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international mental health logoThe Gold Coast

Mention the Gold Coast and various images come to mind... stunning beaches, a surfing paradise, exciting theme parks, sun-kissed locals, sophisticated style, the list goes on. It's a place where you can let loose and feel free, all with a smile on your lips and the sun on your cheeks.

With its signature 52 kilometres of golden surfing beaches, world class accommodation, award-winning dining, amazing shopping and thrilling attractions, the Gold Coast has something for everyone

Surfers Paradise:
Surfers Paradise is the jewel of Queensland's Gold Coast and one of the most popular holiday destinations in Australia. Surfers Paradise is where you'll find the perfect fusion of city and beach lifestyles set amidst a spectacular skyline and brilliant stretch of coast. Once you arrive, you'll soon feel that you've literally arrived in paradise.

Vibrant and eclectic, Surfers Paradise provides non-stop action. With an abundance of theme parks and family attractions all in easy access, you're never short of finding things to do. The trouble instead may be finding enough time to do everything.

Surfers Paradise invites exploration. Whether it's through the winding streets lined with alfresco dining restaurants or the art galleries that showcase local artists' works and Aboriginal exhibitions. There's the unending shopping options from top-end designers to outlet bargains and night-time beachfront markets. And when nightfall comes, Surfers bursts into action with 24-hour excitement. Bars and nightclubs start pumping with live music and dance beats, while non-stop events keep you entertained.

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Climate

The Gold Coast has a sub-tropical climate with plenty of sunshine year round (in fact an average of 300 days a year).
Summer temperatures range from 19 to 29 degrees Celsius (66 to 83 degrees Fahrenheit).
Winter temperatures range from an average of 9 to 21 degrees Celsius (48 to 69 degrees Fahrenheit) - it's no wonder the Gold Coast is Australia's favourite playground.

Bus/Shuttle Services

Several bus companies operate including those who provide door-to-door transfers between the Brisbane and Coolangatta airports and your accommodation. Travel will usually be in mini coach vehicles with a trailer for luggage. Airport pick-ups and drop-off are in the designated coach zones.

Airtrain Connect
Train including Airtrain Connect - [Website, Timetable and Pricing]

A door-to-door rail and road service that transfers visitors to and from the Brisbane airports (domestic and international) and their Gold Coast accommodation. The road portion of the transfer uses sedan limousines.

Getting Around

Surfside Buslines provides Gold Coast's public bus service as well as the Gold Coast Tourist Shuttle to help you get around the Gold Coast.

Considering a day trip to Brisbane? Queensland Rail will get you there.

international mental health logoQT Surfers Paradise

A designer hotel, an experience in style

7 Staghorn Avenue,
Surfers Paradise QLD 4217 Australia
Ph 61 7 5584 1200

Located in the heart of the Gold Coast

This city-centre hotel is located in Surfers Paradise, close to Cavill Avenue and Surfers Paradise Beach.

QT Hotel - Ocean View Room
$190 per room, per night

BREAKFAST
Please note additional full buffet breakfast is charged at a discounted rate of $25.00 per person per day (normally $32 per person).

CHECK-IN PROCEDURES
QT Gold Coast will require a pre-authorisation on check in for all individual guests, unless a company credit card has been provided for all charges prior to check in. Should a company credit card be provided, please note the card will be charged for all outstanding amounts on check out.
Further, all guests will be required to present photo ID on check in.

Features.
QT Gold Coast has an outdoor pool, a spa tub, a fitness facility, and tennis courts. High-speed (wired) Internet access is available in public areas (surcharges apply). Business amenities at this 4.5-star property include a business center and small meeting rooms.

Spacious rooms with stunning views
Our spacious Gold Coast hotel rooms are air-conditioned and feature their own private balconies so you can make the most of the fresh ocean breezes and balmy, sub-tropical warmth. And the views are breathtaking, amazing ocean, mountain and river panoramas stretch forever. At night, a stream of shimmering lights link the Coast as it gets set to party.

If food, wine, music, design, fashion and art are your thing, QT Gold Coast is the place for you. Walk in to our Surfers Paradise accommodation and be welcomed by an inspiring open-spaced setting with beautiful artist-crafted features and bold custom lighting. Our 297 designer Gold Coast guest rooms offer splendid views of the coast’s famous scenery plus all the glamour and style you’d expect from Australia’s party playground.

 

Australian Visa Information

Visitors to Australia must have a valid passport and the appropriate Australian visa. The type of visa depends on the purpose of the visit. Overseas visitors seeking to attend or participate in a Conference or event in Australia should, in most cases, apply for a short stay business visitor visa (subclass 456). You must apply for your visa early to ensure that details are confirmed prior to your departure for the Conference.

Information about this important requirement can also be found on the Australian Government website at http://www.immi.gov.au/ . Some participants will be able to obtain an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA). You can apply for an ETA via the Internet www.eta.immi.gov.au or through a travel agent, an airline office or a specialist service provider to arrange an ETA on your behalf.

Invitation Letter and Visa
If you require an invitation letter for visa purposes please indicate this on your registration form or contact the Conference secretariat. Please note this procedure is intended to assist participants who need to obtain a visa or permission to attend the Conference.

It is not an official invitation covering fees and other expenses.

It does not imply any financial support from the Conference.                                                                                 

General Information

Currency
Decimal currency is used in Australia - dollars and cents. Current exchange rates can be obtained from your bank and on-line at www.xe.com

Banking
Banks in Australia are open Monday to Thursday 0930 to 1600, and 0930 to 1700 on Fridays. Some banks are open on Saturday. Exchange facilities are available at airports and most major hotels. Automatic Teller Machines (ATMs) are available at a wide variety of outlets. All major credit cards are widely accepted in Australia.

Travel and Health Insurance
It is strongly recommended that you take out insurance policies to cover medical and travel expenses. If necessary, consult your travel agent.

Electricity
Electricity in Australia is 220-240V AC 50Hz. The sockets are three pin and you may need an adaptor. Universal outlets for 240V or 100V shavers are found in most leading hotels. Multi-voltage appliances as well as adaptors are readily available in department stores and luggage shops.

Shopping
Most stores in Gold Coast open Monday to Saturday until around 1700 to 1800. Some retailers may remain open until 2100 week nights, and between 0900 to 1800 Sundays. Grocery and department stores generally open seven days a week, with late night trading until 2100 on week nights.

Taxes
A Goods and Services Tax (GST) of 10% applies to all consumer goods and is included in retail prices. Overseas visitors may be able to claim a refund of the GST through the Tourist Refund Scheme (TRS). Further information is available at:

http://www.customs.gov.au/site/page4646.asp

Tipping
Tipping is acceptable in Australia it is not compulsory. Generally tips are only given for good service but even then it is not mandatory. If you do want to leave a tip, ten percent of the bill is customary.

Water quality
The water in Australia exceeds the standards for safe drinking water set by the World Health Organisation. It is safe to drink water straight from the tap.

 

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