Brisbane, host city for the congress, is a modern, dynamic, sophisticated and cosmopolitan city with a friendly and relaxed lifestyle. Australia’s only sub-tropical capital city, Brisbane is the hub of the nation’s premier tourist region, and within an hour of some of the world’s most famous beaches, the legendary Australian Outback and Great Barrier Reef Islands, making it the ideal destination for easy access to pre and post Congress touring.
Queensland, the state of Australia that is hosting the congress, offers something for every traveller, with the Islands of the Great Barrier Reef, hundreds of sun-kissed beaches, lush rainforests and the rugged Outback. Nicknamed the Sunshine State, it enjoys warm weather and has a sizeable portion of its state area in the tropics. Within an easy drive of the congress venue, Brisbane, are the coastal tourist meccas of the Sunshine and Gold Coasts and the spectacular Fraser Island, the largest sand island in the world with its massive sand dunes, lush rainforests and beautiful lakes.
No trip to Queensland would be complete without a visit to Queensland’s tropical north, home of the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef, Daintree Rainforest and Riversleigh Fossil Fields. Few places on earth can boast such unique natural attractions in close proximity with the Great Barrier Reef offering an underwater treasure trove of dazzling coral and sea life, and the superb tropical rainforests stretching down to the ocean shore.
Australia is a land of many opportunities for visitors. It contains a breathtaking diversity of natural landscapes from the snow-capped mountains of the Southern Alps to the lush rainforests of the tropical north, and from the spectacular surf beaches of the coast to the wide open spaces of the Australian Outback. No visit would be complete without exploring some of Australia’s natural heritage icons, such as the Great Barrier Reef, Kakadu National Park and Uluru.
Just as distinct are Australia’s cities, where our laidback lifestyle and cosmopolitan culture meet. You will find a melting pot of cultures and a medley of theatre, restaurants, nightlife and events. Come, stay and celebrate, then spring into the rest of your Australian holiday. Australia has so much for you to explore, whether you want nature, wildlife, outback adventure, islands, rainforest or reef. Australia’s unique beauty is spread across eight states and territories.