An outstanding venue

Situated on the shores of the Great Barrier Reef and surrounded by the oldest rainforest on earth, the Cairns Convention Centre is conveniently located 10 minutes from the airport with 7,000 hotel rooms within walking distance.

The Cairns Convention Centre has won many awards since opening in 1996 for building design and operational performance.

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Cairns Convention Centre
Corner Wharf & Sheridan Street
Cairns 4870 Queensland, Aus

Post: PO Box 8084 Cairns 4870 Queensland, Aus

Phone: (07) 4042 4200
Fax: (07) 4052 1152

Flying to Cairns

Qantas is delighted to be a strategic partner for the Dental Hygienist Association of Australia 2018 Symposium (DHAA 2018) in October 2018.

Qantas is Australia’s largest domestic and international airline and is widely regarded as the world’s leading long-distance airline. With a reputation for excellence in safety, operational reliability, and world class customer service; Qantas offers a superior network proposition for delegates travelling to Cairns for the DHAA 2018 Symposium.


As a special gift, QANTAS is pleased to offer DHAA2018 delegates free membership to the Qantas Frequent Flyer Program. That is a saving of $90! For many international flights, this translates to a domestic flight here in Australia where they can extend their trip if they wish to see more of Australia. Or they may keep the points until they return home and can use them on a One World Partner Airline.

To sign up, simply click here and follow the prompts.


DHAA Symposium 2018 Qantas partner logo

Useful Local Information

If you’ve got any general questions about Cairns then you can find the answer here.

Cairns CBD is located 6km south of the Cairns Airport and takes approximately 12 minutes to reach by car. A taxi costs approximately A$25.00. An airport shuttle bus service is operated by Sun Palm Transport Group. This service directly services all accommodation providers in the city centre, Northern Beaches and Port Douglas.

For more information click here.

A taxi fare is approximately $25.00.

Cairns Taxi’s provide the only regulated taxi service for the Cairns Region and provide door to door passenger transport services throughout the Cairns taxi district. Each airport terminal has its own sheltered taxi rank at the front of each terminal building, simply follow the signage in the terminal.

You cannot pre-book for fares from the Terminals however taxis are readily available and the rank is monitored 24/7 by the Cairns Taxis Booking call centre. There are free intercom call buttons at the start of each taxi rank which connect directly to the call centre should you require additional assistance.

Car hire options are available at Cairns airport include;

  • Avis
  • Europcar
  • Budget
  • Hertz
  • Redspot
  • Thrifty

Click here for further booking information.

Airport Connect is a bus service offered by Sun Palm Transport linking Cairns Airport with the Translink public transport network. Translink offer services to Cairns City or the Northern Beaches from Sheridan Street.

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Business office hours are 0900 – 1730 hours from Monday to Friday.

Banks and post offices generally open from 0930 – 1600 hours Monday to Friday.

September to November temperatures range from 20.5 – 29°C (68.9 – 84.2°F).

This is the end of the dry season when humidity starts to build with the onset of the wet season from December.

In November, the reef comes alive with the annual coral spawning. With the tropical humid weather, we advise loose-fitting, cotton clothing.

Bistros, restaurants, cafes and coffee shops offer varied menus, prices and decor.

Local specialties such as seafood and Australian wines are well-worth trying.

At some restaurants, you can keep the liquor bill down by taking your own wine or beer. These are called “BYO” restaurants, an abbreviation for “bring your own”.

Registration fees do not include insurance. It is strongly recommended that at the time you register for the Conference and book your travel you take out an insurance policy of your choice. The policy should include;

  • Loss of fees/deposit through cancellation of your participation in the Conference or through cancellation of the Conference,
  • Loss of international/domestic air fares through cancellation for any reason,
  • Loss of tour monies through cancellation for any reason including airline or related services strikes within Australia,
  • Failure to utilise tours or pre-booked arrangements due to airline delay,
  • Force Majeure or any other reason,
  • Medical expenses (including sickness and accident cover),
  • Loss or damage to personal property,
  • Additional expenses and repatriation should travel arrangements have to be altered,
  • Medical expenses.

The Conference Managers cannot take any responsibility for any participant failing to arrange their own insurance. This insurance is to be purchased in your country of origin.

The Cairns Convention Centre has 239 undercover parking spaces including seven identified disabled car parking bays.

Entrance to the car park is via Sheridan Street and the cost is $5.00 per exit.

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The Symposium Hosts and Symposium Managers have arranged for photography onsite throughout the event.

The images may be used for post-Symposium reports, case studies, marketing collateral and supplied to industry media if requested.

If you do not wish for your photo to be taken, please inform the photographer and move out of camera range.

Australia introduced the Privacy Amendment (Private Sector) Act 2000 in 2001.

The latest updates were published in 2014. The Conference Managers comply with such legislation which is designed to protect the right of the individual to privacy of their information. Information collected in respect of proposed participation in any aspect of the Conference will be only used for the purposes of planning and conduct of the Conference and may also be provided to the organising body or to organisers of future events. Information may also be used for advice of future conferences in a related area. See here for more information on Privacy Laws in Australia.

It is also usual to produce a ‘Delegate List’ of attendees at the Conference and to include the individual’s details in such a list. Consent for publication of the individual’s information may be withheld when completing the Registration Form for the Conference. Individuals are also entitled to access the information held by written application to the Conference Managers.

Trading hours are generally Monday to Saturday 9am to 5.30pm, Sunday 10.30am to 4pm.

Cairns also have late night shopping on a Thursday, extending retail hours to 9pm.

Cairns is in an Australian Eastern Standard Time Zone (AEST) and is ten hours ahead of GMT/UTC.