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Oz Fest 20 Cairns, QLD, Australia. USA Memorial Day Weekend May 24 to May 26, 2024

Oz Fest 20 Cairns, QLD, Australia. USA Memorial Day Weekend May 24 to May 26, 2024

Old May 29, 2023, 6:43 pm
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Oz Fest 20 Cairns, QLD, Australia. USA Memorial Day Weekend May 24 to May 26, 2024

Oz Fest 20 Cairns QLD Australia. USA Memorial Day Weekend
Friday May 24, Saturday May 25, Sunday May 26, 2024.



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After discussions Cairns, Queensland has been chosen for Oz Fest 20. Oz Fest 06 (2009) was held in Cairns, after the first 2 Oz Fest’s were held in Sydney followed by Brisbane, Melbourne and then Hobart. We repeat the sequence. For Oz Fest 06 CNS (2009) 59 attended. Given the good weather location we expect a similar tally.

There have been 19 successful Oz Fests so far - in Sydney (3 times), Brisbane (2 times), Melbourne (2007 & 2022), Hobart (2008 & 2023), Cairns, Adelaide, Darwin, Canberra, Perth, Alice Springs-Ayers Rock/Uluru , New Zealand, Gold Coast, Newcastle & Noosa QLD.

Australia fully opened to the world following the pandemic in February 2022. With travel restrictions fully eased and more airlines operating 35 attended Oz Fest 19 (2023) in Hobart. For Oz Fest 19, 26 had attended a previous Oz Fest and 9 attended for the first time 11 of the 35 had attended Oz Fest 05 (2008) in Hobart. Some had problems with flights to/from HBA, but that can happen. Just part of travel.

The May USA Memorial Day weekend seems very popular with USA based Flyer-talkers, and that is the weekend that was most favoured by far. Again chosen that weekend - as we have for all other 18 Oz Fests. Around half the attendees are USA based at each Oz Fest (other than 2021).

That public holiday in the USA is Monday May 27, 2024 Remember if you leave Australia on afternoon of Monday May 27, you arrive back in the USA also early morning on Monday May 30. A lot of time, no matter where you live in the USA, to get back home, unpack, have an early night, and get organised for a day at work next day etc.

The weather for the past 19 Oz Fests has been in general, superb and sunny. Despite June 1st, being our official Winter start date. Even in Hobart Tasmania our most southern city, we were truly blessed with unusually nice weather in 2008, but was brisk and refreshing for 2023. Some saw snow at Mt Wellington, near Hobart in 2023, but will be no chance of cool weather in Cairns 2024. May-June is the best time to visit far North Queensland.

A common FT access account for the ad-hoc organising committee titled Oz Fest (Oz Fest Organisers)” was approved by the Flyertalk Community Director, and the early informational posts here in this thread will show as that account, so they can be edited at will by those involved.

Our ad-hoc Committee will be tracking attendees, and hotels, and flights, and activity sign ups etc in these early posts. These are incredibly time consuming to keep updated, and all attendees owe them a huge vote of thanks.
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Old May 29, 2023, 6:45 pm
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Attendees

Oz Fest 20 takes place in Cairns, QLD, Australia on USA Memorial Day weekend from Friday evening 24th May to Sunday 26th May 2024

Please PM Oz Fest any error's & omissions or email:- ozfest11 at gmail.com

Platinum - Confirmed (in order of confirming will attend including PM & emails)
  1. Itsalongwaydown SXE
  2. Sue Oz SXE
  3. JohnSydney2000 SYD
  4. QF WP BNE
  5. Mrs QF WP BNE
  6. kpc SYD
  7. kpc_gf SYD
  8. doug_wescott MEL
  9. kirkwoodj IAH
  10. kirkwoodj_+1 IAH
  11. timid_trnchcoat PVD
  12. fifa OOL
  13. Mr fifa OOL
  14. SpruceGoose MEL
  15. serfty MEL
  16. Majuki SFO
  17. restlessinRNO RNO
  18. restlessinRNO_+1 RNO
  19. BOB W ANC
  20. rxgeek CMH
  21. rxgeek_+1 CMH
  22. jswong WLG
  23. Perk WLG
  24. Mrs Perk WLG
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Gold Probable- Maybe
  1. Fredd SEA
  2. Mrs Fredd SEA
  3. BobbyMacC Au
  4. BobbyMacC_+1 Au
  5. Perthite PER
  6. Bundy Bear BNE
  7. anat0l BNE
  8. falconea MEL
  9. Mr falconea MEL
  10. Scenicbumblebee Au
  11. QPProletarian BNE
  12. jumpjam CBR
.
Silver - Interested
  1. Master QF WP BNE
  2. Miss QF WP BNE
  3. CDKing BOS/ORH
  4. Blackadder1402 SYD
  5. nancypants DRW
  6. kiyaj USA
  7. tuapekastar MEL
.
Bronze - can't make it
  1. JessicaTam SXE
  2. Efrem BOS
  3. cocobird SFO
  4. Governator PHL
  5. Governator_+1 PHL
  6. FlyerEC FRA
  7. Thai-Kiwi WLG
  8. Mrs Thai-Kiwi WLG
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Activities

Activities & Who is doing what:

Over time this post will be have more information and links to other posts in this thread.

In late February – March we start to think about activities and talk to suppliers, vendors and restaurants, as by that time we have rough guide of attendee numbers. Before that time very little detailed planning happens. We set up a web based reservation system to book and pay for activities in late March-April.

Some activities require pre payment and others a commitment to attend. Some people attend all activities and others a few or maybe only the main Saturday night dinner. All are welcome albeit all or 1 activity. On the Friday some of the early attendees meet for self arranged lunch/what ever. People can start to arrive from Wednesday and some do not leave until the following Tuesday/Wednesday. Some people leave Oz Fest on the Sunday.

The Oz Fest team base costs on people attending activities based on known flights and the history of similar events attended. Due to commitments the Oz Fest team has made/will make to restaurants, suppliers and/or vendors no refunds are possible, unless another person takes your place. We often have to pay upfront for activities and/or restaurants. The cost includes the fees (~7.5%) Oz Fest pay to the reservation web site.

Generally Oz Fest has
  • Friday evening drinks-dinner
  • Saturday activity or activities. Sometimes a bus day trip
  • Saturday evening Oz Fest dinner. Tends to get 100% participation
  • Sunday activity or activities.
  • Sunday evening casual dinner. Often self organised with no pre booking

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Old May 29, 2023, 6:49 pm
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Hotels
Hotels are listed in an online google doc link. Click link Click on hotel tabs.

Accommodation in Cairns from 5 star to backpacker. As anywhere, you get what you pay for. It is unlikely to be difficult to get accommodation on 24-26 May. As Cairns is a small city, chain hotels are not as prominent as in the larger state capital cities.

There are some international hotel chains are in Cairns. And in Port Douglas.Palm Cove,
  • Accor ---->link 9 in Cairns-Palm Cove area
  • IHG ---->link
  • Marriott(Starwood) ---->Only Port Douglas
FT thread (Accor forum 2018) --> Cairns suggestions?

Cairns Harbourside 209-217 The Esplanade, Cairns, QLD 4870 web site
Was Holiday Inn Cairns Harbourside. This hotel has left the IHG Hotels & Resorts family as of February 20, 2024 and is now known as Cairns Harbourside Hotel.
FT thread --- > Holiday Inn Cairns (Australia) Harbourside - Master Thread (last post 2024)

Cairns Queens Court, 167 Sheridan St, Cairns web site
  • serfty

Double Tree by Hilton 121-123 Esplanade, Cairns, QLD 4870 web site
FT thread --- >DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Cairns {AUS}
  • Majuki

Hilton, 34 Esplanade, Cairns, QLD 4870 web site
FT thread --- >Hilton Cairns {AUS}
  • kpc & kpc_gf
  • QF WP& Mrs QF WP

Rydges, 209 - 217 Abbott Street, Cairns QLD 4870 web site
FT thread --- >


(more hotels to be added over time)

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Flights

Flights

Flights are listed in an online google doc link. Click link Click on lower tabs for other pages.

BNE, SYD and MEL are well connected with many long haul flights to/from USA, ME, Asia & EU from a range of airlines.
Cairns has flights from the main AU and many QLD airports, Japan, Singapore, DPS Indonesia, AKL New Zealand & PNG.

Cairns airportIncreased SQ services to CNS.-->. post 43
wide-body Airbus plane serviced the Cairns-to-Singapore route, increasing the airline's weekly into Cairns from 1,540 seats to 2,424 seats.
We use flight information to predict activity participation. Helps a lot with planning. If people book a flight that is a good guide they will really attend. We always get late cancellations and late conformations, but that is OK.

Additional information associated with flights_______________

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Old May 29, 2023, 6:54 pm
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about Cairns

About Cairns, QLD Australia (click on the blue or underlined links)
Will be updated from time to time.

Cairns from Aussie Towns https://www.aussietowns.com.au/

Very good information from Platy (CNS Resident) in the Oz Fest 06 (2009) thread. (needs to be checked for 2024)
Some Cairns web sites:- (some are commercial sites)

Cairns Tropical North Visitor Information Centre
FALL INTO TROPICAL NORTH QUEENSLAND AND ENJOY NATURE'S PLAYGROUND!
Welcome to Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef Region - your gateway to discovering the magic of Australia’s true tropics. Here, you can swim among the bright colorful fish and coral in the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef, escape to a private tropical island, walk through some of the oldest rainforests on the planet and discover adventure awaiting in the diverse environments that make up wonderful Tropical North Queensland. It’s the ultimate destination to enjoy spectacular natural beauty at its absolute best, and to find fun and adventure. It’s also the perfect place to relax, be pampered, and enjoy the laid-back feel of the tropics. We welcome you to Change Your Latitude!

Cairns attractions From this web site:-
Tropical North Queensland in Australia is a holiday maker's paradise, bursting at the seams with attractions and tours that showcase this remarkable part of the world.

The city of Cairns has recently been renovated to enhance its image and provide a relaxing place for tourists and Cairns locals to congregate and have fun. Cairns Esplanade, once a huge grassy park, now features a world-class facility incorporating an outdoor amphitheatre, a large sandy swimming lagoon, grassy picnic areas, walking tracks, free public barbeques, children's playground, shops and restaurants, an environmental interpretation centre and a Great Barrier Reef Cruise departure terminal. But Cairns is only really the hub to the attractions of Far North Queensland

Other info
  • Cairns info
  • Local news site (part of news.com.au)
  • From the Ports web site: The following links provide valuable information for those planning to travel the Cairns region, including fast access to tourism operators and local business information…links to the greater FNQ region

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History Of Oz Fests
click here for the map.
SYD-SYD-BNE-MEL-HBA-CNS-ADL-DRW-CBR-PER-ASP-AYQ-KKE-OOL-NTL-MCY-SYD-BNE-MEL-HBA===========
Continuous attendance, without missing an Oz Fest.
Some people have attended more, but have missed 1 or more Oz Fest’s
17 - Itsalongwaydown Oz Fest 03 BNE to Oz Fest 19 HBA (inclusive)
17 - Sue Oz Oz Fest 03 BNE to Oz Fest 19 HBA (inclusive)
15 - restlessinRNO Oz Fest 02 SYD to Oz Fest 16 SYD (inclusive)
14 - JohnSydney2000 Oz Fest 06 CNS to Oz Fest 19 HBA (inclusive)
13 - Serfty Oz Fest 02 SYD to Oz Fest 14 NTL (inclusive)
13 - Fredd Oz Fest 04 MEL to Oz Fest 16 SYD (inclusive)
13 - Mrs Fredd Oz Fest 04 MEL to Oz Fest 16 SYD (inclusive)
11 - QF WP Oz Fest 09 CBR to Oz Fest 19 HBA (inclusive)
11 - Ozstamps Oz Fest 01 SYD to Oz Fest 11 ASP (inclusive)
11 - Chchkiwi Oz Fest 06 CNS to Oz Fest 16 SYD (inclusive)

281 individual FTer's have attended Oz Fest 01 to Oz Fest 19 inclusive at an average of 2.88per person. 24 people have attended 10 or more Oz Fest’s. 48 people have attended 5 or more Oz Fest’s. Repeat attendee’s at Oz Fest’s are about 80% with 20% newbie’s (2021 was an exception).

As up to and including Oz Fest 19

19FTer for attending all 19 previous Oz Fests
no one

18 FTer for attending 18 previous Oz Fests
QF WP

17 FTer for attending 17 previous Oz Fests
Itsalongwaydown
Sue Oz
JohnSydney2000


16 FTer for attending 16 previous Oz Fests
restlessinRNO
Serfty
Kpc


15 FTer for attending 15 previous Oz Fests
Fredd
Mrs Fredd


14 FTer for attending 14 previous Oz Fests
JohnK
Bundy Bear


12 FTer's for attending 12 previous Oz Fests
upup&away
Mrs QF WP
kpc_gf
jswong


11 FTer's for attending 11 previous Oz Fests
ozstamps
chchkiwi


10 FTer's for attending 10 previous Oz Fests
tom911 ---> RIP Tom
spaceman --> RIP Mort
fifa
To Market to Market
Perthite
anat0l


9 FTer's for attending 9 previous Oz Fests
ozflygirl747
gvdIAD
MargoOz
Mr fifa


8 FTer's for attending 8 previous Oz Fests
falconea
Mr falconea
Frantic
Monitor
tuapekastar

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Please add JohnSydney2000 as attending.
Thank you.
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Please add us as Gold at this point. Thank you. 😊
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Efficient! Please add us as Gold at this point.

Thank you again, organizers, for a terrific Hobart Do. We hope to attend in 2024.
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You can count me and Mrs QF WP as Platinums.

mini QF WPs are both maybes (Silver)

A return to the sun ☀️

I think Im back up on the bottom of the leaderboard for continuous Ozfests with 12 (only missed Darwin in 2011)

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Please put myself plus one as gold. We are looking forward to being there.
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We only got back from Hobart last nite!
We intend to be in Cairns at this stage (I missed the previous Ozfest in Cairns)
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Originally Posted by kpc
We only got back from Hobart last nite!
We intend to be in Cairns at this stage (I missed the previous Ozfest in Cairns)
Some of us arent home yet. Currently on Skybus in Melbourne
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