2018 Venue and Transport

RVSS 2018 will be held at the ANU Kioloa Coastal Campus, Australian National University. The campus offers accommodation and research facilities at a unique location extending from the beach front through a diverse ecology to thick bushland. The campus is one of Australia’s premier field stations situated on the NSW south coast between the Kioloa and Bawley Point villages, easily accessible from Canberra, Sydney, and Wollongong.

Kioloa is a small hamlet, with a population of about 200, located on the South Coast of New South Wales, Australia. It is pronounced by locals as ‘Ky-ola’. Click here for more about the Kioloa campus, facilities, accommodation, and travel/tourism details.

Kioloa is neighbour to some of the best beaches in Australia. For example, Batemans Bay, with its majestic seascapes and lovely beaches, is a popular holiday destination on the East coast, and is less than 50 kms from the Summer School venue. Other beaches, such as Pretty Beach, Bawley Coast, Pebbly Beach, and Termeil Beach, are just a few kilometres from the venue. Another popular beach, Jervis Bay is less than 90kms!

Transport to Venue

Coach transportation between Canberra and Kioloa will be provided for Summer School participants, however they are expected to make their own travel arrangements to Canberra.
Coaches will pick-up and drop-off from two locations in Canberra-  ANU (Fulton Muir Building, Cnr North and Daley Roads) and the Canberra Domestic Airport.  On Sunday, 4 February 2018, coaches will leave Canberra mid-morning and no later than 2:00pm.  Please ensure that you arrive in Canberra well in advance of the last pick-up.  On Friday, 9 February 2018, coaches will leave Kioloa at 2pm so please ensure that you do not book a return flight before 6:15pm if using the coach service.  Normal travel time from Canberra is approximately 2.5 hours.  Coach travel time from Canberra is approximately 3.15 hours.

Click on the link to check out your bus allocation: RVSS Bus Allocation

Registering at Venue

Delegates will be provided with conference name tags as proof of registration. Name tages should be worn to all events.


Accommodation at the Kioloa Coastal Campus is shared in either twin or bunk rooms. Accommodation includes a linen pack which includes a pillow, sheets, blanket and towel. Click here to check your room allocations. Note that we are required to check out by 9am on Friday morning.


All meals are incldued in the registration cost. If you have any special dietary or religious requirements, please advise us of these requirements through your registration form.


The weather on the south coast of NSW can be variable.  Please ensure that you bring adequate clothing for both hot and cool weather, a hat and sunscreen.  You may wish to attend a range of social activities, including a bushwalk and sporting activities, so please bring appropriate comfortable clothing.

Information Booklet

Click on the link to download the information pack for the summer school: information pack