Frequently Asked Questions

Got questions regarding the ADSA Melbourne Convention this year? No worries – we answer your FAQs below!


What is the weather like for Melbourne during July?

Melbourne weather can be quite unpredictable – as the saying goes, we have ‘all four seasons in a day’. Cool temperatures are felt throughout July in Melbourne, and the windiest time of the year in Melbourne begins in this month as well. The weather is frequently cold and cloudy. The few days of calm sunny weather are accompanied by cold nights with frost or fog. Some rain falls on an average of one day in two; on some of these days there may be only a little drizzle or a light shower. However, heavy rain is rare at this time of the year.

What food will be provided during the Convention?

Lunch will be provided on all full days except Thursday, where it can be purchased from one of the cafeterias at a discounted price at Sovereign Hill. Canapés will be provided on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday nights, whilst pizza is provided on Wednesday night and a banquet style dinner is included on Thursday night. An exciting new addition – breakfast will be served on Saturday morning!

What should I bring with me for Convention?

You will probably need warm clothes and layers for Sovereign Hill and throughout the week. Bring a sturdy umbrella! Appropriate enclosed shoes will be required for some of the workshops, depending on what you sign up for. You may also wish to bring a notepad and a pen to take notes during the lectures. Don’t forget your costumes for the themed nights!

How close is the accommodation to the university?

The Pegasus Apart’Hotel is located in the CBD of Melbourne city. The University of Melbourne Parkville campus is located just north of the city – about a 10 minute drive. Chartered buses will be picking you up each day from the hotel and dropping you off at the university.

How far are the social event venues from the accommodation?

As the Pegasus Apart’Hotel is in the city CBD, all nightclubs and bars are within a short walking distance. The pier for the Boat Cruise is about a 20 minute walk from the hotel. A chartered bus will provide transport to Sovereign Hill, which is located 115km from the city (don’t worry, you won’t need to walk this one!). We have also arranged charted buses from the hotel to the Docklands for our annual Cocktail Ball.

How do I get from the airport to the accommodation?

Unfortunately there is no train service to and from the airport. However, the SkyBus ($19 one way) will take you to Southern Cross Station. From the station, there is a 15 minute walk to the hotel or you can catch a train to Flagstaff station (5 minutes from the hotel). Some cheaper options include taking a taxi or organising a shuttle bus.

What if I miss the chartered bus to or from the university?

If you have missed the chartered bus, you can take the 55 tram. The tram stop in the city is located just around the corner from the resort. The tram will come every 7 minutes. It will take roughly 15 minutes to reach the university. Be sure to purchase a Myki to use the public transport system in Melbourne – and remember to touch on and touch off!

What is the accommodation like?

The accommodation rooms are 2 bedroom apartments and can have 4 or 5 people with a mix of single and double beds. A rollaway bed is set up to accommodate a 5th person. All rooms also offer kitchenettes, flat-screen TVs and free WiFi. The hotel facilities include:

  • Indoor pool and whirlpool tub and an exercise room, plus a business centre.
  • Relaxed restaurant and a contemporary bar
  • Gymnasium
  • Self-serve laundry (fees apply)
  • Free WiFi for all guests throughout the hotel
  • On-site car park ($25/day) and bicycle parking (complimentary)                                                

The iconic Queen Victoria Market is just around the corner from Pegasus; a great place to buy fresh produce to enjoy in your room. The “start line” to your shopping experience is only 600m away; start at Melbourne Central’s Latrobe St entrance and explore Melbourne’s great shopping experience!

Are lectures and workshops compulsory?

The ADSA convention is an opportunity to not only network, but to learn. Lectures and workshops are not compulsory however our academics and guest presenters have donated their time to share their knowledge with you. As future professionals, it is hoped that you will conduct yourself in a manner that is appropriate and respectful, which includes attendance at lectures. Please be mindful of this and plan your nights accordingly to be ready for the bus departures in the morning.

Are we allowed to do other activities whilst we are in Melbourne?

There will be some free time in the schedule that you may choose to fill as you wish.

If we choose not to do certain activities, do we still have to pay for the full package?

A range of packages are available, so purchase the one that suits you best. However you will pay for everything the package includes, even if you choose not to attend.

Can we stay beyond the Convention dates?

Absolutely! If you can’t get enough of Melbourne, feel free to stay a little bit longer! You will however need to arrange your own accommodation as what we provide is only for the Convention dates.

What is the nightlife like?…Is it safe?

Melbourne nightlife is as pumping as anywhere else! The streets are quite safe with many people out in the streets, patrolling police officers and adequate lighting.

When will the registrations for the workshops and lecture streams open up?

Registrations for your choice of workshop and/or lecture streams will be sent to your email in the month of June. So keep an eye out.

I have a question that hasn’t been answered on here. Who do I contact?

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