All international travellers must present a valid and approved travel document (generally a passport) as evidence of their identity and nationality to allow entry into Australia. In addition, all international travellers (with the exception of most New Zealand passport holders) must also obtain a valid visa before travelling to Australia.

Travellers are encouraged to apply for their Australian visa well in advance of their planned arrival date as the processing time can be lengthy. Many will be able to apply for a Visitor visa (subclass 600) or an Electronic Travel Authority (subclass 601).

If you are having trouble, you can contact your nearest Australian immigration office in your country or visit the Australian Government Department of Immigration and Border Protection website for further information:


SofItel Brisbane Central

Sofitel Brisbane Central is the official hotel for APAM 2018.

For the second time, APAM has partnered with the Sofitel to be the official hotel for attending delegates. It will be the venue for The Exchange, the curated program of conversations, forums, and networking activities including Display Booths. The Sofitel is also where daily transport will depart to take delegates to venues for the Official APAM Program of Showcases and Pitches.

To take advantage of the special APAM rate for a superior room you can book via the Sofitel website:

  • $AUD220 per night room only. Book here
  • $AUS245 per night including breakfast for one guest. Book here

Alternatively, you can book directly with the Sofitel reservations team* and quote the following code: APA180218D. Their contact details are:

Please note: This rate is available three days before and after Sunday 18 February - Saturday 24 February 2018 if you wish to extend your stay.

We recommend you book early as rates are subject to availability and the Sofitel sold out of rooms for APAM 2016 at this competitive price.

*If you are booking more than three rooms you’ll need to contact the reservation team via the above e-mail address and quote the code, APA180218D to reserve your rooms.


166 Wickham Terrace, Brisbane

Conveniently located a three-minute walk from Sofitel Brisbane Central with one-bedroom apartments and cooking facilities in each apartment, Manta on Edward is an excellent alternative to Sofitel Brisbane Central.

Mantra on Edward offers a range of discounts, including:

  • Stay and Save for a booking of five nights or longer (available until sold out)
  • Brisbane Summer Offer (available until sold out)
  • 10% discount on the Mantra Daily Rate for APAM artists, delegates and guests using the code APAM on check out.

To book with Mantra on Edward and for all their booking terms and conditions visit their website:


For all registered delegates, APAM provides transport to all venues for the Official Program of Showcases and Pitches. Each day, buses will depart from Sofitel Brisbane Central and will transport delegates to the various performance venues throughout the day.

A timetable will be available on the APAM mobile app, this website and at all APAM information desks.



Airtrain is a fast and reliable 20 minute train service from Brisbane Airport (International and Domestic) to the five inner-city train stations.

As an APAM delegate you receive a discount on your ticket to the city. Simply present a printed copy of this letter at an Airtrain station to receive your discount. Alternatively, you can use the following promocode, APAM18 to purchase a ticket

The express service runs every 15 minutes from the Brisbane Airports to Brisbane city. Note: APAM partner hotel, Sofitel Brisbane Central is above Central Station so this is a great way to travel into the city.

Terms and conditions of use of the discount:Valid for travel from the 16/02/18 – 25/02/2018. Tickets are non-refundable and non-changeable. Your city ticket is valid for travel to and from all stations between the Airport and South Brisbane, including Eagle Junction, Wooloowin, Albion, Bowen Hills, Fortitude valley, Central and Roma Street stations. Children 14 years and under travel free to city stations when accompanied by a paying adult and using paper ticket or e-ticket purchased from


Taxi ranks are conveniently located at both the International and Domestic Terminals.

A taxi to Brisbane CBD will cost you approximately $55 (AUD) plus any toll charges and an airport charge of $3.50 (AUD).

For more information on transport options in Brisbane, visit the Getting Around page.