The organising committee selected the same venue used for the 2003, 2005 and 2007 ECPM: the luxurious Opal Cove Resort in Coffs Harbour. Located 5 minutes North of Coffs Harbour on the Pacific Highway, Novotel Opal Cove is right on the beach at Korora Bay; ideally situated for a variety of activities from bush walking in the national park to world-class surfing in the Pacific Ocean.
As well as secluded beach front, the resort also boasts a freshwater lagoon. The resort is surrounded by 36 hectares of sub-tropical rainforest, and has a 9-hole golf hourse, tennis courts, heated swimming pool, spa and massage facilities for delegates to enjoy.
Wireless broadband is available throughout the entire resort; access cards can be purchased at the front desk (from $4 - $25). There are computers available at the reception.
How to Get There
Coffs Harbour is located between Sydney and Brisbane, and is about 5 hours drive from each city. The Resort is located only a short distance from the Airport and Bus/Rail terminals, so is easily accessible by all forms of transport.
Trains for Coffs Harbour leave Sydney at 7:15am on Friday morning, and arrive at 3:54pm in Coffs Harbour. For concession prices, contact CountryLink ticket sales on 132-232 (within Australia).
From Brisbane, trains leave at 7:30am and arrive at 12:49pm in Coffs Harbour.
Buses (Greyhound Buslines) between Coffs Harbour and Sydney and Coffs Harbour and Brisbane run at various times. Below are the most suitable times:
Brisbane to Coffs Harbour: Departs Brisbane 7:00am, arrives Coffs Harbour 2:15pm.
Sydney to Coffs Harbour: Deaparts Sydney 7:00am, arrives Coffs Harbour 4:45pm.
Both VirginBlue and Qantas fly to Coffs Harbour.