Gladstone Area Promotion and Development Limited

Gladstone Region has been selected as the host
for the 2012 QICA Conference.


An exciting and unique part of Queensland; the Gladstone Region encompasses the Southern Great Barrier Reef and the Discovery Coast, the hinterland of the Banana Shire and the burgeoning areas of Gladstone City and its surrounds.

The Gladstone Region is a unique holiday destination boasting the perfect blend of reef, coast and country and is different in many ways to ‘traditional’ tourism destinations, being one of the only places in Australia where Tourism and Industry co-exist in harmony.

GAPDL is proud to be hosting the 2012 QICA Annual Conference, which will take place in some of Queensland's most popular and breathtaking locations.

The conference will begin on Tuesday 21 February with delegates being transported from Gladstone to the idyllic Discovery Coast towns of Agnes Water and Seventeen Seventy where you will enjoy a welcome function like no other at Kahunas Bar and Grill.

The Discovery Coast’s Agnes Water and Seventeen Seventy are relaxed seaside communities linked by kilometres of striking beach fronting the deep blue waters of the Southern Great Barrier Reef.

The picturesque coastline of the twin seaside communities of Agnes Water and Seventeen Seventy create an exciting and appealing multitude of experiences. Famously known as the birthplace of Queensland, Seventeen Seventy was named after Lieutenant James Cook and his crew from the ‘Endeavour’ who came ashore on 24 May 1770.

Following a scrumptious buffet breakfast where you will be officially welcomed by Gladstone Regional Council Mayor, Cr. Gail Sellers, Wednesday will return delegates to Gladstone briefly before embarking on a 2 night, 3 day adventure to the magnificent Heron Island where the Conference and Gala Awards Dinner will be held.

Heron Island is a true coral cay, located right on the Great Barrier Reef. The island is ribboned by sugar white sands, crystal clear waters and acres of coral with beautifully coloured marine life. At this World Heritage-listed Marine National Park all flora and fauna is protected, so the island is a nature lover's paradise, where the emphasis is on enjoying natural beauty. Stress is replaced by a sense of adventure, and your days are filled with discovery.

Heron offers many activities such as guided island and reef walks, semi-submersible cruises and private beach picnics. An amazing array of animal and bird life can be discovered throughout the year, such as the delightful Green and Loggerhead Turtles. Heron is also world famous for its fantastic scuba diving and snorkeling.

At certain times of the year, turtle nesting and hatching take precedent over all other island activities. At Heron Island, the resort has been thoughtfully designed to blend with the surrounding environment

To find out more about the Gladstone Region visit, you will Be Surprised!


2012 QICA Conference Information - Incluges registration, accommodation and travel details.

2012 QICA Conference Program - Final

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