The organising committee has selected the same venue used for previous editions of the 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.
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 4:05pm 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 12:30pm in Coffs Harbour.
Buses between Coffs Harbour and Sydney and Coffs Harbour and Brisbane run at various times. Below are the most suitable times. Contact Greyhound Buslines.
Brisbane to Coffs Harbour: Departs Brisbane 7:00am, arrives Coffs Harbour 2:30pm.
Sydney to Coffs Harbour: Deaparts Sydney 7:00am, arrives Coffs Harbour 5:05pm.
Both Virgin Blue and Qantas fly to Coffs Harbour from sydney and Brisbane (via Sydney). The venue can provide free mini-bus transfer by prior arrangement, but this is limited to only 8 people. For groups larger than 8 people it is suggested that taxi services will probably be quicker.