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Event Information

AGA Location: Cairns

The AGA setting in Cairns, Australia serves as a gateway to tropical north Queensland’s most popular tourist destinations, including Port Douglas and the world-renowned and heritage listed Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest.

Cairns is surrounded by natural beauty. It is a vibrant tropical city and has the best of everything – great restaurants, shopping, cruises and tour attractions. To the north is world heritage national parks, to the south, rugged ranges and numerous waterfalls, head east to the Great Barrier Reef and west is mountainous rainforest and the plains of Atherton Tablelands.

Take some time following the AGA to explore the region and visit the neighbouring townships which all offer their own unique attractions and history. The host city reflects a modern and vibrant atmosphere, the award-winning Cairns Convention Centre is a state of the art venue conveniently located in the heart of the city. All within easy walking distance of 7000 hotel rooms, restaurants, cafes and bars and just 10 minutes from the domestic and international airports.


Hilton Cairns

34 Esplanade
Cairns City QLD 4870
T: +61 7 4050 2000

 With a range of meeting spaces, waterfront and outdoor venues, Hilton Cairns hotel is the ideal location to host this year’s AGA 2017. The hotel’s contemporary event space features state-of the-art digital integration promising of an unforgettable event setting.

General Information

Airport and Car Rental

Cairns Airport has an international and domestic terminal and is located approximately 7kms from the Cairns CBD. For more information please visit the Cairns International Airport website. There are a number of car rental companies that operate within the airport terminals. They have staffed reception desks during all arrival times. Car rental companies can also be found in the CBD. There is further information regarding car rental companies on the Cairns Airport website.

Local Transport Information


Free taxi telephones are located in the arrival halls and the taxi ranks of both the International and Domestic Terminals. Black & White Taxi ranks are located immediately outside the International and Domestic Terminals. The taxi fare to Cairns CBD ranges from $15 – $20 depending on destination point. Taxis are also available from the main taxi rank in the City Place or along the Esplanade and in front of the reef Casino.

Bus Services

Australia Coach and Sun Palm Express operate airport shuttle bus services to hotel, city centre, Northern Beaches, Palm Cove, Port Douglas and Cape Tribulation. Both companies pick up immediately in front of the arrivals area at both terminals and both operate an information desk within the terminal, which if not staffed, have direct-dial telephone. Public buses run from City Place and service areas all over Cairns. Buses also service the northern beaches. ($10 to CBD/Hotel)

Traveling to Australia

Passports and Visas

On 23 March 2013, the department implemented changes to the types of visas available to persons wishing to travel to Australia to attend, participate at, or compete in events being held in Australia.

Under Australia’s universal visa system, all visitors to Australia must have a valid visa to travel to and enter Australia (other than New Zealand passport holders who will normally be granted a Special Category visa on arrival, provided they meet health and character requirements; and permanent residents of Norfolk Island who may be granted a Permanent Resident of Norfolk Island visa on arrival).  For more information, see the fact sheet:

There are many visa options available to people wishing to visit Australia. The appropriate visa option will depend, amongst other things, on the person’s purpose for visiting Australia.

Click here for the new visa fact sheet, effective from 1 July 2013.  This fact sheet includes information about the visa options available for those who are travelling to Australia as business visitors, including the new arrangements in place for online applications for the Visitor (Subclass 600) visa and the Temporary Work (Short Stay Activity) visa (subclass 400). For the purposes of attending this event, you may wish to consider applying for one of these visas, based on your role at the event.

Please note that only certain passport holders are eligible to apply for these visas online.

If your sole reason for coming to Australia is to attend the AGA, please apply for this VISA:

For information on who can apply for the eVisitor (subclass 651) visa online, please go to:

For any other circumstances, please view the below VISAS:

For information on who can apply for the ETA (Subclass 601) visa online, please go to:

For information on who can apply for the Visitor (Subclass 600) visa online, please go to:

For information on who can apply for the Temporary Work (Short Stay Activity) visa (subclass 400) online, please go to:


We recommend that applicants applying for a paper-based visa lodge their application at least 6-8 weeks before their intended travel date to Australia. All travellers to Australia must have a valid visa before boarding their plane. Travelers to Australia cannot apply for a visa on arrival.

Child Care

Please note that no official arrangements have been made for child care during the AGA. Please check with the hotel you are staying at who may be able to assist you further with babysitting services during your stay.


As a guide, temperatures in Cairns in June range from 18°C to 26°C.


All communication with registered delegates will be by email.  If you register and do not receive a confirmation by email within 5 working days please contact the AGA Secretariat EECW by phone on (03) 9863 7606 or email


The information in this web site is correct at the time of printing. The Organisers reserve the right to change any aspect of the program without prior notice.


AGA Sessions: Smart Casual
Welcome Reception: Smart Casual
Technical Tour: To be advised
AGA Dinner: Cocktail/Lounge Suit


In the event of industrial disruption or other unforeseen circumstances, the Host, Organising Committee and EECW Pty Ltd accept no responsibility for loss of monies incurred by delay or cancellation.


Registration fees do not include insurance of any kind. It is strongly recommended that all delegates take out their own travel and medical insurance prior to coming to the AGA. The policy should include loss of fees/deposit through cancellation of your participation in the AGA, or through cancellation of the AGA itself, loss of airfares for any reason, medical expenses, loss or damage to personal property, additional expenses and repatriation should travel arrangements have to be altered. Neither the AGA Secretariat nor the Organising Committee will take any responsibility for any participant failing to insure. Please speak to your travel agent or airline in regard to this matter.


The AGA Organisers recognise that some delegates may have special dietary needs. Please advise the AGA Secretariat either via the registration form or in writing should you wish for them to make alternative arrangements on your behalf.

Please Note: Dietary requirements received less than 72 hours prior to the event cannot be guaranteed. Kosher meals may be available, however please note this will be at an additional cost.

Smoking Policy

The Queensland Government imposes a strict no smoking policy in venues, restaurants, bars and shopping centres in Cairns.

Privacy Statement

In registering for this event relevant details may be incorporated into a delegate list for the benefit of all delegates, sponsors, exhibitors, EECW Pty Ltd and other parties directly related to the AGA.  Should you wish for your details not to be included in this list, please tick the privacy requested box on the registration form.