OzBio2010 - International Conference on “Molecules of life: from discovery to biotechnology” to take place in Melbourne 26 September to 1 October 2010.

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Key Dates

On-site Poster Abstract Submission Deadline
Extended to 20 September, 2010
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End of Earlybird Registration Deadline
Extended to 30 June, 2010
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Guaranteed Hotel Reservation Deadline
26 July, 2010
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Tour Information

Your tour bookings can be made at the same time as you register . If you have already registered, you should go to the registration page again. After you complete your name and contact details, you will come to a drop down list of registration categories. You should select "Pre-registered: booking accommodation/social $0.00". You can then progress and book your tours.

A number of sightseeing tours have been arranged to provide an opportunity to experience the sights of Melbourne. Tours should be pre-booked on the Conference Registration Form as on-site availability of tours cannot be guaranteed.

Please note that the discounted fares are applicable for children from 3 to 14 years of age.

M82 + L Aussie Cattle Farm & Phillip Island Penguins

Dep. 9.00 am Ret.* approx. 11.30 pm

Sunday, 26 September, Saturday, 2 October
Enjoy an active day at Warrook Cattle Farm – a working sheep and cattle property. Participate in the day’s activities and perhaps witness sheep-shearing or milk a cow. Feed kangaroos and wallabies, meet wombats and see the cattle dogs muster sheep. Later, see the koalas and fur seals of Phillip Island, before watching the famous little penguin parade at dusk. Explore the Visitor’s Centre then, from a nearby boardwalk, see the penguins emerge from the surf and waddle along the beach to their sandy burrows. *Times vary seasonally. Please bring warm, waterproof clothing.
Cost: $A179 per person $A90 per child

M2 Afternoon Dandenong Ranges

Dep. 12.15 pm Ret. 5.30 pm

Wednesday, 29 September, Friday, 1 October
See some of the city highlights as you make your way to the Dandenong Ranges which dominate Melbourne’s eastern horizon. The Dandenong Ranges promise picturesque forests, cool fern gullies, and charming villages. Enjoy breathtaking views of the city and Port Phillip Bay from the Dandenongs Lookout. Immerse yourself in Sherbrooke’s ancient forest, see colourful native birds, walk among the giant mountain ash forests and listen for kookaburras, rosellas and parrots.
Cost: $A66 per person $A33 per child

M1 Marvellous Melbourne Morning City Sights

Dep. 7.20 am Ret. 12.15 pm

Monday, 27 September, Tuesday, 28 September, Thursday, 30 September
Discover the charm of Melbourne. See Captain Cook’s Cottage, Queen Victoria Market, Fitzroy Gardens and Albert Park, home to the Australian Grand Prix. Stroll the Royal Botanic Gardens, see the Royal Exhibition Buildings and Federation Square. Visit the Shrine of Remembrance and see the Southbank waterfront precinct. See some of Melbourne’s architecture including St Pauls Cathedral and the Princess and Regent theatres. Cross the West Gate Bridge for great city views.
Cost: $A66 per person $A33 per child

M35+L Yarra Valley Wineries and Puffing Billy

Dep. 7.20 am Ret. 5.30 pm

Saturday, 25 September, Wednesday, 29 September, Saturday, 2 October
Journey into the heart of picturesque wine country and ride Australia’s oldest steam train before arriving at a winery for lunch. Marvel at the spectacular views and lush rainforest settings of Sherbrooke Forest, home to native birds whose songs fill the air, as you ride aboard the Puffing Billy Steam Train. This historic train takes you through the towering mountain ash trees and lush fern gullies before arriving at Healesville, set amid mountain bushland. Enjoy a spit roast lunch at Fergusson’s Winery, then sample local wines at Dominque Portet Winery, before taking a winemaking tour of the highly regarded Domaine Chandon, also sampling local cheeses.
Cost: $A170 per person $A85 per child

M4 The Great Ocean Road Adventure

Dep. 7.20 am Ret. 7.30 pm

Monday, 27 September, Tuesday, 28 September
Enjoy one of the world’s great coastal drives with dramatic scenery, striking contrasts and magnificent vistas around every corner. Admire views of the Melbourne skyline and Port Phillip Bay from the West Gate Bridge. See the pretty seaside town of Lorne and the surfing mecca of Torquay, home to some of Victoria’s magnificent surf beaches, including the world-famous Bells Beach. Discover the legends of ‘The Shipwreck Coast’ at Port Campbell National Park. See the spectacular Twelve Apostles, as well as Loch Ard Gorge and the famous rocky span of London Bridge. Return to Melbourne having an unforgettable day.
Cost: $A147 per person $A74 per child

M10 Phillip Island Penguins and Wildlife

Dep. 12.15 pm Ret.* approx. 11.30 pm

Sunday, 26 September, Wednesday, 29 September, Thursday, 30 September, Friday, 1 October
Visit Warrook Farm, a working cattle property, and enjoy the opportunity to feed kangaroos and other farm animals. At Phillip Island visit the Koala Conservation Centre and see koalas along an elevated boardwalk. View the Nobbies and one of Australia’s largest fur seal population. See the seaside town of Cowes and the Visitors Information Centre. At dusk, enjoy the ‘fairy penguin parade’ and see penguins make their way to their burrows. * Times vary seasonally. Please bring warm, waterproof clothing.
Cost: $A137 per person $69 per child