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Keynote Speakers

Professor Leanne Aitken
Professor of Nursing
City, University of London, United Kingdom
Griffith University, Gold Coast, Queensland

Professor Leanne Aitken is Professor of Nursing at City University London. In this role she is responsible for leading research and scholarship in acute and critical care nursing as well as implementing her own programme of research that focuses on recovery after critical illness and injury and a range of clinical practice issues within critical care. Other responsibilities include teaching and supervision of research students.

Professor Aitken holds visiting appointments with Griffith University and Princess Alexandra Hospital, as well as the University of Edinburgh and the University of Dundee in the UK. She is a Fellow of both the American Academy of Nursing and the Australian College of Nursing as well as a Life Member and Fellow of the Australian College of Critical Care Nurses. She is also a Fulbright Alumnus after receiving a Fulbright Senior Scholarship to undertake research examining recovery after trauma at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.

Professor Aitken has published more than 100 original publications in peer reviewed journals and edits ACCCN’s Critical Care Nursing textbook.

Dr. Gareth Davies
Consultant in Emergency Medicine & Prehospital Care, Barts Health NHS Trust, UK
Medical Director, London’s Air Ambulance
Honorary Senior Lecturer, Centre for Neurosciences & Trauma

Gareth has over 20 years’ experience in delivering critical care in the prehospital environment. He has a specialist interest in the prehospital phase of injury, traumatic and medical cardiac arrest, mechanism of injury, and major incident management. He has published in over 50 peer reviewed journals. The service has a reputation for strong clinical governance and has introduced many innovative techniques and processes such as prehospital thoracotomy and REBOA. Gareth has a specific interest in impact brain apnoea and its role in major trauma survival. He has been the lead consultant at many of London’s major incidents, including the Paddington Rail Disaster and the 7th of July 2005 Bombings.

Professor John P.A. Ioannidis
Professor of Medicine, of Health Research and Policy, and of Statistics
Stanford University, California, USA

John Ioannidis holds the C.F. Rehnborg Chair in Disease Prevention and is Professor of Medicine, of Health Research and Policy, and of Statistics; co-Director of the Meta-Research Innovation Center at Stanford; and Director of the PhD program in Epidemiology and Clinical Research at Stanford University.  He has delivered over 400 invited and honorary lectures and is the recipient of many awards (e.g. European Award for Excellence in Clinical Science [2007], Medal for Distinguished Service, Teachers College, Columbia University [2015], Chanchlani Award for Global Health). He has been inducted in the Association of American Physicians (2009), European Academy of Cancer Sciences (2010), American Epidemiological Society (2015), and European Academy of Sciences and Arts (2015) and has received honorary titles from the Foundation for Research and Technology-Hellas (2014) and University of Ioannina (2015) and honorary doctorate from Erasmus University Rotterdam (2015). The PLoS Medicine paper on “Why most published research findings are false” has been the most-accessed article in the history of Public Library of Science (~2 million hits). His is among the 50 most-cited scientists across all 20+ million authors publishing across science according to current citation rate (>2,000 new citations per month per Google Scholar, >1000 new citations per month per Scopus or Web of Knowledge).

Dr. Elizabeth Papathanassoglou
Associate Professor, Faculty of Nursing, University of Alberta, Canada

Dr. Elizabeth Papathanassoglou is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Nursing, University of Alberta, Canada. Prior to that she has held professor positions at the Cyprus University of Technology, Cyprus, and the University of Athens, Greece. Dr. Papathanasoglou is currently exploring the effects non-pharmacological, integrative interventions in critical care. Additionally, she explores critical care practitioners’ views and attitudes towards implementation of integrative therapies and strategies for implementation of these approaches. She is an elected Ambassador of the World Federation of Critical Care Nurses (WFCCN) 2015-2020 and co-Editor of CONNECT: The Official Journal of WFCCN. She has a record of 105 publications in peer reviewed journals, and has presented another 200 papers at international and national conferences.Her research interests combine basic science with the nursing management of acutely ill patients. She studies the role of stress, stress neuropeptides and apoptosis in the pathophysiology of critical illness and the impact on non-pharmacological and integrative approaches on critically ill patients’ outcomes, including inflammation, pain and delirium. Additionally, she explores issues of inter-professional collaboration, nursing autonomy and clinical decision making, as well as patients’ rights in critical care. She employs a wide range of research methods, including laboratory, quantitative and qualitative research.

Dr. Sarah Tabbutt
Cardiology and Critical Care Medicine
Benioff Children’s Hospital
Professor of Pediatrics
University of California, San Francisco, USA

Dr. Tabbutt trained in Pediatric Cardiology and Critical Care at Children’s Hospital Boston, followed by 10 years at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia where she was director of the CICU for 6 years.  She has currently been at the University of California San Francisco for 8 years where she attends in the CICU, manages the Interstage Monitoring Program and heads up the Heart Center Data Team.   Her clinical areas of interest are critical heart disease, neonatal and preterm infants requiring newborn surgery (particularly HLHS), resuscitation and mechanical support.  Her research interests include randomized clinical trials (with a primary role in the NIH sponsored Single Ventricle Reconstruction Trial) and national databases (specifically the Pediatric Cardiac Critical Care Consortium); with goals to improve quality of care and best practices.  Dr. Tabbutt is also a member of the American Board of Pediatrics Critical Care Sub-board, the American Heart Association Emergency Cardiovascular Care Committee and the Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Society.

Dr. Lyvonne Tume
Senior Research Fellow/Nurse Scientist, Children’s Critical Care Nursing
University of Central Lancashire and Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, Liverpool, UK

Lyvonne has worked in the specialty of critical care (both adult and paediatric) since 1991 both in Australia and in the UK, attaining her doctorate in 2010. Currently, she is works in a split clinical-academic role as a Senior Research Fellow at Alder Hey Children’s NHS Hospital and the University of Central Lancashire. She continues to practice clinically a day a week on the PICU.

Her primary research theme is centers on evaluating care quality and preventing adverse events. Specific research interests involve endotracheal suctioning in high risk groups, nutrition and enteral feeding, reducing adverse events in post-operative cardiac children and pediatric early warning scores. Currently she is the nursing president elect of the European Society of Pediatric and Neonatal Intensive Care (ESPNIC). She is also the vice chair of an NHS Research Ethics Committee and on the editorial board for Pediatric Critical Care Medicine Journal. Lyvonne currently supervises five PhD students.

Lyvonne is involved in 3 NIHR-funded studies, PUMA (Pediatric Early Warning Utilization and Mortality Avoidance), FEVER (A feasibility study of permissive temperature threshold for antipyretic intervention in critically ill children) and SANDWICH (A cluster stepped wedge trial of Sedation AND Ventilation Weaning in Children).

Invited Speakers

Dr. Celia Bradford
Intensivist Royal North Shore Hospital, New South Wales

Celia Bradford is an intensivist at Royal North Shore and Sydney Adventist Hospitals. She has an interest in Neurointensive Care and Renal Medicine. Her research has been in these areas. In addition, she writes for ‘The Bottom Line’, an online blog that reviews and critiques critical care literature and is interested in converting research findings into clinical practice. She is an advocate for women in Intensive Care and provides mentorship for aspiring Intensivists.

Dr. Jane Canestra

Dr Jane Canestra has an extensive background in emergency management. Qualified as an Emergency Physician, her most recent clinical appointment was as Deputy Director of Emergency Medicine at Peninsula Health. More recently Jane has worked for the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services in the areas of public health and emergency management. Her main expertise is in health sector emergency preparedness, especially for chemical, biological and radiological (CBR) hazards. Jane has contributed to many Victorian and Australian chemical, biological and radiological committees over nearly two decades, including membership of the CBRNe Technical Panel of the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee; the Radiation Health and Safety Advisory Council; and as Chair of the national writing group for the Australian Clinical Guidelines for Radiological Emergencies.

Cheryl Hiddleson
Director Emory eICU Centre
Emory Healthcare Inc.

Cheryl is the Director of the Emory eICU Center. Cheryl completed her Masters degree in Clinical Nurse Leadership from The University of Alabama in 2013. She is a member of The Society of Critical Care Medicine, The American Association of Critical Care Nurses, Georgia Nurses Association, American Telemedicine Association, and the Georgia Association of Nurse Leaders. She is also an active a member of Sigma Theta Tau International and a member of the Tele ICU steering committee for SCCM.

Cheryl joined Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital in 1991 and has held various positions including 18 years in the Medical Surgical ICU as the daily charge nurse, critical care resource nurse and Administrative Supervisor/Flow Coordinator before her current position. She has extensive experience related to critical care, patient logistics, and patient flow/throughput. Cheryl was directly responsible for the development of the Emory eICU Center and continues to have clinical and operational oversight of the program.

Cheryl has lead the implementation of an international program involving intercontinental delivery of tele critical care services for Emory eICU patients. She is committed to advancing innovative care delivery methods related to tele-ICU and telehealth nationally and internationally, to promote quality care for all patients regardless of location.

Dr. Anthony Holley
Senior Staff Intensivist
Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, Brisbane, Queensland
Commander, Royal Australian Navy Reserve

Anthony is an intensivist and emergency physician working at Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital in Queensland Australia as a senior staff specialist. He is a senior lecturer with the University of Queensland Medical School.
Anthony serves on the Australia New Zealand Intensive Care Society National Executive as the Honorary Treasurer, following on three and a half years as the Queensland ANZICS Chairman. He is also an examiner for the fellowship of the College of Intensive Care Medicine of Australia and New Zealand.

Anthony has authored six book chapters and 30 peer reviewed publications. He is the supervisor of intensive care training at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital and is an instructor for BASIC and EMST (ATLS). Anthony serves as a representative for the National Blood Authority Critical Care Group in developing the Australian Patient Blood Management Guidelines. Anthony is a Commander in the Royal Australian Navy Reserve and has deployed on numerous occasions, including to Afghanistan in 2012 and then again in 2013. He served in Taji, Iraq at the ANZAC Role 2E hospital in 2016.

Colonel Michael Reade
Director of Clinical Services, 2nd General Health Battalion and Defence Professor of Military Medicine and Surgery
Joint Health Command and University of Queensland

Colonel Reade is an intensivist and clinician scientist in the Australian Defence Force, seconded to UQ to lead a program of research relevant to military trauma medicine and to guide implementation of modern trauma care into ADF practice. He holds a DPhil in applied molecular biology from Oxford, and an MPH from the University of Pittsburgh focussed on clinical trials. He is the Director of Clinical Services of the Australian Regular Army’s only field hospital and has completed eight overseas operational deployments, most recently to Iraq in 2015 and 2016. His research interests are fluid resuscitation and coagulopathy in trauma, clinical trials of cryopreserved blood products and tranexamic acid, and the management of delirium. He holds >A$12M research grants, has published >100 papers and delivered >140 lectures.

Dr. Kathleen Thomas
CICM Advanced Trainee, Wollongong Hospital. NSW
Médecins Sans Frontières

Kathleen is an advanced trainee with the College of Intensive Care Medicine currently based at The Wollongong Hospital. In 2015 she joined Médecins Sans Frontières, and was sent to work as the ICU/ED supervisor of the Kunduz Trauma Centre in northern Afghanistan, a hospital which provided impartial emergency surgical care for victims of violent and accident trauma. Unfortunately this field placement ended prematurely on October 3 when the US Military bombed the hospital, killing 42 people including 14 of the hospital staff. Kathleen was inside the hospital at the time. After returning home from Afghanistan, Kathleen has been devastated by the growing trend of hospital attacks in conflict zones around the world. She now uses her own story to draw attention to, and advocate against, attacks on medical facilities worldwide.

Dr. Shane Townsend
Director, Complex-wide Adult Intensive Care
Mater Health Services, Brisbane, Queensland

Dr. Townsend is Director of Adult Intensive Care at Mater Health Services in Brisbane, Australia. He leads a 26 bed public and private facility accredited for advanced training in Intensive Care by the College of Intensive Care Medicine (CICM).

Dr. Townsend qualified in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine, commencing as a Consultant Intensivist in 1999 at The Prince Charles Hospital (Australia’s largest cardiothoracic centre). He was actively involved in the critical care of cardiac and pulmonary transplant patients and developed an interest in Intra-aortic Balloon Counter-pulsation and Ventricular Assist Devices. Subsequently he accepted a position as staff specialist at the Royal Melbourne Hospital in 2001. He returned to Brisbane in 2004 as Deputy Director and became Head of Department in 2010.

Recently, Dr. Townsend has completed an Executive MBA and is pursuing interests in medical administration and teaching. He is an Examiner for the CICM Primary and a member of the Queensland Intensive Care Training Program Oversight Committee.

Dr. Robert Wise
Head Clinical Unit Critical Care, Edendale Hospital
University of Kwazulu Natal, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa

Dr Rob Wise graduated from the University of Cape Town, South Africa, and worked both locally and abroad where he gained experience in a variety of disciplines. He specialised in Anaesthesiology, where he was also awarded a Masters in Medicine (Anaesthesiology, University of Kwazulu Natal). He then subspecialised in Critical Care Medicine and is currently completing a PhD. Working as the Head of Clinical Unit for Critical Care at Edendale Hospital, Pietermaritzburg (South Africa), he is also the current president of the Kwazulu Natal branch of the Critical Care Society of Southern Africa. Dr Wise currently sits as one of the executive members on the South African Peri-Operative Research Group and is also an ambassador for the World Society of Abdominal Compartment in South Africa. He has particular interests in intraabdominal hypertension, intravenous fluids, acute kidney injury, data collection/ systems management, professionalism in the workplace, and innovation in resource-poor areas. He has also led the “Saving Blood, Saving Lives Project” that has won both national and international awards. Other projects include establishing a South African national critical care database system, and broadening the exposure of a non-clinical professional skills development programme for young doctors and other healthcare professionals.

Dr Paul Young
Intensive Care Specialist
Wellington Hospital, New Zealand

Paul Young is an Intensive Care Specialist at Wellington Hospital and is actively involved in lots of clinical research. Despite only six years of clinical research experience Dr Young has established himself as a highly recognised figure in the field of clinical ICU research internationally. He has more than $25M of current research funding, and is involved in research collaborations with investigators from Australia, the UK, Canada, the USA, Italy, Scandinavia, and Brazil. He has more than 80 publications, including first author publications in the New England Journal of Medicine and JAMA. He an Associate Editor for Critical Care and Resuscitation.

Social Program

Welcome Reception

Delegates and exhibitors are invited to the Welcome Reception to be held in the Exhibition Hall of the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre. This is an opportunity for us to welcome you to the Conference and for you to meet and mingle with other participants.

Wednesday 11 October 2017
Halls 1 & 2, Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre
5.30pm – 7.00pm
Cost: Included in full meeting registration fee
Additional tickets: $85 per person
Dress: Smart Casual

Entry is by ticket only. Delegates must indicate their attendance in order to receive a ticket. Please indicate your intention to attend when registering for the ASM.

Thursday Party Night

Thursday 12 October 2017
Venue: TBA
7.30pm – late
Cost: Included in full meeting registration fee
Additional tickets: $140 per person
Dress: Smart Casual

Entry is by ticket only. Delegates must indicate their attendance in order to receive a ticket. Please indicate your intention to attend when registering for the ASM.

Gala Dinner

The social highlight and perfect end to the ASM. Enjoy some of Queensland’s finest food and beverages, while being entertained throughout the night!

Friday 13 October 2017
Arena 2, Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre
7.00pm – late
Cost: Included in full meeting registration fee
Additional tickets: $165 per person
Dress: Black Tie or Lounge Suit

Entry is by ticket only. Delegates must indicate their attendance in order to receive a ticket. Please indicate your intention to attend when registering for the ASM.

Optional Activities



One of the Gold Coast’s must-do attractions, Dreamworld offers hectares of thrill rides, variety shows and animal attractions. The theme park also encompasses Wiggles World, Tiger Island, Flow Rider, an Australian Wildlife Experience, AVPX Alien v Predator v YOU combat zone and the V8 Supercars Redline.

Dreamworld Parkway, Coomera, Gold Coast
Tel: +61 7 5588 1111

Paradise Country – Stockmen Show

Paradise Country is an Australian farm experience for all the family located on the Gold Coast right behind the theme parks Wet’n’Wild Water World and Warner Brothers Movie World. Watch the sheep shearing or the stock horses and sheep dog shows. Feed the chickens in the farmyard or get up close to the kangaroos and other wildlife. Enjoy a billy tea & damper and then sit down to an Aussie BBQ lunch. You can experience the Australian outback way of life all just 30 minutes from the Gold Coast.

Pacific Motorway, Oxenford, Gold Coast
Bookings and Information: 13 33 86

Sea World

A marine wildlife extravaganza, Sea World allows you to get up close and personal with polar bears, seals, dolphins and even sharks. Rides and attractions include Polar Beach Shores, Waterski Wipeout show, Sesame Street Beach, Cartoon Network Beach and the 4D animated Planet SOS environmental experience.

Seaworld Dr, Main Beach, Gold Coast
Bookings and Information: 13 33 86

Warner Brothers Movie World

Renowned as Hollywood on the Gold Coast, Warner Bros. Movie World is an experience like no other offering a thrilling range of rides and attractions from all of your favourite movies. Whether it’s the high speed Superman Escape, DreamWorks Shrek 4D Adventure, Lethal Weapon, Wild West Falls or Scooby Doo Spooky Coaster there’s a fun and exciting adventure just for you.

Pacific Motorway, Oxenford, Gold Coast
Bookings and Information: 13 33 86 

Wet n Wild Water World

Australia’s premier water park, Wet n Wild Water World is a splashtacular day of slip and slide fun. Attractions range from the relaxing Calypso Beach and children’s Buccaneer Bay to the Giant Wave Pool, one of the first wet roller coasters in the world and the high speed Whirlpool all patrolled by lifeguards.

Pacific Motorway, Oxenford, Gold Coast
Bookings and Information: 13 33 86

WhiteWater World

The world’s most advanced water park, WhiteWater World adjoins Dreamworld and offers some of the most cutting edge water based attractions. Fun for all ages Wiggle Bay offers an Aussie beach haven while The Wedgie offers a power slide and plenty of adrenaline pumping thrills, spills and extreme slides.

Dreamworld Parkway, Coomera, Gold Coast
Tel: 1800 073 300

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

Amazing Australian wildlife, you can cuddle a koala; feed a friendly kangaroo, experience the wild lorikeet feeding, free-flight bird show and Australiana sheep shearing. Witness Aboriginal presenters perform didgeridoo and dancers shows, test your physical ability on the Adventure Parc High Ropes Course, an exhilarating 80 challenge tree-tops ropes course, let the kids loose on Wild Island, the fun-filled outdoor adventure playground and see their wonderful vets in action within the Wildlife Hospital precinct.

There is nothing like holding a koala and feeding the kangaroos at the Gold Coast’s first and most loved major tourist attraction!

Gold Coast Highway, Corner of Tomewin Street, Currumbin, Gold Coast
Tel: +61 7 5534 1266



Tree Top Walkway

O’Reilly’s Tree Top Walk allows you to walk through a canopy of flowering and fruiting trees covered by vines whilst you explore the epiphytic orchids and ferns surrounded by the many birds and animals that inhabit the tree tops.

The Tree Top Walk, was the first of its kind in Australia, is 180 metres in length and is made up of nine suspension bridges, with much of the walkway being 15 metres above the ground. Profiles depicting the rainforest flora close by have been placed along the walkway to assist visitors in identifying the plants in the immediate vicinity. Two observation decks have been constructed in a Strangler Fig above the walk way, the highest one being 30 metres (approximately 110 feet) above the ground.

The Tree Top Walk is a unique and innovative structure that gives visitors what can only be described as an exhilarating experience – a chance to observe life in the rainforest canopy at close range for the first time in their lives.

Free of charge and there is no age or height restrictions for this activity. However, parental guidance of young children during the climbing aspect of the activity is recommended.

Lamington National Park
Green Mountains Section, Canungra

Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk

Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk is a one and a half kilometre rainforest walking experience which inlcudes the Skywalk Bridge (steel-structured), the 40 metre Skywalk Cantilever (steel-structured) and the Cedar Creek Viewing Platform, joined by a winding pathway along the canopy floor.

Accessible directly from the Eco centre, the walk showcases the pristine beauty of the lush rainforest in a safe and exciting way. The whole experience takes approximately 45 minutes at a leisurely pace and begins and ends at the main centre. The main centre includes, the Eco Centre, bus parking, gift shop, cafe and toilets.

Located in the beautiful Gold Coast Hinterland, the Skywalk is 45 minutes from Surfers Paradise and 60 minutes from Brisbane International Airport.

333 Geissmann Drive, Tamborine Mountain Road, North Tamborine, Gold Coast
Tel:  +61 7 5545 2222

Burleigh Heads National Park

A wild, natural headland in the heart of the Gold Coast offers walks along the rocky foreshore and through rainforest, and the chance to see whales in spring and sea-eagles soaring along the coast. At Burleigh Head, where ancient volcanic columns meet the sea, this park features rainforest, eucalypt forest, pandanus groves, tussock grassland, coastal heath and mangroves. Its northern side is one of Australia’s most famous surfing point breaks.

Walk the Ocean view walk around the rocky headland from Tallebudgera Creek and look at the tumbled masses of six-sided basalt columns. Explore the Rainforest circuit, wandering through a living museum of plants, and watch for humpback whales from Tumgun lookout in winter and spring. See Australian brush-turkey nesting mounds, seabirds and water dragons. Picnic on Burleigh foreshore or relax on Echo Beach.

Goodwin Terrace, Burleigh Heads, Gold Coast

Tamborine Mountain Glow Worm Caves

Tamborine Mountain Glow Worm Caves are located at Cedar Creek Estate. Come underground on a journey through the spectacular man-made caves!

The caves consist of two large chambers interlinked by tunnels. The first chamber is the “presentation cave”, where you will be shown an audiovisual display on glow-worms and the construction of the caves. This chamber is complete with very realistic formations (speleothems), such as stalagmites and stalactites, water features and flow stone. From this stunning cave, you will be guided through the magical “glow-worm cave”, filled with thousands of glowing glow-worms! The experience is one you have to see to believe!

104 – 144 Hartley Road, North Tamborine, Gold Coast
Tel: +61 7 5545 1666


Whales in Paradise – Gold Coast Whale Watching Pty Ltd

Gold Coast Whale Watching with Whales in Paradise. Whales in Paradise are the original Gold Coast Whale Watching company and the only whale watch operation whose cruises depart from the heart of the Gold Coast in central Surfers Paradise.

The crew have a combined whale watch experience of over 15 years and are dedicated to providing their guests the closest Gold Coast Whale Watching encounter possible. The vessels are purpose built and specifically selected for whale watching. They are modern, large and spacious with Whale and Dolphin friendly design features. This provides guests with the ultimate uncrowded Gold Coast Whale Watching experience.

Whales in Paradise boats a 100 per cent Daily Sightings Record (Guaranteed Whale Sightings or Free Return Cruise). Enjoy the small groups and personalised services that they have to offer. Included is a scenic route through the Gold Coast Waterways, valued at AUD45.00, where you can see the homes of the rich and the famous with commentary.

The water level viewing deck provides the closest whale watching experience. Walk around the decks, where there is a guaranteed railside position – perfect for photos.

23 Ferny Ave, Surfers Paradise
Tel: +61 7 5538 2111

Hot Air Balloon Gold Coast

Don’t miss out and book well in advance this is Australia’s most popular balloon ride with a delicious champagne breakfast at O’Reilly’s Vineyard Grand Homestead and free wine tasting at Canungra Valley Vineyard plus included in each ticket are door to door transfers from anywhere in Surfers Paradise, Broadbeach, Main Beach, that’s hundreds of Gold Coast accommodation meeting spots.

Watch the sun rise over the rolling hills of the majestic Gold Coast Hinterland; enjoy sweeping views of Tamborine Mountain and Lamington National Park. To the east see the shimmering tall towers of Gold Coast city, impressive spires against the sparkling blue of the Pacific Ocean.

Balloon pack up games then afterwards, enjoy a delicious hot breakfast in the gracious ambience of O’Reilly s Vineyard’s historic Grand Homestead with its high ceilings and wide relaxing verandas, with a full selection of hot and cold breakfast choices with a glass of crisp, cold sparkling wine. Stroll the gardens or wander the Vineyard and enjoy a visit and free wine tasting at the Canungra Valley Vineyard Cellar Door.

23 Ferny Avenue, Surfers Paradise
Tel: 1300 766 887

Australian Sunset Safaris

Picture yourself travelling in a four-wheel drive bus along Fraser Island’s beaches and rainforest tracks, swimming in a crystal clear lake with a white sandy bottom. Or how about paddling in a completely transparent kayak over sunken Moreton Island ship wrecks, seeing an abundance of fish and colourful coral through the bottom of your kayak? Or maybe picture yourself stepping off a beautiful coral cay into turquoise water, snorkelling through mazes of brightly coloured coral, seeing big sea turtles swimming slowly by as you laze in the beautiful warm water of a coral lagoon.

Australian Sunset Safaris operate from the Gold Coast, Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast. They offer adventure tours to some of the most prestigious natural attractions in Queensland, ranging from one to six day adventure package tours.

101 Eurong Resort, Fraser Island
Tel: 1300 553 606

Southern Cross Day Tours Gold Coast

Southern Cross Day Tours offers small group luxury tours from Gold Coast to various destinations including Mount Tamborine, Springbrook, Lamington National Park. Experience the Tamborine Skywalk, Glow Worm Caves, Waterfalls, Breweries, Cheese factories, Wild Bird feeding, Wineries, Nocturnal Wildlife and more.

All tours are in maximum group size of 16 passengers and offer hotel pick up, free on board wifi, full commentary with a local guide. Their tours are suited for all ages. They carry all permits to National Parks and can customise for small to large family groups.

5a/3078 Surfers Paradise Blvd, Surfers Paradise
Tel:  1300 762 665

IFly Indoor Skydiving

Have you ever dreamt of flying? Whether you’re three or 103, iFLY Indoor Skydiving makes the dream of flight a reality.

iFLY is not just a thrill ride, but is the latest thing in action sports. Simply lean forward inside their glass tunnel into a column of air and float effortlessly into flight guided by their fully qualified instructors.

Indoor Skydiving is safe for kids, challenging for adults, exciting for teens and realistic for skydivers. At a fraction of the cost of an outdoor skydive, and their all-round glass flight chamber, Indoor Skydiving is the perfect activity for the whole family!

Based in the heart of Surfers Paradise, iFLY Gold Coast is walking distance from all major accommodation, bars and restaurants. They are open seven days all year round Sunday through Thursday 9am to 10.30pm and Friday through Saturday 9am to 11.30pm. They have a free viewing gallery so come and check them out. Bookings are recommended so you don’t miss out as they get super busy!

3084 Surfers Paradise Boulevard, Surfers Paradise
Tel: 1300 366 364