CEOS Development Environment

30th CEOS Plenary: Helpful Travel & Accommodation Information


Australia’s national science agency, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), is pleased to announce the 30th CEOS Plenary, which will take place on November 1-2, 2016. A number of side and preparatory meetings will be held on October 31, 2016, and, if needed, on October 30th also.  

This video invites you to join us and provides a broad overview of the attractions of Brisbane and of the ‘Sunshine State’ of Queensland.

Venue and Surrounding Area

Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC), situated on Brisbane’s lively Southbank, will host the 30th CEOS Plenary.

Southbank is Brisbane’s cultural, educational, and recreational centre and is a short (5-minute) walk via the Victoria Bridge over Brisbane River from the Central Business District (CBD). Southbank is home to the Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC), South Bank Parklands (including public swimming pool/beach area and garden walking trails), the Wheel Of Brisbane, and a large selection of restaurants, cafes, and bars.


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Brisbane and South-East Queensland

Brisbane and the surrounding region of South-East Queensland offer plenty of unique experiences and activities, from beaches and surfing on the Gold Coast to hiking and nature walks in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland.

The following publication is produced by the Brisbane City Council and provides an excellent summary of upcoming events and attractions.


Brisbane has a subtropical climate with warm or hot weather for most of the year. You can find some information here on Brisbane’s temperature, rainfall and seasonal weather.

The Time zone in Brisbane is AEST (Australian Eastern Standard Time) UTC/GMT +10h.

Arriving in Brisbane

Brisbane International Airport is a 15-minute drive to the North-East of the Brisbane CBD. 

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There are a number of transportation options, the most convenient of which are:


Taxi ranks are located at both the International and Domestic Terminals:

  • Domestic Terminal: the taxi rank is located centrally in front of the terminal.
  • International Terminal: the taxi rank is located at the northern end of Arrivals on Level 2.


Airtrain departs (from the airport to the city) every 15 minutes during peak hours and runs between the following times:

  • Weekdays: 5.04am – 10:04pm
  • Weekends: 6:04am – 10:04pm

Airtrain also offers transfers between the Domestic and International Terminals for $5 per person.

For the full Airtrain schedule and fare details please see

Coach/Bus – Con-X-ion

Con-X-ion Airport Transfers meet every flight arriving into Brisbane Airport seven days a week, offering one way or return ‘door-to-door’ coach services from the Airport to/from Brisbane.

Passengers can book transfers at the Con-X-ion customer service counter on Level 2 of the International Terminal and at the Con-X-ion kerbside booth at the Domestic Terminal.

Brisbane City and CBD, Phone: +61 7 5556 9888, Website:

Visa Requirements

Australia imposes relatively strict customs and immigration practices. All prospective attendees are encouraged to double-check their visa requirements well before booking their travel.

Many countries are covered under the eVisitor scheme for business visit purposes.

Applications for visas should be submitted at least six to eight weeks before the intended date of travel to Australia (or two weeks for online visa applications)

The Visa Finder page is another helpful resource.

If you require an invitation letter or proof of meeting registration to support a visa application please contact: 


We have arranged accommodation deals with two hotels which are both within metres of the Brisbane Exhibition and Convention Centre at Southbank:

There is a large range of other hotel options to suit a range of budgets. More affordable options tend to be in the CBD – a short walk of 20 minutes from the BCEC. Good alternatives include Meriton Serviced Apartments, the Mercure Hotel, and Ibis Brisbane. Use a site such as or and search for hotels in the Brisbane CBD or Southbank.

We encourage you to make your accommodation bookings as soon as possible.

Emergency Contacts

In Australia, the emergency contact number for police, fire, and ambulance is 000.

In case of any issues please contact the meeting coordinator, Caroline Bruce, on her mobile phone: +61 (0) 457 549 338.

More Information 

For more information, please contact Caroline Bruce



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