Tasmania is an island state, accessible by direct flight from most mainland capital cities, and by sea on the Spirit of Tasmania from either Melbourne or Sydney to Devonport.
There's plenty to do in Tasmania before and after the conference, including the Sydney-Hobart Yacht Race finish, and the Taste of Tasmania. Why not plan an extended stay and sample the best that Tasmania has to offer?
Browse the following sites for more information on local places and events.
Pre & Post Conference Holiday Touring
All you need to do is contact Tas Vacations and mention that you're an ACSW delegate. It's that easy to get great value holiday packages!
Tas Vacations is Tasmania's largest independent travel specialist offering a huge selection of pre and post conference touring options to suit any time-frame and budget.
Port Arthur Day Trip
Port Arthur Historic Site is a 1.5-hour drive, south-east from Wrest Point and is one of Australia’s premier visitor attractions. Between 1830 and 1877 an estimated 12,500 convicts passed through its prisons. Notable buildings still standing include the Penitentiary, Model Prison, Asylum, Commandants House, Guard Tower etc. The Port Arthur region represents an amazing combination of history, heritage, magnificent scenery and fine food and wine. Additional activities can be organised, such as, a boat trip to a remote ‘Isle of the Dead’ or seaplanes to a secluded lunch site. In addition, the popular Historic Ghost Tours operate after dusk every night for approximately 1.5 hours. Phone inquiries 1800 659 101.
En-route to Port Arthur, suggested places of interest to see include the Berry Farm, beach sites and the historic town of Richmond. For further information, contact Tasmanian Travel Centres - phone enquiries 1300 655 145.
Tahune AirWalk / Home Hill Winery Lunch
The Tahune AirWalk is a major tourist attraction, developed by Forestry Tasmania and is a 70-minute drive south of Hobart. The AirWalk varies between 25 and 45 metres in height and the walk itself is more than half a kilometre long among the magnificent forest canopy, allowing visitors a unique view of the surrounding Huon and Picton Rivers and inspiring forests. The AirWalk operates seven days a week between 9am-5pm.
We suggest a luncheon 30-mintues in to the journey at Home Hill Winery. Refer offsite functions listed above. Jet boats and white water rafting are great activity options en-route to Tahune, which can be operated in conjunction with Team Discovery.
Set between graceful plane trees and mellow sandstone facades of historic warehouses is Hobart’s famous market at Salamanca Place featuring Tasmanian art & craft including hand worked glass and innovative design in Tasmanian timbers, stylish clothing and bold ceramics. Salamanca Market can be reached from Wrest Point by Water Ferry departing at Wrest Point pier. Open every Saturday from 08.30 am to 3.00 pm.
Cadbury's Cruise & Moorilla Experience
Depart from the Boardwalk Pier at Wrest Point to cruise to the gold medal award winning Moorilla Wine Centre passing historic buildings, wharves, Government House and the Botanical Gardens. Upon arriving at the winery take a five-minute coach transfer arriving at the Cadbury Factory for your chocolate experience. Departs 11am and returns 3pm Monday – Fridays from approximately $45 per adult. For bookings phone 03 6223 1914.
Mount Wellington Cycle Tour
This is great leisure option if you are short on time and looking for a fast, scenic and exhilarating ride. Travel by coach to the top of Hobart’s icon, Mount Wellington. Climb aboard your mountain bike, ready for the three-hour ride and a 1270m descent back to sea level with views of the distant mountain ranges and finishing the journey at Salamanca Place. Pick up from hotel at 930am and 130pm daily and cost is approximately $49.00 per adult. For bookings contact Sam at Island Cycle Tours and phone 1300 880 334 or 0418 234 181.
The Tasmania Golf Club is the State's premier golf course, twenty minutes from Wrest Point. Shoes and motorised carts are available for hire and our concierge can arrange transfer of delegates to and from the course through ‘Experience Tasmania’ coaches.
- Historic Richmond
- Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery
- Sailing on the Derwent River
- Hamilton Sheep Centre
- Go Kart Racing
- Downhill Bike Riding
- Mini Golf (on site at Wrest Point)
- Tennis (on site at the University and Wrest Point)
- Squash (on site at the University)
- Extensive safe and picturesque walking tracks