DELEGATE AND ACCOMPANYING PERSON TOURS - Wednesday 13 July, 2011
Option 1 - Sovereign Hill & Ballarat Wildlife Park - "BOOKINGS NOW CLOSED"
Step back in time and experience Australia's exciting gold rush days at Sovereign Hill. Set on a former goldmining site, this award winning outdoor museum recreates in fascinating detail the hustle and bustle of life in the 1850s.
Participants will have an opportunity to pan for real gold! Witness $50,000 of molten gold being poured into a bullion bar at Sovereign Hill's Gold pour, go 13 metres underground on a tour of the Red Hill Mine, and visit the Gold Museum.
The tour will also include a visit to Ballarat Wildlife Park which is set in 16 hectares of natural bushland and where visitors can experience close contact with koalas, wombats, kangaroos and even crocodiles.
(Note this tour is an optional inclusion in the Full Delegate and Accompanying Persons Registration Fee)
Option 2 - Healesville Sanctuary - "BOOKINGS NOW CLOSED"
Healesville Sanctuary is one of Australia's most acclaimed wildlife sanctuaries. Showcasing more than 200 species of Australian wildlife, the Sanctuary is a fantastic location to view native animals in their natural habitat.
Located just one hour from Melbourne, tucked into the foothills of the stunning Yarra Valley, the Sanctuary's 30 hectares of bushland provides a distinctly Australian setting. Here visitors can experience close-up encounters with some of Australia's most unique and captivating wildlife, including koalas, kangaroos, wombats, emus, dingoes, birds of prey and platypuses.
(Note these tours are included in both the Full Delegate and Accompanying persons Registration Fee. Please nominate your preference at the time of registration)
FULL AND HALF DAY MELBOURNE TOURS
Afternoon City Beaches and Bay - "BOOKINGS NOW CLOSED"
Sunday 10 July, 2011
This is a delightful afternoon tour of Melbourne and Port Philip Bay taking in the highlights of Arts Centre, Shrine of Remembrance and along past the Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit as you head towards St Kilda foreshore.
Travelling along Beach Road to Williamstown you will see some of Melbourne's best bayside beaches and homes. After enjoying afternoon tea (at own expense) in Williamstown you will be coached back over the Westgate bridge for panoramic views of Melbourne city and on the way pass the famous Victoria Market, Melbourne Museum before heading towards St Patrick's Cathedral and the Paris End of Collins Street.
Tour Departs 1.15 pm
Tour Returns 4.15 pm
Cost of Tour $73.00 per person
Melbourne Morning City Tour - "BOOKINGS NOW CLOSED"
Monday 11 July, 2011
It's cosmopolitan and stylish - and this tour will show you why.
Melbourne - a blend of heritage architecture, modern skyscrapers and contemporary designs. Add to this vibrant and some times chic cafes, cosmopolitan restaurants, colourful (sometimes brilliantly colourful) parklands and picturesque waterways.
Some of the highlights of this tour will include Parliament House and the Paris end of Collins Street, Federation Square (and you will want to come back here in your own time) - and the impressive Botanic and Fitzroy Gardens
You will also spot the bustling Queen Victoria Markets: the impressive war memorial Shrine of Remembrance: famous sporting arenas including the MCG and Rod Laver Tennis Centre; Southbank, a world unto itself on the banks of the Yarra River (all types of shopping, eateries and home to the Crown Casino)... and much more.
Tour Departs 8.10 am
Tour Returns 11.45 am
Cost of Tour $69.00 per person
Penguin Parade and Aussie Dinner - "BOOKINGS NOW CLOSED"
Tuesday 12 July, 2011
The spectacle of hundreds of penguins emerging from the ocean at dusk has to be seen to be believed...
Phillip Island, today's destination is connected to the mainland by a causeway. Arrive at the Penguin Parade and enjoy an 'Aussie Fish and Chips Dinner" before wandering through educational centre as you head down to beautiful Summerland Beach and the exclusive Penguin Viewing Platform.
The stars of the tour will be the penguins...and obtain your vantage point to witness these loveable birds as they emerge from the Southern Ocean and waddle across the sands to their burrows in the dunes. On most nights there are literally hundreds of penguins in the "parade".
Tour Departs 3.00 pm
Tour Returns 9.00 pm
Cost of Tour $125.00 per person
Yarra Valley Winery Tour - "BOOKINGS NOW CLOSED"
Saturday 16 July, 2011
Drive through the lovely Ferntree Gully to picturesque Yarra Valley. Enjoy a spit roast lunch with wine tasting at Fergusson Winery. Next visit Rochford Wines for tastings at their cellar door. You will then finish with a personalised guided tour at Domaine Chandon that includes wine tasting and cheese platter. Return to Melbourne via Yarra Glen and the eastern suburbs.
Tour Departs 08:30 am
Tour Returns 5.00 pm
Cost of Tour $165.00 per person
Great Ocean Road and The Twelve Apostles - "BOOKINGS NOW CLOSED"
Saturday 16 July, 2011
Discover the wonders of the spectacular Great Ocean Road.
Enjoy one of the world's great coastal drives with its dramatic scenery of striking contrasts. The region boasts powerful seas, golden beaches, peaceful townships, giant cliffs and lush forests.
Early in the tour we arrive in the popular seaside town of Torquay, Australia's surfing capital, for Devonshire tea before a visit to the world famous "Bells Beach" home to the World Surfing Championships.
The day sees you touring the length of the Great Ocean Road stopping at Apollo Bay, with its beautiful white sandy beaches, for lunch at your own expense.
A special feature is the fascinating Twelve Apostles - and these impressive monoliths abruptly rise out of the ocean.
Visit the quiet, historic fishing village of Port Campbell and enjoy afternoon tea (own expense) before enjoying a relaxing journey back to Melbourne.
Tour Departs 8.15am
Tour Returns 8.00pm
Cost of Tour $153.00 per person
PRE OR POST CONFERENCE TOURS OPTIONS
Australia offers a truly diverse holiday experience with cities such as Sydney and its Harbour Bridge and Opera House, or Melbourne with its reputation for restaurants and fashion. Further north experience the wet tropics of Cairns, Cape Tribulation and the Great Barrier Reef. Or Travel to the Alice Springs and visit Ayers Rock and discover the aboriginal culture.
To organise your extended travel whilst in Australia for IFORS 2011 we recommend that you contact our Travel Specialist, Maree Sinclair who will be able to assist you with any travel or touring enquiries or bookings:
A short distance to visit our New Zealand Colleagues
New Zealand is the youngest country on earth - the last major landmass to be discovered. It has a rich and fascinating history, reflecting both our Maori and European heritage. Amazing Maori historic sites and taonga (treasures), some dating back almost a thousand years, are a contrast to many beautiful colonial buildings. A walk around any New Zealand city today shows what a culturally diverse and fascinating country we have become
New Zealand's spectacularly beautiful landscape includes vast mountain chains, steaming volcanoes, sweeping coastlines, deeply indented fiords and lush rainforests.
Comparable in size and/or shape to Great Britain, Colorado or Japan, New Zealand has a population of only 4 million - making it one of the world's least crowded countries. It is a haven for those seeking peace, rejuvenation and relaxation as well as a playground for thrill seekers and adventurers. A temperate climate with relatively small seasonal variation makes it an ideal year-round holiday destination.