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Australia

WE WELCOME YOU TO AUSTRALIA

G'day and welcome to Australia! We are delighted to welcome you on to our Travel and Tour site as part of our SCM24 information. Firstly - Australia is just "beaut "(beaut translates to great in Australian 😎), and we want you to take every opportunity to explore our great nation. If you want to learn to speak Australian quickly, you should start by adding either an “ie" (Brisbane =Brissie), or an "o", e.g. David = Davo, John = Johnno.  So to go to the servo is to go to the petrol (gas) station, to get a pressie is to receive a present, and to say hello - is simply, g'day!

Watch this link to see a great introduction to our Aussie Slang...

Accomodation

The Stamford Plaza offers a choice of rooms. All are available at a discounted rate for SCM delegates.
 

Details of rooms available are here.


Bookings will be available at a discounted SCM24 rate. Details will be available shortly. The hotel’s code for accessing the discounts will be emailed to all members who register their interest in attending the conference.

The Stamford Plaza Brisbane

Location

*For 3D views and street navigation drag the little Pegman at lower right onto the map at your chosen location.

Brisbane Weather

Spring in Brisbane means clear skies, sunny days and little chance of rain. Temperatures tend to range from 14°C (57°F) to 24°C (75°F). The water temperatures are ideal for swimming.

Sightseeing Possibilities

We have a team of SOSJ members who are dedicated to helping you have a great time here at SCM24, and either before or after your attendance. While we cannot actually book anything for you, we can certainly give you some advice and guidance as to what to do, and how to do it. 

We are contactable re travel and sightseeing queries at  scm24advice@gmail.com

Here are some sites to explore, by region, as you start to plan your trip.
 

Australia Map

Start by looking at the map. We are here in Brisbane, in the green zone! It takes about four days to drive from Brisbane to Cairns, about a day from Brisbane to Sydney, two days from Brisbane to Melbourne, and about five days at least to drive to Perth. So what is our advice? Aeroplane, bus or train! Click here for a great introduction to our great place.

BRISBANE VISITOR GUIDE

Recommendations from Our Members

THINGS IN WALKING DISTANCE OF THE HOTEL
Brisbane Festival
BRISBANE FESTIVAL

This is Brisbane’s most anticipated event of the year, bringing people together as they awake from their winter slumber for an explosion of arts performances and experiences. Brisbane Festival is unlike anything else you can experience in the world. It redefines what an International Arts Festival looks and feels like, staying ahead of the game and bringing the next generation with it.

Riverfire Festival
RIVERFIRE (2024 DATE NOT YET ANNOUNCED)

The final event of the Brisbane Festival, Riverfire's free spectacular fireworks display along the Brisbane River regularly draws thousands of people to the riverbanks to celebrate the city.

Brisbane City Botanic Gardens
BRISBANE CITY BOTANIC GARDENS

The riverside City Botanic Gardens are Brisbane's original botanic gardens. Attractions at the gardens include the Bamboo Grove, Weeping Fig Avenue, Riverstage, ornamental ponds and more. Booking sites are available for special events.

Queen Street Mall
QUEEN STREET MALL

Shop, play, dine and stay in the heart of Brisbane. Discover the hidden gems and iconic landmarks that spark stories and create memories to last a lifetime.

St Stephen's Cathedral
ST STEPHEN'S CATHEDRAL
St Johns Cathedral
ST JOHN'S CATHEDRAL
THINGS FURTHER AFIELD IN BRISBANE
Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha
BRISBANE BOTANIC GARDENS MT COOT-THA
Goma Performing Arts Centre
GOMA, PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE, QUEENSLAND MUSEUM, QUEENSLAND ART GALLERY

The Gallery of Modern Art is an art museum located within the Queensland Cultural Centre in the South Bank precinct of Brisbane. The gallery is part of QAGOMA.

South Bank
SOUTH BANK

Venture into South Bank’s pristine Parklands, swim at the famous Streets beach or relax on South Bank Parklands’ sprawling almost 15 hectares of lawns, complete with free barbeques, licensed picnic areas and two lively playgrounds. The peckish will also find dozens of eateries dotted throughout the precinct.

THINGS WITHIN A DAY TRIP RANGE (GOLD COAST)
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctruary
CURRUMBIN WILDLIFE SANCTUARY

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is a heritage-listed zoological garden at 28 Tomewin Street, Currumbin, Queensland. It was built in 1947 onwards.

Sea World Marine Park
SEA WORLD MARINE PARK

Dolphins, polar bears, sharks, penguins and many more marine creatures plus a variety of shows and rides.

Sea World Cruises
SEA WORLD CRUISES

Lunch and dinner cruising waterways of the Gold Coast, as well as whale watching from June to November.

Warner Bros Movie World
WARNER BROS MOVIE WORLD

Movie World is Australia's only film-related theme park and the oldest of the Warner Bros. parks worldwide.

Outback Spectacular
OUTBACK SPECTACULAR

Including a delicious three course dinner with beverages, Australian Outback Spectacular's Heartland takes guests on a compelling and emotional ride into the heart of the Australian bush.

Springbrook National park
SPRINGBROOK NATIONAL PARK

Spectacular waterfalls, lush rainforest, ancient trees, impressive views, exceptional ecological importance and natural beauty makes Springbrook an outstanding place to visit. Springbrook National Park is part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area, one of Queensland’s five World Heritage properties and part of the World Heritage Family.

THINGS WITHIN A DAY TRIP RANGE (SUNSHINE COAST)
Australia zoo
AUSTRALIA ZOO

Located an hour’s drive north of Brisbane, on Queensland's Sunshine Coast, Australia Zoo is a team of passionate conservationists working around-the-clock to deliver an animal experience like no other. Steve and Terri Irwin's vision has always been to make Australia Zoo the biggest and best wildlife conservation facility in the entire world, and there is no other zoo like Australia Zoo!

sunshine coast aquariums
SEA LIFE – THE SUNSHINE COAST'S UNDERWATER WORLD

No trip to the Sunshine Coast is complete without visiting SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast. Previously called Underwater World, our aquarium is a multi-award-winning, all-weather visitor attraction.

Take a fascinating journey from the coast to the ocean depths and get up close to over 10,000 creatures, including one of Australia's largest collections of jellyfish. Meet the rare weedy sea dragons, the famous resident seals and over 20 species of shark and rays.

whale watching queensland
WHALE WATCHING

Day tours are available with a variety of operators in season.

THINGS WITHIN A DAY TRIP RANGE (TOOWOMBA)
carnival of flowers
CARNIVAL OF FLOWERS

We are set to have bunches of amazing events across the 30 days of September such as spectacular floral features, colourful community events and tasty treats. There really will be something for everyone and we can't wait to welcome you into the garden city.

army aviations museums
ARMY AVIATION MUSEUMS

At the Australian Army Flying Museum we seek to engage our patrons, with the wonders of flight and the intriguing and daring nature of military flying.

WATCH THIS SPACE FOR DAY TOURS TO GOLD COAST AND SUNSHINE COAST

Explore Pre & Post SCM24

Click on the links below to do some of your own exploring pre and post SCM24.  Why not consider finding the treasures further afield?

queensland
QUEENSLAND
northern territory
NORTHERN TERRITORY (NT)
western australia
WESTERN AUSTRALIA
new south wales
NEW SOUTH WALES
tasmania
TASMANIA
south australia
SOUTH AUSTRALIA
victoria
VICTORIA
Australian Capital Territory
AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY (ACT)
A FEW POSSIBILITIES YOU MIGHT CHECK OUT
  • The Indian Pacific (train from Perth to Adelaide), big country, big train....

  • The Great Barrier Reef - one of the great natural wonders of the world - various sightseeing operators and destinations – Barrier Reef and Coral Sea dive operators in Cairns

  • Uluru – a monolith in the Red Heart, visible from outer space

  • The Ghan - big train, big place, goes from Adelaide to Darwin

  • In Darwin - check out Litchfield National Park, Kakadu, Yellow Waters, Twin Falls, Edith Falls - in fact, just check out the whole lot.

  • Rottnest Island - go play with the quokkas.

  • Ningaloo Reef - go swim with the dolphins.

  • Fraser Island (now known officially as K’gari) - explore a beautiful island, the world’s largest sand island, and do some whale watching along the way.

  • Outback – Stockman’s Hall of Fame - museum located in Longreach, Queensland which pays tribute to pioneers of the Australian outback


 

Go onto this website and have a play:

Then come back and check in with your Travel & Tours team here at the SCM24 site They will give you the best advice.

Email: scm24advice@gmail.com

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