Sensational Sydney experiences

All optional activities are open to both delegates and their partners and family. This year our activities will be shared with RACS. To secure your place, bookings must be received by Friday April 6.  Any bookings after this date are subject to availability. All prices are quoted in Australian dollars and include GST. 

Please note the tour cancellation policy:
Bookings cancelled four weeks prior to the ASM attract a 50 per cent cancellation fee.
Bookings cancelled within five days of the ASM will receive no refund.
All activities are subject to cancellation unless minimum numbers are met.
No shows will receive no refund.

OA01: Private BridgeClimb express and canapés with a one-of-a-kind view

Monday May 7
Cost: $A380

Transportation: Make your own way to BridgeClimb Sydney Climb Base, 3 Cumberland St, The Rocks
Minimum participants: Six
Maximum participants: Six

One of Sydney’s most iconic experiences, this climb allows you to take a unique route to the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, with a series of gourmet canapés to enjoy alongside the glittering views.

Note: Please ensure you have read the pre-climb checklist before booking as no refunds will be granted once booking has been placed. You can find the details here.

OA02 and OA16: Sydney with conviction walking tour

Monday May 7 and Thursday May 10
Cost: $A55

Meeting point: Depart from the International Convention Centre with a tour guide
Minimum participants: Four
Maximum participants: 10

Explore all the city icons like The Rocks, Sydney Harbour Bridge, and the Sydney Opera House, in a way most tourists don’t. You will take the least-walked path on this Sydney walking tour and meander through this fascinating city’s tumultuous history and into the modern day.  This historic Sydney walk will introduce you to the old and new of Sydney, walk past Cadman’s Cottage the oldest building in Australia, under the Harbour Bridge and along the newest development in the City, Baranargoo. Take a stroll down Argyle Place, Nurses Walk and other ‘must do’ sights such as Customs House and the Sydney Opera House all with a local guide to show you the bits you’d miss on your own! This Sydney tour is a warts and all account of the birth of modern Australia and the legacies left from decisions made and the people who made them: those who won, those who lost, and everyone in between. Factual, funny, irreverent, and anecdotal – this Sydney walking tour is a great local experience packed full of Sydney history!

OA03 and OA13: Yoga

Tuesday May 8 and Thursday May 10
Cost: $A25

Location: International Convention Centre Sydney
Minimum participants: Five
Maximum participants: 10
Notes:  Mats will be provided for the session.  Please bring your own towel.

This early morning yoga session will use body and breath practices to help you reconnect with what really matters, that state of being at restful ease in your own skin. The one-hour session will be a dynamic vinyasa flow style class, connecting breath and movement to energise the body and calm the mind. Suitable for all levels. It will be facilitated by Dr Andrea Binks, a Wollongong anaesthetist and yoga instructor.

OA04: Koala breakfast at WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo

Tuesday May 8
Cost: $A62 per adult and $A50 per child

Meeting point: Depart from the International Convention Centre and walk to SEA Life
Location: 1-5 Wheat Rd, Darling Harbour
Minimum participants: Five
Maximum participants: 10
Note: Children under three years old are free.

WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo offers the unique opportunity to meet our iconic Australian koalas, while enjoying a hot breakfast in a bush garden setting. Guests will have the chance to escape the morning crowds for a highlights tour of Sydney Zoo to see the animals at their most active time. The tour is then followed by a delicious breakfast in the company of koalas, an informative koala talk, as well as a photo opportunity with the chance get up closed and take pictures with our furry koala friends.

OA05: Captain Cook top deck lunch & harbour cruise

Tuesday May 8
Cost: $A85 per adult and $A55 per child (4-15years)

Transportation: please make your own way by noon to Darling Harbour King St Wharf No.1
Minimum participants: Five
Maximum participants: 25
Note: Delegates can walk to this pier for their cruise. Please ensure to board at 11.45am for strict sailing departure at noon.

Created for the locals and visitors, this cruise offers an exceptional cruising restaurant experience. The menu is premium à la carte and served on the upper restaurant deck of MV Sydney 2000 with sensational views of Sydney. Guests can choose their favourite two courses. An entrée and main, a main and dessert, two entrées, or two desserts. Additional desserts can be purchased on board. Espresso coffees and specialty teas are available for purchase but not included.

OA06: Fundraising run, Indigenous Marathon Project

Wednesday May 9
Complimentary, though delegates are encouraged to make a donation to the Indigenous Marathon Project (IMP) To make a donation please visit the IMP fundraising page.

Meeting point: The meeting point will be at the International Convention Centre.Complimentary, though delegates are encouraged to make a donation to the Indigenous Marathon Project (IMP). To make a donation please visit the IMP fundraising page.

The inaugural ASM and ASC Run for a Cause. What better venue for a morning run than around Sydney Harbour? Please pack your running shoes, set your alarm clocks and dig deep to support the Indigenous Marathon Project (IMP) at our inaugural ASM charity fun run. The event will cater to runners of all abilities, with 5km runners enjoying a turnaround at the picturesque Barangaroo Reserve and 10km runners winding their way under the Harbour Bridge to bustling Circular Quay. Inter-College rivalries will be mostly kept at bay by our event ambassador and lead runner, two-time Olympian, fastest ever Australian over 10km and founder of, Ben St Lawrence. Run Crew offers specific, personalised coaching for every runner. Regardless of your experience or speed, and covering target races from 800m through to ultras, Run Crew is committed to giving runners of all abilities the opportunity to perform at their best. Our coaching covers all areas of training and preparation, with attention to detail usually reserved for the elite.

The run will be followed by a light refuelling breakfast back at the Convention Centre where shower facilities are available to those looking to freshen up for the day. Entry is free and encourage a donation be made to our charity, the Indigenous Marathon Foundation. To donate please visit our fundraising page.

The vision of the IMP is to promote healthy lifestyles to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people through mentoring young indigenous men and women to compete at the New York Marathon. More inspirational information can be found on their website.

OA07: Exclusive behind-the-scenes Sydney Fish Markets tour including a cooked seafood breakfast!

Wednesday May 9
Cost: $A87

Transportation: Please make your own way to Sydney Fish Markets for a 7am start
Location: Bank St and Pyrmont Bridge Road, Sydney
Minimum participants: Eight
Maximum participants: 12

Sydney Fish Market is the largest market of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere and the third largest seafood market in terms of variety in the world. Approximately 2,700 crates (around 50-55 tonnes) of the freshest possible seafood is auctioned each day through the computerised Dutch auction system.  The incredible variety of seafood is sourced from individual fishermen, co-ops, fishing businesses and aquaculture farms in Australia, New Zealand and the Asia-Pacific Region with over 100 species available to buyers daily. During our tour you will all be involved in selecting the freshest seafood which our chef will cook and prepare for your seafood breakfast banquet!

Note: Minimum age is ten years old. Please ensure to wear closed toe shoes. If you arrive in open shoes e.g. thongs or open toed sandals you will be refused on the tour and refunds cannot be given.

OA08: Golf – cancelled
OA09: Best of the best whisky tasting with canapes

Wednesday May 9
Cost: $A135

Transportation: Make your own way to the venue
Location: Eau de Vie, 229 Darlinghurst Road, Darlinghurst
Minimum participants: Six
Maximum participants: 12

For the guy or gal who has everything!  You will get a chance to look at whiskies that have won huge awards or gained international recognition from scoring extremely high on the professionals score cards.  With the current and volatile nature of rare whiskey, these selections are based on what can currently be sourced, smuggled or shipped via friends in the know. There will be 5 x 15ml tastes during the two hours.  During your tasting you will also enjoy a selection of canapes from Oysters to Chocolates.  Rest assured whatever you taste will make you the envy of anyone not there.

OA10: Sparkling wine and dessert at Lot.1 Sydney

Wednesday May 9
Cost: $A110 per adult, $A99 per child

Transportation: Please make your own way to the venue
Location: Lot.1, 18-20 York St, Sydney
Minimum participants: Four
Maximum participants: 15

Take your tastebuds on the sweetest of journeys with a sparkling wine and dessert pairing at Sydney’s elegant LOT.1. Enjoy five indulgent desserts carefully matched with gorgeous sparkling wines in an experience designed to invigorate your palate! Along with impeccable service, enjoy expert explanations about the pairings, including information on the wines, dessert ingredients and flavours, from your host. Caters to special dietary requests.

Note:  No child restrictions at this event. They will have sparkling fruit drinks instead of sparkling wine, at the same cost.  Please ensure to dress smart with closed shoes, no thongs.

OA11: Photography workshop – part one

Wednesday May 9
Time: 4-8.30pm
Cost: Free of charge

Meeting point: International Convention Centre Sydney where the delegates will gather and walk down to local landmarks
Minimum participants: Two
Maximum participants: Four
Notes: You are required to bring own camera with manual settings, and a tripod is advantageous.

This is not so much an instructional workshop, but an opportunity for like-minded amateur photographers to shoot landscapes, sharing techniques and compositions, facilitated by Desmond Chu, a Sydney anaesthetist and passionate photographer. Take part in shooting reflections of the developing Sydney cityscape at dusk across Barangaroo and Darling Harbour. We will aim to end the shoot by 7:30pm. An informal dinner somewhere close by to follow and share our experiences and photos. The cost for the dinner will be additional.

OA12: Photography workshop - part two

Thursday May 10
Time: 5.30-8.30am
Cost: Free of charge

Transportation: The meeting point will be at Mahon ocean pool, Maroubra at 5:30am. Participants will need to make their own way there (can arrange transportation with other participants).
Minimum participants: Two
Maximum participants: Five
Notes: You are required to bring own camera with manual settings, and a tripod is advantageous.

Join the friends made yesterday to capture Sydney’s spectacular at sunrise at Mahon ocean pool, Maroubra. Mahon ocean pool offers many creative photographic opportunities, whether waves crashing over rock platforms, the sun rising on the horizon, or the reflective pool itself. Again not so much an instructive workshop, it is another opportunity for like-minded hobbyist photographers to share their passion at any level. We will end with breakfast in a local cafe before returning to the ICC for the day’s conference. It will be facilitated by Desmond Chu, a Sydney anaesthetist and photographer. The cost for the breakfast will be additional cost.

OA14: Brett Whiteley Art Studio tour

Thursday, May 10
Cost: $A50

Transportation: please make your own way to the studio, 2 Raper Street, Surry Hills, Sydney
Minimum participants: Seven
Maximum participants: Seven
Note: Cameras are fine but no flash permitted.  No food or drink.  Children can join the tour but must be supervised at all times.

Sydney’s best kept secret, the Brett Whiteley Studio was the workplace and home of Australian artist, Brett Whiteley (1939–92). The artist bought the former warehouse in 1985 and converted it into a studio and exhibition space. He lived there from 1987 to 1992, the year he died in Thirroul.  You will have a unique opportunity to experience the atmosphere of the space – the studio with his unfinished paintings, art equipment and collections of reference books, and the graffiti wall covered with quotes and images. The living area has memorabilia such as photographs, objects, postcards, furniture, his music collection and sketchbooks. The gallery has changing exhibitions of the artist’s works: paintings, drawings, sculpture and graphics borrowed from the Whiteley estate, Art Gallery of New South Wales and private collections.

OA15: Sydney Opera House backstage tour

Thursday, May 10
Cost: $A169

Transportation: Please make your own way to Sydney Opera House. Departs from Stage Door – early morning tour only
Minimum participants: Six
Maximum participants: Six
Notes: Please note that any children attending must be at least 10 years old. You must wear enclosed shoes. No large bags are allowed. It will start at 6.45am with an experienced guide and will include hot breakfast.

Sweep back the curtains and explore behind-the-scenes on this intimate small-group Backstage Tour. Enjoy breakfast in the exclusive domain of performers, journey through rehearsal spaces not open to the public, and be tantalised with insider secrets from an expert guides.

OA17: Royal Botanical Garden tour with Sophie Thomson, ABC’s Gardening Australia presenter

Thursday May 10, 2018
Cost: $A142

Transportation: Please make your own way to the Botanical Gardens. Mrs Macquaries Road, Sydney
Minimum participants: Seven
Maximum participants: 15
Note: Please bring water and weather-appropriate clothing.

Personalised tour of the Royal Botanical Garden, with Sophie Thomson, the presenter of the ABC’s Gardening Australia and writer for the Gardening Australia Magazine, Sunday Mail and the Weekender Herald. Everyone on this tour will received a personally signed copy of her new book being published in time for Mother’s Day May 2018.

OA18: Cycle Sydney (even over the Harbour Bridge)

Friday May 11, 2018
Cost: $A131

Meeting point: Make your own way to Bonza Bike Tours, 30 Harrington Street, The Rocks
Minimum participants: Two
Maximum participants: Four
Notes:  This guided tour includes the hire of a super-comfortable bicycle with helmet, poncho (if needed), small bicycle-mounted bag for personal items, and secure bag storage at our premises whilst you are touring. There will be a morning tea stop in the middle of the tour (at your own expense). Child bikes, baby seats, and trail-alongs are also available.

The Sydney Classic is our most popular guided bike tour. It’s an easy ride through parks, along the harbour, and past all of Sydney’s iconic sites. You’ll get to ride on the world famous Sydney Harbour Bridge and relax in one of Sydney’s oldest pubs…it’s the one tour in Sydney that shows a little bit of everything along the way!

OA19: Coogee to Bondi walking tour

Friday May 11, 2018
Cost: $A120

Transportation: The bus will pick up and return delegates to the International Convention Centre
Minimum participants: Five
Maximum participants: 10
Note: Please wear comfortable clothing and walking shoes.

Discover Aussie beach culture and expansive ocean views on a guided Coogee to Bondi walk. Highlights include ocean views, towering sandstone cliffs, crashing waves, and golden beaches such as the world-famous Bondi. You might even get a selfie with the Bondi Rescue crew!