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Travel Information

Destination - Gold Coast

The Gold Coast is situated approximately 80 kilometers south of Brisbane, Queensland’s capital city. Bordered by 70 km of internationally acclaimed beaches and World Heritage listed subtropical rainforests, the Gold Coast is Australia’s premier tourist destination. From golden beaches to lush tropical hinterland, thrill-seeking theme parks to pampering day spas, world-class shopping to mouth-watering dining, eye-opening tours to amazing cultural experiences – the list of things to do on the Gold Coast in endless. Now with the G:Link, the Gold Coast’s new light rail system, it is easier than ever to explore the surrounding area. For more information about the G:Link visit: ridetheg.com.au

Why not extend your stay before or after the conference and enjoy all of the things the Gold Coast has to offer?

Getting to the Gold Coast

Flights

Gold Coast Airport (or Coolangatta Airport) is 25kms from QT Gold Coast.  There are flights into the Gold Coast from most Australia capital cities, New Zealand, Asia, USA, Europe. For more information about Gold Coast Airport please visit: http://www.goldcoastairport.com.au/

Brisbane Airport is approx. 1 hour and 10 mins (85kms) from  QT Gold Coast. Brisbane is a large international airport with frequent flights daily. For more information about Brisbane Airport please visit: http://www.bne.com.au/

Airport Transfers

From Gold Coast Airport

For international and interstate visitors arriving at the Gold Coast’s local airport, Coolangatta, the following options are available.

Shuttle Bus:

Gold Coast Tourist Shuttle - Pre-booking is recommended and can be done online at the website below. One way or return coach transfers between your hotel & the Gold Coast Airport are available.

Website: http://gcshuttle.com.au/airport-transfers/
Phone: 1300 655 655
Cost (approx): AUD21.00 one way, AUD41.00 return

Taxi:
Gold Coast Cabs - From Coolangatta Airport to the Conference m venue (QT Gold Coast) the approximate cost is AUD 55.00 one way.
Website:
http://www.gccabs.com.au/
Phone: 131 008

From Brisbane Airport

For international and interstate visitors arriving at Brisbane Airport, the options for travelling to the Gold Coast are via coach, taxi or airtrain. The journey takes approximately 75 minutes.

Coach:
Con-X-ion - Pre-booking can be arranged and is recommended for early and late arrivals.
Website:
http://www.con-x-ion.com/
Phone +61 7 3358 9700 or 1300 664 700
Email:
reservations@coachtrans.com.au
Cost (approx): From AUD49.00 one way, AUD91.00 return

Train:
Airtrain - The Airtrain service leaves from Brisbane Airport every half hour (15 minutes during peak times) throughout the day between 5:00am and 8:00pm. Travel time is 90 minutes on the train to Nerang station, and approximately 15 minutes drive to the QT Gold Coast. Online bookings receive 10% off. Website:
www.airtrain.com.au
Phone: +61 7 3216 3308
Cost (approx): From AUD31.00 one way, AUD59.00 return

Airtrain Connect – Transfer Service - The AirtrainConnect service includes the train to a Gold Coast station, and then a chauffeured vehicle to your accommodation. When you arrive at the Brisbane airport, Airtrain staff will arrange your tickets and advise which Gold Coast train station to disembark at. When you arrive at the Gold Coast, your driver will be waiting with your name on a sign to take you to your destination.
Website:
www.airtrain.com.au
Phone: 1800 119 091
Email:
reservations@airtrain.com.au
Cost (approx): From AUD50.00 one way, AUD90.00 return

International Delegate Information

Australian Visa Information

Visitors to Australia must have a valid passport and the appropriate Australian Visa https://www.immi.gov.au/Visas/Pages/Find-a-visa.aspx.

Overseas visitors seeking to attend or participate in a conference or event in Australia should visit www.immi.gov.au/visitors/_pdf/general-events.pdf. You must apply for your visa early to ensure that details are confirmed prior to your departure for the conference.

Information about this important requirement can also be found on the Australian Government website at www.immi.gov.au. Some participants will be able to obtain an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA). You can apply for an ETA via the Internet www.eta.immi.gov.au or through a travel agent, an airline office or a specialist service provider to arrange an ETA on your behalf.

Invitation Letter and Visa

If you require an invitation letter for visa purposes please indicate this on your registration form or contact the Conference secretariat. Please note this procedure is intended to assist participants who need to obtain a visa or permission to attend the Conference.

It is not an official invitation covering fees and other expenses.   It does not imply any financial support from the Conference.

General Information

Currency
Decimal currency is used in Australia – dollars and cents. Current exchange rates can be obtained from your bank and on-line at
www.xe.com.

Banking
Banks in Australia are open Monday to Thursday 9.30am to 4.00pm, and 9.30am to 5.00pm on Friday. Some banks are open on Saturday. Exchange facilities are available at airports and most major hotels. Automatic Teller Machines (ATMs) are available at a wide variety of outlets. All major credit cards are widely accepted in Australia.

Travel and Health Insurance

Registration fees do not include insurance of any kind. It is strongly recommended that at the time you register for the conference and book your travel you take out an insurance policy of your choice. The policy should include

  • loss of fees/deposit through cancellation of your participation in the conference,
  • or through cancellation of the conference,
  • loss of international/domestic air fares through cancellation for any reason,
  • loss of tour monies through cancellation for any reason including airline or related services strikes within Australia,
  • failure to utilise tours or pre booked arrangements due to airline delay, Force Majeure or any other reason,
  • medical expenses (including sickness and accident cover),
  • loss or damage to personal property,
  • additional expenses and repatriation should travel arrangements have to be altered.
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The conference managers cannot take any responsibility for any delegate failing to arrange their own insurance. This insurance is to be purchased in your country of origin.

Electricity

Electricity in Australia is 220-240V AC 50Hz. The sockets are three pin and you may need an adaptor. Universal outlets for 240V or 100V shavers are found in most leading hotels. Multi-voltage appliances as well as adaptors are readily available in department stores and luggage shops.

Shopping

Most stores on the Gold Coast open Monday to Saturday until around 5.00pm to 6.00pm. Some retailers may remain open until 9.00pm week nights, and between 9.00am to 6.00pm Sundays. Grocery and department stores generally open seven days a week, with late night trading until 9.00pm on week nights.

Taxes

A Goods and Services Tax (GST) of 10% applies to all consumer goods and is included in retail prices. Overseas visitors may be able to claim a refund of the GST through the Tourist Refund Scheme (TRS). Further information is available on http://www.customs.gov.au/site/page4263.asp

Tipping

Tipping is acceptable in Australia. It is not compulsory.

Water quality

The water in Australia exceeds the standards for safe drinking water set by the World Health Organization. It is safe to drink water straight from the tap.