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General Assembly, 29 June - 8 July 2001


GA Index // Venue / Congress / Registration / Accommodation / Social Events / Tours / Useful Information / Meeting Schedules

 

USEFUL INFORMATION

Location
Brisbane is the largest city and capital of the state of Queensland (population 4 million). The city is located in the Southeast corner of Queensland and has a population of about 1 million. It is 1000 km north of Sydney, and situated on the Pacific Coast of Australia at a latitude of 27S (c.f. Miami, Taipei, Canary Islands approximately 27N; Sao Paulo 27S). The beautiful Brisbane River is a central feature throughout the city and its surrounds, with the waterway well utilized. The city center is compact and contained within a single bend of the river. Brisbane is a modern, rapidly growing city with three internationally recognized universities.

Local Transport
All delegates will be issued a complimentary transport pass for the Greater Brisbane area for the duration of the General Assembly. Delegates can travel to cultural and sporting attractions, fauna and flora reserves, and other places of interest with this pass.

Climate
Brisbane is located in the subtropics and is recognized internationally as having one of the most desirable climates in the world, particularly in July, which is mid-winter in Brisbane. Days are typically dry and sunny with approximately 7.5 hours of sunshine a day, and the nights are cool. July temperatures typically reach 20-22 C (68-72 F) during the day and fall to approximately 5-10 C (41-50 F) at night. If you plan to travel to southern Australia, additional warm clothing may be required.

Travel to Brisbane
Access to Brisbane is available through the Brisbane International Airport and also via international airports in Cairns, the Gold Coast, and Sydney. International delegates can fly into any of the Cairns, Gold Coast, or Sydney airports and still have ready and easy access to Brisbane via domestic airlines. Regular air connections to Brisbane are available from all major Australian cities and regional areas through the domestic air terminal. Qantas has been appointed the official Congress airline. Special Congress airfares are available to both international and domestic participants. International delegates should contact their nearest Qantas office or agent in the first instance. Travel insurance is recommended for all delegates.

Visas
All travelers to Australia require a visa or Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) for their visit. An Australian Government guide for visitors to Australia, including important information about visas, customs clearance, quarantine, health issues, communications equipment, and other issues that have an impact on all visitors to Australia, can be found on the Australian Government Immigration web site at http://www.immi.gov.au/visitors. This site is regularly updated.

Airport/Hotel Transfers
Transfers by taxi from Brisbane airport to the city center take approximately 20 minutes and cost approximately AUD 25. Alternatively, Coachtrans operates a shuttle service every half-hour between Brisbane airport and Roma Street bus station adjacent to the city center. The service runs every 30 minutes from 5:00 to 20:30 and costs approximately AUD 10.00 one way.

Visitor Information
Brisbane is conveniently located for travelers wishing to explore Queensland and the rest of Australia. Trips can be planned to the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Fraser Island, or further afield to the Great Barrier Reef, Ayers Rock, or Sydney. Queensland has four World Heritage-listed National Parks.


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