TAS Technical & Social Weekend November 2023

Tasmania Branch
24 - 26 November 2023 | Join the IQA TAS Branch for an informative and entertaining 'Technical & Social Weekend'.

Technical and Social Weekend | 24th November - 26th November 2023

Get in early and book your accommodation for what will be a great Technical & Social Weekend. 

Secure your accommodation directly with the venue. Preliminary “hold only” accommodation for our weekend in November. Once again a cabin/caravan park to allow members to use their own mobile accommodation.

Accommodation is "hold only" only and we now need to confirm numbers, rooms, etc. Accommodation MUST be booked direct immediately- it will not be held!

Choice of self-contained cabins, powered sites suitable for caravans or motor homes. All at the one venue. 

Early Booking is Recommended!
5% discount for IQA attendees - mention the Institute of Quarrying (IQA) when you book to receive the discounted rates listed below. 

Please also email John Stanton ([email protected]) your attendance and numbers so that he can arrange the tour/dinner, etc. 

Swansea Holiday Park-2 Bridge St Swansea Tas 7190
P: 03 62578148
Email: [email protected]
Check website here for further details.

Accommodation options include: 

  • Powered/water sites - suitable for caravan and motor homes, up to 4 adults | $48 per night | Additional guests $10 per night, max 8 people per site. 
  • Cabins Select from: 
    • 1 bedroom cabins - 1 double bed | $165.00 per night
    • 2 bedroom cabin - 1 double and 1 queen bed | $195.00 per night 
    • 2 bedroom cabin -  1 double and 1 single bed |  $185.00 per night
    • 2 bedroom cabin - 1 queen and 1 one set of bunk beds | $210.00 per night
    • 2 bedroom cabins - 1 double bed, two bunk beds | $230.00 per night

All cabins have: 1 bathroom, kitchenette, living and dining space including sofa



Friday 24th November: 
Arrival & Check in at the park
Dinner is at your leisure. If you are looking to dine out we recommend The Waterloo Hotel, Saltshaker Cafe or The Bark Mill Tavern. 

Saturday 25th November: 
Breakfast: self catered
Saturday tour: 8:45am for 9:00am Departure 
The full program is still in the planning stage, we will provide further details once confirmed. 
The day will likely include: 

  • Ron Bugg talks rocks
  • Professor Pinner talks history
  • Visit to Swamsea Museum, Spiky Bridge, Wineries, Historic Sandstone Quarry (Orford), Tasman Sea Salt, Lisdillon, Elphinstone Trailers and more. 

Lunch: Winery or pub somewhere | Costs TBA 

Saturday night: 
7:00pm Group Dinner 
Cost: TBA 
Location: TBA, likely Saltshaker or Waterloo
Please advise dietary requirements. 

Sunday 26th November (Optional): 
Day trip to Maria Island
Ferry (return): $52.00 per adult, 42.00 per concession or $32 per child
Bike Hire on the island is available, bookings must be made in advance
If you are interested in the day trip please email John Stanton for further details. 

Other Information: 

Getting there: 
From Interstate, choice of airports
Fly into Hobart Airport | approx. 1hr 34 min, 120km via Great Eastern Drive 
Fly into Launceston | approx. 1hr 31 min 122km via Campbell Town/ Lake Leake Highway 

What to Bring: 
Sturdy footwear, Jacket, warm weather clothing, etc. and sun protection for variable weather

Tour Guide: 
Ron Bugg | Education Officer | TAS Minerals Council, extraordinary sailor and old time Geologist
Professor Shane Pinner | Tour Guide, Admiral (in training)
Dugald Grey | Quiz Master/Geologist

Code of Conduct: 
We ask that you adhere to the IQA Competition and Consumer Protection Protocols, and Code of Conduct. The IQA takes no responsibility for Non IQA events or actions beyond our control.

Please RSVP with required information by answering questions in the registration process.  Please also advise John Stanton ([email protected]) of booked accommodation so numbers can be tracked.

24/11/2023 6:00 PM - 26/11/2023 6:00 PM
Tasmania Daylight Time
Swansea Holiday Park 2 Bridge St Swansea, TAS 7190 AUSTRALIA

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