Timezone: 5:03:21 AM
Official Language(s): English
Since 2002, Australia has been ranked the most resilient in the world five times, and is reputed to be one of the most economically and politically stable countries by the World Competitive Yearbook of the International Institute for Management Development. Its major cities serve as regional headquarters to more than 850 multinational corporations. In addition to its warm, open culture, Australia is recognised as a technically skilful and innovative nation across many industries.
MAJOR CONVENTION CENTRES
Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre Darling Harbour
- A 20-minute drive from the airport, with lightrail and monorail station access. Ferries and water taxis provide a unique alternative journey between the Centre and the city's harbourside attractions.
- More than 30 flexible meeting rooms for up to 3,500 delegates, six exhibition halls and 30,000m2 of total exhibition space.
- Provides support services such as catering, video productions and event management.
Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
- Billed as the first and only '6 Star Green Star' environmentally-rated convention centre in the world.
- Offers 52 meeting rooms, a banquet hall and a plenary hall for up to 5,550 delegates that can be divided into three self-contained, acoustically separate theatres.
- The Melbourne Exhibition Centre is linked to the convention centre and features 30,000m2 of exhibition space, meeting rooms and a 466-seat auditorium.
Perth Convention and Exhibition Center
- Located in the heart of the city. The Esplanade train station and ferries from the Barrack Street jetty are nearby.
- Facilities include: six exhibition pavilions, a 2,500-seat tiered Riverside Theatre, 23 meeting rooms and the BelleVue ballrooms, with spectacular views over the SwanRiver. Overall 5,000 delegates can be accommodated.
CURRENCY EXCHANGE RATE
Sydney Airport (www.sydneyairport.com.au)
- An airport toll of A$3.00 is levied on taking a taxi from the airport. The taxi return fares to the airport are: A$50 from SydneyCity, A$65 from North Sydney, A$103 from Manly and A$165 from Parramatta, excluding bridge or road tolls.
- The State Transit website (www.131500.com.au) provides a trip planner function for trips made within the area.
Melbourne Airport (www.melbourneairport.com.au)
- SkyBus runs an express bus service to the city 24/7 including public holidays. Adult tickets cost $16 (one-way) or $26 (return). On arrival at Southern Cross Station in the city, a complimentary hotel transfer service is provided from 0600 to 2200 Mondays to Fridays and from 0730 to 1730 Saturdays and Sundays excluding Christmas day.
- A return trip between the CBD and MelbourneAirport by taxi costs about A$80 to A$85, plus a A$2 taxi parking fee at the airport. Details are as listed in the airport's website.
Perth International Airport (www.perthairport.net.au/)
- Taxis usually ask for the fare in advance. There is no extra charge for luggage, but a A$2.00 ground transport charge. It costs A$38 for a ride to Perth city and A$58 to Fremantle.
- Car rentals and buses are also available.
VISA / INFORMATION
Several types of visas are available for short-term tourist/holiday visits of up to three months as well as business visas. Go to the Australian government's Department of Immigration and Citizenship website, www.immi.gov.au/visawizard to select and apply for the correct visa.