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2016 ICF Australasia Conference

2016 ICF Australasia ConferenceUnlocking Potential26 - 28 October 2016    |    Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa, Queensland

Explore the Gold Coast


Feel the excitement of life in the fun lane at Australia’s Gold Coast, where the sun shines on an unlimited variety of things to see and do all year round. It is a promise of big smiles and warm memories in a spectacle of golden beaches, legendary theme parks, alfresco shopping and breathtaking rainforest. 

The contrasts of the Gold Coast unite to deliver a unique conferencing experience.  More than 300 days of sunshine each year allow you to explore more than 70 kilometers of unspoiled coastline and beaches as well as 100,000 hectares of World Heritage rainforest. The Gold Coast is a celebrated holiday experience set on one of Australia’s most spectacular natural stages. Revitalise the mind in Gold Coast hinterland, filled with lush rainforest and dotted with mountain villages, bushwalks, waterfalls and swimming holes plus valleys of working produce farms and cattle stations. Or, for an active approach hang glide, horse ride or 4WD and enjoy astounding landscapes and unmatched tranquillity. Journey through this flourishing rural setting and see scattered bed-and-breakfast outlets, wineries, boutique distilleries and breweries, restaurants, rustic homesteads, plus local produce, arts, crafts and jewellery stores. 

Australia’s Gold Coast continues to evolve as a haven for retail enthusiasts with a vast array of shopping options headlined by signature fashion boutiques, iconic department stores and local markets. Visit the tree-line boulevards of Surfers Paradise for shopping until 9pm every night and weekly beachfront markets. Or, head to Robina Town Centre - Queensland’s largest shopping centre and home to over 350 specialty stores. Bask in the Gold Coast’s famous beach culture and meet the friendly sun bathed locals and lifeguards. The Gold Coast is positioned to operate across three time zones – Asia, Europe and America – allowing companies the opportunity to efficiently connect with their global counterparts and trading partners.

The Gold Coast is most popular for its mild sub-tropical climate that features an estimated 8 hours of sunshine, 300 days a year. Average temperatures are as follows:


 September to November

 15-25°C (59-77°F)


 December to February

 20-28°C (68-83°F)


 March to May

 16-25°C (61-77°F)


 June to August

 11-21°C (52-70°F)

Most hotels, shopping centres, venues and attractions are wheelchair-accessible or have facilities to assist people with mobility issues, but advance notice of special needs will ensure the best assistance. The Gold Coast City Council’s online directory provides specific details on a wide range of visitor venues. For further information visit Click here

Getting to the Gold Coast is simple, situated in South-East Queensland the Gold Coast is serviced by two major international airports and has effortless road access from Queensland’s capital, Brisbane.
By air - the city is serviced by two international airports – Gold Coast Airport andBrisbane Airport – with direct routes to all major Australian cities and key locations across Asia, the Middle East, US and the Pacific. Passenger movements at Gold Coast Airport continue to increase, making it the fastest growing airport in Australia, with over 5.8 million arrivals and departures in 2014.
By sea - the Port of Brisbane, located less than an hour from the Gold Coast, provides a strong shipping transportation network. The port’s close proximity to Asia, compared with Sydney and Melbourne, provides the opportunity for companies to save on shipping times and costs.
By road - The recently upgraded M1 motorway provides a fast connection between the Gold Coast and Brisbane and other Queensland towns in the north, and the New South Wales border through to Sydney in the south. 

For more information about transport options, please Click here.



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