North Queensland beaches
Cairns hosts new International airport facilities welcoming International visitors to Cairns for the Conference.
Travel to and from Asian ports including Japan, is a pleasure with a wide range of budget and other airlines hosting direct flights: Australian Airlines, Continental Airlines, JAL, Qantas, Air Niugini and Cathy Pacific. Air New Zealand, United Airlines and Air Canada offer services to New Zealand and the Americas.
International visitors might choose an international carrier which code shares or is associated with either QANTAS or Virgin Blue and enjoy check-through baggage.
International visitors can also travel through the International ports of Sydney or Brisbane and book one of the regular domestic legs to Cairns. International visitors need to be aware that the discount airline Jetstar has very low cabin allowances (5 Kg in one small bag) and very low baggage limits (20K). Qantas and Virgin Blue will enable a smoother transition for International visitors.
Domestic visitors who fly into Cairns have a range of airlines with an increasing number of services from across the country. Direct flights to Cairns from Perth, Alice Springs and Adelaide complement the eastern circuit. Regional services are available from the Torres Straits, Cape York and central western Queensland. Townsville teachers can fly to Cairns with Skytrans and Qantas.
Domestic fares are now extremely reasonable with specials regularly available. The conference is on in school break, so domestic travelers will need to time their booking, to achieve the best rates. Bookings for September and October 2006 are now open on most airlines.
Domestic passengers can also catch a train. The Queensland Tilt Train offers a service to Cairns from all ports along the Queensland coast. It’s a great way to travel in luxury and comfort through the Great Green Way and into Cairns. The Train will bring you right into the centre of Cairns, walking distance to the Convention Centre and most inner city hotels.
The Cairns area
Cairns is a city of 100,000 population located in the North Queensland (northeast) coastal section of Australia. There are great natural and other attractions to enjoy in North Queensland. The reef, rainforests, outback locations and beaches are all within a day of Cairns and many within a few minutes. You can enjoy low-cost days walking the rainforests and swimming the tropical waters ( it's very safe in October) or can book the many tours and tourist packages. If you wish to check out tours and tourist packages, see the site at Destination Cairns and book your tours when you book accommodation and register for the conference.
The Cairns airport is extremely close to the city; less than 10 minutes taxi ride. Buses are also available and most hotels will do a personal pickup of visitors if you arrange it. It’s a very pleasant way of being greeted and arriving at your destination without any problems.