Faculty of Education and Arts


AHA 2016: From Boom to Bust will be held in central Ballarat: at Federation University Australia's SMB and Camp St campuses, and at the Ballarat Mechanics' Institute. These venues are all within walking distance of the Ballarat train station, and are in the vicinity of Lydiard and Sturt Sts.

Ballarat offers excellent accommodation options, and many of these, along with general information about staying in Ballarat, can be found by visiting the Visit Ballarat website.

Please note that July is a peak tourist period for Ballarat. Conference delegates are advised to book accommodation early.

Special AHA conference accommodation

A limited amount of student accommodation is available for conference delegates in the Peter Lalor Hall, FedUni Living, Coates Ave, at FedUni's Mt Helen campus. This campus is accessible to the conference venues via the CDC Victoria route 10 bus. Please refer to this Google map. Bookings can be made only by full time students through this link. Rooms are $60 per night, or $300 for the duration of the conference. Rooms will be allocated on a first in, first served basis.

A number of hotels are offering special rates for conference delegates. Please contact these hotels to secure bookings:

Best Western Bakery Hill Motel
1 Humffray Street South, Ballarat
tel: 03 5333 1363
email: bakeryhillmotel1@bestwestern.com.au
mention "Australian Historical Association conference"
rates: $110 double room

Comfort Inn Sovereign Hill
39 Magpie Street, Ballarat
tel: 03 5337 1199
email: comfortinn@sovereignhill.com.au
when booking, request the "AHA conference allotment" and quote booking number 540502
rates: $182 single; $294 twin/double. Rates are inclusive of full buffet breakfast and entry into Sovereign Hill for the duration of the stay.
Bookings must be made by 15 April to secure these rates.

Mercure Ballarat
613 Main Road, Ballarat
tel: 03 5327 1293
email: reception@mercureballarat.com.au
mention "2016 AHA conference"
mini-bar, tea and coffee facilities, complimentary wifi
rates: $149 single room; $169 double/twin (includes full buffet breakfast)

Mid City Hotel
19 Doveton Street North, Ballarat
tel: 03 5327 7588
email: reception@midcityballarat.com.au
mention "FedUni conference"
rates: $119 double room

Quest Ballarat
7-11 Dawson Street North, Ballarat
tel: 03 5309 1200
email: questballarat@questapartments.com.au
mention "AHA conference"
self-contained studio, one and two bedroom apartments
free wifi
Please refer to the following brochures for further information (pdf 281kb) and room rates (pdf 272kb)