We have arranged a fantastic partner program featuring the best sights in and around Brisbane. The below day tours can be purchased during the Congress registration process, and Congress delegates and their accompanying guests and families are most welcome to attend. Please note, the below tours are subject to the terms and conditions available here. Tours may be cancelled if minimum numbers are not reached.
Sunshine Coast Day Tour
$240 – Wednesday 2 August 2017
You will be picked up from the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre (Congress venue) at 7am to begin the tour of the Sunshine Coast’s best sights. After a 1.5 hour journey North, we will arrive at the Eumundi Markets, where you’ll find original artworks, sculptures, furniture, handmade toys, homewares, and skincare, as well as cutting edge fashion and jewellery by local designers, all guided by the ethos of “make it, bake it, grow it, sew it”. From here we will travel 20 minutes to Noosa Main Beach, a beautiful white sand beach set amongst tropical national park. We will hear from a surf life saver during lunch at the Noosa Surf Life Saving Club, a Queensland institution with some of the best views on the coast. After lunch we will visit Australia Zoo, the home of ‘Crocodile Hunter’ Steve Irwin. Here you will be able to see more than 100 different species of animals, including Australian favourites such as koalas, kangaroos and crocodiles, as well as tigers, elephants and rhinos. After an amazing day, you will be dropped back to the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre at approximately 5:30pm.
Price includes morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea as well as entry fees to the Noosa Surf Life Saving Club and Australia Zoo.
Brisbane Day Tour
$240 – Thursday 3 August 2017
Our Brisbane Day Tour will begin at 8:30am, where you will be picked up from the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre and transported to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, a short 20 minute drive away. Recognised by the Guinness Book of World Records, Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is the world’s first and largest koala sanctuary, with over 85 years of experience and 130 koalas. Here you will have the opportunity to hold and have your photo taken with a koala. We then head into Brisbane’s CBD where we will visit the QueensPlaza, a shopping centre housing some of Brisbane’s high-end and designer brands. We will then take a short stroll to the Brisbane Botanic Gardens, where we will have a late lunch at The Gardens Club, a restored heritage listed cottage overlooking the gardens. After lunch we will visit The Cube at the Queensland University of Technology, one of the world’s largest digital interactive learning and display spaces for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Maths. We will then take a scenic walk over the Brisbane River to the Wheel of Brisbane, where you will be inspired by the breathtaking views of Brisbane with canapes and a glass of champagne in hand. The tour will finish by 6pm, when you will be able to return to your hotel at your leisure to get ready for the Congress Dinner.
Price includes morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea as well as entry fee to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and koala hold experience and photo, ticket to the Wheel of Brisbane with canapes and glass of champagne.
Gold Coast Day Tour
$240 – Friday 4 August 2017
Departing at 8am from the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, we will travel one hour South to the famous Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast. Here we will begin with brunch at Bazaar, a unique market style dining experience at the QT Gold Coast. We then head to the world class Pacific Fair Shopping Centre, where we will get a personalised tour of Queensland’s largest shopping and dining destination. Next we visit Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, where you can cuddle a koala, get up close to a crocodile, get among a mob of kangaroos or check out reptiles, birds and marsupials in amazing wildlife shows and displays. We finish the day with spectacular 360 degree views of the Gold Coast beaches and hinterland from the SkyPoint Observation Deck, located on level 77 of the Q1 Resort & Spa, returning to the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre at approximately 5:30pm.
Price includes breakfast, morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea, as well as entry fee to Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary and SkyPoint Observation Deck.