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We have provided the following information to help with your arrival into Brisbane, and navigation around the River City.

The Venue

Emmanuel College, within the The University of Queensland (UQ) will be hosting the 2017 Conference. UQ St Lucia Campus is located four kilometres south of Brisbane City, surrounded by Brisbane River.

Blessed with an enviable climate, Brisbane is renowned for its relaxed outdoor lifestyle, friendly locals and warm welcome. The city’s burgeoning cultural and events scene has a reputation for blockbuster shows, international sporting matches, unique performances and exclusive exhibits.

If your tastebuds tend to lead the way, you’re in luck. Brisbane’s bustling food scene is the talk of the country. Go for a stroll down a once-dormant laneway to fund authentic Italian fare. Grab your colleagues and head to a basement bar that’s been converted into an Asian street food market. Or get your wardrobe all wrapped up with a shopping spree in the city, home to new international retailers, cutting-edge Australian fashion and high-end luxury labels. Discover unique markets where up-and-coming local designers and collectors show their wares or sample fresh farm produce.

By nightfall, Brisbane comes to life. Revel in outdoor festivals, high-intensity sporting matches and eclectic nightlight or find out why Brisbane’s music scene is receiving all the hype. Desperate for some time out? Renew your sense of wonder right in Brisbane’s backyard. Cosy up to the fireplace in a country homestead, try a cellar door drop, or hike our mountain ranges in untouched rainforests and catch some of Queensland’s most breathtaking sunsets.

Getting to and from Brisbane Airport

Brisbane’s International and Domestic Airports has been recently recognised as the world’s most efficient and customer-focused privatised airport by the International Air Transport Association (IATA). It is located approximately 20 minutes drive (13 km) from Brisbane’s CBD.

Whether you are an international or interstate visitor, there is a large range of accessible, reliable and cheap transportation options, including shuttle buses, Airtrain, taxis, car rental and hotel transfers to and from the CBD. Handy parking is also situated at both the International and Domestic Terminals with various parking options to suit your travel plans.

Brisbane’s Airtrain is the sole rail service connecting Brisbane Airport to Brisbane city, suburbs and the Gold Coast. Book online and save up to 15% off the standard fares.

Shuttle Buses
If leaving from Brisbane Airport, buses depart every 30 minutes from 5.30am to 11.00pm. All bus services meet flight departure and arrival times so you’ll always be on time. If you miss one, wait just half an hour for the next service. Services from Brisbane City operate daily every 30 minutes from 5.00am to 9.00pm from Roma Street Transit Centre and door to door of all CBD hotels.

The cost is $9.00 per person to and from Roma Street Transit Centre and $11.00 per person to and from CBD Hotels. For information call Coachtrans on (07) 3238 4700 or visit for more information.

At Brisbane Airport’s Domestic Terminal, taxi ranks are located at both the Qantas and Virgin Blue ends of the terminal. As for the International Terminal taxi ranks are available on Arrivals Level 2.

All Brisbane taxis have standard taxi meters so you won’t have to worry about being stung by overpriced fares. Keep in mind that a fare to Brisbane CBD is approximately $30 plus a $2 fee for departing taxis only. Taxi numbers are below:

  • Black and White Cabs: 131 008
  • Yellow Cab: 131 924

On September 5 2016, Ride Sharing services such as Uber were legalised in Queensland. Using the Uber App you can calculate fare estimates before commencing your journey.


A variety of Accommodation options and rates are being obtained for delegates who require accommodation for the conference. We recommend staying around the Brisbane CBD or Southbank region.

More information on specific accommodation options can be found here.

Daily Transfers to UQ

Delegates will be able to purchase through the conference registration site an Events Go Card, entitling you to unlimited travel for 3 days on the South East Queensland Public Transport Network (including Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast) for $12. Further details will be provided when the Conference Registration opens.

UQ is very easy to access from the Brisbane CBD or Southbank.

By Bus
From either the CBD or Southbank the Route 66 Bus, running every 5 minutes, will transfer you via the bus tunnel network direct to the UQ Lakes Station. From there it’s a leisurely 10 minute walk to Emmanuel College.

By CityCat
Departing from the top of the CBD, or across the river at Southbank, the CityCat is a great way to get to UQ each day. Running every 15 minutes, it’s a great way to see the city. It’s a 15 minute stroll from the UQ CityCat stop to Emmanuel College.


Complimentary parking is available at Emmanuel College. This can be reserved as part of your Registration.

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