Venue and Travel

The 2013 Epigenetics conference will be held at the 


Shoal Bay Resort and Spa, Shoal Bay 

35-45 Shoal Bay Rd
NSW, 2315



Shoal Bay Resort & Spa is the ultimate beachfront Resort perfect for romantic escapes, family holidays, pamper weekends, beach getaways, weddings, special events and meetings and business. Shoal Bay lays by the entrance to Port Stephens, overlooking the white sands and the magnificent volcanic Tomaree and Yaccaba headlands. Boasting crystal clear waterways and extensive National Park with unspoiled bushland, Shoal Bay is certainly one of New South Wales most stunning destinations!

Shoal Bay boasts walking and cycling tracks, flat water family friendly beaches as well as three wholesome National Park surf beaches. For a more energetic outdoor experience, a paved pathway to the top of Mount Tomaree affords unparalleled views of Port Stephens, all within a ten minute stroll of the Resort. Port Stephens is also the largest Marine Park in NSW with over 160 resident dolphins and 7000 Humpback Whales passing just off the headland on migration each year. Shoal Bay is situated in the greater Port Stephens region with a radiant waterway, two and a half times larger than Sydney Harbour. Other remarkable features include the largest continual moving sand mass in NSW – Stockton Beach, the world famous Hunter Valley – one of Australia’s best known winemaking regions and the historic city of Newcastle.

Just over two hours and a half hours drive from Sydney, or 30 minutes from Newcastle Airport, this award winning Resort is easily accessible with direct flights operating daily from Sydney, Melbourne, Coolangatta and Brisbane.



Conference organised Bus travel to Shoal Bay has been arranged and can be booked through the registration system.

03/12/13 - Garvan Institute to Shoal Bay - Bus departs at 11am from the front of the Garvan Institute (384 Victoria Street Darlinghurst Sydney) and will travel direct to Shoal Bay.


03/12/13 - Sydney Airport to Shoal Bay - Bus departs at 11am from Sydney Airport/domestic terminal and will travel direct to Shoal Bay.


03/12/13 - Newcastle airport to Shoal Bay - Bus departs at 1pm from Newcastle airport and will travel direct to Shoal Bay.


07/12/13 - Bus Transfer Shoal Bay-Garvan Institute & Sydney Airport - Buses will depart from Shoal Bay at 9.00am to Newcastle airport, Garvan Institute and Sydney Airport.

Transfers to and from Newcastle airport can also be aranged with Shoal Bay Resort and Spa when booking accommodation.



Australian domestic Airlines Virgin and Jetstar both fly to Newcastle daily with direct flights available from capital cities please visit either site to book your airfares



On 23 March 2013, the department implemented changes to the types of visas available to persons wishing to travel to Australia to attend, participate at, or compete in events being held in Australia.

Under Australia's universal visa system, all visitors to Australia must have a valid visa to travel to and enter Australia (other than New Zealand passport holders who will normally be granted a Special Category visa on arrival, provided they meet health and character requirements; and permanent residents of Norfolk Island who may be granted a Permanent Resident of Norfolk Island visa on arrival).  For more information, see the fact sheet:

There are many visa options available to people wishing to visit Australia. The appropriate visa option will depend, amongst other things, on the person's purpose for visiting Australia.

Click here for the new visa fact sheet, effective from 1 July 2013.  This fact sheet includes information about the visa options available for those who are travelling to Australia as business visitors, including the new arrangements in place for online applications for the Visitor (Subclass 600) visa and the Temporary Work (Short Stay Activity) visa (subclass 400). For the purposes of attending this event, you may wish to consider applying for one of these visas, based on your role at the event.

Please note that only certain passport holders are eligible to apply for these visas online. 


For information on who can apply for the eVisitor (subclass 651) visa online, please go to:

For information on who can apply for the ETA (Subclass 601) visa online, please go to:

For information on who can apply for the Visitor (Subclass 600) visa online, please go to:

For information on who can apply for the Temporary Work (Short Stay Activity) visa (subclass 400) online, please go to:

We recommend that applicants applying for a paper-based visa lodge their application at least 6-8 weeks before their intended travel date to Australia. All travellers to Australia must have a valid visa before boarding their plane. Travellers to Australia cannot apply for a visa on arrival.