2021 Optional Trip and Tourist Info 2020-04-19T09:48:57+02:00

Crikey!  Post-Conference Day Trip to Australia Zoo

Australia Zoo is an award-winning zoo located on the Sunshine Coast – a 45-minute drive from Noosa. It was the home of  the late Steve Irwin, the ‘crocodile hunter’. The zoo houses more than 1200 native and exotic animals across 400 hectares, with conservation of wildlife at its core. If you’ve ever wanted to see a kangaroo, koala, dingo or emu, this will be your perfect opportunity. Australia Zoo caters for people of all ages, so bring your family if they have joined you for the conference.

Trip Schedule

09:00               Bus from Noosa Heads to Australia Zoo

10:00               Spend time walking around the zoo at your leisure. So much to see and do – hand-feed kangaroos, pat a koala, visit the Tiger Temple or African                              savannah, explore the world’s busiest Wildlife Hospital, observe crocodiles and snakes at close range, etc.

12:00               Watch the Wildlife Warriors Show in the Crocoseum – some breathtaking encounters with saltwater crocodiles, birds and snakes.                                                      This is a MUST DO!

13:00               More free time to look around the zoo or eat in one of the cafés.

15:00               Bus departs

16:00               Arrive in Noosa

Indicative cost (to be confirmed)

Adult A$59
Child (3-14 years) A$35
Family (2+2) A$172
Family (2+3) A$189
Student A$47
Bus fare A$30

Tourist Information

Noosa Heads

Noosa Heads is one of the most beautiful and popular coastal destinations in Australia. Hastings Street is its famous main street and is spectacularly bordered by Noosa Main Beach, the Noosa River, Noosa National Park and the Noosa Spit parkland. Hastings Street is home to stylish restaurants, trendy cafes, bars, and designer fashion boutiques. The 2020 ISoF conference will be located in the middle of all this action.

Noosa is famous for its wonderful mix of beachside luxury and laidback holiday atmosphere. It is a holiday destination in itself, but if you decide to extend your stay here are some suggestions of local attractions.

Fraser Island

Fraser Island is the largest sand island in the world. Known as K’gari by the traditional owners, the Butchulla people, the island’s unique natural features have been protected by World Heritage listing for 25 years. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle famously visited Fraser Island in 2018. On the island you will experience endless expanses of pristine sand, freshwater lakes and lush rain forest.

To access Fraser Island, it is a 2-hour drive from Noosa to Rainbow Beach, where you cross by ferry (15 minutes) to the island. One or two-day 4WD tours are available from Noosa.

The Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest coral reef. The reef comprises some 3000 individual reef systems and coral cays amongst hundreds of tropical islands surrounding an abundance of marine life. The Great Barrier Reef is one of the seven wonders of the natural world; it is larger than the Great Wall of China and is the only living thing on earth visible from space.

The Whitsundays comprises 74 Whitsunday islands and mainland and is in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef. Visitors to the area enjoy aquatic activities such as swimming, snorkelling, diving and sailing. Two of the most beautiful natural attractions in Australia are situated in the Whitsundays – Heart Reef – a natural coral reef in the shape of a heart – and the famous Whitehaven Beach, comprising 7 km of dazzling white, silica sand.