Location

Brisbane, Queensland

Brisbane is a sophisticated, culturally diverse, and world-class city with an inspiring collection of places to explore.

Take in the natural pleasures of parklands to the urban appeal of art galleries – everything is right at your fingertips.

Brisbane has an array of wining and dining options, urban village hotspots, shopping and cinemas and everything in between.

For more things to see and do in Brisbane go to visitbrisbane.com.au.


General Information

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.

Climate
Brisbane is a subtropical paradise, blessed with wonderful, warm sunshine throughout the year. Boasting a long-term annual average high temperature of 26.4C and minimum low of 16C, Brisbane has the perfect climate for life in the great outdoors. It characteristically becomes warmer from October.

Brisbane is the perfect location for visitors to enjoy a range of activities – sport, picnics in parks, bushwalking, water sport and other relaxing forms of recreation. On warm, clear days you can take day trips to numerous intriguing destinations in and around Brisbane, while on perfect nights dine alfresco-style and take in the great river views.

For the latest conditions, visit the Bureau of Meteorology site bom.gov.auand follow the Queensland links.

Delegates are encouraged to wear sun protection when out sight-seeing. Wear a shirt, hat, sunglasses and good sunscreen, even on cloudy days. Reapply sunscreen regularly if spending the whole day outdoors. Drink plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration.

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.

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.

Public Transport – Ferry/Bus/Train
Visitors to Brisbane are able to travel across the city on one cashless ticket called a Go Card, making getting around simple and cost effective. Issued byTranslink, the Go Card is a touch-on touch-off system that can be used on the city’s buses, trains, CityCats and ferry services. A Go Card can be purchased at the Translink office located in the Brisbane Visitor Information Centre, on Queen Street Mall or at most local news agencies.

Plan your journey on public transport using the Translink Journey Planner or Google Maps.

City Loop BusFor inner-city travel, Brisbane’s free-loop bus service is a fast way to get from point A to point B. Available from Monday to Friday only between 7am and 6pm the Brisbane City Loop Bus runs every 10 minutes and is a jump-on and jump-off system.

Shopping
Most stores in Brisbane are open seven days per week with evening shopping in the Brisbane CBD open till 9.00pm on Fridays and 9.00pm in suburban areas on Thursdays. South Bank markets are conveniently located in South Bank parklands opposite the Conference venue and are open Friday nights from 5pm to 10pm, Saturdays from 11am to 5pm and Sundays from 9am to 5pm.

Sight Seeing 

Delegates who have extra time in Brisbane may wish to visit some of Queensland’s stunning tourist attractions at the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast or greater Brisbane.

International and interstate delegates are encouraged to visit the South Bank Visitor Centre to obtain information on how to get to your destination most conveniently, book tickets and plan your day/s.

Destinations at the Gold Coast include:

Movie World, Sea World, Wet ‘N’ Wild or Paradise Countryhttp://themeparks.com.au/

Dreamworld, White Water World or Skypoint, https://www.dreamworld.com.au/

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary http://www.cws.org.au/

Surfers Paradise and other Gold Coast beaches

Tamborine Mountain or O’Reilly’s Rainforesthttp://www.tamborinemtncc.org.au/&https://oreillys.com.au/

 

Destinations at the Sunshine Coast include:

Australia Zoo http://www.australiazoo.com.au/

Underwater World https://www.underwaterworld.com.au/

Aussie World http://www.aussieworld.com.au/

Sunshine Coast beaches such as Noosa Heads and Caloundra

Sunshine Coast Hinterland http://www.hinterlandtourism.com.au/

Delegates wishing to explore greater Brisbane are encouraged to visithttp://www.visitbrisbane.com.au/destinations?sc_lang=en-au and consider the variety of unique, historical and superb sites and attractions Brisbane has to offer.

Southbank 

The 17 hectares of lush parklands, world-class eateries, stunning river views, free beach-inspired swimming pools and picnic areas make up the stunning location of Southbank. Delegates can find out more about South Bank and what’s on in the area here: http://www.visitbrisbane.com.au/south-bank?sc_lang=en-au

South Bank Visitor Centre

Whether it’s tour and accommodation bookings, events and entertainment information, brochures and maps, or general tourist advice you need for the Brisbane and Greater Brisbane areas, please visit the South Bank Visitor Centre: Stanley Street Plaza, South Bank Parklands. P: 07 3156 6366 E:vicsouthbank@brisbanemarketing.com.au  Open daily 9am-5pm

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.

Travel and Health Insurance
It is strongly recommended that you take out insurance policies to cover medical and travel expenses. If necessary, consult your travel agent.

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, unless signed otherwise.

Weather
Pack a hat and a bottle of sunscreen. With 12 months of sunshine filled days and clear blue skies, Brisbane has a climate that sets the scene for year-round alfresco activities. Even in the midst of a Brisbane winter you’ll be yearning to play in the parks and dine outdoors.