IAVSD 25th International Symposium on Dynamics of Vehicles on Roads and Tracks

Event Information

Symposium Location: Rockhampton

Rockhampton’s charming historical architecture has captured the hearts of visitors for many decades. Founded in 1853, the city is home to heritage buildings, historic streetscapes, majestic cathedrals and quaint homes. The Rockhampton Heritage Village is an active township museum where you’ll be able to step back in time and discover the region’s rich history.

You’re guaranteed to get a great steak in Rockhampton because it happens to be the Beef Capital of Australia. You’ll find six bull statues dotted around town representing the main breeds of the area – as well as the biggest stud-selling venue in the Southern Hemisphere – Gracemere Saleyards, which boasts the largest throughput of export beef cattle in Queensland. For a true spectacle, be sure to check out the weekly rodeo at the back of the pub at the Great Western Hotel.

Nature lovers will enjoy exploring Mount Archer National Park with its spectacular range of native plants and wildflowers. The mountain itself is 604 metres above sea level and offers glorious views of Rockhampton and the coast. The Capricorn Caves, located 23 kilometres north of the city, are a series of magnificent limestone caves that are definitely worth a visit. For aboriginal history, head to the Dreamtime Cultural Centre, set in some 30 acres of natural bushland on Ancient Tribal Sites.

Pack a picnic rug and enjoy a lazy afternoon in the Rockhampton Botanic Gardens. Over 130 years old, the site was recently heritage listed. The Rockhampton Zoo is located within the botanic gardens and is another interesting place to take the family during your holiday.

Check out the many other amazing options at http://www.capricornholidays.com.au

Rockhampton City Map


Getting to Rockhamption

Getting There


The newly developed Rockhampton Airport is just a short 10 minute drive from town, with multiple flights to and from Brisbane daily, which has direct flights from Townsville, Sydney and Melbourne and connections on to other ports around Australia and internationally.  Rockhampton is serviced by both QANTAS and Virgin Australia with several flights to and from Brisbane every day. However, available bookings might be limited due to the seating capacity on domestic flights and delegates are advised to book early or plan a stopover in Brisbane to allow for greater flexibility of arrival at Rockhampton. Another alternative is to plan to arrive one or two days earlier 11th or 12th August 2017. Note also that there are slightly less domestic flights on Saturdays.


If you have a little time on your  hands, experience the beauty of Queensland and see the vast landscapes aboard the Queensland Rail Tilt Train.Services depart Brisbane at 11:00 am on Friday, Sunday and Tuesday and the 639 kilometer journey takes 7 hours and 45 minutes. Further information available here


For the adventurous Self-drive touring routes are a popular way to explore the region with major highways connecting Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne in the south and Cairns in the north. Self-drive from Brisbane to Rockhampton will take 8 hours.

Traveling to Australia

Passports and Visas
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.

If your sole reason for coming to Australia is to attend this Symposium, please apply for the following  VISA: (Subclass 651)

For information on who can apply for the eVisitor (Subclass 651) visa online, please go to: www.border.gov.au/Trav/Visa-1/651-

For any other circumstances, please view the below VISAS:

For information on who can apply for the ETA (Subclass 601) visa online, please go to: www.border.gov.au/Trav/Visa-1/601-

For information on who can apply for the Visitor (Subclass 600) visa online, please go to: www.border.gov.au/Trav/Visa-1/600-

For information on who can apply for the Temporary Work (Short Stay Activity) visa (Subclass 400) online, please go to: www.border.gov.au/Trav/Visa-1/400-


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.

Attractions Around Rockhampton


The Great Barrier Reef is the largest living thing on Earth, even visible from outer space. The 2,300km-long ecosystem comprises thousands of reefs and hundreds of islands made of over 600 types of hard and soft coral. It is home to countless species of colourful fish, molluscs and starfish, plus turtles, dolphins and sharks.

Ferries depart daily to Great Keppel Island from Pier One, Rosslyn Bay. A number of charters, and full day cruises, sailing adventures, and extended tour options are also available from Keppel Bay Marina. Daily scuba diving and snorkelling services operate from both the mainland and Great Keppel Island to the pristine reefs of the Keppels – part of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. The Keppels are surrounded by shallow fringing reefs and vast, abundant marine life, which can be accessed quickly and easily aboard all dive vessels. Divers can see hundreds of varieties of tropical fish, hard and soft coral, turtles, sea snakes, dolphins, and giant manta rays.


What better way to enjoy the best tropical climate Queensland has to offer than by exploring and discovering the delights of the Rockhampton Botanic Gardens, regarded as one of the best in regional Australia.

Rockhampton Zoo is nestled within the Botanic Gardens and adjacent to the Murray Lagoon in Rockhampton. Visiting the Zoo is the perfect day out! You’ll discover more than 70 species of native animals from across Australia, exotic animals from around the world, tropical rainforests and outback Australia exhibits.

At Cooberrie Park Wildlife Sanctuary, enjoy a day with the friendly residents. Pet, feed and interact with kangaroos, koalas, possums, birds, snakes, reptiles, and a whole lot more!

Just 25 minutes north from Yeppoon are the lush forests of Byfield and surrounding nature reserves. The Byfield National Park and State Forest abound with wonderful scenery rolling sand dunes, beaches, swamps, rainforest-edged creeks and rugged mountains. The area is rich with diversity and forms one of the largest unspoiled eco-systems on the east coast of Australia including ancient and towering remnant rainforest with many resident native birds and animals. In the surrounding State Forest are picturesque water holes, picnic and camping sites and a range of accommodation options are available.

Located 29 kilometres east of Rockhampton, Koorana Crocodile Farm and Restaurant offers two tours a day and opens at 10am each day. The first tour is 10.30am – 12noon. Lunch (croc meals are available) 12 noon – 1pm. Second Tour is 1pm – 2.30pm.

Established in 1862, Rockhampton’s iconic Great Western Hotel has a rich history not only as a Hotel but also an entertainment venue renowned for bringing thrilling events such as rodeos, professional bull riding and bull fighting as well as indoor moto and headline music acts to Central Queensland. The hotel caters to an estimated 200,000 patrons each year and is on many people’s bucket list to visit so they can experience the atmosphere of both the hotel itself and the Rodeo and Music Arena. The hotel and the Arena have featured in many mainstream tourism TV programs both in Australia and overseas. The Great Western Hotel’s other award winning feature is the newly renovated Steak House.  Steaks at the Great Western Hotel Steak House are so good they were voted Best Pub Steaks by the internationally renowned judges at Beef 2015.

Other opportunities include:

Archer Park Rail Museum – The museum covers the development and history of rail-based transportation in Rockhampton and is set in the 100 year-old Archer Park rail station on Denison Street on the city’s southside.

Capricorn Caves – These spectacular caves located 23 kilometres north of Rockhampton are a unique system of above ground caves in a limestone ridge. Tours range from easy walking, wheelchair accessible caves to caving adventure tours.

Dreamtime Cultural Centre – The centre has guided tours that give the onlooker a thorough insight into both the Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander culture.





All Symposium sessions will be held within the buildings and grounds of the CQ University campus. Further information on the venue and how to access will be provided closer to the symposium and in your registration pack.

CQUniversity Campus Map


General Information

Child Care

Please note that no official arrangements have been made for child care during the Symposium. Please check with the hotel you are staying at who may be able to assist you further with babysitting services during your stay.


As a guide, temperatures in Rockhampton in August range from 10°C to 24°C.


All communication with registered delegates will be by email. If you register and do not receive a confirmation by email within 5 working days please contact the Symposium Secretariat Encanta Event Management by phone on (09) 9389 1488 or email Kristi.parker@encanta.com.au.


The information in this web site is correct at the time of printing. The Organisers reserve the right to change any aspect of the program without prior notice.


Symposium Sessions: Smart Casual
Welcome Reception: Smart Casual
Technical Tour: To be advised
Symposium Dinner: Cocktail/Lounge Suit


In the event of industrial disruption or other unforeseen circumstances, the Host, Organising Committee and Encanta Event Management accept no responsibility for loss of monies incurred by delay or cancellation.


Registration fees do not include insurance of any kind. It is strongly recommended that all delegates take out their own travel and medical insurance prior to coming to the Symposium. The policy should include loss of fees/deposit through cancellation of your participation in the Symposium, or through cancellation of the Symposium itself, loss of airfares for any reason, medical expenses, loss or damage to personal property, additional expenses and repatriation should travel arrangements have to be altered. Neither the Symposium Secretariat nor the Organising Committee will take any responsibility for any participant failing to insure. Please speak to your travel agent or airline in regard to this matter.


The Symposium Organisers recognise that some delegates may have special dietary needs. Please advise the Symposium Secretariat either via the registration form or in writing should you wish for them to make alternative arrangements on your behalf.

Please Note: Dietary requirements received less than 72 hours prior to the event cannot be guaranteed. Kosher and Halal meals may be available, however please note this will be at an additional cost.

Medical Facilities

Glenmore Family Practice
Market Place, 309 Farm Street
North Rockhampton
07 4928 3000

Rockhampton Base Hospital
Canning St
Rockhampton City QLD 4700
(07) 4920 6211

Smoking Policy

The Queensland Government imposes a strict no smoking policy in venues, restaurants, bars and shopping centres and within 5m of such venues in Rockhampton. Smoking is also prohibited on all public transport.

Privacy Statement

In registering for this event relevant details may be incorporated into a delegate list for the benefit of all delegates, sponsors, exhibitors, Encanta Event Management and other parties directly related to the Symposium.  Should you wish for your details not to be included in this list, please tick the privacy requested box on the registration form.


Power Plug Adaptors

It is important to realise that power outlet plugs in Australia are different from Europe, USA and the United Kingdom. A common mistake is to assume Australia has the same power outlets as the United Kingdom – this is incorrect. In addition, most hotels do not have multiple power outlet types – so you will need the correct plug adaptors.

Mains voltage in Australia is 220/240V 50Hz with 3 pin plug

Correct information and images can be seen at:

More technical information is as follows:

Mains voltage in Australia is 220/240V 50Hz. Travellers from most nations in Asia, Africa and Europe should have appliances that work on the same mains voltage as Australia – therefore you will not need a voltage converter. Notable exceptions to this are Japan, USA and Canada which uses 100/120V 50/60Hz.

In addition, most modern laptop power supplies will work with both 220/240V 50Hz and 100/120V 50/60Hz,  but you should check this on your device.

If you refer to the website, the Australian 3-pin plug and wall outlet are shown. The bottom blade is an earth and may not be present on all device plugs. These plugs will also work as such devices are double insulated.

Visa applications

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: www.border.gov.au/about/corporate/information/fact-sheets/17nz

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.

Please refer to the Business Information Sheet for guidance on the visa options that may be most suitable for your event participants.

Delegates should also refer to the attached document containing General Information for Visa Applicants.

Letters of Invitation
Should you require a letter of invitation to assist in your visa application, please email info@encanta.com.au  Please note that when submitting your visa application a copy of your registration confirmation letter with proof of payment in full is required also to assist in processing your application.