24th AHSN Conference Information

The Conference Convener writes:

Anja Pabel, 2018 Conference Convener

Anja Pabel, 2018 Conference Convener

I am looking forward to welcoming AHSN delegates to the 24th annual AHSN conference, proudly hosted by the Centre for Tourism and Regional Opportunities (CTRO) at Central Queensland University’s (CQU) Cairns Campus.

The AHSN conference will be held from mid-afternoon of Friday 2 February to evening of Sunday 4 February 2018.
The theme of the AHSN 2018 conference is: “Humour: How Does it Travel?”

AHSN 2018 will take place at Central Queensland University’s Cairns Campus, which is only a short distance from a wide range of accommodation facilities, cafes, restaurants, bars, boutique shopping, and also the famous Cairns Esplanade and Pier. The street address of CQU’s Cairns campus is:

Level 3 CQU Cairns Campus, Cnr Abbott and Shields Streets, Cairns QLD 4870,

Travel to Cairns and TNQ

Travel to Cairns and TNQ

Tropical North Queensland (TNQ) is a popular tourist destination and attracted 2.8 million international and domestic tourists for the year ending 2016. Cairns, the biggest town in TNQ, provides easy access to two World Heritage sites, the Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics of Queensland, which are major drawcards for people to visit this region.

As a popular gateway destination, Cairns is serviced by many domestic and international airlines. Domestically within Australia, direct flights to Cairns originate from Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney, Darwin, Alice Springs, Adelaide, Gold Coast, and Perth. From New Zealand, flights originate from Auckland and Christchurch. Other modes of transport to Cairns include car, bus, train and cruise ship. Please bear in mind the long distances involved if you plan to drive, even from Brisbane, and plan your trip accordingly. Car hire is readily available in Cairns.

The distance between the Cairns International Airport and CQU is about 7km which is a 10-15 minute drive depending on traffic. For further visitor information and the Cairns Airport Shuttle, please click on this link:


Accommodation Options Close to the Conference Venue

There is a wide range of accommodation options within walking distance of CQU’s Cairns campus. (Prices below are per night and based on a Trivago search in January 2016). Locations are shown on the map below.

Shargri-La Hotel $235
Mantra Trilogy Resort $200
Mantra Esplanade $199
Pullman Cairns International $199
Hilton Cairns $197
Double Tree by Hilton Cairns $179
Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort $167
Rydges Plaza Cairns $149
Rydges Esplanate $169
Rydges Tradewinds $159
Ibis Styles Cairns $125
The Hotel Cairns $121
Cairns Plaza $145
Hides Hotel Cairns $85

Backpacker hostels (prices for double/twin rooms):
Cairns Central YHA $83
Reef Backpackers Hostel Cairns $63
JJ’s Backpacker $58
Gilligan’s $126

Accommodation Options
CQU Cairns campus

CQU Cairns campus

Interesting sights close to Cairns:

Cairns is a popular gateway destination because it offers access to some very unique environments. Here is a sample:

Great Barrier Reef tours
- Passions of Paradise
- Ocean Spirit: Great Barrier Reef Diving & Snorkelling
- Down Under Cruise & Dive the Great Barrier Reef
- Seastar Cruises
- Silverswift - Cairns Dive & Snorkel Trips

Island and Coral Cays gateways
- Fitzroy Island National Park
- Green Island National Park
- Frankland Islands National Park
- Michaelmas Cay National Park
- Upolu Cay National Park

Rainforest excursions
- Skyrail Rainforest Cableway: Cairns Rainforest Tour
- Kuranda Scenic Railway
- Rainforestation Nature Park: Kuranda Rainforest
- Daintree National Park and Cape Tribulation day tours
- Jungle Surfing Canopy Tours

Wildlife tours
- Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
- Kuranda Butterfly Sanctuary
- Birdworld Kuranda
- Kuranda Koala Gardens

Not too far from Cairns
- Palm Cove
- Port Douglas
- Mission Beach
- Undara Volcanic National Park
- Chillagoe Caves National Park

Weather and Temperature Guide for January-February

The average February temperatures range from 25 - 32°C. The Cairns Esplanade Lagoon is a 2 minute walk from the CQUniversity campus for everyone to have a quick dip to cool down - bring your swimmers, bathers, etc. Having said this, please also bring a cardigan or light jacket since inside temperatures can be quite cool with air-conditioning units blaring at full capacity. February is still considered to be “wet season” which means things can get quite humid and average February rainfall is 450mm. We love it up here!

Please get in touch if there are questions I can help with, or click on these links for more practical information about visiting Cairns:
Tourism Tropical North Queensland: http://www.cairnsgreatbarrierreef.org.au/
Cairns Regional Council: http://www.cairns.qld.gov.au/region/tourist-information

Best regards,
Anja Pabel, PhD
Lecturer in Tourism | School of Business and Law
Centre for Tourism and Regional Opportunities
CQUniversity Australia
Level 3 Cairns Campus, Cnr Abbott and Shields Streets,
Cairns QLD 4870
P +61 07 4037 4716
M +61 (0)407 760 614