General Information

The 2021 ALA Symposium will be held from 14 – 16 May at the Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort, Gold Coast. With the theme, ‘Exploring new pathways’, the 2021 Symposium will highlight innovative ideas and research in lymphoedema management, providing attendees with the latest knowledge and skills to benefit their practice.


Destination Gold Coast

The Gold Coast is famous for its theme parks, its stunning Surfer’s Paradise beaches and subtropical rainforests, the Gold Coast boasts 70 kilometres of uninterrupted coastline and 26 patrolled beaches.

The Gold Coast is a metropolitan region south of Brisbane on Australia’s east coast with so much more than just beautifull beaches. Discover exotic marine life at Sea World or the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, or for mesmerising views, visit SkyPoint’s observation deck. Then hike along the mountainous McPherson Range at the Gold Coast Hinterland. After your voyage into nature, stop off at one of the hidden wineries on Mount Tamborine, featuring local arts and crafts, farm fare and panoramic views of Gold Coast.

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Spring is a popular time to visit the Gold Coast. Sunny days are followed by mild evenings and average temperature range is 17oC to 24oC.


Symposium Venue

Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort
71 Sea World Drive, Main Beach
Gold Coast, QLD 4217

Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort is a new realm of luxury and Gold Coast’s only beachfront resort. Set amongst 6 hectares of sparkling lagoons and tropical gardens and provided many guest facilities such as pool, fitness centre and spa facilities.

Settled on the beach next to the Pacific Ocean, Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort, Gold Coast boasts easy access to an array of shopping and dining. Located within an hour of the Gold Coast and Brisbane airports, the hotel is only a five-minute drive from Surfers Paradise Beach. Easy access to Marina Mirage Shopping precinct, conveniently connected by a skybridge.


Getting to the Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort

Driving from Brisbane Airport

Driving time: About 60 minutes 

Driving from Gold Coast Airport

Driving time: About 40 minutes 


From Surfers Paradise beach, drive along the Gold Coast Highway north and follow the signs to Sea World. From Southport, cross the Southport Bridge, turn left and follow the signs. If you’re travelling from Brisbane, follow the signs to the Pacific Motorway and the Gold Coast.


Taxi ranks are located at each airport terminal. To make a prior pick up arrangement, contact Yellow Cabs 131 924 or Black and White Cabs on 131 008.

Train and Bus

You can catch a train directly from either the Brisbane Domestic, Brisbane International, and in Brisbane city heading to the Gold Coast. On the Gold Coast itself, the train will stop at Helensvale where you can catch a separate train (G:link) to Main beach station. The resort is a 10-minute drive from there.

A number of buses operate from surfers paradise into Southport Spit, which is close to the Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort.

To plan your journey please visit the Transport QLD website will help you to plan your trip and provides fare and timetable information or call 13 12 30.


The Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort offers complimentary off-site carparking or on-site parking at $20.00 AUD daily. For more information please click here


Networking and Social Events

Networking Reception

Friday 14 May 2021
5.00pm – 7.00pm

Held within the exhibition, this event is the perfect opportunity to reacquaint with colleagues, make new connections, as well as hear about all the latest industry news, products and services from our exhibitors.

This event is included in a full registration. Delegates who have purchased a Saturday only registration, may purchase a ticket to this event.

Symposium Dinner

Saturday 15 May 2021

More details to come soon.

This event is optional and can be purchased in addition to any registration.