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Great opportunity not to be missed!
GOMA is offering discounted ticket price of $18 for entry to
Portrait of Spain: Masterpieces from the Prado.
To receive this price, participants must show their conference
identification pass at the Prado ticket desk, located in
Brisbane is an alive and bustling city of 1.6million people and features all the requisite offerings of the nation’s fastest growing capital—world-class facilities, unparalleled support services, and remarkable recreational experiences.

In addition, Brisbane boasts year-round magnificent weather, floating river walkways, stunning riverside parks, city bushland, the world’s largest subtropical garden and Australia’s only inner city beach.

In close proximity to Brisbane are the Gold and Sunshine Coasts, World Heritage-listed rainforests and stunning islands, including the world's largest sand island. The city is also a short flight from the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest.

We suggest you extend your Congress trip and take some time to explore the best that Brisbane has to offer, such as:
  • Chinatown
  • City Botanic Gardens
  • Conrad Treasury Casino
  • King George Square
  • Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
  • Parliament House
  • Queen Street Mall Shopping
  • Queensland Art Gallery
  • Queensland Museum
  • Queensland Performing Arts Centre
  • Queensland Science Centre
  • Riverside Markets (weekends only)
  • Roma Street Parklands
  • South Bank Markets (Friday nights and weekends only)
  • South Bank Parklands
  • Valley markets

South Bank—closest city hub to Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre

Cultural attractions
South Bank is home to some of Queensland’s premier cultural attractions, located on the banks of the Brisbane River and bordered by parkland.  Take in the distinguished collection of contemporary Australian art, Indigenous art and the art of the Asia-Pacific region at the Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art or learn about Queensland’s natural and social history at the Queensland Museum and Sciencentre.  Directly opposite the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre is the Queensland Performing Arts Centre, which attracts a variety of international and Australian acts throughout the year.

South Bank is also the ideal launching pad for taking in Brisbane’s sights, either from the water on a River City Cruise, departing from the South Bank Parklands Jetty, or with a bird’s eye view on the Wheel of Brisbane.  South Bank is also home to Streets Beach, a lush man-made lagoon, perfect for swimming or relaxing on the sandy white beach.

Shopping and cuisine
South Bank offers a fine selection of dining and shopping.  Explore the South Bank Lifestyle Markets on Friday nights, Saturday or Sunday, and pick up a creation from an emerging Brisbane designer, or browse the fashionable boutiques of Grey Street and Little Stanley Street.  Along Grey Street, you’ll also find quality international and Australian cuisine, or for a sumptuous waterfront dining experience, head to the southern end of South Bank Parkland.

What’s on in Brisbane—August 2012
While you’re in Brisbane, why not take advantage of the city’s vibrant program of events and exhibitions.  Here’s just a sample of events on offer during the Congress:
“Ovo” the new show from Cirque du Soleil
14 July–2 September 2012
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“Giants of the Past”
an exhibition of dinosaur skeletons and fossils
Queensland Museum and Science Centre
throughout 2012
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one of Australia’s most highly regarded stand-up comics
Brisbane Powerhouse
21 August–2 September 2012 
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“Portrait of Spain: Masterpieces from the Prado”
Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art
21 July– 4 November 2012
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“Jersey Boys”
the Tony Award winning musical comes to Brisbane
Queensland Performing Arts Centre
from 13 July 2012
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Other city hubs

Spend time exploring the following inner-city hubs:

Brisbane Queen Street Mall
Enjoy strolling in the car-free, open-air zone that is the Queen Street Mall with its historical arcades and side streets, including two retail precincts, the Myer Centre and Broadway on the Mall.
Fortitude Valley
Youth culture dominates Ann and Brunswick Streets. The Valley also includes quality homewares, epicurean outlets, art galleries and an excellent selection of adventure and outdoor stores. The Valley markets are a unique way to spend Saturday or Sunday. To experience a little slice of Asia in Australia, head to Chinatown in the Valley.
Stretching from bustling Caxton Street in the east, through Brisbane’s own Silicon Valley in Milton, to the intimacy of Rosalie Village in the west, the Paddington area has something for everyone. From delicious desserts and live comedy to great steaks and good pubs, Paddington has everything you could want for a night out. It’s also a great place to shop, with a tremendous range of interesting furnishing, fashion and home design stores.
Fraser Island—the largest sand island in the world; the Great Barrier Reef—over 1,500km of majestic coral, home to the greatest variety of flora and fauna species found in any one location in the world; the Whitsunday Islands—an archipelago of green islands and sandy atolls in the middle of the Great Barrier Reef; the Daintree Forest—1200km of pristine World Heritage-listed rainforest; and the ‘outback’—1 million square kilometres of red plains and deserts are a short flight from Brisbane.

Southeast Queensland

All bases are covered during a stay in South East Queensland. Here is the opportunity to enjoy a truly urban experience in the state capital Brisbane, safe in the knowledge that you are still within arm’s reach of quintessential Australian country, coast and hinterland experiences.

Travel just one hour south east of the city centre and find yourself at the Gold Coast admiring 70km of sun-drenched beaches, fabulous theme parks and a truly frenetic lifestyle. Inland of the Gold Coast, and easily accessible from Brisbane, is the 20,200 hectare World Heritage-listed Lamington National Park.

Travel the same distance north and find yourself exploring the gorgeous beaches and spectacular hinterland of the Sunshine Coast.

Venture off the South East Queensland coastline and explore the southern bay islands of North Stradbroke and Moreton—part of the highest concentration of sand islands in the world. Both remain relatively untouched despite their overwhelming natural beauty.

Brisbane is also a stone’s throw from the Scenic Rim—encompassing the state’s oldest provincial city Ipswich, the charming country township of Boonah, and the wineries and World Heritage-listed rainforests of Beaudesert.
To assist with planning your visit, we suggest that you explore the following web sites:

Experience Brisbane:
Events guide Brisbane:
Tourism Queensland:
Discover Brisbane:

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