For delegates wishing to invite their partners to this year’s conference, the committee highly recommend booking an ‘Accompanying Partner’ registration.  This registration is designed to not only ensure your partner has tickets to attend the conference social functions with you, but also provides enjoyable activities during day to both explore the area and socialise with fellow partners.

Partners can select between Full or Single day packages, please see below for full details of what the program offers:

Sunday 9th October:wbr balcony

Presidents Reception
This is a great opportunity to make new acquaintances and re-connect with existing ones as we welcome you to the 2016 National Conference and introduce you to the region by showcasing a gourmet assortment of local food, wine and beverages all sourced locally.

Time: 5.00pm – 7.00pm
Venue: Western Beach Room, Deakin University

Monday 10th October:

Tour of the Bellarine Peninsula
This fully escorted leisure day tour with commentary will include:

Jack Rabbit croppedA scenic drive through quaint coastal towns to Queenscliff

A fully guided tour of Fort Queenscliff & panoramic town tour

Time for browsing in the shops and boutiques of historic Queenscliff

A sightseeing tour of The Bellarine as we make our way to the Jack Rabbit Winery for wine tasting & main course lunch. (Lunch beverages to be purchased at own cost)

Wine tasting at Oakdene winery

See Geelong’s key attractions on our way back to the hotel

Happy Hour
At the end of Day 1 proceedings we rejoin with the conference delegates for ‘Happy Hour’, which will take place in the Exhibition Hall where drinks and light refreshments will be provided.
Time: Close of program Day 1
Hay Gallery, Deakin University



Tuesday 11th October

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Commencing at the National Wool Museum, this walking tour of the city is a relaxing way to take in the many points of interest in Geelong, from highlighting the history contained within the architecture of many of Geelong’s older buildings, to uncovering some of it’s best kept heritage secrets.

The tour includes the opportunity to visit Geelong’s new, state-of-the-art library.  This impressive $45.5 million facility is located next to the Geelong Gallery, where staff will provide a personal introduction to the latest exhibition on display.  From here, it’s a short walk to the State Government building to view the Mural that depicts the history of Geelong.

A leisurely walk back down through the busy shopping district of Moorabool St where the tour then concludes with a complementary ride on the Carousel!

After working up an appetite, a well deserved lunch will be provided at the beautiful Fisherman’s Pier located on the Waterfront.

 Conference Dinner 

eThe Conference Dinner will be held at the spectacular Geelong waterfront venue ‘The Pier’.  Located 250m out over the waters of Corio Bay, Cunningham Pier is a striking landmark located right in the heart of Geelong’s vibrant and modern waterfront precinct.  It is an iconic venue with panoramic bay and city views.  You will enjoy a three-course dinner featuring the best food and wine the region has to offer, while being entertained by one of the best bands in town!

Time: 7.00pm – 11.00pm
Venue: The Pier
Dress: Cocktail/business attire (jacket & tie for men please)

Partners can select between the following packages:

Accompanying person: Full registration (includes all activities listed above) $398.00
Accompanying person: Monday only (includes Tour of the Bellarine Penninsula and Happy Hour) $140.00
Accompanying person: Tuesday only (Includes Walking Tour, Lunch and the Conference Dinner) $200.00

Please book via the Registration page

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