Yes, we are going to Australia this year! Brisbane is the capital of the state of Queensland in Australia. It is a large, modern city with a population of over 2.5 million people. Located on the east coast of Australia, Brisbane has a subtropical climate with mild winters (which is when GCC2023 will be held there). The city is known for its beautiful parks and gardens, including the Brisbane Botanic Gardens, South Bank Parklands, the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and many more.
Brisbane is also home to a thriving arts and culture scene, with numerous galleries, museums, and performance venues. There is a great choice of restaurants and cuisines, including Australian, Asian, and Japanese food.
Within an hour drive are Australian Zoo, Moreton Island, and Gold Coast as some of the prime Australian travel destinations, offering a range of activities and attractions such as surfing, hiking, and wildlife encounters.
Getting to Brisbane
Brisbane is well connected to the world with direct flights available from much of the eastern Asia, west coast of North America, and the United Arab Emirates. The Brisbane Airport code is BNE.
Also please check the current COVID-19 requirements for entering and leaving Australia.
The airport is located approximately 13 kilometers (8 miles) from the city center with many options to get to the city.
GCC2023 will be held at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) Gardens Point campus. This is a beautiful location in the center of the city and right on the Brisbane river. This campus is serviced by multiple bus routes, a short walk from Central Station (through the city) and South Bank station (a short walk across a pedestrian-only bridge).
There are numerous accommodation options close by to the campus, in all directions. Walking in Brisbane in July will be comfortable, with average daily temperature of 25C (80F).
You can expect the following average per night room rates at Brisbane hotels:
- 5-star: $250 - $350 AUD
- 4-star: $180-$250 AUD
- 3-star/budget: $90-$180 AUD
Accommodation within 10-15 minutes' walk of QUT include the following. You can also check out this map.
- Royal on the Park - <1.0km from venue
- Capri by Fraser - <1.0km from venue
- Oaks - <1.0km from venue, apartment style suites
- River Plaza Apartments - <1.0km from venue
- YHA - 2.5km from venue