The conference will be hosted at the Canberra Campus of Charles Sturt University in Barton, ACT (St Mark’s National Theological Centre). You can see the location on the Google map. Three rooms in the venue will be used for the conference sessions. You can download a map of the campus on which the rooms have been marked. The social event on Monday 28th evening will be held in the foyer of the National Library of Australia, which is in walking distance of the conference venue. Here is a map showing how to walk from the conference venue to NLA.
Charles Sturt University has no accommodation arrangements with any specific hotel. There are many hotels in Canberra with reasonable price and good quality. The ones suggested below are in the walking distance of the conference venue.
Free wifi, free parking, onsite restaurant
Address: 8 National Circuit, Barton, Canberra ACT 260
Tel: +61 2 6234 4444
From $140 per night
Free wifi, free parking, heated pool (2 min walk)
Address: Crn Belmore Gardens & Young Street Barton ACT 2600
Tel: +61 2 6188 3288
From around $130
Rydges Capital Hill
Free wifi, heated pool, fitness centre
Address: 17 Canberra Avenue, Forrest ACT 2603
Tel: +61 2 6295 3144
From around $170 per night
Free wifi, free parking, fitness centre, indoor heated pool
Address: 18 National Circuit Barton ACT 2600 Australia
Tel: +61 2 6163 1800
From around $250
You may wish to make your own accommodation arrangements via one of the well-known accommodation websites such as
Getting there (By bus, train/tram, car)
The RAILS conference will take place at St Mark’s National Theological Centre (15 Blackall Street, Barton ACT 2600). (See direction on Google Map). You can use Canberra transport journey planner to find out how to use public transport to make a trip in Canberra.
MyWay bus card
Canberra public transport uses a smartcard ticketing system (called MyWay) that is used to pay for bus travel. You can purchase your MyWay from a recharge agent, Access Canberra Service Centre, online or via phone. You can also pay for bus fares with cash.
By Car (and parking)
The street address is 15 Blackall Street, Barton. For parking, please note that only a limited number of parking spots are available on the campus (St Mark’s) for the participants, but there will be another conference on the campus during the same period and there will be a shortage of parking spots. If you are staying in any of the hotels listed above which are all in a walking distance, we recommend you walk to the venue. There are also car parks close to the venue such as the Wilson Parking lot on 48 Macquarie Street, from which you can walk to the venue.
If you still needed to use the CSU parking, enter via the first gate (closer to Kings Ave). If the boom gate is not open then press the intercom button at the gate to reach reception. Please do not park in the first parking lot, but proceed straight to the conference parking on the hillside.