Travelling & Visas

Visa Applications
Getting Around Brisbane
Public Transport
What’s On

Visa applications

International delegates please note: You will need a visa to enter Australia.

Visa Factsheet

All international visitors to Australia (the sole exception being citizens of Australia and New Zealand traveling on Australian and New Zealand passports) must obtain a visa in advance. You are urged to apply for a visa not later than six weeks prior to travel. Residents of many countries may now apply for a visa online, others will need to apply at an Australian Embassy, Consulate or High Commission. For information on how and where to apply for a visitor’s visa to Australia, please click here to go to the Department of Immigration Website.

You will need to register for the conference and pay your fees before you apply for a visa. If you require a confirmation letter please contact us at

Getting Around Brisbane

Brisbane is a compact, connected city, ideal for walking and getting around via the many scenic river and bridge walks. The city’s efficient transport network makes it easy for visitors to find their way about the city.

The Hilton Brisbane is Brisbane’s most centrally located five star hotel. Located in the heart of the city, on the iconic Queen Street Mall. The Hilton is a 30-minute drive from Brisbane Airport, a short walk from Central Station and walking distance to the city’s most popular attractions.

Hilton Brisbane
190 Elizabeth Street
Brisbane, Queensland, 4000, Australia


Brisbane Airport

Brisbane Airport is a curfew-free facility that’s serviced by 33 airlines (including 31 direct international destinations and 44 domestic destinations).

Characterised by exceptional design, first-class facilities and the highest standards of customer service, the airport offers travellers the ultimate in ease and efficiency with both international and domestic terminals co-located just 12km from the CBD.

Delegates can quickly and easily access Brisbane city from the airport via the Airtrain, bus, taxi or hire car. For more information about airport transfers and Brisbane’s public transport system click here or see below for further information.

Airport Transfers

Brisbane’s international and domestic airports are approximately 20km north east of the Central Business District (CBD), a 25 to 30 minute drive. Visitors can reach the central business district by taxi, shuttle bus or train.

Airtrain – Airtrain services run frequently from Brisbane Airport and stops at 4 major stations in Brisbane City: Fortitude Valley, Central Station, Roma Street and South Brisbane, with the journey taking approximately 20 minutes. The airport stations are located directly outside the Domestic and International terminals. Airtrain fares start from $16. Pre-book or estimate your fare at (book online to save up to 15% on your fare).

Exclusive Brisbane Airtrain Offer – present a printed copy of this letter at the Airtrain station for your special discounted fare of only $25.00 return (station price $33 return) from Brisbane Airport into Brisbane City. Alternatively, you can get a ticket for $15.30 one way to the city (station price $17.50 one way).

Bus Services – Buses connect Brisbane’s City and airports. A single transfer starts from $20 with Conn-x-ion, which departs the airports and major city hotels.

Taxi – The taxi fare from the city centre is approximately A$40 – $50 which includes a $3 fee for taxis departing from the airport. To calculate your fare please visit Black and White Cabs or Yellow Cabs.

For more information about getting to and from the airport, please visit the Brisbane Airport Corporation’s website.


Due to one way road systems, please note that car access is via Elizabeth Street only.

Valet Parking
The Hilton Brisbane offers valet Parking at a rate of $58 per day. For further details please click here.


The closest self-park option is Secure Parking Wintergarden, located on Elizabeth Street. Early Bird Parking is available from $22 per day. For further details or to pre-book please click here.

Public transport

Brisbane’s fully integrated public transport network offers a cost-effective option for road, rail and river travel.

Spanning the South-East Queensland corner, the TransLink system represents one of the largest public transport networks in the world.

For further information, visit the Translink website.


The TransLink go card – Brisbane’s most common and convenient public transport payment option – is a pre-purchased electronic travel card that operates on a “touch-on, touch-off” system on all TransLink bus, train and ferry services.

Go cards can be bought at hundreds of retail locations across South-East Queensland and at train station ticket offices, online or by calling TransLink.

As an alternative, single paper tickets can be bought from fare machines, on board most buses and ferries and at train station ticket offices.

For further information, visit the Translink website.

Bus services

With 400 bus routes and more than 12,600 stops, TransLink’s modern fleet of buses connect all corners of the city and key community spots such as shopping centres, train stations and ferry terminals. The closest station to the Hilton Brisbane is the Queen Street bus station. For specific routes and times please visit the Translink Site.

Free Loop bus services

For inner-city travel, Brisbane’s free Loop bus services are a quick and convenient alternative to taxis and pavement pounding.

  • Brisbane City Loop buses circle the central business district in two directions, running every 10 minutes from any red city bus stop. Operating hours: Monday to Friday 7am-6pm.
  • Spring Hill Loop buses provide a link between the city and Spring Hill precinct, with frequent services operating from yellow bus stops. Operating hours: Monday to Friday 6.50am-6.05pm.


The popular CityGlider buses are pre-paid, high-frequency services that link the inner-city suburbs with other travel services such as NightLink.

Operating hours: Sunday to Thursday 5.30am-11.30pm; Friday and Saturday 24-hours.

NightLink Services

In addition to standard bus and train services, TransLink offers public transport users special NightLink services on Friday and Saturday nights. Operating out of the central business district and Fortitude Valley, the services provide a late-night travel option on selected transport routes.

Train services

With a comprehensive network that extends across 10 lines and more than 130 stations, the local electric rail network provides easy access to key destinations.

CityCat and ferry services

A beloved part of the Brisbane River landscape, Brisbane’s CityCats (high-speed catamarans) and ferry services connect commuters to key destinations along the river including the Eagle Street Pier, New Farm Park, Portside Wharf, South Bank, Queensland University of Technology and The University of Queensland. Always quick and easy, the CityCats and ferries are also a great way to see the city sights.

Delegates can also take advantage of the free CityHopper ferry service, which travels along the river from North Quay to Sydney St, New Farm.

For further information, visit the TransLink website.

Boardwalks and bikeways

From strolling to cycling, the green options for getting out and about are plentiful in Brisbane. A simple grid system of city streets and an expansive network of pedestrian paths, parks, bridges and boardwalks encourage delegates to head outdoors for eco-friendly travel options.

City strolling

With a compact city centre, a pedestrian mall covering several blocks of the city heart and two city-to-South Bank footbridges, Brisbane is a foot-friendly destination. Popular urban villages like Fortitude Valley and landmark destinations like South Bank are all within easy walking distance of the city centre.


Ideally suited to short journeys, Brisbane’s CityCycle scheme offers an eco-friendly and cost-efficient travel option. Working on a subscription basis with time usage fees, CityCycle provides registered users with access to bikes from hire stations located across the inner-city suburbs.

For further information, visit the CityCycle website.

Green Cabs

Eco-friendly and affordable, Brisbane’s Green Cabs provide an easy-going inner-city transport option. Operating on weekends and during special events, the pedicabs primarily service the central business district and neighbouring precincts of South Bank, West End and Fortitude Valley. Green Cabs are also available for special tours and corporate event hire.

For further information, visit the Green Cabs website.

What’s On

QPAC International Series: The Royal Ballet, Woolf Works (29 June – 2 July), performed at Lyric Theatre, QPAC

The Royal Ballet, one of the greatest ballet companies in the world, returns to Australia for the first time in 15 years, exclusive to Brisbane as a part of QPAC’s 2017 International Series. Their first program is Wayne McGregor’s (Resident Choreographer of The Royal Ballet) award-winning ballet Woolf Works, inspired by three of Virginia Woolf’s landmark novels: Mrs Dalloway, Orlando and The Waves, with each of the three acts presented as a series of multi-sensory collages. With ground-breaking choreography, this new ballet reflects Woolf’s modernist rejection of neatly ordered narrative, in favour of heightened, startling poignant perspectives. Woolf Works is set to a new score by acclaimed British composer Max Richter incorporating electronic and orchestral music.

Exclusive offer – 20% Off A-Reserve Tickets for OR 2017 Delegates.

Please click here to take up this special offer.

Jan Power’s City Farmers Market
Lamington St, Newfarm, Brisbane
6am to Noon Every Saturday

The Jan Powers Farmers Markets in front of the Brisbane Powerhouse, Lamington St Newfarm are on every Saturday of the month from 6 am till 12 noon. Whether you are a busy city worker, Queen Street Mall shopper, or visitor, you will not only find the highest-quality, locally grown produce but also an exciting shopping experience with fabulous and exotic foods that are sure to delight.

The Collective Markets
Stanley Street Plaza, South Bank (Brisbane)
The Market operates every weekend.
Friday: 5pm – 9pm Saturday: 10am – 9pm Sunday: 9am – 4pm

The Collective Markets are a South Bank must-do experience while in Brisbane. They feature plenty of cool trinkets and goodies that you won’t find anywhere else. Celebrating the best of Brisbane’s emerging designers, artists, creative entrepreneurs, musicians, foodies and collectors, The Collective Markets are ideal for finding a unique gift, marvelling at Brisbane’s local talent or simply strolling and enjoying the atmosphere.

Fortitude Valley Markets
Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley
10am to 5pm Every Saturday

Located in the heart of Fortitude Valley, Chinatown Mall and Brunswick Street Mall host a variety of activities and events. Held every Saturday from 10am-5pm, you can hunt for a bargain, check out the vintage fashion and bric a brac or chill out with live entertainment.

100% Brisbane
Museum of Brisbane, Level 3, City Hall, Brisbane City
15 July, 2016 to 30 June 2019
10am to 5pm Daily

We are pulling back the layers of our city, going beneath the surface of high rises and the jacaranda trees to discover the very real heart of Brisbane’s story.

Marvel: Creating the Cinematic Universe
Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA), Stanley Place, South Brisbane
27 May to 3 September 2017
10am to 5pm Daily

‘Marvel: Creating the Cinematic Universe’ will be presented exclusively at the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) from 27 May to 3 September 2017. It will be the first major Marvel-related exhibition to be staged in Australia and the largest ever presented in an art museum. Including original artwork, film props, costumes and more.

Bille Brown Studio, Queensland Theatre, 78 Montague Road, South Brisbane
26 June to 16 July 2017

An insightful story about the personal side of globalisation.

Queensland Symphony Orchestra – Sweet Night Music
Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC), Grey Street, South Brisbane
25 June 2017

This fascinating concert will illustrate how different composers chose to reflect on night time through music.

Noises Off
Playhouse, Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC), Corner Grey St & Melbourne St, South Brisbane
03 June to 25 June 2017

What’s more fun than a comically flawless story about tragically flawed people? You’ll cry with laughter and cringe with delight as you witness this company fray and fall apart.

The Royal Ballet – Woolf Works
Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC), Lyric Theatre, Corner Grey St & Melbourne St, South Brisbane
29 June to 2 July 2017

Wayne McGregor’s award-winning ballet Woolf Works is inspired by three of Virginia Woolf’s landmark novels: Mrs Dalloway, Orlando and The Waves, with each of the three acts presented as a series of multi-sensory collages.


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