Venue and Transport

 

Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC), Brisbane

Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC) named the World’s Best Convention Centre for 2016-2018, is Australia’s most flexible meetings venue providing unprecedented choice for events of all sizes. BCEC’s 25 years of industry knowledge and world class capabilities deliver a next level experience.

Located in the heart of the city in the unique South Bank riverside precinct, the epicentre of Brisbane’s cultural and entertainment attractions with Australia’s largest Gallery of Modern Art on your doorstep alongside countless bars, cafes and restaurants, and all within walking distance to more than 900 hotel rooms.

BCEC has a long history of advocacy for quality and the provenance of Queensland food, sourcing the very best of available and accessible local, seasonal produce. BCEC sources 80% of its produce from Queensland – from the Far North of the state, west to Chinchilla, east to the Fraser Coast and south to the New South Wales border.

New menus, created by Executive Chef David Pugh and his team of talented chefs, showcase Queensland produce ensuring we offer visitors to the Centre an authentic taste of local cuisine.

Getting to Brisbane

ECA is excited to announce that Qantas will be the exclusive airline partner for the 2020 ECA National Conference. Click here for more information.

Travelling from Brisbane Airport to the BCEC takes approximately 20-25 minutes.

Moving around Brisbane

From the airport

Airtrain
With Airtrain’s fast and reliable service, delegates can reach Brisbane City in just 20 minutes.
The express service runs every 15 minutes from the international and domestic terminals during peak hours stopping at five inner-city stations. Tickets can be purchased online, at the Brisbane Airport customer service counter (domestic terminal) and at Airtrain, city and suburban train stations. For further information visit the Airtrain website.

Con-X-ion Airport Transfers
Operating seven days a week, Con-X-ion Airport Transfers offers airport travellers a door-to-door bus shuttle service from the airport covering all major city-based accommodation. Con-X-ion services both the international and domestic terminals to meet all flights. Services should be pre-booked. Tickets can be purchased online or through the customer service counters located onsite at the international and domestic terminals.

For further information visit the Con-X-ion website.

Inter-terminal transfers
Brisbane Airport offers a complimentary Airport Transfer Bus that can transfer delegates between the Domestic and International Terminals.

Vehicle hire
Various vehicle rental companies, chauffeured cars and charter services operate in and around Brisbane. Click here to search for a Brisbane transport operator.

Getting around Brisbane

GO CARD

Want to know the easiest way to get around town? Pick up a TRANSLink Go Card and travel seamlessly on all TRANSLink bus, ferry and rail services across South-East Queensland. The perfect travel companion, go cards are available from Queensland Rail stations, online, over the phone or selected retailers. Top up the card balance like a prepaid mobile phone whenever it suits.

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BUSES
Explore Brisbane’s neighbourhoods through a comprehensive bus service that runs throughout the city, connecting the outer and inner suburbs to the CBD, major shopping centres, entertainment and dining precincts, railway stations and ferry terminals. Take advantage of special NightLink bus services running after midnight on Fridays and Saturdays for late-night travellers. Or get around the inner city with the free City Loop and Spring Hill Loop. Plan your trip now on TRANSLink’s journey planner.

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TRAINS
Brisbane’s speedy network of electric trains has the Greater Brisbane region covered and provides direct access to the city, quirky neighbourhood precincts and outer suburbs. The Airtrain service is completely integrated into the Queensland Rail suburban network, with regular trains running from Brisbane Airport directly to Brisbane City and the Gold Coast. Travel on a single ticket from any station in South-East Queensland to Brisbane Airport.

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FREE TRANSPORT
Hail a bus for free in the inner city. The CityLoop and Spring Hill Loop bus services circle the city every 10 minutes and stop at destinations in the CBD and Spring Hill precincts between 7am – 6pm weekdays. Glide between Brisbane’s inner-city precincts by hopping on the free CityHopper ferry service, which travels along the river from North Quay to Sydney St, New Farm.

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FERRIES
Let the river be your guide. Brisbane’s ferries, affectionately known as CityCats, are one of the most enjoyable ways to explore Brisbane. Glide along the river with CityCat and CityFerry services, perfect for sight-seeing and accessing key city spots. Tickets can be bought on board the services, at most newsagents and selected retail outlets, or make use of a Go Card. Hop on board the free CityHopper ferry service to get around inner-city precincts for free.

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TAXIS
Take a taxi and be there in a flash. Taxi ranks are available at the Brisbane international and domestic airports, as well as throughout The City and inner-city precincts. Jump in a taxi to be assured of a quick and efficient way of getting around. A standard taxi will cater for four passengers or less.  For wheel-chair access or to transport five to 10 passengers, it’s best to order a Multi Passenger taxi.

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BIKES
Make the most of Brisbane’s wonderful outdoor climate by biking around town. There are extensive bicycle paths running throughout the city and peddle-power offers a healthy and inexpensive way of getting around. Hire a Brisbane City Council CityCycle bike at key inner city destinations and set off to explore.. Join up with the CityCycle program today!

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International Visitors—Planning your arrival into Australia

Travel
For international passengers, we suggest that you try to allow yourself at least a day in which to adjust to the time difference and relax after your flight before the conference commences.

Visa information
All visitors to Australia must have a valid visa before boarding their plane, regardless of the length of your stay.

Note: New Zealand and Norfolk Island passport holders do not usually need to lodge a visa application prior to their departure, unless they have health and/or character concerns.

Driving license
International driving licenses are recognised throughout Australia. Car rental companies ask for a valid driving license.

Banking, currency and exchange rate
Banking hours are generally 9.00 am to 4.00 pm, and extended on Fridays to 5.00 pm. Several international banks have offices in the CBD. Currency exchanges are located at airports, banks and major hotels. Consult a bank for the latest exchange rate.

Credit cards
Most hotels, large restaurants and shops will accept international credit cards, the most widely recognised being American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard and Visa. Automatic teller machines are plentiful and situated throughout the city.

Electricity
Electrical current is 240/250V, AC 50Hz. The Australian flat three-pin power outlet is different from that in many countries, so you will need an adaptor. If your appliances are 110V, check if there is a 110/240V switch. If not, you will need a voltage converter. Universal outlets for 240V or 110V shavers are usually found in leading hotels.

Insurance
It is strongly recommended that delegates take out adequate travel and health insurance prior to commencement of travel. Further information can be obtained from your travel agent.

Liability
The Organising Committee and/or ECA shall not be held liable for personal accidents, losses or damage to private property of registered delegates of the conference. Delegates should make their own arrangements with respect to personal insurance.

Tax
Australia applies a tax to the purchase of both goods and services called the Goods and Services Tax (GST). The rate of tax that applies to taxable products and services is 10 per cent. Tax is already included in the advertised prices. Non-Australian delegates may be eligible for a refund of GST via the Tourist Refund Scheme.

Tipping
Tipping is not as widespread or regulated in Australia as it is in other parts of the world. Tipping is your prerogative, a reward for service. It is customary to tip hotel porters, and a gratuity of about 10 per cent is usual in restaurants if good service is received. No service charge is added to your hotel or restaurant bill.

Timezones
Brisbane operates on Australian Eastern Standard Time – GMT plus 10 hours. Daylight savings times do not apply in Queensland.