General Information

Climate

Brisbane has a subtropical climate, with the typical daytime temperatures in June ranging from 12 - 20 degrees Celsius.

Registration desk

The registration desk will be located in the foyer of the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.

21 June -  0730 -1800hrs
22 June -  0730 -1800hrs
23 June -  0730 -1800hrs

Entry into Australia

Unless you are an Australian or New Zealand citizen, you will need a visa to enter Australia. All other passport holders must apply for a visa before leaving home. Visit www.immi.gov.au for more information.

Booking your travel to Brisbane

Brisbane Airport is serviced by several international airlines. Find out more.
There are also interstate coaches which will arrive in the centre. Read more. 
You can also travel by train from Sydney. Click here for details.

On your arrival at Brisbane Airport

Please note that all food, plant and animal related material (such as feathers, skins or bone) must be declared on arrival and will be checked by officials. If in doubt, declare it. The process is usually very efficient, but failure to declare prohibited goods leads to severe penalties.

Transport from Brisbane Airport

Brisbane's main airport is located approximately 15-20 minute drive (13 km) from Brisbane CBD.

Airport transfers are readily available from the airport and there is a regular train and bus service straight to the city. If you have any problems you can visit the Information Desk located in both the International and Domestic terminals for help with transfers.

Train

Airtrain offers convenient services between the Airport, Brisbane City and the Gold Coast. For the full Airtrain schedule and fare details please see www.airtrain.com.au

Bus

Con-x-ion Airport Transfers services all major accommodation places, door-to-door in Brisbane CBD. Phone: +61 7 5556 9888, Website: www.cxn.com.au

There are also local busses. Click here for more information.

Taxi

Taxi ranks are located at the northern end of Arrivals on Level 2 of the International Terminal and Located centrally in front of the Domestic Terminal. The fare to the Brisbane Convention Centre will be around $50. For more information please contact: Black & White Cabs, Phone: 133222, website: www.blackandwhitecabs.com.au or Yellow Cab, Phone: 131924, Website: www.yellowcab.com.au.

Car Rental

Avis Rent a Car is offering its corporate rates to Conference delegates. Just call your local Avis office and request a quote giving reference number AWD Z994400.

Accommodation

If you need to change your reservation, please advise The Conference Company rather than the hotel direct: email sonographersconference@theconferencecompany.com.

Currency/Banking

The currency used is the Australian dollar. Banking hours are usually 0900 -1600hrs, Monday to Friday. Automatic Teller Machines are well spread throughout Brisbane’s business district. International credit cards are accepted throughout the country banks, most hotels and city stores.

Disclosure of Registration Information

If you do not wish your details to be provided to sponsors or other delegates, please tick the appropriate box on the registration form.

Dress

Dress for all scientific sessions is smart casual. Please refer to the Social Functions page for specific dress attire when available.

Electricity

Australia uses a 240 volt 50 cycle system with 3 pin flat plugs.

Good and Services Tax

Goods and Services in Australia are subject to a 10% tax (GST). This tax is usually included in the price and if not, it is clearly stated. The Tourist Refund Scheme (TRS) enables travellers to claim a refund of the goods and services tax (GST) and wine equalisation tax (WET) paid on some goods bought in Australia. Visit the Australian Customs website for details about what you can claim and how.

Insurance

It is strongly recommended that you purchase comprehensive travel insurance to cover the duration of your visit to Australia.

Name Badges

Name badges will be given to all delegates on registration. We ask that you wear your badge at all times, including social functions. Entry tickets will be given for all social and optional events.

Venue Parking

The Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre car park facilitates up to 1500 vehicles. Further information on parking and applicable charges can be found here.

Special Requirements

Every effort will be made to ensure delegates with special needs are catered for. Should you require any specific assistance or catering, please give details required on your registration form.

Time

The time zone for Brisbane is 10 hours ahead of GMT.

Visitor Information Centres

Visitor information centres are staffed by friendly and professional people with extensive local knowledge, find out more.