Watch this space to join the Australian Technical Tour

Visit and compare an integrated irrigated cotton farm and cattle feedlot with a rain-fed cotton farm.  Tour plant breeding facilities and field sites. Hear presentations from plant breeders, entomologists, irrigation researchers and merchants.

All this and more on a comprehensive two-day tour hosted by the Australian cotton industry.

On Friday 6 December, we will leave the Sofitel Brisbane Central aboard a comfortable, air-conditioned coach and travel from Brisbane to the Darling Downs, a farming region on the western slopes of the Great Dividing Range in southern Queensland.

With a tour guide onboard, this will be an informative and engaging industry technical tour.

Dinner will be at Jondaryan Woolshed and we will stay overnight in Toowoomba. On Saturday you will meet researchers and industry partners, have lunch and visit other industry-related specialists on the way back to Brisbane late afternoon on Saturday 7 December.

We’ll be adding details about the technical tour over the coming months.


The cost of the Technical Tour is USD $420 per person.
Includes full two-days tour, overnight accommodation, lunch and dinner.

You must register and pay for the Technical Tour in advance when you complete your registration form.

Please meet in the Sofitel Central Brisbane lobby by 6:45am on 6 December for a 7:00am departure.

A night to remember – a true Aussie experience | Gala Dinner


Experience the hospitality of the Australian outback when you join the conference Gala Dinner at The Australian Outback Spectacular on Wednesday 4 December.

Set in an iconic red barn, the Australiana dinner and show features Australian cattle, dogs and horses, songs and bush tucker. The story depicts farm life during a severe drought.

We’ll take you from the Sofitel Brisbane Central by air-conditioned coach to the Australian Outback Spectacular where you can soak up the Heartland Show.  You will forget you are sitting in an arena enjoying dinner as the performers transport you to the Australian bush.

For catering and transport reasons, remember to tick the box on the registration form to accept our invitation to the Australian Outback Spectacular. Tell us if you have special dietary requirements and we’ll look after you.

Cuddle a koala, feed a kangaroo | on the Partner’s Tour

Hold a koala, hand feed kangaroos and discover more than 70 species of Australia’s native animals in a beautiful, natural setting when our Partners’ Tour takes you to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary just 12km from the Sofitel Brisbane Central.

Marvel at the playful platypus, hear the wildlife keepers talks, and experience activities including the sheep dog show and wild lorikeet feeding.

The smell of Eucalyptus is refreshing as you wander through the trees. It is an instant reminder of where you are in Australia surrounded by 130 koalas.

The cost is USD $50 per person for this special tour which includes admission, transport and light lunch.  Please sign up when you register.