WATOC 2008

Congress Social Programme

Sunday September 14, 2008

Welcome Reception (Book through the registration procedure.)

5:30 pm Congress Welcome Reception, Sydney Convention Centre

This provides a great opportunity to meet up with other Congress participants.

Included for participants, $66 for accompanying persons.

Wednesday September 17, 2008

Book through Tour Options section.

Please note that maximum numbers apply, so book early.

Congress Excursions

1:30 pm Sydney Harbour Seafood Lunch Cruise

Enjoy stunning harbour views, a comprehensive commentary and a delicious seafood buffet lunch. Unlimited wine, beer and soft drinks included. Tour returns at approximately 4:40 pm.

$79 for participants or accompanying persons.


1:45 pm City Highlights and Bondi Beach Bus Tour

Depart Darling Harbour, pass through the historical Rocks area and Circular Quay as your driver/guide points out and tells you about the history and significance of the areas. You will have the opportunity to view the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge from Mrs Macquarie's Chair, a chair specially designed for the governor's wife to look out over the harbour. You will then travel through Chinatown, Kings Cross and Double Bay before stopping at "The Gap", the heads of the Harbour, for photo opportunities. You will then travel to Bondi Beach to visit the beachfront promenade, see bronzed Aussie lifesavers & one of Sydney's favourite panoramic views. Enjoy a coffee or cool drink (at own cost). Tour returns at approximately 5:45 pm.

$22 for participants or accompanying persons.


1:30 pm Discover Sydney's Sights, History and Modern Secrets Walking Tour

This 3-hour private walking tour of Sydney with English-speaking guide will commence with a ferry ride from the Sydney Convention Centre to Circular Quay. You'll see where the plague ran rampant in The Rocks, visit the Rocks Discovery Museum, see the Sydney Harbour Bridge, discover the modern dramas of the Opera House, hear of the World War II battle in Sydney harbour, visit the site where Mission Impossible II was filmed, walk through Sydney's Royal Botanic Gardens, unravel the tales of Sydney eccentrics, and more. Tour returns at approximately 5:30 pm.

$29 for participants or accompanying persons.

A Night at the Opera

Book through Tour Options section; maximum numbers apply, so book early.

7:30 pm Opera Theatre, Sydney Opera House, Circular Quay

The Pearlfishers – Composer: Bizet

The Sydney Opera House is considered by many to be one of the wonders of the modern world and the perfect location to enjoy this intricate and visually captivating production. Created by Ann-Margret Pettersson, The Pearlfishers casts a knowing light on the nineteenth-century imaginings of ancient Ceylon.

Sung in French with English surtitles.

$99 (C Reserve), $132 (B Reserve), $187 (A Reserve) or $237 (Premium Reserve)

Book EARLY to avoid disappointment.

Thursday September 18, 2008

Congress Banquet (Book through the Registration procedure.)

7:00 pm Dockside, Darling Harbour

Don't miss the official Congress Banquet at Dockside. This picturesque setting, combined with excellent food, wines and entertainment will ensure a memorable evening for everyone.

$99 for participants or accompanying persons.