All accommodation through Conference Design is fully booked – Sovereign Park Motor Inn have rooms available for direct bookings.

Rooms have been reserved for delegates at the hotels below and can be booked when registering for the conference. All rates are per room, per night and do not include breakfast, unless otherwise specified. We will indicate in the hotel descriptions below once we have used all the allocated rooms for each hotel.

Accommodation will be held at the following hotels until 30 days prior to the conference when all unsold rooms will be released.  After this date you will need to contact the hotels directly to see if the conference rates are still available and whether there is any availability.

Please email us if you have any questions or wish to extend your booking outside the conference dates.


You can book accommodation when registering for the conference. The online registration form allows you to book any available rooms.

You need to provide credit card details, which will be forwarded to the hotel to guarantee your booking.

Please email us your accommodation requirements if you have already registered for the conference.

Changes and Cancellations

Please note the cancellation policies listed for each hotel. Cancellations and no-shows will attract a fee of at least one night’s accommodation. However, each hotel’s policy varies and late cancellations and no-shows may be charged for all the nights booked.

Please email us any cancellations and date changes.


Accommodation and incidental expenses need to be settled using a credit card when you check out.

Please email us if you wish to be invoiced for your accommodation with your registration. Any pre-payments made to Conference Design will be forwarded to your hotel. Pre-payments need to be received 30 days prior to the conference.

Early Check-in Requests

Early check-in and late check-out requests are subject to availability on the day and cannot be confirmed by Conference Design.

You can enter special requests for early check-in in the “Special Requests” field of your reservation. The hotel will do its best to accommodate your request on the day. Please enquire about the status of your request at the front desk upon check-in.

Mercure Ballarat


613 Main Road
Ballarat, Victoria
Conference Venue

  • Courtyard Room – from $142.00
  • Lodge Room – from $142.00
  • 2 Bedroom Apartment – from $182.00

Prices will vary for single, twin, triple and quad share.

Mercure Ballarat Hotel and Convention Centre is an upscale hotel and conference venue, set amongst three hectares of beautifully manicured gardens, complete with its own ornamental lake.  Conveniently located just 75 minutes from the Melbourne CBD, Mercure Ballarat is situated opposite the multi-award winning Sovereign Hill, with close proximity to the historic centre of Ballarat.

Ballarat Mid City Motel

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19 Doveton Street North
Ballarat, Victoria
5 minute drive to Conference Venue

  • Standard Queen Room – $129.00
  • Twin Room  – $149.00
  • Family Room  – $189.00
  • Executive Suite  – $169.00
    **Please note there is a minimum of a 3 night stay**

Located in the heart of Ballarat and easy to find off Sturt Street at Doveton Street North, the hotel is nestled in a convenient location and is close to everything you need.

Each of the 71 large, comfortable guest rooms are designed to meet your Ballarat accommodation needs, featuring:  Individual reverse cycle climate control, colour TV, IDD phones, minibar, high speed internet access, complimentary coffee and tea making facilities, iron and ironing board and hairdryer.

Sovereign Park Motor Inn

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223 Main Road
Ballarat, Victoria
15 minute walk to conference venue

  • Deluxe Single Room – $180.00
  • Deluxe Twin Room – $195.00

Sovereign Park Motor Inn offers a genuine care for guests and their comfort. The Sovereign Park Motor Inn is located 800 metres from Sovereign Hill and the Ballarat City centre.  There is an indoor heated pool, spas and sauna.  Sovereign Park Motor Inn is also home to the award winning Red Lion restaurant, bar and cafe.

Sovereign Park Motor Inn offers a range of 4-star Motel Units and Self-Contained Apartments.

Cancellation Policy

A full refund will be provided for cancellations made up to 14 days prior to the check in date.  50% of the total accommodation charges will be charged for cancellations made with 7 days of the check in date.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations or changes to bookings muse be made at least 48 hours prior to the check in date and time or your will be charged the full amount of the first changed or cancelled night.  Cancellation fees will however be waived if contact is made at least 24 hours prior to checking in.

Cancellation Policy

A $10 cancellation fee applies to all bookings cancelled more than 48 hours prior to arrival.  Cancellations made within 48 hours are subject to the fee equivalent of the first nights accommodation.

Best Western Plus Ballarat Suites

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525 Main Road
Ballarat, Victoria
3 minute walk to conference venue

King Suite – $209.00
Twin Room – $209.00

Ballarat Suites is a Best Western Plus hotel.  It’s a luxurious four and half star accommodation for the corporate traveller.  Situated directly opposite Sovereign Hill, a 10 minute commute to Federation University and a 5 minute drive to the centre of Ballarat.  With the bonus of having public transport stop just at the front door, it’s close to everything you need.

Just 2 minutes’ walk from the famous Sovereign Hill Museum, Best Western Plus Ballarat Suites offers spacious air-conditioned suites with flat-screen satellite TV and DVD player.  Complimentary WiFi and free on-site parking is provided.

A microwave, minibar, tea & coffee maker are standard in all suites.  Each suite has a separate living room and bathroom with a hairdryer and guest toiletries.  The motel offers a dry cleaning service and all rooms are serviced daily.

Craig's Royal Hotel Ballarat

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10 Lydiard Street South
Ballarat, Victoria
4 minute drive to Conference Venue

Please contact the venue directly for reservations
p:  +61 3 5331 1377

Each of Craig’s 41 boutique rooms have been individually re-built and furnished to provide guests with beautiful elegant accommodation.  No two rooms are the same, each deliberately retaining significant features of rich history, adding a unique experience at each stay.

In addition to the individual features of each category of rooms, all rooms include luxury bedding, continental breakfast, room service meals, WiFi, 24 hour reception & concierge, L”occitane amenities from France.

Cancellation Policy

Cancel before 21 September 2017 02:00 PM hotel time to avoid a charge.  If cancelled or modified later, the total price of the reservation will be charged.

Deposit Policy

Guaranteed to your credit card for late arrival.  A valid credit card must be presented at check-in.  The full price of the reservation will be charged 24 ours prior to arrival.

Cancellation Policy

A minimum of 24 hours notice is required for cancellations and changes.  Cancellations or changes made within 24 hours of check in time forfeit the full amount of the first changed or cancelled night.


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