In keeping with recent ACLs, the ACL 2018 Social Event will be held in an aquarium. The Melbourne Sealife Aquarium is a short 10 minute walk upriver along the Yarra from the convention centre (see map on Attendees page).


The event runs from 19:30-22:30 on Tuesday 17th July and you will be served deserts and drinks, including an open bar. Be sure to see the massive `Mermaid Garden’, a walk-through glass passageway amongst hundreds of sharks and thousands more marine creatures, just a taste of the extraordinary marine diversity of Australia. See if you can beat the enormous crocodile in a staring contest.

Bring your partners and children to enjoy this spectacular place (extras will need their own additional tickets). Most of the creatures will be on display, although there will be limited light in the penguin enclosure, to simulate night-time conditions.

Note that dinner is not provided, and there is a limited time for dinner between the end of the conference programme and the start of the social event. Please plan accordingly. There are many dinner venues along the river foreshore as part of the South Wharf, Casino (which is directly opposite the Acquarium), and Southbank precincts. See the Attendees page for details.