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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

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.

PORT DOUGLAS

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.

INSURANCE

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.

WEATHER

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.

TIME ZONE

Cairns is located in Queensland, which observes the Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST), corresponding to GMT+10.

TAXIS

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.

BANKS

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.

CURRENCY

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.

AIRPORT TRANSFERS

There are 6 ways to get from Cairns Airport (CNS) to Cairns Convention Centre by shuttle, bus, taxi, towncar or foot.

For more information, please click here

CAR RENTAL

The below six car hire companies are located on-site at the airport and have car hire counters located in the arrivals hall of both T1 (International) and T2 (Domestic).

avis.com.au
budget.com.au
europecar.com.au
hertz.com.au
redspot.com.au
thrifty.com.au

TAXES

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.

CONFERENCE VENUE

CAIRNS CONVENTION CENTRE

Cnr Wharf & Sheridan Street, Cairns
QLD 4870, Australia
www.cairnsconvention.com.au

ACCOMMODATION

PULLMAN CAIRNS INTERNATIONAL

Hotel, 5 star, 950 m from conference centre
www.pullmancairnsinternational.com.au

Special rates have been arranged for delegates who wish to stay at Pullman International

$179 per night – City Mountain View rooms

$219 per night – Harbour View Rooms

To book and receive the discount, please contact the Pullman directly and mention you are coming for the Soil Science Conference.  

Contact 07 4050 2152

H8772@accor.com

HILTON CAIRNS

Hotel, 4.5 star, 950 m from conference centre
www.hilton.com/en/hotels/crnhitw-hilton-cairns/

HARBOUR LIGHTS

Serviced apartments, 4 star, 950 m from conference centre
all.accor.com/hotel/8777/index.en.shtml

JACK AND NEWELL APARTMENTS

Self-contained apartments, 4 star, 550 m from conference centre
jacknewellcairns.com.au

IL CENTRO CAIRNS

Self-contained apartments, 4 star, 230 m from conference centre
www.ilcentro.com.au

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