The 29th International Horticultural Congress | Sustaining Lives, Livelihoods and Landscapes | 17-22 August 2014
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The Region

The "Down Under" experience for travellers


Brisbane, host city for the congress, is a modern, dynamic, sophisticated and cosmopolitan city with a friendly and relaxed lifestyle. Australias only sub-tropical capital city, Brisbane is the hub of the nations premier tourist region, and within an hour of some of the worlds most famous beaches, the legendary Australian Outback and Great Barrier Reef Islands, making it the ideal destination for easy access to pre and post Congress touring.

Here are some ideas on how best to enjoy Brisbane in five days:

Day One
Enjoy an alfresco breakfast amid the 40 acres of South Bank Parklands, followed by a scenic ride on the Wheel of Brisbane.

Explore the nearby art galleries, museums and sites of the cultural precinct. Be sure to stop in at the Gallery of Modern Art to view their latest exhibition and impressive collection of modern and Indigenous artworks.

Spend time shopping in the Queen Street Mall and the surrounding city streets and laneways.

Close the day with a seafood experience by the River in one of the high-end Eagle Street Pier precinct restaurants.

Day Two
Take a river cruise to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary – the world’s largest koala sanctuary. Cuddle a koala, walk amongst kangaroos and meet the diverse local wildlife of Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.

Easy your way into the evening with a brewery, beer and barbeque tour at the XXX Ale House – a landmark Brisbane location.

Day Three
See the sunrise and the early morning city views with the Story Bridge Adventure Climb. Or see Brisbane through the eyes of a local and book a Brisbane Greeters walking ‘journey’ for a first-hand look at what makes our City’s heart beat.

Head into James Street, Fortitude Valley to visit the fashion and lifestyle boutiques, and enjoy lunch at one of the many bistros.

Finish the evening with a twilight kayaking tour and barbeque dinner under the stars with Riverside Adventure Centre or dine alfresco along South Bank’s River Quar.

Day Four
Take a day trip to the Great Barrier Reef’s stunning Lady Elliot Island where the coral reef is alive and the island is teeming with life. Only a short flight with Seair from Redcliffe, experience a combined island tour and glass bottom boat/snorkel tour, guided reef walk, and seafood buffet lunch.

Day Five
Visit Queensland’s iconic Australia Zoo on the ‘Croc Express’ Tour. Made famous by the antics of Steve and Terri Irwin, the Zoo is now a living legacy to Steve and his wildlife conservation efforts. Exhibitions include the Crocoseum, Tiger Temple, Elephantasia, and African Savannah.


Australia is a land of many opportunities for visitors. It contains a breathtaking diversity of natural landscapes from the snow-capped mountains of the Southern Alps to the lush rainforests of the tropical north, and from the spectacular surf beaches of the coast to the wide open spaces of the Australian Outback. No visit would be complete without exploring some of Australias natural heritage icons, such as the Great Barrier Reef, Kakadu National Park and Uluru.

Just as distinct are Australias cities, where our laidbacklifestyle and cosmopolitan culture meet. You will find a melting pot of cultures and a medley of theatre, restaurants, nightlife and events. Come, stay and celebrate, then spring into the rest of your Australian holiday. Australia has so much for you to explore, whether you want nature, wildlife, outback adventure, islands, rainforest or reef. Australias unique beauty is spread across eight states and territories, so find out more about the distinct attractions within each:



Queensland, the state of Australia that is hosting the congress, offers something for every traveller, with the Islands of the Great Barrier Reef, hundreds of sun-kissed beaches, lush rainforests and the rugged Outback. Nicknamed the Sunshine State, it enjoys warm weather and has a sizeable portion of its state area in the tropics.

Within an easy drive of the congress venue, Brisbane, are the coastal tourist meccas of the Sunshine and Gold Coasts and the spectacular Fraser Island, the largest sand island in the world with its massive sand dunes, lush rainforests and beautiful lakes.

No trip to Queensland would be complete without a visit to Queenslands tropical north, home of the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef, Daintree Rainforest and Riversleigh Fossil Fields. Few places on earth can boast such unique natural attractions in close proximity with the Great Barrier Reef offering an underwater treasure trove of dazzling coral and sea life, and the superb tropical rainforests stretching down to the ocean shore.

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New Zealand

New Zealand, as co-host country for the congress, provides many unique attractions for the traveller. Also known by its indigenous Maori name of Aotearoa, commonly translated as The Land of the Long White Cloud, New Zealand has a mild and temperate climate, and is a compact country for ease of travelling. Similar to Australia, its long isolation from the rest of the world and its island biogeography, New Zealand has an extraordinary array of flora and fauna, unique landscapes and natural resources, and a wonderful cultural history. These qualities make it a haven for many outdoor activities, and a great place to unwind. New Zealand society is diverse, sophisticated, and multicultural, with European, Maori, Pacific and Asian influences. It's a culture that celebrates the many different lifestyles we live and the stories we have to tell.

Pacific Islands

The Pacific Islands comprise 20,000 to 30,000 smaller islands in the Pacific Ocean. The Pacific islands south of the Tropic of Cancer are traditionally grouped into three divisions: Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia. The islands consist of thousands of coral atolls and volcanic islands, with beautiful landscapes and small human populations. Some of the better known are Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, the Solomon Islands, Fiji, Polynesian Samoa and the Cook Islands. Lesser known are tiny island nations such as Kiribati which is scattered across a stretch of ocean as wide as Australia. All Pacific islands have a tropical climate with fantastic travel packages including fishing, diving, trekking and backpacking. Wherever you go, you are assured of a warm welcome and diverse cultural experiences.

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