The location for INTELEC® 2017 is the stunning Gold Coast in the Australian state of Queensland. Shaped by 57kms of sun-drenched beaches and more than 100,000 hectares of World-Heritage listed rainforest, the Gold Coast’s continues to deliver a conference destination that is unrivalled in diversity and distinct in flavour.
Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre
GCCEC is Australia’s largest regional convention centre, capable of handling corporate and association conferences and meetings, national and international incentives, banquets, exhibitions, concerts, sporting and special events.
Queensland, the state of Australia that is hosting the conference, offers something for every traveller, with the Islands of the Great Barrier Reef, hundreds of sun-kissed beaches, lush rainforests and the rugged Outback. Nicknamed the Sunshine State, it enjoys warm weather and has a sizeable portion of its state area in the tropics.
No trip to Queensland would be complete without a visit to Queensland’s tropical north, home of the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef, Daintree Rainforest and Riversleigh Fossil Fields. Few places on earth can boast such unique natural attractions in close proximity with the Great Barrier Reef offering an underwater treasure trove of dazzling coral and sea life, and the superb tropical rainforests stretching down to the ocean shore.
Find out more about its distinct attractions:
Australia is a land of many opportunities for visitors. It contains a breathtaking diversity of natural landscapes from the snow-capped mountains of the Southern Alps to the lush rainforests of the tropical north, and from the spectacular surf beaches of the coast to the wide open spaces of the Australian Outback. No visit would be complete without exploring some of Australia’s natural heritage icons, such as the Great Barrier Reef, Kakadu National Park and Uluru.
Just as distinct are Australia’s cities, where our laidback lifestyle and cosmopolitan culture meet. You will find a melting pot of cultures and a medley of theatre, restaurants, nightlife and events. Come, stay and celebrate, then spring into the rest of your Australian holiday. Australia has so much for you to explore, whether you want nature, wildlife, outback adventure, islands, rainforest or reef. Australia’s unique beauty is spread across eight states and territories, so find out more about the distinct attractions within each:
The Gold Coast
The Gold Coast's star attraction is its beaches, including the world-renowned stretch of sand at Surfers Paradise. Beyond the beaches, discover laid-back neighbourhoods, a booming culinary scene and the Gold Coast's famous theme parks. And don’t miss a trip into the subtropical hinterland for rainforest walks and waterfalls.
Top things to do on the Gold Coast
Visit The Gold Coast Beaches
The Gold Coast is renowned for its white sand beaches that stretch across 57 kilometres (35 miles) of coastline. Choose from the sheltered waters at Coolangatta and Currumbin beaches or the popular surfing breaks at Main Beach or Burleigh Heads. First-time surfers can book a group or private lesson with Get Wet Surf School at The Spit, Surfers Paradise. Wave Break Island lies just off Main Beach and offers fantastic snorkeling and diving, with more than 50 species of fish. Explore this colourful underwater world on a Queensland Scuba Diving tour.
Shop at the Best Boutiques and Markets
Find vintage threads and an eclectic bohemian vibe at the Village Markets on Sundays at Burleigh Heads. Or head to Carrara Markets, where 500 stalls and lots of free entertainment will keep you entertained all weekend. Hit up Harbour Town outlet mall for some serious bargains and get a fashion fix at Pacific Fair Shopping Centre.
Explore The Lush Gold Coast Hinterland
Turn away from the beach and explore the enchanting Gold Coast hinterland, with its unspoiled national park and charming mountain villages. Adventure seekers can test their legs on the three-day Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk, which passes an ancient volcano and goes through World Heritage-listed Gondwana Rainforest, or follow a cycling trail through the wineries and boutique breweries of Mount Tamborine. At Lamington National Park stroll through the rainforest canopy 15 metres (49 feet) above ground at O'Reilly's Tree Top Walkway. Or book a 4WD Rainforest Eco Safari to see the spectacular waterfalls at Springbrook, including Natural Bridge.
Hire A Bike To Discover Coastal Neighbourhoods
Explore the Gold Coast’s distinct neighbourhoods, each with their own vibe. Hire a bicycle at Surfers Paradise and ride 20 minutes to sophisticated Broadbeach. There are plenty of restaurants and shops here, including vegetarian eatery Cardamom Pod, and the major shopping centre Pacific Fair. Neighbouring Mermaid Beach is home to Bam Bam Bakehouse, where you can stop for coffee and a pastry. A further 30 minutes ride south is the popular surfing spot of Burleigh Heads. Take the 1.2-kilometre (0.7-mile) scenic Oceanview Walk through Burleigh Headland National Park, where you can spot whales from April to September. Or continue along the road to Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, where you can feed a kangaroo, get up close to a crocodile or cuddle a koala. Head back to Surfers Paradise for the beachfront markets, held every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday night from 4pm to 9pm. Get On Your Bike can arrange bicycle drop-off and pick-up at any location in the Gold Coast.
Play A Round Of Golf At Top Courses
Picturesque and challenging golf courses await you on the Gold Coast. Choose a resort course such as Palmer Gold Coast, carved out of 65 hectares (160 acres) of native woodlands, the RACV Royal Pines Resort, which is home to the Australian PGA Championships, or the Intercontinental Sanctuary Cove, which give you access to The Palms and The Pines courses. Alternatively, try the public courses at Parkwood International, an 18-hole course set in undulating bushland around a series of lakes and ponds, or Links Hope Island, just a 20-minute drive from the Gold Coast.
Paradise Country is home to the ultimate Australiana farm experience!
The Gold Coast's authentic Aussie homestead, which provides the opportunity to experience farm life and outback adventure.
Paradise Country is home to a diverse and unique range of animals. A visit to the farm will not only put you face to face with cows, horses, sheep, chickens, ducks, pigs and dogs, but you can also get up close with a range of glorious Australian Wildlife as well as some very cute babies in our Animal Nursery.
Visit an authentic shearing shed, watch their stockmen and dogs work together to round up a flock of sheep or relax around the campfire to enjoy a traditional Billy Tea and damper as you experience the action of the outback.
Why just spend a day at the farm when you can spend the weekend? Enjoy some time away from the hustle and bustle with the choice of their farm style camp, caravan or motor home sites. Or truly retreat in the Farmstay Eco Tents.
Home to unique Aussie wildlife and a cuddly collection of farmyard friends, kids are free to explore and delight in all that Paradise Country Farm has to offer. Wake up to fresh country air, collect eggs from the chicken coop and help with the morning feed up. Just 20 mins from Surfers Paradise and 45 minutes from Brisbane, it's the perfect getaway for families looking to get back to nature, take time out and create some lasting memories.
For more information visit the Paradise Country Website.
- Key Dates
- Close of earlybird 18 August 2017
- Final Paper Submission18 August 2017
- Accommodation booking deadline18 September 2017
- 9am - Tutorials and Welcome reception 22 October 2017
- Main stream conference 23 - 26 October 2017
- Conference closes at 4:30pm26 October 2017
- INTELEC© 201722-26 October 2017