Activities & Excursions

Saturday, December 1: Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort & Great Barrier Reef – Day Trip

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Photos courtesy of Lady Elliot Island Resort

Cost: $762 AUD/person, ticket(s) for this trip are non-refundable

How to Book
Click the button below to sign up and reserve your spot for this exclusive trip. Limited spots available.

Trip Details
The Great Barrier Reef, off the coast of Queensland in northeastern Australia, is the largest living thing on Earth, and even visible from outer space. The 2,300km-long ecosystem comprises thousands of reefs and hundreds of islands made of over 600 types of hard and soft coral. It's home to countless species of colourful fish, molluscs and starfish, plus turtles, dolphins and sharks. But with an unstable ecosystem that is both natural and human induced, half of the Great Barrier Reef has died since 2016.

While visiting Brisbane for Congress ‘18, don’t miss this opportunity to see an unspoiled portion of the Reef—Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort.

Located at the southern tip of the Great Barrier Reef, Lady Elliot Island is a true coral cay (a small, low-elevation, sandy island on the surface of a coral reef) and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Situated within the highly protected “Green Zone” of the Reef, the waters surrounding the island are a sanctuary to more than 1,200 species of marine life. On this special day trip, enter into the underwater universe of turtles, manta rays, sea urchins, small reef sharks, and a beautiful area of coral reef. If you’re a bird-lover, this wildlife sanctuary is also the nesting area for the second highest diversity of seabirds on the Great Barrier Reef.

This excursion includes: bus transfers from South Brisbane (location TBC) to the Redcliffe Airstrip, a private scenic flight to Lady Elliot Island, lunch, and activities listed below. A light snack will be served on the flight, please be sure to eat a full breakfast prior. This tour has an exclusive departure time which differs from those offered to the general public (see below for details).

Saturday, December 1
6:30 AM: Departure from Brisbane Exhibition & Convention Centre to Redcliffe Airstrip
7:30 AM: Depart Redcliffe Airstrip on private Cessna Caravan Aircraft
8:45 AM: Arrive at Lady Elliot Island
9:45 AM: Glass bottom boat tour/boat snorkel (all snorkeling equipment/wetsuits are provided)
12:00 PM: Buffet lunch including fresh prawns, wine, beer, and soft drinks
1:00 PM: Marine biologist session in the Lady Elliot Island education centre
2:00 PM: Self-guided snorkeling in the lagoon or behind the scenes tour (High tide is 3:14 p.m., with two meters snorkelling in the lagoon 2 hours either side of high tide)
4:00 PM: Depart Lady Elliot Island for Redcliffe
5:15 PM: Arrive Redcliffe Airstrip
6:15 PM: Arrive South Brisbane

N.B. Only snorkeling will be offered on this excursion. Scuba diving is not permitted on this day tour due to the significant changes in altitude with flying. It is recommended that participants on this trip are comfortable with swimming; life vests and noodles will be provided. We do not recommend additional flights or travel plans for the evening of Saturday, December 1.

Tuesday, November 27: Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary – SOLD OUT

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Photos courtesy of Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

Trip Details
It wouldn't be a trip to Australia without a wildlife encounter! Join us for a morning at the world’s first, and largest, koala sanctuary. Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is home to the recently opened Brisbane Koala Science Institute, approximately 150 free-range kangaroos and 130 koalas. Don't miss this up-close opportunity to see some of Australia’s finest including the endangered wombat, emus, dingos, wallabies, lorikeets, kookaburra, platypus, and more.

This excursion includes: bus transfers from Brisbane Exhibition and Convention Centre, early access to the sanctuary and an opportunity to hand-feed kangaroos. Book early and bring your camera as this day trip is bound to sell out!

Tuesday, November 27
8:00 AM: Departure from Brisbane Exhibition & Convention Centre
8:30 AM: Arrival & early access to the park with exclusive wildlife encounter
9:00 AM: Opportunity to hand-feed free-range kangaroos
9:30–11:00 AM: Time to explore and learn more about Australia’s wildlife
11:00 AM: Depart Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
11:30 AM: Return to Brisbane Exhibition & Convention Centre

Brisbane Greeter Tours

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Courtesy of Brisbane Marketing and Screen Queensland

Brisbane's Aboriginal History Walking Greet

Brisbane's Aboriginal History Greet emphasizes that there always has been a strong Aboriginal presence in our city. This tour will take you on a journey that starts long before any European settlement, right through to present day. It traces and highlights our shared social history. Travel from Brisbane City Hall, through the central business district to the City Botanic Gardens.

When: Tuesday, November 27, 9:00 AM
Where: Outside Brisbane City Hall, King George Square
The tour lasts 1.5 hours, and there are 15 spots available.

South Bank Riverside CityCycle Greet

Cross over the spectacular solar-powered and internationally-awarded Kurilpa Bridge, enjoying breathtaking views of the river and surrounding mountains. Cycle beside the Gallery of Modern Art and the State Library of Queensland before riding under the Victoria Bridge to the ‘Brisbane’ sign.

South Bank Parklands comprise 17 hectares of lush gardens and lawns lining the southern bank of the river. Continue cycling riverside to the Goodwill Bridge, admiring the bougainvillea-covered Grand Arbour as you go. Glide past the Nepalese Peace Pagoda, parklands’ rainforest, the Wheel of Brisbane, Streets Beach, River Quay and the Queensland Maritime Museum. Return to Kurilpa Bridge via the Queensland University of Technology and North Quay.

When: Monday, November 26, 3:00 PM or Tuesday, November 27, 9:00 AM
Where: Outside Brisbane City Hall, King George Square
The tour lasts 1.5 hours, and there are 15 spots available per tour.

South Bank and Cultural Precinct Walking Greet

The South Bank Parklands is a sprawling 17 hectares, known for its expansive green lawns, towering ficus trees and colourful gardens. It is also home to several of Brisbane’s major cultural institutions such as the Queensland Performing Arts Centre, Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art, State Library of Queensland and Queensland Museum and Sciencentre. You will experience a tranquil walking journey through the parklands, taking in the cultural and entertainment offerings of the precinct. When: Monday, November 26, 3:00 PM
Where: The Wheel of Brisbane, Russel Street, South Brisbane
The tour lasts 1.5 hours, and there are 15 spots available.

Asia Pacific Screen Awards

Congress members save 50% on tickets to the 12th annual Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA) with promo code: WCSFP2018.

The 2018 edition of APSA honours a phenomenal year for Asia Pacific cinema and the 46 films from 22 areas that make up this year's nominees. Films from Asia Pacific have won top prizes at festivals around the world, including Cannes, Venice and Locarno, making it a great year to celebrate the artistic accomplishments of filmmakers across the region.

APSA is especially proud to have the help of Congress members in celebrating the documentary nominees, including Mohamed Siam (Amal), Paul Damiem Williams (Gurrumal), Hiraku Toda (Of Love & Law) and Manas Malhotra (Up Down & Sideways).

Join Brisbane Lord Mayor, Graham Quirk, APSA chairman Michael Hawkins, regional cultural, political and business leaders, film lovers, as well as our VIP nominees for a night filled with excitement, music and glamour.

Your star-studded evening at APSA will begin on the red carpet and welcome drinks from 5.30pm to 7pm. This will be followed by the Awards Ceremony while enjoying a formal sit-down dinner and musical entertainment.

Date: Thursday, November 29
5:30 PM: Red carpet (includes pre-ceremony drinks)
7:00 PM: Guests seated for ceremony
The ceremony will be followed by a formal dinner and musical entertainment.

Dress: Black tie or National Dress
Venue: Grand Ballroom, Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre