Shifting Sands

Exploring the boundaries of specialisation

Sunday 16 - Wednesday 19 September 2018 Adelaide Convention CentrePre-meeting workshops Saturday 15 - Sunday 16 September 2018


Adelaide is dynamic and inspiring, cultured and warm. Stylish, yet casual; artistic, but very down-to-earth. It’s large enough to be cosmopolitan, yet compact enough to avoid big-city congestion, inconvenience – and cost. Renowned across Australia as being the festival city, Adelaide’s appreciation of the arts goes hand-in-hand with a penchant for good food and fine wine.

Situated between the beautiful Adelaide Hills and the long white beaches of the Gulf of St. Vincent, Adelaide is a picturesque city with a population of approximately 1.2 million. With the city being settled in 1836, the city still retains much of its simple peace and tranquillity, with the convenience and energy of a modern city.

Adelaide is best known for its biennial Arts Festival, its many churches and graceful stone buildings and being within an hour’s drive of some of Australia’s most famous and beautiful wine producing regions including the Barossa Valley. Other sights which have made the region famous over the years include the beautiful Kangaroo Island and the scenic Flinders Ranges.

Adelaide and South Australia in general pride themselves on offering a lower-key, but more relaxing and pleasant experience to what can be offered by the larger Australian cities.

This is supported by fabulous food and wine, a temperate Mediterranean climate, a vibrant arts scene and exciting program of major events that make the ideal location for mixing business with pleasure.

Things to do in Adelaide

Adelaide Botanic Garden

The Adelaide Botanic Garden is an oasis in the cosmopolitan heart of the city.

This 16-hectare historical garden features stunning collections of plants including Australian natives, exotics and ornamental plants. To make the most of your time, stop by the Visitor Information Centre and find out what is happening at the garden and which plant collections are looking their best.

Adelaide Oval Roof Walk

Take a walk across the top of the Oval on a purpose-built path from the western stand to the Riverbank stand while enjoying spectacular views of the city and Adelaide’s suburbs.

For more information about the climb and the prices please visit their website.

Adelaide - The Wine Capital of Australia

Adelaide is the wine capital of Australia. There is so much to explore, including the Barossa, McLaren Vale, the Adelaide Hills, Coonawarra and more!

Art Gallery Tours

The Art Gallery of South Australia organises free daily tours departing at 11.00 and 14.00.

For more information, please visit their website.

Markets and Eat Streets

The Adelaide Central Market is unique. There is so much fruit, meat, vegetables and gourmet produce. It’s undercover and simply sensational.

Gouger Street is one of Adelaide’s bustling restaurant strips. The choice is enormous. There’s plenty more on offer in Rundle Street. There are many pubs and more than 100 restaurants in Adelaide city alone.

National Wine Centre

Situated on the edge of Adelaide's stunning Botanic Gardens, the centre combines eye-catching architecture and smooth functionality to create an exciting tourism attraction which showcases the Australian wine industry.

The complex features outdoor terrace areas with views of the centre's courtyard and Botanic Gardens. Guests can complete their experience by tasting fine Australian wines, or enjoying a meal from their seasonal a la carte menu in the ground floor Cellar Door.

Discover all there is to do at the National Wine Centre, perfect to accommodate everyone from the complete novice to the wine connoisseur!

For more information, please visit their website.

South Australian Museum

The South Australian Museum offers visitors five floors of exhibits that reveal many fascinating stories.

Exhibitions and displays reflect the museum’s extensive collections, including the Australian Aboriginal and Pacific Cultures collections. The Ancient Egyptian Room has been a favourite destination for generations of museum visitors, and the Giant Squid is always a winner with children and adults alike.

Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute

Explore Indigenous Australian art at the Tandanya art museum though visual art, music and storytelling.

For more information, please visit their website.