy/A1
Arrive at your destination

Charter Bus:

A return charter bus service will be offered between the campus and Tullamarine and Avalon airports for the conference. A preliminary schedule is provided below, for interstate and international attendees it would be best to time your arrival into Melbourne to take advantage of this service. If you would like to further discuss the service feel free to contact either Rico Tabor or Jackson Moore.

TO Warranambool Sun 28 Jan Sun 28 Jan Mon 29 Jan TO Airport Thurs 1st Feb
Tullamarine airport 11:30 17:00 08:00 Warranambool 14:30
 Avalon airport 12:30 18:00 09:00 Avalon airport 17:30
 Warranambool 15:30 21:00 12:00 Tullamarine airport 18:30

Public Transport Options:

Plan your journey on the Public Transport Victoria (PTV) website!
By Train:
The closest train station to the Warrnambool campus is Sherwood Park, just over 150 metres from campus. Rail services run from Melbourne, Geelong, Mt Gambier, Portland, Port Fairy, Ballarat and Hamilton daily. These services connect with public transport to other regional and interstate centres.
By Bus:
Coach services run from Melbourne, Geelong, Mt Gambier, Portland, Port Fairy, Ballarat and Hamilton daily. These services connect with public transport to other regional and interstate centres.
From central Warrnambool, you can catch the Route 3 Koroit Street Interchange to Deakin via Gateway Plaza – it takes around 20 minutes.


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