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Venue & Locale

Conference Venue

The QUESTnet2003 Conference will be held at the Royal Pines Resort, a 5 star property on 200 hectares just 12 minutes drive from the beaches of Surfers Paradise. All the resort accommodation offers panoramic views of the golf course, garden or Gold Coast.

The resort offers a regular complimentary shuttle service to Surfers Paradise and other tourist attractions, six restaurants, kids’ club, indoor and outdoor swimming pool, The Resort Spa with its range of massage therapies, seven undercover tennis courts, an 18 hole championship golf course and gymnasium.

Discounted accommodation rates have been negotiated at the Royal Pines Resort as detailed below. All rates are for single, twin or double occupancy. To book your accommodation, please use the online registration facility or contact the conference organisers (do not contact the hotel direct). If you require suites please note this in “Additional Comments” at the end of the registration form.

Whilst the conference organisers will make the booking on your behalf, delegates are required to settle their own account on departure. Please note that there will be a penalty of one night’s accommodation for any cancellations not advised prior to anticipated arrival.

About The Gold Coast

The Gold Coast is located on the east coast of Australia, just one hour's drive south of Queensland's capital, Brisbane. It is a region of contrasts offering a 70km (44 mile) stretch of unpolluted golden surf beaches, with a hinterland of lush green subtropical rainforests. The Coast boasts over 35 patrolled beaches and year round safe swimming, and the hinterland is Australia's largest area of subtropical rainforest with 29 national parks and nature reserves.

Apart from its natural beauty, the Gold Coast is Australia's entertainment capital, offering an enormous range of sights and attractions to delight visitors of all ages. From theme parks and wildlife sanctuaries to adventure sports, day tours and cruises, to shopping, wining and dining.

The climate is subtropical and the area enjoys an average of over 300 days of sunshine per year.

The average temperature ranges are:

Gold Coast average temperature information
Season Months Temp °C Temp °F
Spring September-November 15-25 ºC 59-77 ºF
Summer December-February 20-28 ºC 68-83 ºF
Autumn March-May 20-28 ºC 59-77 ºF
Winter June-August 11-21 ºC 52-70 ºF

South East Queensland Map

Map of South-East Queensland


The Gold Coast stretches from Cabarita Beach in New South Wales north to Beenleigh and South Stradbroke Island. Its main attractions include beautiful beaches, lush rainforests, national parks, quaint villages, craft shops and spectacular views. For further information, try starting at these sites: