Brisbane is the capital of Queensland, and the third largest city in Australia. Innovative, modern and welcoming, the city is well connected, and offers all the sophistication of larger global destinations.
Brisbane is a gateway to some of Australia’s most iconic tourism destinations, and with the subtropical climate, you should experience sunshine and great weather to enjoy some of Australia’s most sought-after experiences.
The city is also considered Australia’s gateway to the Pacific, with direct flights connecting Brisbane to many countries in the region.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are the First Peoples of Australia and have been the traditional custodians of this continent for 60,000 years.
Australia is made up of approximately 500 different and distinct Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clan groups or 'nations' who are situated across the Australian continent, each with their own culture, language, beliefs, practices and identities.
The traditional owners of the lands and waters of the Brisbane region are the Turrbal and Jagera people.
The Turrbal and Jagera name for Brisbane is Meanjin/Meeanjin, which is the word for the spike of land where Brisbane is located.
The city also boasts a multicultural and linguistically diverse population, with more than one third of Brisbane residents born overseas.
The Brisbane central business district is located alongside the Brisbane River and adjacent to South Bank Parklands. APMCDRR 2022 will be held in South Bank, the main cultural precinct of Brisbane. The area includes extensive parklands, restaurants, shopping, entertainment, art and cultural centres.
The Conference will be held at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre.
Corner Merivale and Glenelg Streets
South Brisbane QLD 4101, Australia
For full details about how to get there, parking, accessibility, cloak rooms and other useful information, please visit the BCEC website.
Onsite check in process
On arrival at BCEC, please visit the Service Desk, located in the Merivale Entrance foyer. You will be asked to scan your delegate QR code (located in your final delegate email) at the desk. The staff will also ask you to show your government issued photo identification (e.g. drivers licence or passport) to confirm your identity. If you do not bring your QR code, please arrive earlier than the recommended check-in time, go to the Service Desk and present government issued photo identification and the team will assist you. A name badge will be provided to you upon completion of these steps. Your name badge must be worn at all times to access all conference sessions and events. If you lose your name badge a $50 re-print fee will apply.
BCEC has security onsite 24/7.
Brisbane offers a wide range of international standard accommodation. The city has 230 hotels, from five star hotels to serviced apartments accommodation options. There are over 72 hotels within four kilometres of the conference venue. View Brisbane accommodation options here.
A variety of budget accommodation is also available via filtered searches of well-known accommodation websites including, but not limited to: Booking.com, Expedia, Hotels.com, Trivago, HotelsCombined, Wotif, and Airbnb.
APMCDRR delegates may use the following options to book accommodation at these hotels:
Rydges South Bank
The APMCDRR-designated bookings at Rydges are now closed. Delegates are asked to contact hotels directly to arrange their accommodation.
Novotel Brisbane South Bank
The APMCDRR-designated bookings at Novotel Brisbane South Bank are now closed. Delegates are asked to contact hotels directly to arrange their accommodation.
Courtyard by Marriott South Bank
The Westin Brisbane
Access from the airport
Both Brisbane domestic and international airports are 30 minutes drive from the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre.
The AirTrain connects South Brisbane station to Brisbane’s international and domestic airports with stops in the Brisbane CBD and Fortitude Valley. Tickets and a timetable for this service can be found at the Information Desk or you can pre-book on the AirTrain Website.
MyTransLink is the official Queensland Government smartphone app for public transport. The app can be downloaded and used to plan travel and estimate fares. The TransLink website provides a journey planner and travel information including tickets and fares. Some information is available in other languages.
Getting to the conference venue via public transport is easy and efficient with train, bus and ferry options available.
South Brisbane Railway Station adjacent to the Convention Centre on Grey Street, or South Bank Railway Station are the most convenient stations to the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre.
The Cultural Centre Station on Melbourne Street and the South Bank Busway Station on the corner of Colchester and Tribune Streets are the closest to Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre.
CityCat & Ferries
The public transport ferries CityCats operate every day and stop at the South Bank River Terminal on the Clem Jones Promenade. The inner-city ferry travels between the CBD, North Quay and Kangaroo Point, stopping at South Bank Terminal 1 and 2 on the Clem Jones Promenade.
Applying for a visa
All visitors to Australia require a valid visa to enter the country. For further information about the visa options for the Asia-Pacific Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction please see this information sheet in PDF or in Word.
Visit the Department of Home Affairs website for up-to-date advice on COVID-19 vaccination requirements and coming to Australia.
Visitors are recommended to apply for their Australian visas 8 to 10 weeks prior to their intended dates of travel.
Delegations are responsible for ensuring they have the correct visa for travel to Australia and for payment of the visa.
The APMCDRR app provides in-person and virtual delegates with real-time conference information from their mobile device. Delegates can review the attendee list, schedule meetings, access the program and more. Be sure to download the App in advance of the conference to start building your agenda. Download and access details will be sent to all delegates ahead of the conference.
We are committed to making the conference as inclusive and accessible as possible. The Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre provides a guide for accessing the building, available here.
The Queensland Government’s TransLink service is committed to reducing barriers for people with a disability when using public transport. Further information is available at their website.
Brisbane-based disability support service, Carers Link, in partnership with Disability Support Queensland, have launched Access 4000, a smartphone app that which provides information on different accessibility features available in businesses and venues around Brisbane.