Fellows' International Conference Southern Australia
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Fellows' International Conference Southern Australia

11/6/2016 to 11/14/2016
When: November 6-14, 2016
Where: South Australia, New South Wales & Victoria
Sydney, Adelaide & Melbourne
Presenter: SIBF
Contact: Shannon Williams

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Main Program: November 6-14, 2016 - LIMITED AVAILABILITY

Australia is brimming with natural and cultural treasures. Sprawling coastline, world-class vineyards, cosmopolitan cities like Sydney and Melbourne, sophisticated cuisine, and thriving arts scenes welcome visitors to this vast island continent. Our journey to Australia takes place during their spring season, a particularly beautiful time in Southern Australia. 


In additional to stunning landscapes and a rich heritage, Australia has a strong and flexible economy, currently ranked as the 12th largest in the world. Capitalizing on the country’s proximity to the emerging Asian markets and on its longstanding trade links to Japan and the US, the economy has mostly been resilient. During this FIC, we will hear from business experts and meet with key leaders to get a better understanding of Australia’s role in the global marketplace and what the future holds for its economy.

Sydney, New South Wales
We begin our adventure in Sydney. If you’ve not visited this glittering harbor-side city before, consider arriving a few days early to explore. Tour Sydney’s neighborhoods – lose yourself in the cobblestone cul-de-sacs of The Rocks or in the markets, boutiques, cafes and pubs of Paddington. No visit would be complete here without a cruise on the world’s most beautiful natural harbor, passing the iconic opera house, waterfront mansions and Goat Island. We will hear an overview of Australia’s economy and how its growth parallels America’s economic development. We also get an assessment of the nation’s business and political environments. Two nights


Barossa Valley, South Australia
Next stop, Barossa Valley. Located outside the coastal city of Adelaide, this area is Australia's best-known wine region, producing the world famous Barossa Shiraz and Eden Valley Riesling. The Barossa Valley has a unique beauty with a colorful patchwork of vineyards surrounding charming townships of German heritage buildings and distinctive square spires of Lutheran churches dotting the rural landscape. Enjoy a didgeridoo performance and take a tour of the cultural gallery led by a member of an aboriginal tribe. Two nights


Kangaroo Island

Off to Kangaroo Island, Australia’s “Galapagos”, located just off the shores of the southern mainland. Kangaroo Island is large and surprisingly diverse – soaring cliffs, dense forest, towering sand dunes, wetlands and massive arcs of pure white beach. A mix of attractive small townships and pristine wilderness, Kangaroo Island is an ecological haven… sea lions basking on white beaches, koalas dozing in lofty eucalypts, pelicans soaring over shimmering lagoons. See some of South Australia’s first lighthouses at Cape Willoughby, Cape Borda and Cape du Couedic. You will be in awe as you take in breathtaking views from the iconic Southern Ocean Lodge, providing a sanctuary of comfort and style. Two nights


Melbourne, Victoria

Our timing couldn’t be more perfect! We visit Melbourne during Australia’s spring. Known as Australia’s cultural capital, Melbourne is a maze of hidden laneways and off-the-beaten-track boutiques. Shop Rose Street Artist’s Market or Brunswick Street, visit the popular Australian Centre for the Moving Image in Federation Square, or wander Southbank’s cafes, bistros and bars. Fashionable, eclectic and eccentric – Melbourne’s dining spots offer a dizzying spread of the world’s great cuisines. Two nights

No matter how much Australia might resemble the last European country you’ve visited, this giant of an island-continent is worlds apart from anywhere else you have been. Here the seasons are reversed – trees shed their bark rather than their leaves, and strange beasts (not just kangaroos, but bandicoots, wombats, and Tasmanian devils) roam the mysterious terrain; but toss out all preconceptions, for this is also the home of the world’s most recognizable opera house, quaint Victorian neighborhoods and international haute cuisine. That’s Australia for you—wonderfully enigmatic, to say the least.


Tasmania Extension: November 14-16

For those desiring a few more days in the region, consider the Tasmania extension. Australia’s smallest state is its most geographically diverse with over 40% of Tasmania reserved as a national park or world heritage area. Enjoy beautiful wild landscapes, wonderful food and wine, and a haunting history evoked by spectacular convict-era ruins. Two nights




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