Technical Tours

Australia is a vast country and access to some of Australia’s agricultural regions is remote and requires considerable travel time with limited flights available. Delegates interested in participating in post-congress technical tours are requested to express an interest in the proposed tours recognising the indicative costs associated with delivering these tours. Based on delegate interest, the organisers will decide early in 2022 on the viability of these tours.

Langhorne Creek – Water, Wine & Wetlands

Departs: Adelaide, South Australia
Duration: 1 Day

Picked up from Adelaide, we drive through the Adelaide Hills to the upper reaches of the Bremer River and follow it down to Langhorne Creek. While in and around Langhorne Creek you will hear about (and see) vineyards growing on the floodplain utilising natural flooding, see migratory and local birds on a Ramsar Wetland and visit Bleasdale Winery to see the Heritage Irrigation structure there and enjoy lunch and a glass or two of the local wines. Morning tea and lunch included..

Indicative Cost: $160 AUD per person 

www.langhornecreek.com/visit-langhorne-creek

https://www.epa.sa.gov.au/environmental_info/water_quality/water_quality_monitoring/adelaide_desalination_plant

Adelaide Desalination Plant, Willunga Basin Water and McLaren Vale Wastewater Irrigation

Departs: Adelaide, South Australia
Duration: 5 hours

A key component of the approach to diversify Adelaide’s water supplies in response to the Millennium Drought has included the construction of a climate independent water supply in the form of the Adelaide Desalination Plan and the further development wastewater recycling for viticulture.

This site visit will tour the Adelaide Desalination Plant, the Willunga Basin Water company and viticulture activity in the McLaren Vale wine region.

Goolwa – Where the Murray meets the Sea

Departs: Adelaide, South Australia
Duration: 1 day

Picked up from Adelaide, we drive through the Adelaide Hills to the riverport of Goolwa. There you will see the system of barrages separating the Lakes from the sea, ride on a paddle steamer and enjoy a tour across the barrier islands at the Murray Mouth. Being in a Ramsar Wetlands area there is abundant birdlife and an opportunity to see birds which have migrated from the northern hemisphere. Morning tea and lunch included.

Indicative Cost: $160 AUD per person

https://southaustralia.com/destinations/fleurieu-peninsula/places/goolwa 

www.tonsley.com.au

Adelaide Airport, Oaklands Stormwater Harvesting Project and Tonsley Innovation Precinct

Departs: Adelaide, South Australia
Duration: 5 hours

A key component of the approach to diversify Adelaide’s water supplies in response to the Millennium Drought has been the development of a number of large scale stormwater harvesting projects across the city since 2010.

 

This site visit will tour stormwater harvesting infrastructure in the south west of Adelaide at the Adelaide Airport and Oaklands stormwater projects and see how this alternative water is being used to cool the airport grounds, irrigate public open space and used as a sustainable additional water supply across the Tonsley Innovation precinct.

Northern Adelaide Irrigation Scheme and Salisbury Stormwater Harvesting

Departs: Adelaide, South Australia
Duration: 1 Day

The Northern Adelaide Plains is the largest undercover irrigation region in Australia, is home of the first commercial scale wastewater recycling initiative in Australia (Virginia Pipeline Scheme) and has been a catalyst for the large scale uptake of stormwater harvesting infrastructure across Adelaide over the last two decades.

This site visit will tour the infrastructure of the Northern Adelaide Irrigation Scheme and Salisbury Water to see how these alternative water sources are capture and treated.  The tour will then show how this water is used to support green space, commercial water demands and high value horticulture across the region.

Lightsview Grape Harvest Virginia

www.colyirr.com.au

https://riverinamurray.com.au

Regional NSW incorporating Murrumbidgee and Colleambally Irrigation (modernised channel systems), environmental watering

Departs: Sydney, New South Wales
Travel: Delegates to make their own travel arranagements from Adelaide to Sydney. 
Duration: 2 days, 1 night

The NSW Riverina exhibits a huge range of established irrigated and dryland rural enterprises with a myriad of products, generating enormous wealth and utilising a wide range of irrigation technologies.

This tour will include broadacre cropping areas where cotton, rice,  maize and other crops are grown on large scale.  Set in a uniquely Australian landscape, this region exhibits irrigation and farming which have come as a result of the area being developed as an irrigation district, with the implementation of diversion weirs and channel distribution networks.

Indicative Cost: $1,500 AUD per person

Western Australia - Dairy Farming / Orchards / Truffles and Vineyards

Departs: Perth, Western Australia
Travel: Delegates to make their own travel arranagements from Adelaide to Perth
Duration: 3 days, 2 nights

Western Australia will be on display with this South West tour showcasing various irrigation concepts in dairy farming and citrus growing in the Harvey region, including overnight stops in Pemberton and Bunbury.

Participants can expect a scenic tour throughout the states South West with stops at a Truffle Farm, visits to local growers and a beautiful winery lunch including a vineyard tour to learn about irrigation practices in the world famous Margaret River wine region. 

Return transport will be provided from Perth, participants will be required to arrange their own flights to Perth from Adelaide. 

Indicative Cost: $1,800 AUD per person 

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Northern Victoria Tour

Departs: Melbourne, Victoria
TravelDelegates to make their own travel arranagements from Adelaide to Melbourne. 
Duration: 3 Days, 2 Nights 

Tour commences a visit to Eildon Dam at the upper reaches of the Goulburn River then a trip along the Goulburn River to the Heritage Listed Goulburn Weir at Nagambie to discuss the dissemination of water both east and west to allow Irrigated Agriculture development of the Goulburn Murray Irrigation District where water is stored and diverted to the extensive Goulburn Murray Water channels system. The tour includes a tour of the modernised irrigation and drainage system, considering the newly updated system and the challenges it had to overcome in changing the system from manually operated structures to new automatically controlled system. Visits to some of the local farming enterprises diary, horticulture and irrigated cropping as well as the Goulburn and Murray Rivers, stop overs in Shepparton and then Echuca before returning to Melbourne for travel home.