Banks
Monday – Thursday: 0930 – 1600
Friday: 0930 – 1700
Most branches have 24 hour automatic teller machines (ATM).

Climate
Expect average temperatures of 12°/26°Celsius (54.5 – 70.7°F). Clear skies and dry air average cool nights.

Currency
Australia – units are dollars and cents. Currency exchange is available at banks, hotels and international airports. All major credit cards are widely accepted in Australia.  A Goods and Services Tax (GST) of 10% applies to all consumer goods, and is included in retail prices.

Electricity
The electrical supply is 240/250 volts, 50Hz.  Universal outlets for 110 volts (shavers only) standard in hotels, apartments and motels. The connection for appliances is a flat, 3-pin plug of unique design.

Mobile Phones
Australia operates on a digital network.  There is no analogue mobile/cell network.

To call Australian mobile/cell number from overseas: (USA used in example)
  1. Dial 011, (011 U.S. exit code), replace with your countries exit code.
  2. Then dial 61, (the Country code for Australia)
  3. Next Dial mobile/cell phone number (9 digits for mobile) Do not include the 0.
  4. e.g. 011 61 4xx xxx xxx
Landline Telephones
To call Queensland Australia landline from overseas: (USA exit code 011 used in example)
  1. Dial 011 (US country exit code), replace with your countries exit code.
  2. Then dial 61, (the country code for Australia)
  3. Next dial 7 (Queensland area code).
  4. Finally dial landline phone number (8 digits).
  5. e.g. 011 61 7 xxxx xxxx

Personal Security

  • Australia has a stable political system
  • Low crime rate on a world scale
  • Australians experience a safe lifestyle
  • Tourists enjoy unhindered travel experiences in terms of their personal safety and security.
  • Observe the same precautions you would at home with your personal safety and possessions.

Public Transport
The Gold Coast is serviced by trains, light rail, buses, taxis and ferries.  Tours and transfers are available through hotels and motels. All transport is at your expense.

Shopping
An extensive range of shopping option exist from malls, boutiques and high end designers. See what the Coast has to offer – http://www.visitgoldcoast.com/things-to-do/shopping/

Major credit cards are accepted.

Smoking
Queensland has strict tobacco laws.  There is no smoking in indoor places.

Sun/Surf Safety

  • Gold Coast beaches are beautiful
  • The water can at times be powerful
  • Always swim between the red and yellow flags at a patrolled beach
  • Gold Coast beaches are patrolled by professional life guards 7 days a week
  • Always wear a shirt, hat, sunglasses and SPF 30+ sunscreen lotion, even on cloudy days
  • Reapply sunscreen regularly
  • Stay out of the sun during the middle of the day
  • Drink plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration.

Time Zone
Australian Eastern Standard Time (UTC/GMT +10).

Tipping
You may tip hotel staff and restaurant wait-staff if you wish to acknowledge exceptional service. Tipping is not expected at any time. Tipping is your choice.

Drive times to Gold Coast

  • Brisbane International Airport to Gold Coast and Bond  University – 1 hour drive
  • Brisbane Domestic airport to Gold Coast or Bond University – 1 hour drive
  • Gold Coast Airport to Bond University – 20 mins drive

Taxi
Call 131 008 during conference cabs and arrange pickup from the Bond Clock Tower on University Drive, Varsity Lakes.

Airport Transfers
Attendees are to arrange their own transfers from and to airports.  See Gold Coast Airport transport options

Liability
By registering for the Conference, participants agree that QPS , or the organising committee do not assume any responsibility for damages or injuries to persons or property during the
Conference. Participants are recommended to have their own health, travel and personal insurance.

Visas
There are many visa options available for visiting Australia. Click here for information on the visa that is suitable to you for attendance at the YTVC conference.