Social & Networking Events

Conference Events

Social and networking functions can be booked via the Conference registration site. Prices below are in Australian dollars and include GST.

Welcome Mixer

Date: Sunday 27 November 2016

Time: 1800 – 1900

Venue: Southern Cross Foyer, Rydges Esplanade Hotel Fremantle

Register for the Conference and meet your fellow delegates.

Included with full registrations. Additional tickets available for $30 each.

Annual General Meeting – Ecological Society of Australia

Date: Monday 28 November 2016

Time: 1800-1900

Venue: Pleiades Room, Rydges Esplanade Hotel Fremantle

Your chance to become informed about previous and future activities, and participate in decisions regarding the Society.

Networking Event: Speed Networking – career diversity post-PhD

Date: Monday 28 November 2016

Time: 1900 – 2000

Venue: Sirius Room, Rydges Esplanade Hotel Fremantle


This fun and interactive event will offer students a unique opportunity to meet-and-greet leading experts from the field covering terrestrial and marine ecology and diversity of workplaces. Students will break out into groups of 4 and have a 2 min chat with each mentor.

Note: The event is for students and postdocs (<5 years since PhD) and invited mentors only

Light refreshments will be available for purchase.

Included with full registrations.

Barbara Rice Memorial Poster Session

Date: Tuesday 29 November 2016

Time: 1815 – 1945

Venue: Southern Cross Foyer, Rydges Esplanade Hotel Fremantle

Your opportunity to meet the poster presenters and ask them your questions about their work.

Included with full registrations. Additional tickets available for $35 each.

Conference Dinner

Date: Wednesday 30 November 2016

Time: 1900 – 2300

Venue: Bathers Beach House, Fremantle


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Located three steps from the beautiful white beach sands, Bathers Beach House features stunning floor to roof glass providing 180° panoramic views of Bathers Beach and the ocean.

Enjoy this unique location with excellent food and company. Take the opportunity to catch up with new and old friends and colleagues. This will be a standing dinner to give you maximum networking time, you will also be able to move around to find the best spots for a sunset view!

Tickets to the Conference Dinner are additional to Conference registrations. Tickets available for $100.

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Pub Debate: Conservation science, scientists and advocacy

Date: Thursday 1 December 2016

Time: 1700 – 1900

Venue: Bar Orient, Fremantle

The pub debate will be held upstairs at Bar Orient (39 High St, Fremantle WA 6160), and will be facilitated by Dustin Welbourne.

Food and refreshments will be available for purchase.

Join us for a challenging and entertaining debate to consider whether “Scientists should also be advocates”.

No ticket cost, refreshments at own expense.


The Crawl!

Join us, Tuesday 29 November.


Meet at 20.00PM sharp in Ball & Chain

We are going to show you some of the classic Freo drinking establishment, on which we will quizzzz you at the end which can earn you a couple of free beverages!

Approximate schedule:

Stop 1: Bar Orient (20.15)
Stop 2: The National Hotel (20.45)
Stop 3: Newport Hotel (21.15)
Stop 4: Sail and Anchor (21.45)
Stop 5: Norfolk Hotel (22.15)

22.30 Know your Local Quizzz

The Local Fremantle Eating and Drinking Guide

(a special ESA selection of Freo’s nicely priced eating and drinking places)


A selection made for you!

Bar Orient 

Meal (& drink) deals:
Monday: $8 pints, $5 wine (6pm-close), $15 Steak, Chips and Salad (5pm-10pm)
Tuesday: –
Wednesday: $15 Parmi Chicken, Chips & Salad (5pm – 10pm)
Thursday: $1 Hotdog & Chips (5pm – 10pm)
Friday: $15 Pizza (5pm -10pm)

Capri Restaurant

Very nice, simple real Italian food (no pizzas!).
Very popular with the locals, often need to cue at the door, take bookings for < 8.
Prices a bit steeper, but you get complementary soup with bread, BYO with no corkage.

Open: daily from 5- 9.30pm

Gypsy Tapas House

Just a cool place, with nice food and atmosphere (often with live music)

Weds 5:30pm – late
Thurs, Fri, Sat 11am – late
Sun 5:30pm – late

Average tapas dish: $10

Moore & Moore Cafe

Oh, so Freo, and oh, so cool! Really worth a visit!

Breakfast and lunch
Open: everyday 7am – 4pm (Kitchen closes at 2.30pm)

Newport Hotel

Lunch specials: $10
Monday to Friday 12 to 2:30pm

Sunday: $15 Chef Nachos, Choice of Angus beef or re-fried black beans. 12 – 8:30pm
Monday: $20 Chargrilled 250g rump steak topped with wild caught threadfin salmon, tiger prawns, squid and mussels in a creamy garlic sauce. Accompanied with a glass of Shiraz or Cabernet Merlot. 12 – 2:30pm, 5:30 – 9pm
Tuesday & Wednesday: $15 Steak served with hand cut fries and hombre salad. 12 – 2:30pm, 5:30 – 9pm
Thursday: $14 Prime Angus Beef Burger and Hand Cut Fries. 12 – 2:30pm, 5:30 – 9pm
Friday: $12 Chicken Schnitzel or $15 Chicken Parmigiana, Served with salad and hand cut fries. 12 – 2:30pm, 5:30 – 9pm

Norfolk Hotel

Good pub food and pizza’s. Always a great atmosphere.
No special deals

Kitchen open every day: 10am-10pm

Old Shanghia

A good range of cheap Asian cuisine options.
If you don’t mind sharing your table with some real Freo locals and you like your food courts, then this is the place for you!

Average meal price: $10-15

Open: Wed-Sun: 10am-9pm

Sail & Anchor

Meal (+ drink) deals:
Monday: Pizza and pint, $13, all day
Tuesday: Toastie and pint, $15, all day
Wednesday: Chicken schnitzel, $14, 6-9pm
Thursday: Steak, $15, 6-9pm
Friday: Double barrel burger with wiskey+mixer, $20, 6-9.30pm

Kitchen open: Mon – Thu, 12pm – 9pm; Fri – Sat 11:30am – 9:30pm; Sun 11:30am – 9pm

Spudbar Fremantle

My personal favourite! It’s just great food, for a great price.

Prices: $10-15 for a healthy and filling spud meal

Open: Sun – Thu: 11:30am – 8:00pm; Fri – Sat: 11:30am – 9:00pm

The Raw Kitchen

A bit pricier, but it’s the ultimate vegan/vegetarian heaven!

Open: Monday-Thursday 11.30-3.30PM; Friday-Sunday 11.30-9PM