Image courtesy of Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre

Destination and venue

Brisbane

Welcome to Brisbane – Australia’s new World City. Located in sub-tropical South-East Queensland, Australia’s Sunshine State, Brisbane is the country’s third-largest city. Nestled on the banks of the meandering Brisbane River, the city offers visitors an enviable lifestyle with the laid-back, easy attitude of a small community; Brisbane is sure to surprise and inspire with the sights, sounds and cosmopolitan energy of a major international metropolis. Situated within a one hour drive to the world famous beaches of the Gold Coast, Brisbane is renowned for its dynamic and down-to-earth way of life, which few cities in the world can offer. Set amongst world-class arts, cultural and entertainment precincts, leafy parks, and cycle and walk ways, this modern-day city is rapidly emerging as one of the most desirable places to live in Australia.

For pre- or post-congress touring options for delegates who would like to extend their stay in Australia, please contact Ozwings at Ozwings@ozaccom.com.au for more information.

Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre

Set amongst Brisbane’s centrally located arts, cultural and entertainment precinct, South Bank, is the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. Ranked as one of the top three convention centres world-wide, this state-of-the-art purpose-built venue is renowned for its reputation of operational and service excellence. The centre is recognised as one of Australia’s leading meetings and events venues, offering complete flexibility and versatility to its clients. Over three impressive levels and within minutes walking distance to exceptional hotels, bar and dining venues, the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre will set the stage for a successful World Sterilization Congress.

Climate

The weather in Brisbane is comfortable and sub-tropical. The city of Brisbane enjoys a very enviable climate of brilliant hot summers and clear mild winters. These enticing attributes ensure that Brisbane is idyllic for visitors all year round. October is spring in Brisbane, with temperatures ranging from 15 to 30 degrees Celsius.

Banking/Currency

Decimal currency is used in Australia with the dollar as the basic unit (100 cents = $1).

Notes come in $100, $50, $20, $10 and $5. Coins come in 5c, 10c, 20c, 50c, $1 and $2 denominations.

Currency exchange facilities are available in most banks, hotels and airports, and operate normal business hours. Credit cards are accepted at most restaurants and shops, the most widely used being MasterCard, Visa, American Express and Diners Club.

Tipping

Tipping in Australia is neither compulsory nor expected, but it is appreciated nonetheless as a reward for exceptional service. A gratuity of 10 percent is customary in restaurants, while tipping of hotel porters, in bars and taxis is also a common act.

Business Hours

Banks generally open from 0930 to 1600 hours Monday to Friday. General office hours are 0900 to 1700 Monday to Friday. Post offices operate within these hours; however stamps are often available from hotels.

Shopping

Shopping hours in the Central Business District (CBD) are usually from 0900 to 1700 Monday through Thursday, with late night shopping on Friday from 0900 to 2100. Saturday shopping generally trades from 0900 to 1700 and Sundays from 1000 to 1600.

Time

Brisbane is 10 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+10).

Electricity

Electricity in Australia is 220-240V AC 50Hz. Australian sockets are three pin so an adaptor is required for international visitors. Universal outlets for 240V or 100V shavers are found in most leading hotels, and multi-voltage appliances as well as adaptors are readily available in department stores and luggage shops.

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