XIV International Conference on Vacuum Ultraviolet Radiation Physics

About Cairns

VUV14 - International Delegate Information

All prices are quoted in Australian Dollars.
Please note: It is vital to book your airfares and arrange your visa early in order to minimize cost and inconvenience.


Cairns is located in tropical North Queensland, in the north-eastern corner of the Australian continent. With its mountain backdrop and ocean views, Cairns is world-renowned for its pristine natural beauty and attractions such as the Great Barrier Reef and World Heritage listed rainforests.


The seasons in Australia are the reverse of those in the Northern Hemisphere, July being the middle of Australia's winter. However, Cairns has a tropical climate and average temperatures in July range from 16C (60°F) in the evening to around 25C (77°F) during the day. A light jacket is recommended for the evenings.

Enjoy outdoor activities in Australia’s beautiful weather, but minimise your exposure to the sun. Wear a broad-brimmed hat, cover up and apply water-resistant sunscreen frequently. Australia is fringed with superb beaches just waiting to be enjoyed. As with all beaches, it is advisable to follow basic precautions. Always swim or surf at patrolled beaches between the red and yellow flags, which mark the safest area for swimming


Before booking your flights, consider all of your activities in Australia. First, Northern-Hemisphere visitors would be foolish not to partake in some once-in-a-lifetime touring in Australia, before or after VUV14. Also, don't forget the Conference Tours on Friday and Saturday, 23-24 July. Second, plenary, invited, and contributing delegates should consider whether to attend the Satellite Workshop in Melbourne, before VUV14.

Travel (International)

Cairns is accessible directly from Asia, and, with a stop over, from Europe. Most flights from the USA are via Sydney. Cairns Airport is approximately 6 km from the city centre.

No special conference disconts are applicable for international flights. International delegates can contact their local Qantas office for the best fare of the day alternatively visit the Qantas website at www.qantas.com

The primary international airlines servicing Cairns directly are Qantas, Australian Airlines (a new airlines with 26 flights per week from Asia), Cathay Pacific, Continental Airlines, Air New Zealand and Air Nuigini. Many more carriers service Cairns via Sydney.

Book airfares as soon as possible for the best available fare at the time. Late bookings result in ridiculously expensive fares.

Visa Requirements

All visitors (except New Zealanders) require visas to enter Australia. Visas are available from your local Australian Embassy, Consulate or High Commission. For the location of your nearest Consulate visit the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s website at www.dfat.gov.au/missions

Further information regarding visa requirements can be found at www.immi.gov.au/business/iecn.htm

Customs Requirements

Please refer to the Australian Customs Service website at www.customs.gov.au for items that must be declared at the time of arrival into Australia.

Departure Taxes

The Departure Tax is $A38.00 per person and is included in the cost of your international airline ticket.
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Transport within Cairns

To and from The Airport

The Conference venue is approximately 15 minutes by taxi from the Cairns International and Domestic Airport. The cost will be approximately $A15.00. Taxis Black & White Cairns can be contacted on telephone 131 008. Alternatively, the Cairns International and Domestic Airport offer a shuttle service operated by Australia Coach, which can transport people to most hotels and the city centre.

Cost: Oe way $A7.00 for adults. Children under 14 are free.
Frequency: Buses are available at the arrival of each flight

Hire Cars

Major rental companies are represented at the airport, and there are many additional rental companies with offices in Cairns and larger towns. Reservations prior to arrival are recommended although not essential. In Australia, vehicles are right-hand drive and you travel on the left hand side of the road.

Public Transport

Public bus transport operates to all Cairns city areas, suburbs and beaches. Timetables are available at hotels and bus depots.

General Information


Most banks operate between the hours of 9.30 am and 4.00 pm Monday to Thursday, and between 9.30 am and 5.00 pm on Friday. Most major banks and some stores have electronic banking machines operating 24 hours per day at selected locations.

Travellers cheques, Credit cards and Foreign exchange

Travellers cheques can be cashed at most banks, hotels and motels. Major credit cards are acceptable in most establishments. Foreign currencies can be exchanged at the airport and at foreign currency bureaus around the city, many of which are open 7 days a week. In many cases you will need to produce current, suitable identification to conduct financial transactions. The currency denominations in Australia are: $5, $10, $20, $50, $100 notes and 5c, 10c, 20c, 50c, $1, $2 coins.


The electrical supply in Australia is 240 volts, AC 50Hz. The Australian three-pin power outlet is different from some other countries so you may need an adaptor. If your appliances are 110V, you may need a voltage converter. Universal outlets for 240V or 110V shavers are usually found in leading hotels.

Email and Internet

Internet and email access is available at numerous hotels, Internet cafes, hostels and libraries. Australia uses RJ-45 telephone plugs and Telstra EXI-160 four-pin plugs. Also check that your PC-card modem is suitable in Australia.

Health Regulations

There are no compulsory immunisations required before arriving in Australia unless travellers have been in a quarantine zone within 14 days preceding arrival. Travellers journeying to Far North Queensland via tropical countries should seek medical advice about those countries before departing home. There are no entry and exit requirements between Australian states.

Mobile Phones

Mobile phones are available for rent, or bring your mobile phone with you. Australia’s mobile network operates on the 900 and 1800 bands for GSM and 800 for CDMA. Contact your telecommunications carrier for activating international roaming while you are visiting Australia.


Tipping is not obligatory in Australia.
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