2017 CAASTRO Annual Retreat and ECR Workshop

Dates: Wednesday 22 November 2017 - Friday 24 November 2017
Venue Details: Novotel Barossa Valley Resort, 42 Pioneer Avenue via Golflinks Road, Rowland Flat, South Australia
Abstracts submissions closes:
Registration closes:
NB: The retreat is free for CAASTRO members, however registration is required.

Dates: Tuesday 21 November 2017
Venue Details: Novotel Barossa Valley Resort, 42 Pioneer Avenue via Golflinks Road, Rowland Flat, South Australia



 Annual Retreat  Frequently Asked Questions 

1.  Retreat Program:
 A brief overview:

  • Tuesday 21 November
    • ECR Workshop
  •  Wednesday 22 November:
  • from 9:00am Buses depart airport
  • 11:00am Arrival at Retreat Venue and Registration Commences
  • 11:30am - 12:30pm Lunch 
  • 12:30pm – 6:00pm Science Program
  • 6:30pm Dinner
  • Thursday 23 November:
  • 8:30am – 3:00pm Science Program
  • 3:30 – 6:00pm CAASTRO Special Activity
  • Friday 24 November:
  • 8:45am – 4:30pm Science Program
  • from 4:30pm Buses Depart to airport
  • from 7:00pm Flights depart

2.  Accommodation: 
There has been a group reservation made at for all CAASTRO members.  Thus, there is no need for delegates to book accommodation.  Rooms will be allocated once registration closes.  Accommodation payments will come out of your node budget and will be arranged via your node.

3.  Meals: 
All meals are covered by CAASTRO.  If you have any dietary requirements, please ensure you make a note of these when you register for the retreat under the dietary information field on the registration form.

4.Getting There:

  • Flights: A schedule of preferred flights is now available here: Flight Schedule.  CAASTRO members should book their own travel in accordance with their administrating institutions policies.  Please contact your node administrator for more details.
  • Bus Transfers: 
  • WHAT TO DO IF YOU MISS YOUR FLIGHT, GET LOST OR MISS THE BUS? Don’t panic!  In the first instance please contact the A-team member who is coordinating your transfer.  They will assist you if they can by providing directions or alternatives.  If you are unable to contact them please contact Kylie Williams (0412 037 492) or Kate Gunn (0411 466 080).  They will provide you with additional information and assist you where they can

5.  Childcare: 
Childcare will be available at the Retreat for infants and children under 5.  Please indicate in your registration if you require childcare or contact Kylie Williams if you have any questions.

6.  WiFi:  Wireless access will be available in the conference rooms each day.  However, please bring your own wireless access devices if you have critical work you will need to access or large amounts of data to download.


Further information will be provided once all staff have registered.  However if you have any queries please contact me (k.williams@sydney.edu.au) or Kate Gunn (coo@caastro.org).