Activities During the Conference Week

During the week of the Conference a range of activities will be offered at the completion of afternoon sessions.  Contact asftasmania2019@gmail.com for more information.

Various dates during 30 December 2018 – 4 January 2019

Mountain Biking, Kelcey Tier

Mountain Biking at Kelcey Tier and Miandetta Park

Leaving from our conference venue, Kelcey Tier and Miandetta park offer a variety of tracks from beginners to experienced riders. Features include bush tracks, berms, jumps, logs and a small creek crossing. Mountain bikes, vests and helmets will be supplied at a small cost.

Trip to Bluff Beach: Walk to Lighthouse or Kayak

The Bluff is one of Devonport’s most popular destinations as it boasts stunning sea views, a popular café and restaurant, a children’s playground and a short walk to a lookout and the lighthouse. If you choose to kayak at this destination kayaks, paddles and life jackets will be supplied at a small cost.

Home Hill

Built in 1916, Home Hill is a fascinating look into life in the mid-twentieth century and a link to an important part of Australia’s political history. It was the family home of Tasmanian Premier and Australian Prime Minister Joseph Lyons and Dame Enid Lyons, the first woman elected to the House of Representatives and the first woman to serve in federal cabinet. Entry and/or tour fees apply. For more information go to: http://www.devonport.tas.gov.au/Play/Arts-Culture-Heritage/Home-Hill

Don River Kayak Trip – Photographing Platypus

The Don River ends at Coles Beach where we will begin our kayak journey inland, following the popular Don River walking track and Don River Railway system. It is quite common to see platypus when we get to Don River Railway holding yards as well as further up the river until we hit farmland. This is a return trip; kayaks and life jackets will be provided at a small cost.

Bass Strait Maritime Centre

Learn about the State’s natural history, European exploration, the settlement of Tasmania, trade, and the shipwrecks that line Tasmania’s coasts. This fascinating building is the original Harbour Master’s house, updated to provide a range of interesting artefacts and activities for young and old alike. Try your hand at guiding a ship out of the Mersey River on the simulator and view the various models depicting naval and trade ships. Entry fees apply. http://www.bassstraitmaritimecentre.com.au/

Conference Excursions – 2 January 2019

Contact asftasmania2019@gmail.com for more information.

On the Wednesday of the Conference a range of activities will be offered during the day. You will be able to sign up for these at the beginning of the conference, some of these will have restricted numbers for logistical reasons. At the end of the day everyone will come together in Gunns Plains for some entertainment and dinner.

Tourist Loop

Leaving from our Conference venue at 9 am on our activities day, the bus will visit la Villa Wines followed by a guided tour of the House of Anvers, specialising in Belgium style chocolates and truffles; onsite there is a museum, cafe and tasting room to enjoy. After indulging – time for some exercise, we will explore the main street of Latrobe including the eclectic wonderland that is Reliquaire before making our way to the picturesque Bells Parade for a picnic lunch and a stroll along the banks of the Mersey River looking for platypi. Estimated cost $20.

Canyoning Machinery Creek

One of only a few canyons in Tasmania, this trip requires participants with good abseiling skills to get fully immersed in a spectacular gorge about 45 min south of Devonport. This is a full-day trip so we will get an early start and go straight to Gunns Plains afterwards. BYO SRT gear, harness, helmet, wetsuit, extra warm clothes, water, and snacks in your fully waterproofed pack. Sturdy footwear is needed as there is a rough walk in and out, and a car shuffle will be done before the trip.

Wild Caving Trips: Gunns Plains

Gunns Plains is both rich above ground with farmland and underneath with caves. The group will split into two and experience two different caves, swapping over at lunch time. The first group will begin with Gunns Plains show cave, over the rails and past the tourist section where we will find white flowstone, stalactites and streamway passage. The second group will start with Great Western Cave, a favourite of the late Stephen Blanden and known for its interesting rock formations. Group participants will need to provide all their own caving gear and car-pooling will be organised from the Conference venue.  For further guidance and information about specific caves at Gunns Plains, please refer to the cave classification table in the document Caving in Tasmania.

Kids Day Out

Need to appease the kids for a day? Our Kids Day Out program involves transport or car-pooling from the conference venue to a number of exciting venues Devonport offers for various age groups. The Big Big House is a popular place where kids can try rock climbing, laser tag or an obstacle course (separated for different age groups). Splash Devonport Aquatic Center offers a range of different water activities for kids and the Bluff Playground and beach is always popular with families. Entry costs to The Big Big House and Splash are very reasonable. https://www.bigbighouse.com.au/ and http://www.splashdevonport.com.au/. Children are to be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Bushwalking

Tasmania is famous for its spectacular bushwalking. We are anticipating offering several short-day walks for attendees such as:

  • Archers Knob at Narawntapu National Park: Easy 2.5 h walk with stunning coastal and river views, abundant wildlife including a bird hide.
  • Mt Dial in the Penguin area: Easy to intermediate 2.5 h walk, small native orchids along the trail and 360º view of coast to farmland at the top
  • Dove Lake Circuit at Cradle Mountain – Lake St Clair National Park: an easy 2h walk passing through cool temperate rainforest and different features such as the Glacier rock and the old boat shed.

**Wings Wildlife Park and Gunns Plains Tourist Cave and Concert**

After the day’s activities, all Conference attendees will come together at Wings Wildlife Park for dinner and encounter a range of both imported and native animals including Tasmanian Devils.

Following the dinner, we will travel around the corner and enjoy a tour of the North West’s only show cave and experience the acoustics through a live instrumental concert within the cave. http://www.gunnsplainscaves.com.au/.

Dinner is included for conference attendees and is sponsored by Wilderness Wear. There is an additional charge (discounted entry fee) to access animal enclosures on the night.

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