2016 CLTFA National Conference Consolidate Review Innovate Blended Pedagogies to Empower Students
Stunning by nature, Brisbane is renowned for its relaxed outdoor lifestyle, friendly locals, cultural scene and diverse attractions. Brisbane has a vibrant edge, a free-spirited optimism, a sense of adventure and a determination to do things just that little bit differently.
Here, the thinking is shared, the ideas are up for grabs, and the problems are solved together at international and national conventions. And in between the itinerary, whether you have a few hours or a few days, there is plenty for you to experience and make the most of every moment.
You’ll be welcomed in and shown the local places to visit, the designer labels at Queen Street Mall and James Street, the alfresco bistro and cafes, and specialist bars. Brisbane’s city lifestyle is marked by South Bank’s inner-city beach, riverside parklands hugging the Brisbane River, and culture-rich precinct housing Australia’s largest Gallery of Modern Art, Queensland Art Gallery, Queensland Museum, and Queensland Performing Art Complex. And, of course, it’s about a long-standing love affair with the outdoors. Brisbane lives and breathes outdoor experiences. From cuddling a koala, to hand-feeding wild dolphins at sunset on the pristine beaches of Moreton Bay, to escaping to a lush mountain hideaway, you will have an unforgettable experience. www.visitbrisbane.com.au www.bnecity.com.au
Conference Location CLTFA 2016 will be held in Brisbane, Australia. Brisbane is the capital of Queensland, generally referred to as the Sunshine State. The city is built on the Brisbane River that winds its way down from the mountains to Moreton Bay, the playground of whales, dugongs, dolphins. The Moreton Bay Marine Park offers visitors the potential for diving on coral reefs, recreational fishing, or just taking in the views. One hour’s drive south is the Gold Coast and the famous Surfers Paradise. The Gold Coast is one of Australia’s most frequented tourist resort areas with miles of golden beaches, as well as many other attractions.
The conference will be held at the Gardens Point Campus of QUT. QUT is Australia’s top university under 50 years old, and is rated 26th in the world in the Times Higher Education listing. The Gardens Point Campus is adjacent to the Queensland Botanical Gardens, and to Brisbane City itself, on the river front. July is Brisbane’s “winter”, an ideal time to travel in Australia, with average day-time high temperatures around 20 degrees (70 Fahrenheit). Take a few extra days and bring the family along to see the outback, Great Barrier Reef, or lounge on one of the fabulous beaches along the Gold or Sunshine Coasts nearby! For more information on Brisbane please visit ourbrisbane.com
Pre and Post touring options Story Bridge Adventure Climb The Story Bridge Adventure Climb is one of only four bridge climbs in the world and is a spectacular way to discover Brisbane. Reach the top and be rewarded with a 360 degree view of the city, river and surrounding mountains. Please click here for more information or to make a booking.
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary in Brisbane is the world’s first and largest koala sanctuary, with over 130 koalas. Cuddle a koala anytime, handfeed kangaroos and encounter a large variety of Aussie wildlife, all in beautiful, natural settings. Please click here for more information or to make a booking.
Moreton Island Just 25km off Brisbane’s shore is the third largest sand island in the world. Crystal-clear lakes and lagoons exist among tall sand dunes, abundant wildflowers and pristine beaches. Hand feed wild dolphins, and dive or snorkel among mysterious wrecks and pristine waters, or watch silhouettes of fishermen casting their lines in lingering twilight. The adventurous can try quad biking, four-wheel-driving or sand tobogganing. Chances are you’ll want to extend your stay at the resort or pitch a tent for the night.
Tangalooma Day Cruise Situated right on Brisbane’s doorstep, the beautiful Moreton Bay with its unspoilt islands, is a remarkable setting for a range of wonderful activities and adventures. Enjoy a high speed catamaran trip to the Island and then spend the day exploring its natural wonders.
Tangatours Operating on the beachfront of Tangalooma Island Resort, Tangatours is an exciting adventure and tourism operator which provides both land and water based activities to the resort and day guests. What a perfect way to spend a day in paradise, sailing along the crystal clear waters of Moreton Bay in one of their easy to use Catamarans, getting up close and personal with the large array of sea life on their fish feeding, snorkelling or diving tours and much much more! Please click here for more information or to make a booking.
North Stradbroke Island Straddie (to the locals) is known for some of the most spectacular scenery found anywhere in Australia. An ideal holiday destination for families, groups of friends and day trippers, the island is famous for its scenic headlands, rolling surf and endless white sandy beaches. Three little townships on the island provide a relaxed village atmosphere with a variety of cafes and restaurants often filled with locals, surfers and sun-baked tourists. Go whale watching from Point Lookout, the best land-based whale-watching site in the world, experience some of the best views on the island from The Gorge Walk or take a dip in one of the island’s freshwater lakes.
North Stradbroke Island Surfschool Remarkable location, fantastic coaches and quality equipment. Learn to surf with dolphins as buddies. Cylinder Beach is a world class venue right on Brisbane’s door step. All equipment is supplied including safe learn to surf boards, rash/sun vests and wetsuits if needed. Please click here for more information or to make a booking.
Straddie Adventures North Stradbroke Island has plenty to offer the adventurous visitor of all ages. The award winning tour company Straddie Adventures specialise in sea kayaking, sand boarding, four wheel drive tours and snorkelling adventure for visitors to the island. Please click here for more information or to make a booking.
Australia Zoo Croc Express Tour Undoubtedly a highlight of any visit to Queensland is a trip to Australia Zoo. Made famous by the antics of Steve and Terri Irwin and their global documentaries, the Zoo is now a living legacy to Steve and his wildlife conservation efforts. Please click here for more information or to make a booking.
Dreamworld and WhiteWater World Dreamworld, Australia’s largest theme park, includs 50 rides and attractions, as well as wildlife within 8 different worlds. Among the many attractions, Dreamworld has the tallest and fastest thrill rides in Australia, as well as precincts dedicated to DreamWorks™ and The Wiggles™, offering fun for people of every age. Dreamworld is also home to Tiger Island, the world’s largest interactive tiger facility.
Co-located with Dreamworld, Dreamworld’s sister attraction is Whitewater World. WhiteWater World complements the Dreamworld experience with 30 thrill slides and 22 lifeguards, including dedicated precincts for toddlers though to thrill seekers. Please click here for more information or to make a booking.
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary on the Gold Coast has long been one of the most popular attractions in south-east Queensland. Get up close with a ton of the best and cutest native Aussie and exotic wildlife at the many interactive displays and wide-open enclosures while walking amongst the lush, comfortable eucalyptus and rainforest environments. All your animal favourites are here – cuddle and have your photo taken with a koala, get up close with crocodiles, hand-feed the many friendly kangaroos and much, much more. Be sure to stay around for the daily Rainbow Lorrikeet feeding – one of the main attractions! Please click here for more information or to make a booking.