Venue and Travel

The conference is at Southern Cross University’s Gold Coast campus is located at Coolangatta just 400 metres from North Kirra Beach, and adjacent to the Gold Coast Airport. Views of the Pacific Ocean can be seen from many vantage points in the campus buildings.

Southern Cross University is a multi-campus university on Australia’s east coast, founded in northern New South Wales. We celebrate our reputation as Australia’s Engaged University – with a proud Indigenous and international heritage that embraces the wider world and engaging with the regions we serve to create change that has impact around the world. 

The Gold Coast is Australia’s sixth largest city, with a population of just under half a million people. Attractions include 70 kilometres of beaches, tropical rainforest hinterland and numerous bush walks, parklands, major shopping centres, markets and entertainment.

Our region is incredibly distinctive. It has the highest per capita number of creative media and industry professionals in regional Australia. It has the greatest number of organic farmers, businesses and producers. It is a region of enterprise and entrepreneurialism – with the highest number of new business formations outside capital cities and one of the highest densities of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in Australia. Its people are not afraid to challenge the status quo, nor to fiercely defend the natural environment. It is a mecca for responsible tourism. It is the Australian headquarters for music and performance festivals.

Street address:
Southern Cross Drive
Bilinga QLD 4225
(Access via Terminal Drive, Gold Coast Airport)

Video of Southern Cross University's Gold Coast campus

Travel options

Arriving at Brisbane Airport

Brisbane Airport Travel Options

Hire cars are available to collect from Brisbane Airport. It’s then approx a 1-hour drive to the Gold Coast. 

Airtrain services travel between Brisbane Airport to the Gold Coast every 15 minutes during the peak (and 30 minutes during the off-peak), making Airtrain the frequent and easy airport transfer.

Simply hop on the Airtrain at Brisbane Airport and travel to Helensvale where you will transfer to the G-link Tram to Surfers Paradise. Allow 2 hours for this travel and approx $35 pp.

Con-X-Ion Shuttle Bus Services to the Gold Coast from approx $45 pp.

Arriving at Gold Coast Airport

Image only Surfers Paradise Google map Surfers Paradise location map

General Gold Coast information

During summer the average temperature on the Gold Coast is a pleasant 20-28°C (68-83°F). It can be humid in summer but this is usually offset by cool sea breezes.

  • You can get sunburnt even on cloudy days. Wear sun protection all year round, a broad-brimmed hat, shirt with collar and sleeves and maximum sunscreen to exposed skin. Don’t forget to pack your swimmers.
  • While casual is the Gold Coast norm, some golf courses have dress codes so check when booking.
  • Gentlemen may need a jacket when fine dining, or enjoying a sophisticated evening at a club or restaurant.
  • Wear comfortable walking shoes to explore.

Event Sustainability

Future Earth Coasts purpose is to translate sustainability values and knowledge into action. That is why we strive to conduct research and meetings in a carbon-neutral way. As we conference nears we will continue to review the events sustainability measures and update information here.


All buildings at the Gold Coast campus are compliant with current building access/disability standards. All buildings have lift access and accessible toilet facilities, and the campus has allocated disabled parking. A comfortable and private lactation room is available during the conference. Please visit our team on site to request access.

Code of Conduct

THE OCF Conference is dedicated to providing a harassment-free event for everyone. All attendees, speakers, and staff are held to our code of conduct. Please email our team if you have any conduct concerns, complaints or questions. We do not tolerate harassment or abusive behaviour to anyone including attendees, speakers and conference staff. We ask that all participants support this atmosphere. Anyone found to be violating our conference rules can be expelled at the discretion of organisers without a refund.

Volunteer at the conference

Want to become a part of OCF on the ground? We welcome friendly, fantastic volunteers to help us make the conference happen. Please email us at: