Venue and Travel

The Third Australasian Conference on Computational Mechanics

Deakin’s Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus is located on the western edge of the historic port city of Geelong, 72 kilometres south west of Melbourne.

Deakin University Waurn Ponds Campus

Geelong is Victoria’s largest regional centre with a population of more than 200,000 people and is a great place to visit any time of the year.

The City is home to many local beaches and parks, such as the botanical gardens, so you can enjoy every minute of the sunshine. Central Geelong offers a diverse range of cuisine, wine and activities ranging from cultural, recreational and family friendly. Greater Geelong is also famous for excellent surf beaches and an amazing wine region with plenty of opportunities to visit local cellar doors and taste some great Australian wines on offer.

Facing north on Corio Bay, it boasts a glorious waterfront precinct, sophisticated dining options and all kinds of entertainment on tap. The charming nearby towns and villages of the Bellarine offer a huge range of things to see and do.

The Bellarine Taste Trail has been building a reputation as a food and wine destination. This region is perhaps the Australian wine industry’s best-kept secret bringing together many of Geelong's finest gourmet offerings and fresh produce.

The Conference

The conference will be held at the Waurn Ponds Campus of Deakin University, located on the south-west edge of Geelong. Deakin is 42 years old, and is in the top 2% of all world rankings.

Based within the engineering precinct at our Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus, the Centre for Advanced Design in Engineering Training (CADET) signals a new era in engineering and industrial design education in Australia.

A partnership between Deakin University and the Australian Government, the $55 million state-of-the-art facility houses some of the most advanced and future-focused simulation and visualisation systems, purpose-built interactive laboratories and learning environments in the country.

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The CADET building

Students will benefit from CADET by their access to the latest technology – so basically, if they can think it, then we can build it. It’s as simple as that. Whatever’s in their imagination can be created with the guidance of technicians who are experts in their field, to help students realise their dreams.

Craig McGill

Technical Manager, School of Engineering

Getting there

An hour south from Melbourne by car, there are a number of ways to get to the CADET building at Deakin's Waurn Ponds Campus.


All visitors can take flights to Melbourne’s Tullamarine Airport and drive, take a shuttle bus or train to the Waterfront Campus (see below for details).

Domestic travelers (or those connecting from Tullamarine Airport) can fly JetStar to Avalon Airport and then drive or take a shuttle bus to the Waterfront Campus (see below for details).


The Waurn Ponds Campus is located approximately one and a half hour’s drive from Melbourne (Tullamarine Airport). All the major rental car companies have information desks on-site at the airport.

Avalon Airport is approximately 20 kilometres from Geelong’s central business district. Some of the major rental car companies have information desks on-site at this airport. The following Google Map shows the route from Avalon Airport to the Waterfront Campus.

Airport Shuttle

From Tullamarine Airport you can use the Gull Airport Service to travel direct to Geelong. Contact, booking, price, and timetable information can be found on their website. The pick-up and drop-off point for this service closest to Waterfront Campus is the Geelong Railway Station.From there you can take a taxi to your hotel.

From Avalon Airport you can use the Avalon Airport Shuttle to travel direct to Geelong. Contact, booking and price information can be found on their website. Please contact this company directly for information on pick-up and drop-off options in Geelong.



The Geelong Taxi Network website has information on estimating taxi fares, booking online, etc. The contact number for booking a taxi in Geelong is 131 008.

How to pay for public transport

To travel to Geelong from Melbourne you’ll need to buy a Myki card. Myki cards are very easy to use, just top up credit at a shop or station, then touch-on and off to get through the barriers at train stations. The suburban bus lines use Myki as well as tickets that can be purchased on the buses.

Visit the Public Transport Victoria (PTV) Myki site

Visa Applications

International delegates please note a Visa may be required to enter Australia.

For information on Visa requirements as well as how and where to apply for a visitor’s visa to Australia, please visit the Department of Immigration Website for more information.

Please note you will need to register for the conference and pay your fees before applying for a visa. It is recommended that Visa applications are submitted no later than 6 weeks prior to your date of intended travel.

Contact details

To learn more about the conference and get in touch, please email or phone the conference organisers.

Email the organisers
+61 3 5247 9360