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2017 Australasian Botanic Gardens Volunteer Guides Conference - Informed Guiding: Discovering the mystery and magic of our Gardens


A block of modestly-priced rooms has been reserved for visiting guides at heritage-listed University House on the Australian National University campus, 1 Balmain Crescent, Acton ACT 2601. The hotel is within walking distance of the Botanic Gardens, the Shine Dome and also the lively restaurant scene at NewActon, near the lake. These rooms will only be held until six weeks before the Conference.

Prices for conference attendees are as follows:

  • Queen rooms with double occupancy from $184
  • Queen rooms with single occupancy $167
  • Twin rooms with twin occupancy $169
  • Twin rooms with single occupancy $152.

These prices include a full breakfast in the Fellows Café each morning.  Parking is available for houseguests at no charge. Free wifi is available in rooms.  To secure these prices, please mention, when booking, 2017 Australasian Botanic Gardens Volunteer Guides Conference. Bookings can be made by

Other hotels nearby in NewActon

Hotel Hotel, NewActon Nishi, 25 Edinburgh Ave, Canberra ACT 2001. On the shores of Lake Burley Griffin, this is a 5-star, eco-chic hotel. http://www.hotel-hotel.com.au/

In addition Hotel Hotel manages Design Icon apartments in the same complex. There are studio, 1-, 2- and 3- bedroom apartments. At 19 Marcus Clarke St they have split-level 1-bedroom lofts.

Peppers Gallery Hotel, 15 Edinburgh Ave, Canberra ACT 2601. In the NewActon precinct, this is a 5-star chic, art-themed hotel. http://www.peppers.com.au/gallery/

QT Canberra, 1 London Circuit, Canberra ACT 2601. This is a 4-star hotel.  https://www.qthotelsandresorts.com/canberra/

Break Free Capital Tower, 2 Marcus Clarke Street, Canberra , ACT  2601. This has 1-, 2- and 3- bedroom apartments. http://www.breakfree.com.au/capital-tower/

Estimated walking times for a typical guide:


To Shine Dome

To Botanic Gardens

University House

5 minutes

25 minutes

Hotel Hotel

7 minutes

30 minutes

Peppers Gallery

7 minutes

30 minutes

QT Canberra

10 minutes

35 minutes

Break Free Capital Tower

10 minutes

35 minutes

Other hotel and apartment options are available closer to the city along Northbourne Avenue.   If you are seeking camping and four-wheel drive options, the Alivio Tourist Park is a short drive from the gardens. http://aliviogroup.com.au/

Parking in Canberra is now at a premium especially close to the University and is at present costing up to $9.50 for 2-3 hours and $15.70 for a day.  

We advise you to organise your accommodation in plenty of time. September and October are the busiest time of the year in Canberra. The week of the Conference is a parliamentary sitting week, in addition to being a busy time for tourists.






Contact information

University House

Reservations: +61 2 6125 5275/5276

Free Call: 1800 814 864

Fax: +61 2 6125 5252

Email: accommodation.unihouse@anu.edu.au

Postal address: GPO Box 1535,
Canberra, ACT 2601

Website: http://unihouse.anu.edu.au/

See the ANU campus map

(Map coordinates: University House C2, Shine Dome [shown as Australian Academy of Science] D1-E1, ANBG [not shown] C5)



Last updated on 2 June 2017

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