There are many great attractions within a 1-2 hour journey outside of Brisbane. If you have some time before or after the conference, you should definitely venture out of the city.

Please contact the individual operators direct, to book an adventure.

Tangalooma Island Resort

A leisurely cruise from Brisbane across Moreton Bay is the perfect start to a perfect day at Tangalooma. Set amid national and marine parks, if you’re after action packed adventure on land and sea or a mini break to connect with nature Tangalooma Island Resortand unwind, Tangalooma’s the place to be. Day guests enjoy all the benefits of our facilities and over 80 activities. Day Cruises depart daily at 7:30am and 10am and majority of the tours depart Tangalooma for the main land at 7pm.

Day cruise options include:
• Dolphin Adventure Tour
• Dolphin Feeding Cruise
• Dolphin Viewing Cruise
• Whale Watching Cruise
• Whale Watching + Dolphin Feeding
• Standard Day Cruise

For more details on what each cruise involves and prices, please visit

Australia Zoo

Australia Zoo is located on the beautiful Sunshine Coast near the Glasshouse Mountains. Just 45 minutes north of Brisbane on Steve Irwin Way, it is the home of some of Australia's most unique Australia Zooand amazing wildlife, as well as some remarkable animals from overseas. Your visit to the Home of The Crocodile Hunter will definitely thrill and amaze you! For more information on the zoo, please visit

Transfers from Brisbane to Australia Zoo

CC's Croc Connections
Departing Brisbane daily at 9:00am (pick up from all the major hotels) and arriving at Australia Zoo by approximately 10:15am. The bus will depart the Zoo at 4:10pm.

Bookings are essential. Phone CC's Croc Connections on 1300 551 249 or visit the website for more information.

Gold Coast

Australia’s Gold Coast is an endless playground of entertainment and adventure, because fun comes in all types and styles. It offers visitors golden beaches, legendary theme parks, iconic rainforests and lively entertainment. Gold CoastThe Gold Coast is 1 hour south of Brisbane and can be accessed by car or train.

While most Gold Coast beaches are great for a dip, conditions can vary on a daily basis making even the most popular beaches prone to rips, gutters and currents. For safe swimming, Gold Coast City Council ensures 26 Gold Coast beaches are patrolled year round.

Theme Parks
There are a number of theme parks for you to visit, they include MovieWorld, Wet n Wild, Seaworld, DreamWorld and Whitewater World.

Hinterland & Rainforests
The Hinterland is a change of pace where the variety of attractions allows visitors to be as active - hiking, horse riding, hot air ballooning & champagne breakfast, 4WD tours, hang gliding and abseiling - or idle - sampling local wines, browsing handmade art and crafts, perusing market stalls, soaking up the natural scenery - as you like.

For more information on accommodation, tours and getting around the Gold Coast, please visit

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary on the Gold Coast has long been one of the most popular attractions in south-east Queensland. Get up close with a ton of the best and cutest native Aussie and exotic wildlife at the many interactive displays and wide-open enclosures while walking amongst the lush, comfortable eucalyptus and rainforest environments. All your animal favourites are here – cuddle and have your photo taken with a koala, get up close with crocodiles, hand-feed the many friendly kangaroos and much, much more. Be sure to stay around for the daily Rainbow Lorrikeet feeding – one of the main attractions! Please click here for more information or to make a booking. 

Byron Bay

If sun, surf, relaxation and creativity is what you want to experience, then Byron Bay is the place for you. Only 2 hours south of Brisbane, Byron Bay offers visitors a natural amusement park, with sights and activities galore.Byron Bay

Nature lovers will get their fix of all things sun and sand, and can take their pick from natural delights including pristine beaches, the arcing tails of huge whales, the lush and fragrant local flora, and the binocular-worthy native fauna.  Sporty types will be able to spend their days surfing, swimming, diving, and cycling, while arts and culture lovers will find themselves an array of festivals, events, retreats, and exhibitions that occur in Byron Bay throughout the year.

Despite having a population of around only 30,000 people, the town also boasts an impressive array of global eats ranging from cheap snacks to fine dining and some of the best nightlife Australia has to offer.

For information on accommodation, tours and getting to and from Byron Bay, please visit the Byron Bay Visitors Centre website.