The IHMA 2020 Congress was originally scheduled to take place at the Hotel Grand Chancellor, Hobart.

Overlooking the River Derwent and Constitution Dock, the Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart is situated on the waterfront and is perfectly placed for exploring this fascinating historic city.

If you have booked accommodation and/or are considering future travel, we strongly encourage you contact the venue directly to discuss how they can assist:
Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart
1 Davey Street, Hobart Tasmania 7000
+ 61 (3) 6235 4535

Hotel Grand Chancellor Exterior

About Tasmania

Tasmania, Australia is an island of dramatic beauty, modern sophisticated cities, friendly innovative people and a fascinating preserved history.

Located at Australia’s southernmost tip, just a 50 minutes’ flight from the major International airport at Melbourne, you’ll find an unspoilt yet accessible wilderness, colonial heritage, and succulent fresh produce and award-winning wines.


It’s no wonder Lonely Planet has called Hobart one of the top ten spots to visit in the world right now.

Hobart is Tasmania’s capital city and the second oldest capital in Australia, after Sydney. Located at the entrance to the Derwent River, its well-preserved surrounding bushland reaches close to the city centre and beaches line the shores of the river and estuary beyond. With its captivating history, picturesque waterways, rugged mountains and gourmet experiences, the city has something for everyone.

Award-winning restaurants offer fine dining experiences using the best Tasmanian produce recognised by the world’s best chefs, while on the waterfront punts and fishmongers sell the freshest seafood straight from the Southern Ocean.

Getting Around Hobart
Public transport facilities in Hobart are easily accessible with frequent bus services. Taxis abound and are reasonably priced. A free busy bee service operates throughout the city. For further information on bus timetables visit the Metro Tasmania on

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Getting there

As Australia’s only island state, access to Tasmania is by air and sea only.

By Air
Regular flights depart from Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane and fly direct to Hobart and Launceston. Direct flights are also available from Melbourne to Wynyard (Burnie), Devonport, King and Flinders Island.

As airlines are regularly changing and updating schedules we recommend you check each airlines website for the best prices and most convenient flights.

Many hotels will recommend and offer an Airport Shuttle service however the Red Line service is available to pre-book from the airport to your chosen accommodation. These bookings can be made at There are also taxi and bus services that run regularly from the airport to the city centre.

By Sea

Alternatively many visitors travel to Tasmania from Melbourne by sea on the Spirit of Tasmania. Departing from Melbourne and arriving in Devonport, this has the added benefit of letting you bring your own car or hiring one on arrival to make the most of Tasmania’s touring potential. The Spirit of Tasmania is offering IHMA Congress attendees a special discounted fare – please see below for more information and a link to the bookings page set up exclusively for Congress.


Spirit of Tasmania is pleased to offer special discounted fares to IHMA Congress delegates and their travel companions. Sail from Melbourne to Devonport and explore some of Tasmania’s magnificent coastline, rugged wilderness areas and world-class wineries before you head to Hobart for Congress. Drive your own car on board or hire one for your arrival.

One of the joys of travelling on board Spirit of Tasmania is that your journey starts the moment you board. The onboard restaurant serves a delicious range of Tasmanian-inspired marketplace favourites. If you’re looking for entertainment, enjoy a latest release movie at one of two cinemas or head to Deck 9 to soak up the sounds of a live acoustic singer and stunning sea views. Then relax in the comfort your own cabin for a good night’s rest.


Terms & Conditions
When booking/amending via this page, members will have access to the best available fares on their chosen sailing dates.
All passenger, accommodation and vehicle space is subject to availability at time of booking/amending.

Overseas travellers

Travellers entering Australia on a foreign passport will need a visa regardless of the purpose or duration of their stay. Tourists from selected countries (New Zealand) are exempt.

If your sole reason for coming to Australia is to attend this conference, please apply for this VISA:
For information on who can apply for the eVisitor (subclass 651) visa online, please go to:

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:
For information on who can apply for the Visitor (Subclass 600) visa online, please go to:

As a guide, temperatures in Hobart in March range from 12°C to 19°C.

Travel Restrictions – Enhanced Public Safety Measures in response to Novel coronavirus
The Australian Government has announced that as of 1 February 2020, all travellers arriving from any part of mainland China, regardless of nationality, will be subject to enhanced border control measures to ensure the health, safety and well-being of the Australian community.

Visit Home Affairs for further information on these measures and current travel restrictions.

The Australian Government Department of Health is also working across agencies and with states and territories to implement measures to manage this risk