On behalf of the Organising Committee, I would like to extend our warm welcome to you all, both to Canberra and to MaxEnt 2013 !

December is the first month of summer and getting warmer: you will still see some remaining blossums around town, while the cherries, plums and apricots will be almost ripe. Enormous mangoes are being trucked in from Queensland and the NT. Large flocks of enormous
sulphur-crested cockatoos will create a wonderful cacaphony of sound, especially in the suburbs. Expect days of 15-26 C (60-80 F), which can drop to cool in the nights (say 10 C or 50 F). The days should be mostly sunny, but there may be occasional storms and episodes of rain.  

On arrival in Canberra, it is most convenient to catch a taxi (or drive) to your hotel. The Canberra bus company Action also provides a service connecting the airport to the city (see below). The central district is called "Civic”, with many hotels and shops. Remember to drive and walk on the left !

For other attractions, we can recommend a walk or cycle around Lake Burley Griffin (south of Civic). Or, you may prefer to shop in the very large Canberra Centre mall and shopping district on the east side of Civic (open 7 days), or visit some other attractions such as the Australian War Memorial, National Gallery of Australia, National Library, National Museum, National Portrait Gallery or Questacon. You can also climb Mt Ainslie or Black Mountain, or many of the other hills around town. You will find some tourist information and what's-on guides here:
To help you to get around Canberra, we attach several maps:
For bus services, here are some direct links to the Action website:
Google also provides an excellent bus route / time selector, through the bus icon on Google maps:
For our pilgrimage to our Asian restaurant lunch on Tuesday, here are several walking maps:
Further details of our Kangaroo tour on Thursday afternoon are given below:
For those of you driving to the Thursday conference dinner at Lake George Winery, NSW, here is a Google map link: Road map, Pavilion to Lake George Winery. Note you will have to turn left off the freeway, and then right into a secondary road, about 1.6 km south of the winery; this is signposted but does not show up on Google.

So, safe travelling, and see you at the conference !

Robert Niven
on behalf of the Organising Committee.