WELCOME TO TROPICAL NORTH QUEENSLAND
Stretching from Mission Beach in the south to the Torres Strait in the north, Tropical North Queensland is a rugged and remarkable region where the rainforest meets the reef. Explore the lush Wet Tropics, visit the ancient Daintree Rainforest or discover the underwater wonders of the Great Barrier Reef.
Cairns is the heart of Tropical North Queensland, a vibrant city that blends a laid-back tropical sensibility with a buzzing multicultural lifestyle. Hit the morning markets, have a drink in a hip small bar, swim in the sparkling Esplanade Lagoon or escape the heat in one of the city’s shady parks and gardens. Cairns sits below Tropical North Queensland’s two greatest natural treasures, the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest, so there’s a new adventure to be had every day.
An hour north of Cairns is the village of Port Douglas, where iconic resorts and stylish apartments sprawl along untouched beaches. It’s known for its sophisticated dining, excellent shopping and barefoot luxe vibe.
GETTING TO CAIRNS
Cairns’s international and domestic airports are located around a 15-minute drive from Cairns CBD. There are two terminals at the Cairns airport; International (T1) and Domestic (T2). The terminals are connected by a covered walkway. There are a range of direct flights and low-cost flares available so we encourage you to explore all the options.
Delegates are strongly advised to secure appropriate travel and health insurance. Delegate registration fees do not provide any insurance coverage. The Organising Committee and the Congress Office accept no responsibility for any loss in this regard.
Cairns is located in the tropics and has a warm humid climate with hot days and mild nights. The wet seasons begins to build up around December and occasional tropical rainfalls are expected.
Cairns is located in Queensland, which observes the Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST), corresponding to GMT+10.
Each terminal has its own sheltered taxi rank at the front of each terminal building, simply follow the signage in the terminal.
For more information about taxis, phone 131 008 or visit cairnstaxis.com.au.
The easiest way to get cash away from home is from an ATM (Automated Teller Machine) with an international network such as Cirrus (Mastercard) or PLUS (Visa). Australian ATMs use a four-digit code, so check with your bank and make sure you change yours before you leave home.
Australia’s national currency is the Australian dollar (AUD). Credit cards such as American Express, Bankcard, Diners Club, MasterCard and Visa are accepted. Visa and MasterCard are commonly accepted everywhere credit cards are accepted. American Express and Diners Club are accepted at major supermarket and department store chains and many tourist destinations. Merchants may impose credit card surcharges.
There are 6 ways to get from Cairns Airport (CNS) to Cairns Convention Centre by shuttle, bus, taxi, towncar or foot.
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Australia has a Goods and Services Tax (GST) of 10%. You may be able to claim a refund of the GST paid on certain goods bought here; conditions apply. Tourist Refund Scheme facilities are located in the departure area of international terminals. For more detailed information see the Tourist Refund Scheme.
Short/extended abstract deadline 31 May
Author notification 30 June
Full paper (optional) deadline 8 August
Early bird registration deadline 18 September
Standard registration deadline 31 October
Conference 29 November – 4 December
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