Destination: Gold Coast, Queensland
The City of the Gold Coast, boasts 42 kilometres of stunning beaches stretching from Southport in the north to Coolangatta in the south, with a lush subtropical back-drop in the Gold Coast hinterland. This beautiful scenery combination is often described “the green behind the gold”. Surfers Paradise with its towering skyline and beachfront esplanade forms the hub of the city.
Situated only an hour’s drive from Brisbane, Queensland’s State capital, this international city offers a multitude of man-made and natural attractions and some of Australia’s best surfing beaches. With almost 300 days of sunshine each year and an average winter maximum of 20°C and average summer maximum of 28°C, making the Gold Coast a great location for delegates to relax and extend their stay.
Blessed with sunny days and plenty of action, Brisbane is one of the fastest growing capital cities in the world but it is uncomplicated, laidback and fun-loving.
If you’re sitting inside, you’re doing it wrong. Brisbane’s year-round subtropical setting is best enjoyed with the grass beneath your feet and the sun on your back.
Brisbane comes alive each day as the subtropical setting calls people from their beds year round to wake up and smell the coffee, soak up the sunshine and drink in the view of the winding Brisbane River.
- Cycle up the Brisbane River, then catch the CityCat back down.
- Walk through the City Botanic Gardens and dine alfresco along Eagle Street Pier.
- Climb the Story Bridge and abseil down the side, James Bond style.
- Run the 107 steps at the Kangaroo Point Cliffs… or just have a barbecue overlooking the city as the sun goes down.
Experience the festival buzz of South Bank, with markets, bars, restaurants, live performances and Australia’s only inner-city beach providing the ultimate free playground.
Watch Broadway shows and explore the museums and art galleries of the Cultural Precinct.
Wander Gallery of Modern Art, Queensland Art Gallery or Queensland Museum. Discover independent dance, theatre and comedy in Fortitude Valley’s eclectic performance spaces.
Shop in boutique-filled inner-city boroughs – each with their own special personality.
Further information: www.queensland.com/en-au/explore-queensland/brisbane
Cowboys meet the beach, as Rockhampton and the Southern Great Barrier Reef collide in a mix of historic towns, national parks and sandy beaches. Release your inner explorer as you fossick for gemstones, explore the Capricorn Caves and experience world-class diving.
Further information: www.queensland.com/en-au/explore-queensland/capricorn-region
Whether you’ve got serious sea legs or prefer to keep your feet on dry sand, the Fraser Coast offers the best of both worlds. Reel in a fresh fish for dinner on Fraser Island, or head out on the water to watch whales play just off Hervey Bay.
Further information: www.queensland.com/en-au/explore-queensland/fraser-coast
Great Barrier Reef
The Great Barrier Reef stretches over 2300kms – from Tropical North Queensland in the north, right down to Bundaberg in the south.
Further information: www.queensland.com/en-au/explore-queensland/great-barrier-reef
Nowhere else but Outback Queensland can you sleep under star-studded skies, bond with a bushman over a beer, dig for million-years-old dinosaur fossils and watch camels race against the clock.
Further information: www.queensland.com/en-au/explore-queensland/outback-queensland
On the Sunshine Coast, the only thing more refreshing than the water is the lifestyle. With its endless beaches, lush rainforests and easy smiles, it’s a place where you will feel like a local from the moment you arrive.
Further information: www.queensland.com/en-au/explore-queensland/sunshine-coast
Tropical North Queensland
Tropical North Queensland fits in more untouched beauty, ancient culture and adventure within its borders than some entire countries manage to do, with the World Heritage List double-act of the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest its most prized stars.
Further information: www.queensland.com/en-au/explore-queensland/tropical-north-queensland
There are islands, and then there are the 74 islands of the Whitsundays, sitting pretty in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef. The Whitsundays is home to one of the world’s best beaches – Whitehaven Beach.
Further information: www.queensland.com/en-au/explore-queensland/the-whitsundays
Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre
The Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre (GCCEC) is the largest regional convention centre in Australia, custom-built to meet its customers event needs. It is an intelligent building, adaptable to the most advanced technology and has been designed to provide unsurpassed conferencing and exhibition facilities and services. It is a unifying space, where people come together to interact, to learn and to exchange new and exciting ideas and innovations.
Please note that no official arrangements have been made for child care during the ASM. Please check with the hotel you are staying at who may be able to assist you further with babysitting services during your stay.
The average maximum temperature in October is 26◦C and the average minimum temperature is 15◦C.
All communication with registered delegates will be by email wherever an email address is provided, or by fax. If you register and do not receive a confirmation by email within 5 working days please contact the Secretariat Encanta Event Management by phone on +61 3 9863 7608 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Conference Sessions:||Smart Casual|
|Welcome Reception:||Smart Casual|
|Thursday Night Party:||Smart Casual|
|Gala Dinner:||Cocktail/Lounge Suit|
Registration fees do not include insurance of any kind. It is strongly recommended that all delegates take out their own travel and medical insurance prior to coming to the ASM.
The policy should include loss of fees/deposit through cancellation of your participation in the ASM, or through cancellation of the ASM itself, loss of airfares for any reason, medical expenses, loss or damage to personal property, additional expenses and repatriation should travel arrangements have to be altered. Neither the ASM Secretariat nor the Organising Committee will take any responsibility for any participant failing to insure. Please speak to your travel agent or airline in regard to this matter.
All tea breaks and lunches will be served amongst the exhibition. We recognise that some delegates may have special dietary requirements. Please advise the ASM Secretariat via the registration form or in writing should you require alternative arrangements be made on your behalf.
Please Note: Dietary requirements received less than 72 hours prior to the event cannot be guaranteed. Kosher meals may be available, however please note this will be at an additional cost.
In registering for this event relevant details may be incorporated into a delegate list for the benefit of all delegates, sponsors, exhibitors, Encanta Event Management and other parties directly related to the ASM. Should you wish for your details not to be included in this list, please tick the privacy requested box on the registration form.
The ASM registration desk will be open as follows:
|Wednesday 11 October||0745 – 1900|
|Thursday 12 October||0700 – 1730|
|Friday 13 October||0700 – 1900|
VISITORS TO THE GOLD COAST
All international delegates, apart from New Zealand citizens, must obtain a Visa or Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) before travelling to Australia. Please ensure you organise your documentation well in advance of travel.
If you are attending the ASM from overseas please download the Business Factsheet document which identifies the appropriate visa option, while the visa application requirements handout identifies the appropriate visa application process.
Australia’s Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) is an electronically-stored authority for travel to Australia for a short-term tourist or business entry. ETAs are issued within seconds of being requested through computer links between the Australian Immigration Department, travel agents, airlines and specialist service providers around the world. Over 30 countries around the world have access to the free ETA system.
Meeting delegates from non-ETA countries will need to obtain a Business (short stay) visa, even if some tourism activities are planned for part of the stay in Australia. It is called a 456 visa if it is issued as a label into a passport.
Details are available from your local Australian Embassy/Consulate or visit the Australian Department of Immigration website www.immi.gov.au for more information.
Gold Coast Airport is located approximately 19km from the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre. There are a range of direct flights and low cost fares available so we encourage you to explore all the options available:
Transfers to and from Gold Coast Airport and Brisbane City are available with a number of private operators. Scheduled transfers are available for arriving and departing passengers.
Gold Coast Tourist Shuttle Services offers quick and convenient transport to Gold Coast Accommodation. The company operates airport transfers from Gold Coast Airport to most registered holiday accommodation on the Gold Coast. You can purchase online, or purchase upon your arrival at Gold Coast Airport.
For reservations or enquiries please phone 1300 655 655 between 7am and 8pm every day.
Visit Gold Coast Tourist Shuttle’s website for a list of transfer prices. Gold Coast Tourist Shuttle and Surfside Buslines offer airport transfers, theme park transfers and 24 hour local bus travel.
Tel: +61 7 5574 5111 for more information.
Gold Coast Tourist Shuttle: www.gcshuttle.com.au
The taxi rank is conveniently located outside of the terminal for travellers requiring transport.
For more information, please contact 131 008 or www.gccabs.com.au.
There are frequent trains from Brisbane Central to Varsity Lakes Train Station with connections to Surfside Bus 761 then stops at Gold Coast Airport. Download the Train Timetable for the Gold Coast line here. For assistance with your train and bus journey planning visit www.translink.com.au.
You’ll find all of Australia’s best known car rental companies located opposite the arrivals area at Gold Coast Airport. You can either book with your preferred company prior to your arrival, or shop around at the Terminal for the best deal
The Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre’s car park entrance is at the northern end of the building, accessible from traffic lights off the Gold Coast Highway and the main driveway off TE Peters Drive.
Undercover car spaces are available for short-term parking. A $10 inclusive of GST flat rate is charged for car parking at the Centre.
The car park will be open 24hrs, 7 days a week, with some exceptions being when no events are in-house and on some public holidays. The GCCEC will close the car park at its discretion.
Getting around the Gold Coast
Information regarding tram, train and bus timetables is available from www.translink.com.au.
Go Card is TransLink’s electronic ticket to fast, easy and convenient travel. You can use it to travel on all TransLink bus, train (including Airtrain), ferry and tram services. It is an integrated system that works on trains, trams and buses.
For visitors to the Gold Coast, unlimited travel to the most popular Gold Coast destinations is available for only $10 a day using the Gold Coast “Go Explore Card”. Is an electronic ticket which offers visitors unlimited travel on any TransLink bus or tram service on the Gold Coast for only $10 a day and $5 for children.
You can purchase Gold Coast Go Explore Card from:
Selected hotel booking desks
Gold Coast Airport
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