2008 Western Pacific Geophysics Meeting
Cairns, Australia, 29 July - 1 August 2008
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All attendees must register and wear badges while attending all Western Pacific Geophysics Meeting functions. Staff will be on hand to process lost registrations, supply certificates of attendance, print guest badges, and answer any questions related to the registration process.

Registration Hours

Monday, 28 July:  1500h - 1830h
Tuesday, 29 July:  0730h - 1700h
Wednesday, 30 July:  0730h - 1700h
Thursday, 31 July:  0730h - 1700h
Friday, 1 August:  0830h - 1200h

AGU Display

Lobby, CCC

Visit the AGU display table to find out the latest in:

AGU membership (join or renew)
Upcoming meetings
AGU journals
New books
And More

Cairns Convention Centre Administration Desk

Monday – Friday
Administration Level, CCC
0830h – 1730h

The Administration Desk provides basic services such as printing, copying, fax transmission and receipt, package shipping information, and supplies. Lost and Found items will also be held at this location.

E-Mail Stations/Wireless Internet Access

Tuesday – Friday
0800h – 1800h

E-mail stations will be available in Hall B, Exhibition Level of the Cairns Convention Centre. Wireless will be available in the common areas of the Convention Centre.

First Aid

Basic first aid is available. Contact AGU staff at registration services if in need.


Guests or spouses not attending the scientific sessions may register at the meeting at no charge. A guest is a spouse, friend, or adult child (18 years old and older) who is not work-ing in a geophysical science-related occupation or field. A colleague or working associate in a related geophysical sciences field or studying geophysics in school may not register as a guest. Registered guests may only attend and purchase tickets to social events at the adver-tised rates.

Guests Lounge

Sheridan Street Foyer
Exhibition Level, CCC

Spouses and other family members and guests of attendees can relax and mingle in the Sheridan Street Foyer. The Foyer is also the ideal location to sit and plan your fun activities for the week.


Tuesday – Thursday
Hall B, Exhibition Level, CCC
Morning: 1030h – 1100h
Afternoon: 1530h – 1600h

Tuesday – Wednesday
Evening: 1815h – 1845h
One free drink ticket provided for beer, wine, or a cocktail.

Lobby Level
Morning: 1030h – 1100h

Speaker Ready Room

Monday – Friday
Conference Room 6, Exhibition Level

Speakers are strongly encouraged to check into the Speaker Ready Room at least 24 hours before their presentation. Those presenting on Tuesday, 29 July must check in on Monday between 1500h–1830h. The hours of operation are:

Monday, 28 July:  1500h – 1830h
Tuesday, 29 July:  0730h – 1800h
Wednesday, 30 July:  0730h – 1800h
Thursday, 31 July:  0730h – 1800h
Friday, 1 August:  0730h – 1100h

Tours Desk

Destination Cairns provides you with the opportunity to experience what the city of Cairns has to offer! Take a cruise to the Outer Barrier Reef or a scenic drive up to the Gillies Range for a breathtaking view of the Mulgrave Valley, or explore Australia's Rainforests. For de-tails on these tours and other fun things to do, visit the Tours Desk, located in the lobby of the Cairns Convention Centre..

Monday, 28 July:  1430h – 1830h
Tuesday, 29 July:  0730h – 1530h
Wednesday, 30 July:  0730h – 1530h

General Information Regarding Cairns


Cairns International Airport
The airport is located 8 kilometers north of the city center, and is served directly by taxis and buses. Free taxi telephones are located in the arrival halls and the taxi ranks of both the International and Domestic Terminals. The average fare to the city is $16.50 by Black & White Taxis. (Note: between the hours of midnight and 5 a.m., the average city fare is $18.50) By bus: Australia Coach operates a generally hourly airport shuttle service to the city center (approximately $7.50 one way).

Public transportation in Cairns is varied as well as inexpensive. The center of Cairns is small enough to cover on foot. The Whitecar coach and the Sunbus are the two most prominent bus services of the city and depart from the market square to the suburbs and Northern Beaches.


The average temperature in Cairns in July is 17–26ºC. The weather is generally sunny and dry.

Banking and Exchange

The Australian monetary system is the Australian Dollar (AU$). Foreign currency may be exchanged at banks during normal banking hours, at hotels, airports, and in exchange offices. All major credit cards are accepted in most hotels, restaurants, and shops.