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 (Conference Venue)
The Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa is situated in the heart of the Gold Coast, within easy reach of pristine beaches, fashionable shopping and picturesque hinterland valleys. Set amidst lush tropical gardens and the Gold Coast's only private salt water lagoon, this Gold Coast beach resort hotel is renowned for its Pacific Ocean views and contemporary resort restaurants.
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The Gold Coast is served by two major airports:
Brisbane Domestic and International Airport
The Brisbane Domestic and International Airport is about one hour drive away from Surfers Paradise.
Taxis: Taxi ranks are located at both the International and Domestic Terminal. At the Domestic Terminal, the taxi rank can be found in front of the terminal. At the International Terminal, the taxi rank is located the northern end of Arrivals on Level 2. A trip to Surfers Paradise will cost approximately A$230.00
Buses: Coachtrans Australia is the Brisbane Airports only licensed bus operator. Coachtrans meets all flights, Domestic and International, and offers a door to door service. The facilities include continuously staffed customer service counters, information services to arriving passengers, exclusive curbside parking for easy passenger access, air-conditioned buses operating on a door-to-door basis, 7 days a week, one way or return.
Train: Airtrain offers services to and from the Gold Coast. From 0500 hours to 1959 hours daily, 7 days per week.
More info at: www.brisbaneairport.com.au
The Gold Coast Airport (also called Coolangatta)
The Gold Coast Airport (also called Coolangatta), about 30 minutes drive away from Surfers Paradise.
Taxis: Taxis are available outside the Terminal and a trip to Surfers Paradise will cost approximately A$70.00
Buses: From directly in front of the Domestic arrivals/baggage collection area at the terminal, bus route 702 runs to Southport every half hour between the first and last flights of the day, connecting to other services on the Gold Coast Highway (including Surfers Paradise).
A Transport and Information Desk is located right outside International Arrivals. The staff at the Information Desk will be able to help you with transfers’ enquiries.
More info at: www.goldcoastairport.com.au
Car hire and parking are also available at both airports.
A 10% discount is available on transfers from Brisbane or Gold Coast Airport to delegates’ accommodation hotel for all ICEM 2011 attendees. To benefit from your 10% discount:
- Have your flights confirmation details ready
- Have the name of your hotel handy
- Have your credit card ready
- Then CLICK HERE (external link to Con-x-ion) to book your airport transfer!
- Enter your code: ICEM 2011
Conditions: 10% discount offered on Economy or Premium Economy Transfers
A visa is required to enter Australia, even if entering as a visitor only. Please apply for your visa online at www.immi.gov.au
Please note - a visa to attend a conference falls in the category “Business visits to Australia for up to three months”
Some countries’ residents will need to address their request to their Consulate or Embassy. If you require an invitation letter to help with the process, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and include the following information:
- Country of passport
- Passport number
- Current country of residence
- Date of birth
- Last name as it appears on the passport
- First and middle names in full
Please note – an invitation letter will only be issued once payment of your registration to the Conference has been received. A list of overseas delegates who paid their registration fees will be sent to the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) to help with visa applications.
For further information, please contact: Ms Aurélie Favennec, ICEM 2011 Secretariat
C/- Conference Action Pty Ltd, PO Box 576, Crows Nest NSW 1585, Australia
Tel: +61 2 9431 8632 — Fax: +61 2 9431 8677 — E-mail: email@example.com