Getting around Cairns

The conference and expo venue is located in the CBD, an easy flat walk from most accommodation options. Shops, restaurants and markets are within easy reach on foot. Taxis and public buses are also available.



Cairns’ CBD shops cater to both locals and visitors. Cairns Central shopping mall is a short distance from the conference venue. If you are self-catering, there is a large Woolworths supermarket in Abbott St. Or if you are coming from overseas, take advantage of the many duty free shops in the heart of Cairns.


Friday, Saturday and Sunday don’t miss the spectacular tropical produce markets at Rusty’s between Grafton and Sheridan Streets. Cairns Night Markets open every night and the Lagoon markets each Saturday are home to colourful craft and art products. If venturing further afield don’t miss the markets at Kuranda, Port Douglas and Yungaburra.



Cairns International Airport is Australia’s gateway to the Asia Pacific and is located only 10 minutes from the centre of Cairns. International flights connect Cairns to Europe, Asia, North America and the Pacific with Qantas, Cathay Pacific, Jetstar, Virgin, Continental Airlines, Air New Zealand and Air Nuigini.


There are direct flights to Cairns from all Australian capital cities with Qantas, Virgin Australia and Jetstar.

Taxis and regular bus shuttles are readily available from Cairns Airport.


International visitor visas

All travellers, except New Zealand citizens, must obtain a visa or travel authority before travelling to Australia. You can find important information for travelling to Australia on the Australian Immigration website

Getting to Cairns



Top 10 Things to do in Cairns

  1. Dive or snorkel the Great Barrier Reef
  2. Take the scenic rail & Skyrail to Kuranda
  3. Hike through the world's oldest surviving tropical rainforest in the Daintree
  4. Cruise to Green Island and snorkel straight off the beach
  5. Enjoy 5 hours of action packed rafting on the mighty Tully River
  6. Take a road trip to Port Douglas and explore the Sunday markets
  7. Visit Spanish style castles at Paronella Park
  8. Drive through the Atherton Tablelands and explore fresh local produce straight from the farms.
  9. Take a spectacular scenic hot air balloon flight over the Atherton Tablelands
  10. Explore coral gardens and hidden beaches at Fitzroy Island



With more than 7,000 accommodation rooms available, visitors are spoilt for choice in Cairns city. There are high-end five star international hotels and luxurious self-contained apartments, family-friendly motels, budget hostels, mid-range hotels, tropical resorts, or unique B&Bs. 

The heart of Cairns offers an excellent range of accommodation choices where dining, tours, shopping and night life are all a short walk away.


These properties are within easy walk of the conference venue. When booking please use the links below which will take you to specially negotiated rates for our conference.



City Quays Piermonde







City Quays Park Regis









Hilton Cairns


To receive special rates for conference guests please click here.







Cairns has a tropical climate, with generally warm summers and mild dry winters. Most of Cairns’ rainfall occurs during summer between January and March. Typical daytime min/max temperature ranges in Cairns in October/November are 21C/30C (69F/86F).


Dress is informal and relaxed and smart casual clothes are acceptable almost universally with possibly a light jacket for evening wear.

Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort - click here for special offer. 

Quote National Biological Farming Conference







Pullman International







Pullman Reef Hotel Casino 






Il Palazzo














Holiday Inn Cairns Harbourside








Harbour Lights



Fiona George

Regional Landcare Facilitator

ph: 0488 702 203

or email

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To book and receive 10% off Best Available Rates online please visit:


And follow the simple steps below:


1.  Select your dates and number of people – hit SEARCH

2.  Input Promo Code 1749OCT16 (case sensitive) - hit    


3.  Select your room type and hit BOOK to proceed to the      payment screen





***Please note: promo codes are only valid for bookings made online; rooms are subject to availability & will require full prepayment. Bookings will also be subject to any minimum night stay restrictions as listed on the website. Discount applies to bookings between 27th October to 1st November 2016, and when booked before the 27th September 2016.






Early bird until 7th August

$225 plus GST


Late registration from 8th August

$350 plus GST