Technical Tours

Australia is a vast country and access to some of Australia’s agricultural regions is remote and requires considerable travel time with limited flights available. Delegates interested in participating in post-congress technical tours are requested to express an interest in the proposed tours recognising the indicative costs associated with delivering these tours. Based on delegate interest, the organisers will decide early in 2020 on the viability of these tours.

Langhorne Creek

Departs: Adelaide, South Australia
Travel: Delegates would need to make their own travel arrangements to Adelaide for this tour
Duration: 2 days, 1 night

A 2-day tour from Adelaide and accommodation overnight in Goolwa. The tour will visit the Heritage Irrigation Structure and floodplain in Langhorne Creek and the barrages and lower end of MDB system from Goolwa with opportunities to observe the Ramsar Wetlands and migratory and local birds. Maximum participants 20 pax.

Indicative Cost: $300 USD per person 

Regional NSW incorporating Murrumbidgee and Colleambally Irrigation (modernised channel systems), environmental watering

Departs: Sydney, New South Wales
Travel: Flights from Sydney to Griffith or Narrandera (limited commercial flights are available)
Duration: 2 days, 1 night

The NSW Riverina exhibits a huge range of established irrigated and dryland rural enterprises with a myriad of products, generating enormous wealth and utilising a wide range of irrigation technologies.

This tour will include broadacre cropping areas where cotton, rice,  maize and other crops are grown on large scale.  Set in a uniquely Australian landscape, this region exhibits irrigation and farming which have come as a result of the area being developed as an irrigation district, with the implementation of diversion weirs and channel distribution networks.

Indicative Cost: $2000 USD per person

Sydney Basin, Protected Cropping and Water Re-use

Departs: Sydney, New South Wales
Duration: 1 days

Protected cropping is increasing world wide and this tour will be address this as well as water recycling and include a visit to the University of Western Sydney.

Indicative Cost: $65 USD per person

Western Australia - Dairy Farming / Orchards / Truffles and Vineyards

Departs: Perth, Western Australia
Travel: Delegates to fly in to Perth on the 29th of September and make an overnight stay.
Duration: 3 days, 2 nights

Note: Delegates heading back home after the conference could consider flying out of Perth after attending this study tour.

Western Australia will be on display with this South West tour showcasing various irrigation concepts in dairy farming and citrus growing in the Harvey region, followed by an overnight stop at the seaside regional town of Bunbury.

Day 2 will provide participants with a scenic tour through Manjimup to visit a Truffle Farm and travel through the world famous tall Karri Valley Trees to Pemberton where they will visit an Avocado grower and stay overnight at the Forest Lodge Resort which is a quiet, secluded and stunning property conveniently located on the edge of Pemberton township in the Gloucester National Park.

Day 3 will have participants travelling to the world famous wine region of Margaret River to explore wine and food in decadent surroundings at Voyager Estate.  Participants will have the privilege to walk through the vineyard and learn about their irrigation practices concluding the tour with Voyagers’ signature experience the Discovery 4 course lunch menu  with matching wines per course designed by Head Chef, Santiago (Santi) Fernandez and his team.  Participants can submerge themselves in an extended stay in the Margaret River Region OR return to Perth.

Indicative Cost: $1375 USD (plus flights to Perth – consider your international flight to Australia to Sydney, and flying out from Perth)

Water management and irrigation in North Queensland

Departs: Townsville
Travel: Delegates would need to make their own travel arrangements to Townsville. Tour commences in Townsville 29th September and returns late afternoon 30th September.
Duration: 2 days, 2 nights

Irrigated sugarcane and horticulture are the main agricultural crops in north Queensland. This tour will give participants a good overview of the regions water supply systems, irrigated agriculture, and processing facilities. The tour will also focus on managing groundwater and impacts of irrigated agriculture on the environment and Great Barrier Reef.

North Queensland is centred on the city of Townsville. The region has a number of significant tourist attractions including the Great Barrier Reef and reef islands, rainforests in the Wet Tropics of Queensland, Magnetic Island, and the Whitsunday Islands. Delegates can make own arrangements to connect to a range of exciting tours to visit these destinations.

Highlights include:

· Visiting the extensive Burdekin river irrigation area and associated water supply infrastructure
· Visit large sugar and horticulture irrigated farming operations and processing facilities.
· Demonstration of advanced irrigation water management practices.
· Water quality monitoring and environmental management
· Surface and groundwater extraction facilities
· On farm irrigation and water management practices.

Indicative Cost: $500 USD per person, which includes accommodation on 29th, and 30th September.

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Lake Opuha, South Canterbury, New Zealand
Lower Waitaki catchment, North Otago and South Canterbury, New Zealand

Water management, irrigation, and food production in New Zealand

Departs: Christchurch, New Zealand
Travel: Delegates would need to make their own travel arrangements to Christchurch, New Zealand for this tour
Duration: 3 days, 2 night

New Zealand is blessed with an abundance of water resources, as well as sophisticated farming systems and stunning natural beauty. This tour will include much of the South Island of New Zealand, to provide participants with a full overview of our river systems, water management processes, freshwater governance, and farm production.

Highlights include:

  • Visiting one of New Zealand’s newest and largest irrigation schemes
  • Exploring New Zealand’s sophisticated and complex approach to water quality protection and freshwater governance, with regulators
  • Managed Aquifer Recharge site visit
  • Staying in the magnificent Mackenzie country to experience one of the clearest night skies in the world.
  • Visiting major hydro-electricity infrastructure and learning about New Zealand’s commitment to renewable energy production
  • Learning how integral water is to New Zealand’s paddock-to-plate story – including farm visits, and food and milk processing plant site visits
  • Site visit to an innovative, mobile irrigation pipe manufacturer.

Indicative Cost: $1,300 USD per person (plus flights to New Zealand)