THE GOLD COAST
The Gold Coast is one of Australia’s premier tourist destinations. It is a city that is constantly remaking itself through its residents, visitors, and natural environment. Famed for decades as a centre for tourists with world-class beaches and surfing, the city offers conference delegates the chance to experience much more.
The city's hinterland is comprised of multiple national parks that together constitute the Gondwana World Heritage Area, full of unique biodiversity, wildlife, and walks. With a new cultural centre opening in 2020, film festivals, public art, and a relaxed cafe culture to match the beautiful ocean views, the Gold Coast offers a visitors a glimpse of one of Australia's most dynamic and fastest growing cities. The city is also well-connected to Brisbane, with its State Library, Queensland Art Gallery - Gallery of Modern Art, museums, and vibrant university campuses.
Griffith University’s Gold Coast campus is the university’s largest campus, and was extensively renovated to coincide with the Commonwealth Games in 2018. It contains multiple eateries, cafes, bars, libraries, stores, and open spaces in which to relax. The conference will take place in the Chancellery, close to the campus centre.
The Gold Coast has its own airport, suitable for domestic and international travel. A number of companies fly directly to the Gold Coast International Airport, including: Air New Zealand, Qantas, JetStar, Virgin, TigerAir, and AirNorth. Regular shuttles and public transport are provided between the Gold Coast International Airport and the city of the Gold Coast.
The Gold Coast is just over one hour from Brisbane International Airport, which is used by all domestic and international airlines operating in Australia. There are regular trains and shuttles between Brisbane International Airport and the Gold Coast city.
The Gold Coast is very well-placed to provide hotel accommodation at a range of affordable levels.
Conference organisers will arrange preferred supplier rates with a number of hotels to ensure that delegates receive great value for their visit, and experience a pleasant conference stay with other delegates at nearby hotels.
Further information will be posted in early 2020.
Griffith Univeristy's Gold Coast campus is situated on the city’s main tram line, and is only 20 minutes from the centre of the Gold Coast. We encourage the use of public transport when possible, as parking is very limited on campus.
All of the main hotels are situated within walking distance to the tram line. A map of the tram line is available here, and the Translink app to help with journey planning is available from app stores.
Conference organisers will be available at the main tram stops in the mornings of the conference to assist you. Look for their AILASA lanyards! More information on volunteers' location will be sent to participants closer to the time.
Parking is available on campus for local attendees. If you intend to park at the campus, please notify the organising committee well in advance of the conference. We will endeavour to arrange free parking for you for the duration of the conference, but cannot guarantee that there will be spaces available even when free parking is confirmed.
We encourage parking off-campus and catching the tram if possible.