Australia may be considered the smallest continent, but still ranks as the sixth largest country in the world. It lies between the Indian and Pacific Oceans affording it one of the longest coast lines in the world. Its area is similar to continental Europe or the 48 contiguous United States. The neighbours include New Zealand, New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, and East Timor. All of which may be worth visiting if you are down this way!
Australia is full of open spaces populated with unique flora and fauna, with diverse Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures. Australia is home to the architectural and engineering icons such as Sydney's Opera House and Harbour Bridge, as well as the Gold Coast's Q1 (Queensland Number One) which is the world's tallest residential tower located near the conference venue in Surfers Paradise. Its natural beauty takes it to another level with Red Centre's rock formations Uluru (Ayers Rock), Kata Tjuta (The Olgas), and King's Canyon; the rock and water formations populated with wildlife in Kakadu; the giant maritime reserve of the Great Barrier Reef; the lush tropics of the Daintree; the Pinnacles and Wave Rock in south-west Australia. See WikiTravel for more things-to-see!
Queensland and Gold Coast
Queensland is fairly special since this is where 2 World Heritage areas meet (The Daintree and the Great Barrier Reef). South-East Queensland includes the Sunshine Coast, Brisbane, and the Gold Coast. This includes fantastic beaches and tranquil hinterlands. The Gold Coast is also home to numerous theme parks such Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, Sea World, Dreamworld, Warner Bros Movie World, Wet'n'Wild, Australian Outback Spectacular, and WhiteWater World.
Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa
The Conference venue is the Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa, one of the most luxurious holiday and conference destinations in Australia.
158 Ferny Avenue, Surfers Paradise, Queensland 4217, Australia
Phone: +61 7 5592 9800
Web page: Click here
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For further information, please contact: Ms Aurélie Favennec, ICEM 2011 Secretariat
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