Delegate Information

Location

The Atherton Tablelands, located in tropical north east Queensland, rise 700 metres from the coast inland from Cairns. The tablelands is a diverse region of rainforest and waterfalls, spectacular landscapes and crater lakes.  It is well worth delegates considering spending a few extra days to enjoy the region and all it has to offer. Information

The conference venue is located on the shores of Lake Tinaroo, which is approximately 1.5 hrs drive from Cairns.

Getting to Tinaroo

International and Domestic Arrivals

Cairns Airport is the closest airport to the Atherton Tablelands.

International connections can arrive directly into Cairns, or transit through Sydney or Brisbane. Delegates arriving via Sydney or Brisbane should allow at least 3 hrs between flights as they will need to transit from the international to the domestic terminals to board a connection to Cairns. There are passenger bus services between the terminals.

Domestic flights with connections to Cairns depart from every capital city.

Visa Information -  www.australia.gov.au/information-and-services/immigration-and-visas

Letter of Invitation

  1. Please indicate on your registration form if you require an invitation letter.
  2. Forward your proof of payment (tax invoice) to judith.botting@jcu.edu.au and include the following information:
    1. FULL NAME, Nationality, Passport Number, Passport expiry date, travel dates
  3. If your visa application is not successful we will refund your registration.

From Cairns to Tinaroo

Travel from Cairns to Tinaroo is by road; there is no rail or public air travel available.

The conference is being held in a very small town and there is very limited public transport to and from nearby larger centres.  If you do not wish to be restricted to the limited conference transport that will be available, it is recommended you consider hiring a vehicle.  All the major car hire companies are located in Cairns city and/or at Cairns airport.

Conference Transport to and from the Conference Venue

There will be limited bus transport to and from the venue provided for delegates without their own transport, as outlined below.This service is free to delegates BUT you must indicate on your registration that you require transport.

Monday 24th June -  There will be a bus provided for conference delegates, leaving from a pick-up point at Cairns airport at 2.30 pm and arriving at the conference venue late in the afternoon, in time for the Welcome Function.

Friday 28th June - A bus will be provided to transport delegates from the conference venue to Cairns Airport. It will depart the venue at approximately 8 am.

Field Trip Friday 28th June -The field trip bus will  depart from the venue at approximately 8.30 am and return delegates to Cairns at approximately 6 pm. The field trip will terminate at Cairns airport.

For those who require transport back to the Tinaroo Resort, you can remain on the bus and be dropped off at the resort after the trip concludes in Cairns.  (If you require accommodation at the resort Friday night 28th please ensure you advise the resort as the conference rate will not apply)

Delegates will need to make their own accommodation arrangements in Cairns if they plan to stay on, or should organise their departure from Cairns Airport to be later than 9 pm, to allow for delays.

Local Facilities

The conference venue – Tinaroo Lake Resort - is located in the very small township of Tinaroo (Pop. 260), and many facilities (e.g. supermarkets, restaurants) are not available. Delegates who do not have their own transport will be given an opportunity to purchase items from the nearby town of Atherton.

The conference venue and the nearby Lake Tinaroo Holiday Park provide self-contained accommodation (kitchen, laundry) so delegates can provide catering for themselves if they choose.

Lake Tinaroo Holiday Park has a café-shop where meals and basic necessities can be purchased.

Lunches, morning and afternoon teas, will be provided for conference delegates on Tuesday 25th, Wednesday 26th, and Thursday 28th, at the conference venue.

Dinners on Monday 24th and Tuesday 25th are also included in conference registration.

There will also be optional dinners organised for Wednesday 26th and Thursday 27th (see the registration page).

Breakfasts are not included in the registration or accommodation fees.  Delegates staying at Tinaroo Lake Resort can pre-order breakfast packs from the resort, or can choose to self-cater as all the apartments have kitchens.

The nearby Lake Tinaroo Holiday Park has a cafe on site and a small shop that sells basic items.

Weather

Winter on the tablelands is very pleasant and can be cool at night, but it lacks the humidity of Cairns.

  • Temperatures - June 21° / 12° - some rain can be expected