The Gold Coast is a metropolitan region south of Brisbane on Australia’s east coast. It’s famed for its long sandy beaches, surfing spots and elaborate system of inland canals and waterways. It’s also home to theme parks such as Dreamworld, Sea World and Wet’n’Wild. Inland, hiking trails crisscross Lamington National Park’s mountain ridges and valleys, home to rare birds and rainforest.
For more information on visiting The Gold Coast, see their official tourism page.
Commonwealth Games – Road Closures
Please be aware of road closures taking place on the Gold Coast due to the Commonwealth Games. Please click here for more information.
On-site parking, fee: 2$ AUD hourly, $15 AUD daily.
Valet parking, fee: $25 AUD daily.
Off-site parking, $25 AUD daily.
No parking for camper vans, marine craft, trailers and other large-size vehicles.
The dress for the APHA Congress is smart casual. The dress for the Congress Soiree is Lounge suit.
Registration fees do not include insurance of any kind. It is strongly recommended that participants take out their own general travel insurance. It is suggested that the insurance policy cover loss of fees/deposit, airfares, accommodation charges, medical expenses, loss or damage to personal property and repatriation expenses. The Congress Organising Committee, Congress Secretariat and APHA do not take responsibility for any delegate failing to insure.
In registering for this congress, relevant details will be incorporated into a delegate list for the benefit of all delegates (name, organisation and state only) and may be made available to parties directly related to the congress including Conference Logistics, venues and accommodation providers (for the purpose of room bookings and congress options) and key sponsors (subject to strict conditions).
TransLink’s integrated network on the Gold Coast includes the G:link trams, Surfside Buslines and Queensland Rail.
Routes 777 and 760 depart from the airport with various stops.
Route 777 is a limited stop service, taking you to Broadbeach South tram station, where you can transfer on platform to the G:link for Surfers Paradise, Southport or other bus routes. Route 777 runs every 15 minutes from 7:00am to 7:00pm, seven days a week.
Route 760 connects the airport to Varsity Lakes Train Station, departing half hourly.
Surfside also operates buses to Kingscliff and Pottsville from Tweed Heads and Murwillumbah.
Hub Convenience now sell Go cards, however they are not able to offer refunds. To find a nearby retailer that can refund your Go card, please visit the TransLink website.
For those guests visiting the Gold Coast, the ‘Gold Coast go explore‘ pass is available from the Airport and is easy to use. The pass is only $10 a day for unlimited bus and tram travel.
Visit TransLink for more information.
Gold Coast Cabs P: 131 008 or from mobile phones: 07 5588 1234
Tweed Heads Coolangatta Taxi Service P: 13 34 22
First Class Taxi Management P: 07 5522 1525
Under Australia’s universal visa system, all visitors to Australia must have a valid visa to travel to and enter Australia (other than New Zealand passport holders who will normally be granted a Special Category visa on arrival, provided they meet health and character requirements; and permanent residents of Norfolk Island who may be granted a Permanent Resident of Norfolk Island visa on arrival).
There are many visa options available to people wishing to visit Australia. The appropriate visa option will depend, amongst other things, on the person’s purpose for visiting Australia.
To ensure you have the appropriate visa please read the following factsheets:
It is suggested that all visitors should apply for a visa at least two months prior to their intended date of departure, and four months prior for people with character or health concerns.
If you require assistance with your visa application please provide Conference Logistics with your passport details via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, these details will then be provided to the International Event Coordinator Network (IECN) at the Department of Immigration and Border Protection. However, you will need to make your own visa application through your nearest Australian Embassy.
The trickiest part about travelling is working out what weather to expect and in turn, what to pack.
Here’s a quick guide to Gold Coast weather so you can focus less on packing and more on planning the fun stuff!
The Gold Coast averages 245 days of fine and sunny weather each year, and those rainy-day exceptions typically fall in the summer period (December – February).
During summer the average temperature on the Gold Coast is a pleasant 20-28°C (68-83°F). It can be humid in summer but this is usually offset by cool sea breezes.
In autumn (March – May), sunny days are followed by warm nights – making it ideal for outdoor water activities such as fishing and sailing. Autumn temperatures fall between 16-26°C (61-77°F).
You can get sunburnt even on cloudy days. Wear sun protection all year round, a broad brimmed hat, shirt with collar and sleeves and maximum sun screen to exposed skin.
While casual is the Gold Coast norm, some golf courses have dress codes so check when booking.
Gentlemen may need a jacket when fine dining, or enjoying a sophisticated evening at a club or restaurant.
Hinterland areas may be cooler and wetter. Take a jacket and a heavier coat in winter.
Wear comfortable walking shoes in national parks and farms.
Pack swimwear all year round – winter offers pleasant warm weather during the day.