About Brisbane and the Facilities
Brisbane is the capital of the state of Queensland and is Australia’s third largest city. It is also a great departure point for visiting the Great Barrier Reef, the largest coral reef system on the earth and a UNESCO World Natural Heritage site. Brisbane was first settled by Europeans in 1825 and today has a population of over 2 million people. Brisbane is classified as a “Global City” and has hosted a number of large sporting and cultural events, including the 1982 Commonwealth Games, Expo ‘88, the 2001 Goodwill Games and the 2014 G20 Summit.
Brisbane is at a latitude of approximately 27°S and has a humid, subtropical climate with hot humid summers. The average nightly minimum temperature in November is 18.6°C and the average daily maximum temperature is 27.0°C. The competition will be held at the Brisbane Aquatic Centre. The competition pool is 50m long, 25m wide and 2.0m deep with 10 lanes (two edge and eight interior lanes). The pool has a movable bulkhead that converts it into a 25m long, 25m wide and 2.0m deep pool. The temperature of the water is maintained to FINA standards and is kept between 26.6°C and 27.0°C at all times.
Other useful information about Brisbane is:
- Time zone: Brisbane is on Australian Eastern Standard Time, which is GMT+10.
- Water: tap water in Brisbane is potable
- Currency: Local currency is the Australian Dollar (at the time of writing AUD 1.0 = EUR 0.72 = USD 0.76)
- Language: English is spoken throughout Australia.
- Driving: Visitors to Queensland may drive on an interstate or foreign license. Note that Australia drives on the left side of the road.
- Information about what to do in Brisbane can be found here
Getting to Brisbane
Brisbane Airport is approximately 18km to the north east of the city and is serviced by buses and heavy rail with trains running every 15 minutes during peak times. Brisbane airport has large international airport which has direct flights from Asia, North America, New Zealand and the South Pacific, including: USA (Los Angeles, Dallas, Honolulu), UAE (Abu Dahbi, Dubai), Singapore, Japan (Tokyo), New Zealand (Auckland, Wellington), South Korea (Seoul), China (Hong Kong, Guangzhou), Thailand (Bangkok), Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur), Taiwan (Teipei), Indonesia (Denpasar), New Caledonia (Noumea) and Fiji (Nadi) amongst others.
In addition, approximately 100km (about an hour drive) to the south of Brisbane is Gold Coast International Airport which has direct flights from Japan (Tokyo) and Singapore.
Information on getting to and from Brisbane Airport can be found on the airport’s website.
Translink is the organisation that coordinates public transport around Brisbane. Information on getting around Brisbane can be found on the Translink website. There are four stops near the pool; the easiest way to find them is to search for “The Chandler Aquatic Centre.”
If you are driving, there is lots of free parking at the pool. The most convenient parking areas are P2 and P3.
Australia has strict visa requirements and the AFA is coordinating with the Department of Immigration to ensure visa processing occurs as smoothly as possible. It is strongly recommended that you apply for your visa six to eight weeks prior to your arrival in Australia. You should read this factsheet about general visa requirements, and this factsheet about sports visa requirements when considering which type of visa you should apply for. For more information, and to apply for a visa, please visit the Department of Immigration and Border Protection‘s website. If necessary, please contact the AFA to obtain a letter of invitation to the Pan Pacific Championship for your visa.
Be advised that medical services in Australia are very expensive unless you come from a country with a Reciprocal Health Care Agreement. The organisers strongly recommend that all visitors obtain appropriate travel insurance for your journey that includes full medical and evacuation insurance.
Whilst all safety measures will be taken in accordance with AIDA International safety standards, which includes the provision of first aid personnel, the organisers are not liable or responsible for the costs associated with any medical treatment. Most travel insurance does not cover sporting events and it is the athlete’s responsibility to ensure that they obtain appropriate medical insurance.
The address of the pool is Sleeman Sports Complex, 1763 Old Cleveland Rd, Chandler, QLD 4155. Onsite accommodation is available at the Chandler Lodge and Cabins. Please contact them directly for booking enquiries. There is also accommodation within walking distance of the pool at the Belmont Shooting Complex. More details and prices can be found here. The organisers recommend the Brisbane Holiday Village for offiste accommodation. The Brisbane Holiday Village is approximately 20 minutes drive from the pool and about 20 minutes drive from the centre of Brisbane. It is good value accommodation (especially for groups), but, having independent transport (e.g. a hire car) would be a necessity. Other offsite accommodation can be found on various websites such as wotif, hotels combined, kayak, or Air bnb (search for Chandler, Queensland, Australia). Please contact the facilities directly for bookings.