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Plan Your Trip

The Translational Photosynthesis Conference 2019 InnovAg,  will be held at the spectacular Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, which is located at Southbank in the centre of the city.

The venue is walking distance from The Queensland Museum, The Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art and many more attractions, including a variety of restaurants, hotels and apartments.



Accommodation and travel expenses are additional to the registration fees.

Rydges South Bank will provide a 20% off their rates to delegates attending the Conference. You just need to mention you are attending the Conference to receive the discount.

Some accommodation venues that may suit your needs are as follows*:

Hotel Prices  per night from (AUD) Walking distance to conference More information
Rydges South Bank $179 Approx. 2 mins www.rydges.com/accommodation/brisbane-qld/brisbane-south-bank/
Mantra South Bank $245 Approx. 3 mins www.mantrasouthbankbrisbane.com.au/
Oaks Casino Towers $170 Approx. 15 mins www.oakshotels.com/en/oaks-casino-towers
Swiss-Belhotel $159 Approx. 16 mins http://www.swiss-belhotel.com/en-gb/swiss-belhotel-Brisbane

*These are approximate prices

More information on the location of the venue and hotels in the area can be found here:

Click here for a BCEC precinct and hotels pdf


Car parking

The Brisbane Conference and Exhibition Centre provides undercover parking for 1500 vehicles, with direct lift access to the conference venues. Car park entrances are via Merivale St, Grey St and Melbourne St.

For faster exit at our car parks and for the convenience of our patrons, the Centre has installed a new automated parking system which allows you to enter and exit the car park using your credit card. The fast pay initiative works by inserting your credit card on entry, then again on exit through the automated exit lanes.  This makes exiting the car parks an easier, faster process.

Please click here for current parking rates


If you would like access to flexible childcare for the duration of the conference, the agency listed below will be able to provide this service.

Agency Phone Email More information
Charlton Brown 07 3216 0288 agency@charltonbrown.com.au nannies.charltonbrown.com.au/

The conference organisers accept no responsibility for services booked outside the conference.


‘Beautiful one day – perfect the next’ – that is what they say about Queensland which boasts an enjoyable subtropical climate year round. Brisbane is blessed with wonderful, warm sunshine throughout the year and is the perfect location for visitors to enjoy a range of activities – sport, picnics in parks, bushwalking, water sport and other relaxing forms of recreation.

July falls in mid-winter in the southern hemisphere.

Remember to pack sunscreen and a wide brimmed hat if you will be spending time outdoors and to drink plenty of water.

Disability access

If you require disability-specific facilities, please notify the conference organisers by indicating this on your registration form.


It is strongly recommended that delegates take out adequate medical, travel and personal insurance before travelling.

Internet access

Free wireless internet access is provided by the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre for the duration of the conference.

Invitation letters

Letters of invitation are available on application. Please send your full name and the address of your host institution to events@photosynthesis.org.au, together with your registration confirmation.

Liability disclaimer

In the event of industrial disruption or other unforeseen circumstances, the conference organisers accept no responsibility for loss of monies incurred by delegates.


Australia has a decimal system of dollars and cents. Exchange facilities are available at Brisbane Airport or city banks. Credit cards are widely accepted. Commonly recognised cards are American Express, Diners Club, Visa and MasterCard (only Visa and MasterCard are accepted for conference transactions). Two automatic teller machines are available in the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, located at the Great Hall Concourse and Exhibition Hall 4 Concourse.

No smoking policy

Delegates should be aware that smoking is not allowed in public buildings and many hotels and restaurants throughout Australia, including the conference venue.

Passport and Visa requirements

Please refer to these fact sheets for information on Visa options for conferences and General information for visa applicants. For further details about visa options, please visit the Department of Immigration and Border Protection’s website: www.border.gov.au/.

If you are planning to visit Australia to attend a business event such as a conference as a participant or attendee, (that is, you will not be working, entertaining, or being paid to contribute), you may be eligible for one of the following Visitor visas: ETA (subclass 601), eVisitor (subclass 651) or Visitor visa (subclass 600) Business stream.


Time Zones

Brisbane operates on Eastern Standard Time, which is 10hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). For international delegates, we suggest you allow at least one day in which to adjust to the time difference. Travellers crossing the Pacific will lose one day by crossing the International Date Line.


There is no tradition of tipping in Australia, it is therefore not expected and service is given with a smile. However, where the service has been excellent, you may tip if you wish. About 10% of the bill is usual if the service is exceptional.

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