Venue and Location
Cairns Convention Centre
Cairns, QLD 4870
Host City - Cairns
As a destination for international and local delegates, the Great Barrier Reef and the tropical rainforest combine to make Cairns one of the most attractive in the Asia Pacific region. Access via the multiple airline carriers who fly directly to Cairns make this a readily accessible location despite not being a capital city. Delegates will be able to take advantage of the lower costs without lacking any of the quality in accommodation or restaurants. There are many top quality 5 star luxury hotels through the range of 4 star and apartment style properties, and even excellent back packer lodgings. Providing for all range of travellers is what this most popular tourist destination does best.
The Cairns Convention Centre (CCC) regularly receives global recognition as a world class conference venue. It was voted “World’s Best Congress Centre 2004” and “World’s Top 3 Congress Centres 2005 & 2008” in the prestigious annual client survey by the International Association of Congress Centres (AIPC) Apex Award. The Centre features state of the art audio visual and IT facilities with professional inhouse technical and IT services. This is complimented by excellent local industry partners including staging and theming suppliers and exhibition service providers who are all highly skilled in the delivery of event requirements. The CCC offers world class hospitality services with menus featuring fresh local produce to enhance the delegates enjoyment of the conference.
In addition to the superb natural environment tour and recreational experiences awaiting delegates, the City of Cairns enables visitors to engage with the local Aboriginal culture. A feature of the meeting will be many opportunities to explore the outdoors well as experience fabulous culinary treats and Aboriginal traditions, dance and folklore.
- What To Pack For A Trip To Cairns
(Cairns in June: temperatures between 18 – 25 degrees Celsius, rain is unlikely)
Beach/Outdoor Gear: While there is no swimming beach in Cairns itself, there's a lagoon with a man-made beach. Most hotels have a swimming pool, so bring your beach towel and swimmers! Also whatever you'd wear on a warm summer day, such as a hat and light clothing.
Swimmers (Togs, budgie smugglers, bikinis, cossie, board shorts) - whatever your 'swimsuit' of your choice make sure it's in your bag whenever you go anywhere around Cairns. There are incredible waterfalls, waterholes and beaches all over the area.
Sunscreen -– While the temperatures in June are relatively mild, the Australian sun is strong and you can still burn quickly. (Sunburn is not fun, - it's extremely painful).
So 'Slip, Slop, Slap!' (Slip on a shirt, slop on some sunscreen, slap on a hat!).
A towel or sarong
Correct footwear – Flip Flops, or sandals, and a pair of trainers or sneakers so you have closed-toed shoes for any outdoor activities.
Photo Equipment: Maybe an underwater camera, but you can always buy that in Cairns.
Conference and program specific clothing: Smart casual (appropriate for warm, tropical climate, but the conference centre itself is fully air-conditioned)
Evening clothing: some longer, warmer clothing for wearing in the evenings
Chargers for all your electronics & power adaptors for AU plug:
AUD (Australian Dollars), but local currency exchanges are also available
- Family Activities
A favourite holiday destination of many Australians, Cairns’ tropical climate welcomes families with children of all ages. A wide range of child - friendly activities and locations are available and can be found on several websites.
When you’re out enjoying the tropics, don’t forget the classic Australian Summer motto- Slip, Slop, Slap! Slip on a shirt, slop on some sunscreen and slap on a hat- be sun smart at all times.
Cairns Kids Activities- Keeping our Kids Inspired and Active
This website provides extensive information on indoor and outdoor activities. They are grouped according to the location, price, age groups, weather, and your family’s mobility. The website is easy to use and Cairns Convention centre is easily visible on the map as a reference point.
“Muddy's Playground features so many fun activities for children; it is touted as being one of the best playgrounds in Australia.
The playground is divided into three distinct sections with each one containing equipment and activities geared towards specific age groups. While the playground as a whole is generally more suitable for children aged 10 and under, older children often enjoy playing there too.
Muddy's Playground has a large café and seating area conveniently located in the middle of the playground or there are BBQ and picnic table facilities located close by. While children have a great time at Muddy's Playground, there are plenty of nearby spots in the shade for parents to relax.”
Several child minding services are available.
Busy Bees babysitting services: http://www.busybeesbabysitting.com.au/
Lil Treasures Babysitting Service:http://www.cairnstoday.com.au/cairns/companyView.html?companyId=73106
For more half day tours please click here
- Green Island Half Day Tour
With the choice of three daily departures, this Green Island cruise is perfect for visitors with limited time offering a half day experience, or if you prefer spend all day – up to 7 hours on a tropical island paradise! With a range of exciting optional activities, you can even design your day at your own pace.
Glass Bottom Boat
Swimming PoolReef Trip to Green Island option 1Green Island Discovery from Reef Fleet Terminal CairnsIncludes: Morning tea, snorkelling equipment, glass bottom boat coral viewing, exclusive use of islandswimming pool, exclusive self guided eco island walk, use of day visitor facilities, beach bag.Reef Trip to Green Island option 2Green Island Eco Adventure from Reef Fleet Terminal CairnsIncludes: Morning tea, choice of snorkelling equipment OR glass bottom boat coral viewing, exclusiveuse of island swimming pool, exclusive self guided eco island walk, use of day visitor facilities.
- Jungle Surfing
There’s a new way to experience the world’s oldest rainforest... by Jungle Surfing! Jungle Surfing is a new and exciting way to see the rainforest. Fly through the rainforest canopy on flying fox zip lines, with stops at 5 different platforms in the treetops.
- Inlet Adventure Cruise
Exciting Calm Water Cruise around Cairns harbour and wetlands, exploring the mangrove habitat and Admiralty Island onboard a 12.5 metre Naiad design vessel with 4 x 300hp Suzuki outboards, capable of cruising up to 50 knots (100Kmh). Departs twice daily.
- Cairns Tropical Zoo & Cairns Night Zoo
7pm-10pm: Cairns Night Zoo is simply one of the best evening experiences available in the Cairns and Northern Beaches Region. following dinner experienced wild life guides will lead you on a magical mystery tour of the park by touch light.
Aussie BBQ buffet dinner
Billy tea and Damper
Entertainment and an Aussie Bush Dance
- Kuranda Koala Gardens
Wildlife in the Rainforest. A Boutique wildlife park in the heart if Kuranda 30 minutes drive north of Cairns. Come and visit the koalas, kangaroos, wallabies, wombats and freashwater crocodiles. Experience Australia's first walk through snake house.
Enjoy 3 wildlife attractions together:
Australian Butterfly Sanctuary
Free Courtesy shuttle from Skyrail/Train Terminal
- Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Night Adventures
The perfect venue for for visitors who want to experience crocodiles and native wildlife, immersed in a natural setting with all the comforts of quality retail, food and beverage close at hand. Walk your way across the 1500 metres of boardwalks through melaleuca wetlands, lush rainforest, eucalypt woodlands to view crocodiles, cassowaries, birds, koalas, wallabies, reptiles, snakes, insects and much more. Famous for the crocodile feeding shows and unique wetland cruise on Hartley's lagoon.
- Great Barrier Reef Quicksilver Cruises
For your experience of a lifetime, Quicksilver's wavepiercing catamaransand friendly crew will take you to a reef at the very edge of Australia's Continental Shelf, to an underwater world that is a dazzling kaleidoscope of colour and brilliance... Agincourt Reef, a magnificent ribbon reef where you can experience first hand the magic that is the Great Barrier Reef.
Experience of a lifetime
Whichever way you choose, you'll bring home a lifetime of memories from this living natural wonder.