Joint Meeting of the
Australian Society of Herpetologists (ASH)
and the
Society for Research on Amphibians and Reptiles in New Zealand (SRARNZ)

10–13 December, 2018
Kindilan, Redland Bay, south-eastern Queensland

Registration and abstract submission closed 10th November, 2018.

Abstract booklet
Conference programme

Join us at Kindilan, 45 minutes drive south from the centre of Brisbane, for 2018’s gathering of Australian and New Zealand herpetologists. 

We will have coaches to collect you at Brisbane Airport (domestic or international).  Alternatively, you can go straight to Kindilan in your own transport.

Arrive on the afternoon of the 10th December to enjoy a social mixer, dinner and a presentation by Steve Wilson, award-winning photographer and author of authoritative field guides to Australia’s reptiles, featuring images of some of his herpetological adventures. Plenaries will include eminent New Zealand conservation scientist Professor Dave Towns. Expect a full schedule of speed talks, longer presentations and posters, followed by a formal dinner and, of course, Glenn Shea’s famously fiendish Quiz.

Your research can be presented in three ways: a speed talk of five minutes, with questions for all speakers at the end of the session, a longer talk of 15 minutes (12 minutes talking plus three minutes for questions), or a poster.  We anticipate there will be too many speakers to allocate everyone a 15 minute slot, so please consider whether your presentation really needs to be 15 minutes, or if you can distill it down to five.  We will try, but if we can’t accommodate everyone, we will have to reduce the lengths of some talks.

Students are especially welcome at ASH.  Please apply for the travel grant if you will find getting to ASH financially difficult.  An email asking for applications will be sent out shortly.  A particular highlight for students will be the Postgraduate Workshop where you can get frank and fearless advice from the old pros about your future career in herpetology.

Draft schedule
2PM - registration desk opens at Kindilan
3PM - coaches leave Brisbane Airport
4PM - bar opens
6PM - dinner
7PM - Steve K. Wilson’s opening presentation

Tuesday & Wednesday
Presentations and plenaries and more!

12PM - lunch
1PM - coaches leave for the airport

About the location

Run by PGL on behalf of the Girl Guides, Kindilan has bunk-bed accommodation for 175, heaps of camping areas, a lake, bushland and activities, all on 220 acres.  Kindilan is set up as an adventure camp so there are plenty of activities to pursue in between sessions.  Particularly recommended are archery, canoeing and quick jump.


Depending on your budget, accommodation is in the dormitories or you can camp, in your own tent or use the on-site tents.  Dormitory accommodation is limited, so if you’re keen on sleeping indoors, register early or risk missing out!


If you fall in love with the place, or can’t be bothered finding anywhere else to stay until your flight leaves, pre- and post-conference accommodation is possible at Kindilan, for a minimal per-head fee.  If enough of us want to do this, Kindilan will even be able to cater.  Otherwise, BBQ facilities will be made available, and there are plenty of shops and restaurants nearby.

There are many local attractions, including Venman Bushland National ParkDaisy Hill Koala CentreSirromet Winery and North Stradbroke Island.  Further afield, the Gold and Sunshine Coasts, Lamington and Springbrook National Parks, and Australia Zoo are easily accessible.

So more useful links for attendees looking to spend time in the region before or after the conference:
·         Brisbane Destination
·         Essential and Signature Brisbane Itineraries
·         Brisbane Greeters - delegates can book free orientation tours of the city departing daily 10am outside Brisbane City Hall
·         Handy Brisbane Apps for visiting delegates
·         Major Events Calendar
·         Brisbane Event Planner a handy planning tool to select venues, accommodation and conference services

Registration and abstract submission
Registration and abstract submission closed 10th November, 2018.