Information for speakers
Unless otherwise arranged, seminar take place between 4pm and 6pm on Wednesdays. Speakers typically come to Wagga on Wednesday, stay the night in Wagga, and then head home on Thursday.
Travel and accommodation
CSU may cover the cost of your travel and accommodation, if funding is available. Partners are very welcome and encouraged to come too, but unfortunately we cannot cover any extra costs for them. We will ask first how you would like to travel to and from Wagga, and will book any tickets or rental car that you need. If you need to use taxis while you are in Wagga, CSU may be able to reimburse you after your visit (keep your receipts and get in touch when you get home).
Travel between Sydney and Wagga
Driving. The drive between Sydney and Wagga takes about five hours (you can get directions at Google maps). If you like to break the drive there are many nice cafes in Berrima (a slight detour), and a large second hand book barn just down the road. There are nice cafes in Gunning, which is about halfway between Sydney and Wagga. And there is a very nice cafe in Jugiong (also a slight detour), called the Long Track Pantry.
Flying. You can fly between Sydney and Wagga on either Qantas or Rex. There are various flight times throughout the day.
Train. There is a daily XPT train between Sydney and Wagga. It leaves Sydney Central station early in the morning and arrives in Wagga at about 2pm. Going the other way, it leaves Wagga at about 1pm and gets to Sydney Central in the evening.
Travel between Melbourne and Wagga
Driving. The drive between Melbourne and Wagga takes about four hours (you can get directions at Google maps).
Flying. You can fly between Melbourne and Wagga on Rex. There are various flight times throughout the day.
Train. There is a daily XPT train between Melbourne and Wagga. It leaves Melbourne Southern Cross station early in the morning and arrives in Wagga at about 1pm. Going the other way, it leaves Wagga at about 1:50pm and gets to Melbourne in the evening.
Travel between Canberra and Wagga
Driving. The drive from Canberra to Wagga takes about three hours (you can get directions at Google maps). There is a very nice cafe in Jugiong, halfway between Canberra and Wagga. Unfortunately it is closed on Tuesdays, but otherwise it is open daily 8am - 4pm.
Train. You can catch the train between Canberra and Wagga. You catch a connecting bus from Canberra in the morning, to connect with the train in Yass which then arrives in Wagga at about 2pm. Going the other way, the train leaves Wagga at about 1pm, connects with the bus in Yass, which gets back to Canberra at about 5pm.
Getting around Wagga
Getting to the seminar
The seminar is held on the CSU Campus, in the Seminar Room of Building 26 (aka ). If you are driving from town (or catching a taxi): enter the campus via the main entrance on Boorooma Street; at the first roundabout just inside the entrance turn left; follow the road up the hill until you come to car park 3 ('P3'). Building 26 is just next to car park 3. Go into building 26 and ask someone to direct you to the philosophers.
- 'Premium Coffee Roasters' on Trail Street (next door to 'Red Jaffa'), open 7.30am - 4.00pm (closed on Sunday). Red Jaffa has food available from 9am.
- 'Old Empire Tea Rooms' at 84 Fitzmaurice Street, open 7.30am - 6.00pm.
- 'Mates Gully Organics' at 32 Fitzmaurice Street, open 8.00am - 4.00pm. They have very nice food but it's a bit on the pricey side.
Things to do in Wagga
- Walk or run along the river (spot platypocrates the platypus) and lagoon
- Swim at the Wagga beach
- Visit the National Glass Museum
- Visit the Train Museum
The format is roughly: one hour for your talk (we prefer less - 45 mins is ideal), followed by about an hour of discussion. There are 6 philosophers in the department, and with honours students and various other regular attendees you can expect a crowd of about a dozen. It is best if you don't assume too much technical background. The seminar room has a computer and projector (so you will be able to present a powerpoint slide show). If you have a handout, we can make copies for you.
We have a tradition of letting the speaker decide where to have dinner after the seminar (an obligation that cannot be avoided!). There is no need for you to make your choice in advance, but these are the options:
After dinner, some regular attendees of the seminar will be urging that we have gelato at Gelatisimmo - just so you know!