Social Activities

Gala Dinner

Novotel Parramatta
350 Church Street, Parramatta
From 6:30pm
3 course dinner and beverages
Shuttle buses will be arranged to and from the conference hotels


Details of 10 Tours are listed here, which can be booked from the registration website by clicking Here.

Blue Mountains and Featherdale Wildlife Park Day Tour

Blue Mountains and Featherdale Wildlife Park Day Tour


This Blue Mountains and Featherdale Wildlife Park Tour offers an unforgettable trip around Sydney's Blue Mountains region with an experienced guide to entertain you along the way with fascinating local insights.

The tour will visit Featherdale Wildlife Park, an award-winning wildlife park where you can encounter some of Australia's favourite animals. Here guests can pat a cute Koala and meet other native animals such as Kangaroos and even Crocodiles! Visit the pretty tree-lined streets of Leura Village, a historic township known for its quaint shops and charming heritage buildings.  

See spectacular scenery over the Jamison and Megalong Valleys and ride the world's steepest railway at Scenic World (own expense). After lunch the Blue Mountains tour will visit another historic township of Katoomba and head out to Echo Point to see the famous rock formation of the Three Sisters.

Date/Time: 19-Sep-2015 08:00
Cost: AUD 150

Sydney Bridge Climb

Sydney Bridge Climb


BridgeClimb Sydney welcomes visitors from around the world to enjoy the ultimate experience of Sydney on the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge.

The Bridge Climb
Absorb a 360 degree panorama of Sydney as you journey to the summit on our original climb experience. Like an exposed spine, the outer rim delivers you to the peak, as the sky remains just beyond your outstretched fingertips.

The Journey
Latching on in the Climb Base below the Bradfield Highway, you will walk on catwalks below the road-deck until you reach the south-east pylon. Here you will ascend 4 ladders to the start of the upper arch, surrounded by the hum and buzz of Sydney's traffic. With the summit in your sight, your journey continues along the Bridge's outer arch on the Opera House side until you hit the top. After a summit celebration with your group, you cross the spine of the Bridge to the Darling Harbour side to make your descent to our Climb Base.

Note: Twilight climbs are available from $318 and Dawn climbs from $328.

Date/Time: 19-Sep-2015 11:00
Cost: AUD 245

Sydney Opera House Tour & Taste Plate

Sydney Opera House Tour & Taste Plate


Travel by coach to the iconic Sydney Opera House for a fabulous 2 hour tour. Begin your journey by exploring underneath the sails, taking you inside one of the world's greatest buildings of all times. Explore the theatres, discover the stories, history and magic of the House and how Jorn Utzon's heritage listed masterpiece came to life.

Your personal guide will raise the curtain on what really goes on beyond the spotlight. Revealing industry secrets that you will not hear anywhere else. You will walk in the footsteps of legends. You might even get to stand on the world-famous Concert Hall stage. You'll most certainly get a sneak peek inside the stars' dressing rooms.

Following the tour, we will proceed to the Opera Kitchen for a tasting plate which will include oysters, prawns, mini Wagyu beef burgers, chilli crab sandwiches, dumplings and Peking duck pancakes, accompanied by a glass of wine.

Following lunch you will have the opportunity to explore the beautiful Botanic Gardens before our coach returns us to the hotel.

Date/Time: 19-Sep-2015 10:30
Cost: AUD 130

Sydney Double Decker Bus Tour

Sydney Double Decker Bus Tour


See the best of Sydney in half a day aboard a double-decker bus that boasts a see-through roof including walking across the Harbour Bridge, The Rocks, the Sydney Opera House and more! A quick, comprehensive and unique way to see Sydney's essentials, this 2.5 hour tour boasts three separate tour times to choose from (morning, midday and afternoon) and will allow you to board a comfortable, luxurious double-decker style bus with your own booked seat. Kick back, relax and enjoy the sights in air-conditioned comfort as your experienced driver-guide points out all the history and highlights of Australia's largest city.

Enjoy the views provided by the glass-top-deck as you're taken to the lights of Milson's Point to see its beautiful and historical buildings, get a dose of heritage at The Rocks district, pass many of the city's iconic landmarks such as Hyde Park, Parliament House, St. Mary's Cathedral and much more. Great lookouts, wonderful vantage points and insightful information about what makes Sydney great is all included in this itinerary.

Date/Time: 19-Sep-2015 00:00
Cost: AUD 35

Taronga Zoo

Taronga Zoo


This great value combo package includes ferry transfers from Circular Quay or Darling Harbour to Taronga Zoo aboard a rocket catamaran to get you to and from Sydney's best zoo in style! Taronga Zoo in Sydney is the nation's leading zoological garden, featuring Australia's finest collection of native animals and a diverse collection of exotic species. What makes Taronga something special is its location. It is situated on elevated land along the waterfront, in one of the most beautiful vantage points on Sydney Harbour overlooking Sydney Cove, the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House.

Tickets for this entry and ferry package are the easy way to visit Sydney's renowned Taronga Zoo, with regular departures throughout the day. Your pass includes a ferry cruise, entry to Taronga Zoo and a ride on the Sky Safari Cable Car. You'll get a full day of entertainment at the zoo to see all Australia's - and the world's - favourite species of wildlife from Koalas to Kangaroos and from Giraffes to Goannas.

Date/Time: 19-Sep-2015 11:00
Cost: AUD 59

Sydney Harbour Scenic Helicopter Flight

Sydney Harbour Scenic Helicopter Flight


Every passenger on this flight will get a great view of Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Opera House, Manly Cove and the spectacular Sydney skyline no matter what seat they are in!

Cameras and video recorders are encouraged to be taken with you to record more fantastic memories of your flight over the lovely Sydney Harbour - you can also purchase a professional-grade Heli-Tour DVD recorded through our unique on-board video system incorporating both internal and external cameras after the flight! Fly past a series of famous icons as your pilot provides you with expert commentary via a voice-activated headset. From Manly Cove your helicopter will begin the homeward journey tracking past the Sydney Football Stadium and Sydney Cricket Ground for your return to the heliport.

Date/Time: 19-Sep-2015 00:00
Cost: AUD 249

Jetboating on Sydney Harbour

Jetboating on Sydney Harbour


There are few high speed adventures in Australia quite like jet boating on Sydney Harbour! With this option, strap yourself in and hold on tight for an awesome Sydney Harbour jet boating experience over the course of 30 fun-filled minutes. This ride is jammed packed with awesome fishtail power, locks in 270 degree spins, wave surfing, wave jumping, and nose diving as you scream past Sydney's famous icons such as the Opera House, Harbour Bridge and more.

Two enormous turbo charged race engines provide the power on this jet boat ride, while the scenery and the sights speak for themselves! Departing right from Circular Quay in the heart of the harbour.
Various times available throughout the day.

Date/Time: 19-Sep-2015 00:00
Cost: AUD 85

Sydney Harbour Buffet Lunch Cruise

Sydney Harbour Buffet Lunch Cruise


Enjoy 4 hours on Sydney Harbour as this two hour lunch cruise also offers a bonus two hour Sydney sightseeing cruise! Enjoy a freshly-prepared buffet lunch, then take in the scenic highlights of Sydney, relax and soak up the sun on the luxurious outdoor deck as you watch the world go by.

A scenic lunch cruise allows you to experience the iconic sights of Sydney from one of the world's most beautiful harbours taking you past famous landmarks such as the Sydney Opera House, the Sydney Harbour Bridge and past the spectacular Sydney skyline.

A deluxe buffet lunch is freshly prepared on board with a variety of sumptuous menu options - so there is sure to be something to suit any palate or appetite! The lunch buffet features fresh prawns, beef, chicken and curry options and a selection of fresh salads, vegetables and breads.

Date/Time: 19-Sep-2015 12:45
Cost: AUD 90

Hunter Valley Wine Tour

Hunter Valley Wine Tour


Indulge yourself with the delectable wines of New South Wales' verdant Hunter Valley on this full day winery tour from Sydney that provides a detailed overview of this famous foodie's paradise. Head out from Sydney early in the morning (7:15am) and head into the heartland of NSW wine country, relaxing aboard your comfortable coach and listening to the entertaining and detailed commentary along the way. Visit 3 or 4 of the Hunter Valley's best boutique wineries and enjoy a number of private tastings with a behind-the-scenes look at what makes each winery work. With numbers limited to small groups, you'll be able to get a deserved amount of personal attention and avoid the crowds while experiencing a region where wine-making is a way of life.

In addition to wine, you'll also get to enjoy a delicious gourmet 2-course lunch incorporating some of the famously fresh ingredients that the Hunter Valley is famous for - rich cheeses, olives, oils, chocolates, truffles and more all make for a blend of wonderful flavours. Once you've eaten and drank your fill, you'll be returned back to the Sydney CBD between 5:30 - 6:30pm.

Date/Time: 19-Sep-2015 07:15
Cost: AUD 215

Walking Tour of The Rocks

Walking Tour of The Rocks


Explore the heart of one of Sydney's most charming districts while learning about all its history and quirks with this great Rocks walking tour accompanied by a knowledgeable, expert guide who will help you see all the local highlights at their best. Over the course of 90 minutes, you'll discover the most intriguing aspects of the city's oldest neighbourhood up close as you are entertained with stories of the origins of The Rocks area and the many triumphs and tragedies that befell some of its most famous inhabitants such as sailors, convicts and more.

Take a stroll down the most storied streets in Sydney and witness its many lovingly-restored 19th century buildings that stand as a testament to the days of yore, and come away with an impression of Sydney that goes well beyond the postcards and calendars that few others ever get the privilege of experiencing.

Date/Time: 19-Sep-2015 12:00
Cost: AUD 25