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We have had many friends ask about the venue with the major concern being distance from the CBD and what the area has to offer in accommodation, amenities and transport.

At the end of our visit, the consensus was unanimous thumbs up.

Venue:  The Kedron –Wavell Services Club is located next door to Chermside Shopping Centre making it easy to find.  There is plenty of free parking.  Club Membership is available for $5.00 and this entitles you to discounts in the café, restaurant and bar.  Although there are mixed reviews on the website, we experienced excellent service throughout.  We had coffee in the café which has a lovely ambience. Good coffee!

Playing Area for the ANC Teams and Butler will be in the Kittyhawk room         (http://www.kedron-wavell.com.au/kittyhawk-room/) which has its own external entry, past the main entrance to Kedron-Wavell Services Club, facing Kittyhawk Drive.

The ”VC Suite” located on Level 1 (http://www.kedron-wavell.com.au/the-vc-suite/)  will be used for other events.  Entrance to this is via the main entrance of  The Kedron-Wavell Club.

The ANC Dinner will be held in the “Blue Pacific Ballroom” also on Level 1 (http://www.kedron-wavell.com.au/blue-pacific-ballroom/).

Accommodation:  The closest accommodation is Quest Chermside on Playfield. This is a 5 minute stroll and has a disabled lift at front entrance for those that can’t manage steps. The building is new, with spacious with 1 and 2 bedroom apartments. The 2 bedroom apartments have 2 bathrooms and a sofa bed for 5th person.

Not to be confused with Quest Chermside on Playfield is Quest Chermside which is also nearby  – a leisurely 10 minute stroll.  To get to the venue from Quest Chermside, you can walk via Chermside Shopping Centre.

Both Quests cater for corporate clients which means quality accommodation.  Prices are negotiable depending on length of stay.

Across the road from Quest Chermside is Chermside Apartments which were of a similar standard.

Dining:  Cantina 817 on Gympie Road was recommended by both Quest Chermside and Chermside Apartments so we wondered over to check it out.  Very cheap breakfasts and looks to be a good place to dine in for lunch or dinner. There is no shortage of eating places.

Transport:  The Kedron –Wavell Services Club provides a shuttle service for $2 each way for members so if you would like it, spend 5 minutes and $5 to join. This service is not available on Saturday and Sunday.

http://www.kedron-wavell.com.au/our-club/club-bus/

Chermside Shopping Centre has a major bus station – Chermside bus station

http://jp.translink.com.au/travel-information/network-information/stops-and-stations/stop/chermside-shopping-centre-station

The nearest train station is Zillmere which is on the Caboolture line.  If you use the train, you will need to get the 330 bus from the station to Chermside Shopping Centre.

The drive from Chapel Hill (Western Suburbs) to the venue was 40 minutes using tunnels. We deliberately left at a similar time to what we would do during the ANC.   Allow more time if not using the tunnels. The ANC will be held during Queensland school holidays so there won’t be as much traffic.

Any reservations we had about the choice and suitability of the ANC venue have been dispelled.  It isn’t easy to find a place that suits everyone but Charles Page and his team have made an excellent choice.

We hope you will come to play, and see for yourself.
Therese Tully, Connie Schoutrop and Pele Rankin

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