Venue & Travel

Venue

Cairns Convention Centre
Sheridan St
Cairns, QLD 4870
www.cairnsconvention.com.au 

Host City - Cairns

As a destination for international and local delegates, the Great Barrier Reef and the tropical rainforest combine to make Cairns one of the most attractive in the Asia Pacific region.  Access via the multiple airline carriers who fly directly to Cairns make this a readily accessible location despite not being a capital city.  Delegates will be able to take advantage of the lower costs without lacking any of the quality in accommodation or restaurants.  There are many top quality 5 star luxury hotels through the range of 4 star and apartment style properties, and even excellent back packer lodgings.  Providing for all range of travellers is what this most popular tourist destination does best.

The Cairns Convention Centre (CCC) regularly receives global recognition as a world class conference venue.  It was voted “World’s Best Congress Centre 2004” and “World’s Top 3 Congress Centres 2005 & 2008” in the prestigious annual client survey by the International Association of Congress Centres (AIPC) Apex Award.  The Centre features state of the art audio visual and IT facilities with professional inhouse technical and IT services.  This is complimented by excellent local industry partners including staging and theming suppliers and exhibition service providers who are all highly skilled in the delivery of event requirements.  The CCC offers world class hospitality services with menus featuring fresh local produce to enhance the delegates enjoyment of the conference.

In addition to the superb natural environment tour and recreational experiences awaiting delegates, the City of Cairns enables visitors to engage with the local Aboriginal culture.  A feature of the meeting will be many opportunities to explore the outdoors well as experience fabulous culinary treats and Aboriginal traditions, dance and folklore.

Airport and Car rental information

Airport and Car rental:

Cairns Airport has an international and domestic terminal and is located approximately 7kms from the Cairns CBD. For more information please visit the Cairns International Airport website. There are a number of car rental companies that operate within the airport terminals. They have staffed reception desks during all arrival times. Car rental companies can also be found in the CBD. There is further information regarding car rental companies on the Cairns Airport website.

Local Transport information

Taxis (Cabs)
Free taxi telephones are located in the arrival halls and the taxi ranks of both the International and Domestic Terminals. Black & White Taxi ranks are located immediately outside the International and Domestic Terminals. The taxi fare to Cairns CBD ranges from $15 - $20 depending on destination point. Taxis are also available from the main taxi rank in the City Place or along the Esplanade and in front of the reef Casino.

Bus Services
Australia Coach and Sun Palm Express operate airport shuttle bus services to hotels, city centre, Northern Beaches, Palm Cove, Port Douglas and Cape Tribulation. Both companies pick up immediately in front of the arrivals area at both terminals and both operate an information desk within the terminal, which if not staffed, have direct-dial telephone. Public buses run from City Place and service areas all over Cairns. Buses also service the northern beaches. ($10 to CBD/Hotels)

Quarantine

Australia is free from many plant and animal diseases prevalent in other countries. Very strict quarantine rules apply to the importation of animals and plants which cannot be brought into the country without prior application. Animal and plant products are also restricted.

Currency Exchange

Decimal currency is used in Australia (AUD) and currency units are dollars and cents. Australian notes are: $100, $50, $20, $10, $5. Coins are: $2, $1, 50, 20, 10, and 5 cents.

Disabled Facilities

If you require disability specific facilities, please notify the secretariat by indicating on your registration form.

Health

Vaccinations are not required unless you have come from a yellow fever- infected country zone within six days prior to your arrival. You do not need any other health certificate to enter Australia. Australia has a high standard of hygiene and doctors and dentists are highly trained and hospitals are well equipped. In the event of illness, hotel staff can arrange a doctor for you.

Insurance

It is strongly recommended that delegates take out adequate travel and health insurance prior to commencement of travel. Further information can be obtained from your travel agent.

Tax

Australia applies a tax to the purchase of both goods and services called the Goods and Services Tax (GST). The rate of tax that applies to taxable products and services is 10%. Tax is already included in the advertised prices. Non-Australian delegates may be eligible for a refund of GST via the Tourist Refund Scheme.