About the Host City
Located off the south east coast of Australia, Tasmania is Australia's only island state. Separated from the mainland for at least ten thousand years, Tasmania is home to some of Australia's most unique and recognisable native wildlife, including the famous Tasmanian Devil (Sarcophilus harrisii - featured as the LCA2009 mascot) and the majestic Tasmanian Wedge Tailed Eagle (Aquila audax fleayi).
Tasmania supports an incredible diversity of environments, ranging from the tropical style bays and beaches in the Freycinet region, the highland lakes across the Central Highlands, the dry plains of the Midlands, the downhill ski slopes of Ben Lomond, the rural pasture and farmland dotted across the state, and the prime surfing waters around the state's coasts, through to the river threaded rainforest of the Franklin-Gordon National park.
Tasmania's wide range of agriculture and other primary produce industries are held in high regard, from its famous breweries and vineyards to its top quality seafood, dairy farming communities and cheese producing areas. Many internationally renowned artisans and craftspeople have chosen to ply their trades in this unique environment, finding inspiration in its natural beauty. The state also has a rich and detailed heritage and history from both before and after European colonisation.
Hobart, Tasmania's capital city, holds nearly half of the state's 500,000 people, and is located on the estuary of the Derwent River. Though new to linux.conf.au, Hobart is no stranger to hosting local, national and international events, holding the Australian Wooden Boat Festival, the finishing point for both the Melbourne and Sydney to Hobart Yacht Races and the Targa Tasmania rally, and much of the Ten Days on the Island arts festival. Hobart also has an active social scene along with many other year 'round attractions, including the second oldest Botanical Gardens in Australia, the Port Arthur heritage area, the largest chocolate factory in Australia, and Hobart's ever present Mount Wellington.
More information can be found at: Discover Tasmania
There are direct flights from most Australian capital cities.
There are no direct flights to Hobart from international destinations apart from limited flights from New Zealand.
As they say: "the start of one of Australia's great journeys" travels from Melbourne to Devonport. If you are taking your car, Hobart is a further three hour drive, or there are Redline Coaches that travel to Hobart a number of times daily.
A note about quarantine
Tasmania has strict quarantine requirements, which include fresh fruit and other foodstuffs. Sniffer dogs operate at most airport terminals and the Ferry terminal
Full details can be found at the Department of Primary Industries and Water website.
Travel Around Hobart
Metro Tasmania runs frequent buses from the Elizabeth Street Bus Mall in Hobart to Sandy Bay, Wrest Point Casino and the University via routes 51-52-53-54-55.
Timetables and ticketing can be found at the Metro Tasmania website.
Tickets cost around $2.20 for a single trip, but its more economic to purchase a metro 10 trip ticket for around $17.60.
linux.conf.au will provide a free shuttle bus between accommodation and the venue.
A water taxi travels between Wrest Point and Waterman's Dock in Salamanca. The trip costs around $12-15 and is best suited to groups of up to 12.
ph 0407 036 268 for bookings
Taxis can be contacted on the following numbers:
Places to go:
The "North Hobart Strip" in Elizabeth Street has many different types of restaurants including Indian, Chinese, Mexican, Thai, Vietnamese and Turkish; as well as many different takeaway vendors. It is also home to the renowned live music venue the Republic Bar, and the Alley Cat Bar.
Closer to town you can find the Brisbane Hotel, on the corner of Campbell and Brisbane Streets. This bar has recently gone through an image change and is now gaining a reputation as the place to go for live hip-hop / metal music.
The waterfront and Salamanca has an extensive range of restaurants, with Japanese, African, modern Australian and many other offerings; however the highlight of this area is seafood of all varieties and styles. Whether you like yours on a bed of wilted spinach or deep fried and battered, you'll find something that suits your taste. Of note is the 24 hour bakery - always a popular attraction for locals and visitors alike. Of an evening this area also provides a number of cozy drinking bars, and music venues, all within walking distance of each other.
Close to the conference, Sandy Bay offers quite a few takeaway shops to suit most tastes; Asian noodles, roast chickens, pizza, and the infamous Mykonos, open all night and self-proclaimed "Souvlaki Experts". There's also a selection of more mainstream takeaway companies in this area, so it's a good bet you'll find something to your taste in this area.