Pre Congress Tour

11th – 12th October 2018

Pre Congress Tour Option  1 – Adelaide Hills Sightseeing Tour

On Friday the 12th there are two tours on offer for you to choose. The first will be to Adelaide hills where you will get a chance to visit the country side in the vast state of south Australia to experience world renowned Maggie’s beer garden and return to see the magnificent Adelaide hills.

The first stop is Maggie’ Beer garden, after an hour’s drive through the Adelaide suburbs in to the country side, you will encounter Maggie Beer’s garden which is a private sanctuary away from the demands of a very busy life. Her hectic schedule includes filming, writing and running a highly successful food business.Her garden, part of an 8ha property, is set in the Barossa Valley in South Australia’s beautiful wine country. The garden sprawls out from the low, verandahed house that has been her home for the past 20 years. The farmhouse, which dates from 1861, came with lots of outbuildings, all of which have been brought back to life. If glimpses of the garden seem familiar, says Maggie, it’s because sections of it feature from time to time in her hugely popular cooking show on ABC1, The Cook and The Chef with Simon Bryant.


Our next stop will be George wild life park, which is not your average wildlife park; it’s a place where people and animals get together. Under shaded trees, paths meander amongst the animals offering many relaxing hours of wildlife enjoyment. See all of your favourite Australian animals including wombats, dingoes, echidnas and Tasmanian devils. Cuddle a koala and walk amongst the kangaroos and wallabies. A variety of exotic animals are on display, including American alligators, meerkats, otters, playful monkeys and more. The park has a vast range of birds, from fairy wrens to ostriches and everything in between. Some are in enclosures but many fly free, including a free range colony of rainbow lorikeets. The reptile house has a great display of reptiles, amphibians, insects and fish.


You will visit next Harndorf, the famous Adelaide German village where you will be free to explore and have lunch. A stroll through historic Hahndorf’s main street is the highlight for many visitors to the region. Settled in 1839 by Prussian Lutherans bravely seeking religious freedom on the other side of the world, Hahndorf’s picturesque colonial charm remains remarkably intact.


Located just 25 minutes from Adelaide, Hahndorf is Australia’s oldest surviving German settlement and still has a strong German flavour most evident in the smallgoods outlets, bakeries, pubs, restaurants and cafes that line the bustling main street.


Next you will visit Mount Lofty, the highest outlook in Adelaide.Mount Lofty Summit, the majestic peak of the Mount Lofty Ranges in the Adelaide Hills, located only 15km east of Adelaide, provides spectacular panoramic views across Adelaide’s city skyline to the coast. Each year more than 350,000 people visit the peak which is more than 710 metres above sea level.The Summit complex features a gift shop and visitor information. The visitor centre’s gift shop is a great place to shop for quality souvenirs displaying Australian made items, as well as a variety of locally handcrafted gifts. Adjacent to the visitor centre, take in the views of Adelaide at the fully licensed Summit Restaurant and Café.From here, follow the popular walk down to Waterfall Gully, join the Heysen Trail or stroll along a walking trail through native bushland to Cleland Wildlife Park.


Pre Congress Tour Option 2 – Adelaide city highlight and beach tour

You will start you tour strolling through the busy north terrace of Adelaide where a guided tour will explore the main highlights, the state parliament, the museum, the art gallery and then you will have a chance to roam in the famous Rundle Mall, the shopping street in Adelaide.





Victoria square, the times square in Adelaide. Most of the year there is something happening from food festivals to art exhibitions and multi-cultural pageant.




The South Australian Museum is recognised as a global leader in Australian Aboriginal heritage and scientific research, based on its premier collections. It is one of the most highly visited museums in in the country and features several permanent galleries including the South Australian Biodiversity Gallery, Pacific Cultures Gallery, and the Australian Aboriginal Cultures Gallery.




Art gallery of South Australia, a must-see in the city of Adelaide not only because it holds one of Australia’s finest art collections, but also because it offers a variety of activities for all ages.








Afterwards you will board a tram to Glenelg mosley square. You will enjoy all-you-can-eat, famous international buffet at the Watermark Hotel before heading to the beach.



Glenelg beach and jetty is famous tourist as well as local attraction. Bayside Glenelg draws families to its long, sandy beach and the Beachouse amusement centre, with waterslides, rides and arcade games.


The Bay Discovery Centre in the 1870s Town Hall has local history exhibits including a vintage swimwear collection, and dolphin-spotting cruises cast off from nearby Holdfast Marina. Laid-back pubs, organic cafes, global eateries and indie boutiques give the area a trendy vibe.

We will board the tram to head back to city for the reception around 4:00pm

Reserve Your Tour Ticket and Pay Online

Thank you for PeMSAA Australasia Pre-Congress and Post-Congress Tours. When you press the Pay Online button below, you will be directed to the common PeMSAA pay online table with many other PeMSAA congress related options in addition to pay only for congress tours, including;

  1. Becoming a member if you are not a member already
  2. Pay for additional accompanying person and meal and gala dinner tickets
  3. Pay for pre congress tours
  4. Pay for post congress tours (will be available in 2 weeks)
  5. Pay for Channa Upuli and BnS cultural show (will be available in 2 weeks)

Post Congress Tour

15th October 2018. Great Ocean Road, Blue Lake, Cave Gardens, Mount Gambier – Rose Margaret Caves, Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Warrnambool Deep Blue Hotel and Hot Spring, Fletcher Jones Market, The Twelve Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge and Sovereign Hill

The PeMSAA Australasia Post-Congress Tour, is another new addition to PeMSAA Australasia’s congress calendar. The inception of this concept came from various visitors who visited the previous congress locations, where they were trying to organise sight-seeing tours around the city of which the congress is held, themselves.
As it was quite difficult for those coming from interstate and overseas to organise particular sigh-seeing opportunities without knowing the city in which they are visiting very well. This year, approximately 50 overseas visitors have already expressed their want to explore the region around Adelaide as well as further out into Australia. Hence, we created the PeMSAA Australasia Post-Congress Tour!
In addition to these overseas visitors, we realised that this tour is a great opportunity for the committee themselves to wind-down after the eventful organising period throughout the last two years.

The journey to Melbourne from Adelaide via the Great Ocean Road, is one of the world’s most scenic drives along a beautiful coastline. The undulating road of this 1000-kilometre journey   passes through 7 cities; Kingston, Mount Gambier, Warrnambool, Port Campbell, Geelong,        Ballarat and finally, Melbourne.

Route—16th October 2018

07:00 – 07:30 Bus leaves from Old Lion Apartments – No.9       Jerningham St North Adelaide on the 16th of October.

Adelaide – Kingston, South Australia (294 Km – 3H 15M – ETA: 10:45AM)

STOP FOR MORNING TEA AT THE BIG LOBSTER (for 30 m, leaving Kingston at 11:15)


Kingston – Mount Gambier, South Australia (157 Km – 1H 45 M – ETA: 13:00)

Blue Lake

Blue Lake is large lake formed within a dormant volcanic maar (volcanic crater) … The Blue Lake is 72 metres deep and provides the Mount Gambier town with its drinking water. One can visit the site at no charge as it is open to the public





Cave Gardens


These Cave Gardens are 90-foot deep caves and were initially utilised as a water source for the town (now take from the Blue Lake), in 2001 these gardens were made a State Heritage Area… These caves were initially found in 1845-46 when the area was first being discovered, and now brandishes a WWII German Gun, which is an ornament of the gardens. Similar to the other locations, the Cave Gardens are open to the public 24/7.

Mount Gambier – Rose Margaret Caves, Victoria {29km – 30m – ETA: 14:30 (15:00 in Victoria)}

*Rose Margaret Cave is located in Victoria; therefore, time zones vary*

Sightseeing through the Rose Margaret taking the 15:30 (Victorian Time) tour which will travel for 1 hour.

Rose Margaret Cave – Warrnambool, Victoria (175km – 2H – ETA: 18:30)

Short Evening Tea after arriving at 18:30

Flagstaff Hill Light Show – 19:00 – 20:30

Mount Gambier – Rose Margaret Caves, Victoria {29km 30m ETA: 14:30}


The Princess Margaret Rose Cave

The Princess Margaret Rose Cave is a limestone cave located in Lower Glenelg National Park in Victoria, Australia. The cave features actively growing stalactites, stalagmites and helictites. It is the most decorated cave per square metre in Australia. It is named after Princess Margaret.Group Tour Fee: $17.50 per person


Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village

This location is another State Heritage site, the spectacular Live Museum shows the history of the village in a live, engaging setting. There are also various light shows available throughout the nights. Light Shows: $30 per person


Warrnambool Deep Blue Hotel

Check-In and Dinner at Warrnambool Deep Blue Hotel and Hot Spring. A chance to walk along memory lane during dinner at Warrnambool Deep Blue Hotel and Hot Spring, which is coordinated by Uni. Pe.M.A, the 1980/81 medical school batch. 3 Course Meal: $45 per person


Breakfast at the Hotel Restaurant– 09:00

Fletcher Jones Market – 9:30 – 10:00

Leaving to Port Campbell at 10:00

Fletcher Jones Market

This Market is a place that has many antiques and retro paraphernalia for purchase. A relaxing, interesting, old-school location which take you a step back in time thanks to the retro collectibles around you.

Opening at: 10am



Warrnambool – Port Campbell (62 km – 1H – ETA: 12:00) Arriving for lunch at 11:30 at the 12 Rocks Beach Bar Cafe

12 Apostles and Loch Ard Gorge – 12:00

Leaving at 14:00

The Twelve Apostles

The Twelve Apostles are a collection of limestone stacks off the shore of the Port Campbell National Park, by the Great Ocean Road in Victoria. There are currently eight remaining apostles (where they were 12). The 9th apostle collapsed dramatically in 2005. Open 24/7 to the public



The Loch Ard Gorge

Another part of Port Campbell National Park. This attraction is three minutes away from the Twelve Apostles. This site is also open to the public to visit at any given time, its beauty and structural phenomena is truly mesmerising! Open 24/7 to the public

Port Campbell – Otway (68km – 1H – ETA: 15:00)
Treetop Walk at 15:00 – 17:00 – $25
Leaving for Geelong at 17:00

Otway – Geelong (124km – 2H 21m – ETA: 19:30)
Rydges Hotel Check-In over-night – 19:30
Ranging from approx. $125 per person

Geelong—Ballarat (89km—1H 20M—ETA: 9:30)
Sovereign Hill Sightseeing + Lunch a – 09:30 – 12:00


Sovereign Hill

Sovereign Hill is an open-air museum in Golden Point, a suburb of Ballarat, Victoria, Australia. Sovereign Hill depicts Ballarat’s first ten years after the discovery of gold there in 1851. It was officially opened on 29 November 1970 and has become a nationally acclaimed tourist attraction. $57 per person




The Botanical Garden

A great botanical garden to relax in, with various festivals taking place there throughout the   year… Opened in 1857, these gardens have been a tourist attraction for over 161 years! To access these gardens, is open from 7:30am to 6pm.

Ballarat – Melbourne, Victoria (117 km –1H 30M – ETA: 16:00)
Leaving for Melbourne after Botanical Garden – 12:45
Trip Concludes when arrived at Melbourne Air Port by 1400h