State capital of Queensland, with a population of just over 2 million, Brisbane is the third largest city in Australia, behind Sydney and Melbourne.
The city enjoys an enviable subtropical climate with over 300 days of sunshine per year. During the summer months, when the conference takes place, days are typically hot and humid with frequent afternoon storms. The nights are balmy and pleasant, making it perfect for sitting outdoors and enjoying the atmosphere along the river. Life in Brisbane is laid back with a focus on outdoor activities.
You can fly directly from overseas or local airports to Brisbane Airport – International and Domestic Terminals. But there are other ways to get to Brisbane.
International Cruise Ship Terminal at Hamilton – which means you can also cruise to / from Brisbane! There are rail connections interstate.
M1 Pacific Motorway connects Brisbane to the surrounding regions. Driving times:
- Gold Coast – 1 hour south
- Sunshine Coast – 1½ hours north
- Toowoomba – 1.5 hours west
- Byron Bay – 2 hours south
- Sydney – 10 hours south
REMEMBER: In Australia we drive on the left hand side of the road in right hand drive cars. It is always wise to check the driving rules before hiring a car and driving.
Brisbane has a good public transport network primarily comprising buses and ferries.
The Convention and Exhibition Centre is conveniently located at the heart of the Southbank Cultural Centre which has its own major bus terminus, with easy connections into the city and the night-life hubs of West End and Fortitude Valley.
The City Cat ferry service is a great way to get a sense of Brisbane from the river. With stops dotted along the north and south banks throughout the city, it is an easy way to get around and see the city at the same time.
Brisbane uses Australian Currency Australian Dollars (AUD). Currency can be converted or Travellers Cheques cashed at banks and Bureau de Change. Retailers and restaurants clearly advertise with signage which credit cards they will accept. In Australia the most accepted credit cards are Visa and Mastercard, with American Express and Diners Cards accepted in many but not all establishments.