New South Wales/ACT

Technical Tours

Technical tours are an integral part of the state conference. These tours provide delegates with the opportunities to view first hand projects and programs from the local area. Each tour is led by an experienced guide who will provide delegates with details about the planning, development and management of each site.

In Coffs Harbour we have three tours:

  • Parks
  • Sports
  • Environmental

Delegates can register online for their tour of preference and will be sent details about this process.
Delegates will be picked up at 9am outside the Novotel Pacific Bay Resort reception area and transported by bus to each venue. Buses will return approx 1pm. Lunch box will be provided.


Parks Technical Tour - Regional playground and botanic garden

Visit Brelsford Park Adventure Playground - the creative play space developed with a $1 million dollar budget. Two years ago Coffs Harbour City Council set out to create a high quality innovative play space in a high profile location and within a tight time frame. Brelsford Park Adventure Playground is now a vibrant, colourful and highly successful play space .

Our tour commencences at the playground where participants can meet both the designers and the construction staff . Come and see how a multi disiplinary approach can deliver a high quality facility for the community. After exploring the space, the tour will then proceed to the Coffs Harbour Regional Botanic Gardens - The Hidden Jewel of the City .

Coffs Harbour Regional Botanic Gardens is surrounded by the Coffs Creek and feature plant displays in a stunning setting. Every corner has a new discovery : towering Eucalyptus, rainforest, boardwalks, sensory gardens, performance areas, and glasshouses. Meet the Curator of the gardens who will explain the successful management model of our ‘Friends’ of the gardens who with Council have worked for over 30 years to create a truly magnificent asset. We have over 2,700 plant specimens and combined with educational programs and events we provide a range of experiences for the tourist, region, and local visitors. Learn how the events program has been developed to provide important annual signature events. Tour participants can be guaranteed of a personalised tour and a tranquil, scenic, educational day.

View the diverse current and past projects undertaken including mangrove boardwalks , creative place making and the recently completed Japanese Pavillion and garden .

Choices available include a walk through the main display areas with the Curator or alternatively a shorter walk or ride on electric car with a ‘Friend’ volunteer.


Sports Technical Tour

Pacific Bay Resort Elite Training Centre

The centre is used by high profile teams to conduct for pre-game base camps, team re-groupings, end of season or mid season getaways.

Teams are attracted to the venue because all the training needs for elite athletes are on the one site. Facilities include a rectangular field, fully equipped gymnasium, hydrotherapy room, media room, coach & assistants strategy rooms and treatment rooms.

See the Latitube, a new wave simulator, at the warehouse of Swimplex Aquatics

Coffs Harbour is the birthplace of a ground-breaking Australian surfing invention that creates dynamically changing wave shapes and radical tubes with an infinite number of real wave simulations to suit all skill levels from beginner to pro. Just released, you can be among the first to witness this surfing machine in operation and visualise what impact it can have at Aquatic centres around Australia and also globally. Bring your Speedo's and a few people may be lucky enough to test their skills.

Coffs Harbour War Memorial Olympic Pool

In 2010 this facility underwent a redevelopment valued at $5.2 million. Some of the key features of the redevelopment included a ‘Myrtha’ renovation of the 50m pool including wet decks, new 50m pool plant and equipment, construction of an enclosed 25m pool, and construction of a zero depth splash pad play area.

BCU International Stadium and Coffs Coast Sport and Leisure Park

BCU International Stadium is a first class sporting facility hosting local, regional, national and international sporting events as well as a range of entertainment events such as rodeos and concerts.

Recently upgraded floodlighting provides lighting at 200 lux, 500 lux and 1500 lux, the standard required for digital television broadcasting.

Major participatory events often utilise the surrounding multi-purpose playing fields which form Coffs Coast Sport and Leisure Park which occupies 33 hectares.


Environmental Technical Tour

Coastal Walk & Muttonbird Island Discovery Tour

(This tour will involve walking.  Wear confortable shoes and dont forget to slip, slop, slap)

The Solitary Islands Coastal Walk (SICW) originated as a community vision approximately 15 years ago. Following adoption of a Strategy in 1999 as part of a Coastal Reserves Plan of Management incremental works have been achieved with Council Environmental Levy funding and partnerships with Green Corps, Work for the Dole and National Green Jobs Corps providers. It starts (ON FOOT) with a venture south along the Solitary Islands Coastal Walk (SICW) onto Diggers Head and stroll through Littoral Rainforest via a raised boardwalk constructed by the former Green Corps program.

After leaving the littoral rainforest of Diggers Head delegates will continue a leisurely walk onto Diggers Beach (back of beach walk) where a short discussion about the CCRP partnership will take place around an indigenous themed play area recently constructed involving the Garlambirla Guuyu-Girrwaa elders from the Gumbaynggirr nation. A representative from NPWS will be with us to talk about their perspective of the Regional Park partnership and opportunities this has brought to our coastal reserves the Solitary Islands Coastal Walk project. A Draft Master Plan has been prepared for the family recreation space of Diggers Beach and copies will be available for delegates.

We leave Diggers Beach with a short 150m beach walk where we enter onto Macauleys Headland on paved coastal walk constructed by a past Green Corps team and finish on the northern end of Park Beach the City’s main surfing beach.

Here we exit the headland across 100m of beach and we will be picked up by bus to be taken on a 5 minute journey to the Jetty Foreshores for a Discovery Tour of Muttonbird Island.

Muttonbird Island Nature Reserve provides great views of the coast and a glimpse at close quarters of the life cycle of one of Australia's most interesting migratory birds. Thousands of wedge-tailed shearwaters (or muttonbirds) travel to this island, and others in the Solitary Islands group, to breed each year.

Along the island's spine is a paved walkway (1km return, 30min) with interpretive signs providing information about the muttonbirds and views of the adjacent coast.

At the eastern end, perched above the surf crashing over the rock platforms and pools below, is a lookout platform providing an uninterrupted view of the Solitary Islands Marine Park with green clad islands and visiting humpback whales (June till September).

The guided Muttonbird Island Nature Reserve walk will teach you about the Shearwater Life Cycle, Aboriginal history and Solitary Island Marine Park surrounding the island.