Functions & Tours


Accompanying Persons Program

The official conference opening will be at 9.00 am at the Hotel Grand Chancellor on Monday 21 January 2019 and the conference will conclude with a dinner on the evening of Wednesday 23 January 2019 at MONA.

Saturday 19 January – Registration
Conference Venue: The Hotel Grand Chancellor, 1 Davey Street, Hobart – mezzanine level
Time: 3.00 pm – 5.00 pm

Sunday 20 January – Registration
Conference Venue: The Hotel Grand Chancellor, 1 Davey Street, Hobart -mezzanine level
Time: 9.00 am – 10.30 am

Saturday 19 January

Trial by Jury 

Time: 5.30 pm – 6.15 pm

Cost: $20 per person

The Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Tasmania will perform Trial by Jury at the Supreme Court.  This session will be for conference delegates and accompanying persons only. It will not be open to general public. Delegates need to be seated by 5.15pm.

Home Entertainment – FULLY SUBSCRIBED

Judges and accompanying persons will enjoy the hospitality of local Judges and their partners. If you wish to participate, please register for the conference by Friday 2 November 2018 and mark the registration form accordingly.

Sunday 20 January

Sunday Social Day – Domaine A Stoney Vineyard and Frogmore Creek Winery


10.00 am – coaches will depart from the Hotel Grand Chancellor

4.00 pm – coaches return to the Hobart Grand Chancellor

Cost: $195 per person

Includes: Pre-luncheon visit to Domaine A, wine, gin and cheese tastings, lunch at Frogmore Creek and transfers.

Sample the Domaine A wines and McHenry gins, accompanied by the fabulous Bruny Island cheeses, before a quick trip to Frogmore Creek for a delicious lunch. The chef and winemaker will give an explanation of the food and wines.  Visit the ‘Flawed History of Tasmanian Wine’ – a floor mural on the mezzanine by artist Tom Samek and complemented by wall art and poetry

Domaine A Stoney Vineyard
When Peter and Ruth Althaus emigrated from Europe, they scoured the southern hemisphere for the perfect cool-climate vineyard – an antipodean answer to the great wine estates of France and Germany. They found Stoney Vineyard, fortuitously situated at a similar latitude to Europe’s finest winemaking regions, and established Domaine A.

Stoney Vineyard is the oldest vineyard in Tasmania’s Coal River Valley and from there Domaine A has built an international reputation for its world-class stable of mature, cool-climate wines.

Domaine A has recently been acquired by Moorilla Estate following Peter’s retirement. Domaine A and Stoney Vineyard will continue their founders’ celebrated winemaking tradition but with new custodians: Moorilla Winemaker, Conor van der Reest and MONA owner, David Walsh.  Like Moorilla, Domaine A crafts wines that are true to their Tasmanian terroir.

Taste Domaine A’s big Bordeaux blends – a rare feat for a little estate at the end of the world – and elegant, textural whites

William McHenry Distillery
William McHenry Distillery rests on the side of Mount Arthur and is located on the Tasman Peninsula.  William will bring a small still with him to Domaine A and a selection of his gins.

McHenry Distillery is the southernmost family run distillery in the world

Bruny Island Cheese Co
The cheeses Bruny Island Cheese Co. makes are very much the product of Nick Haddow and head cheesemakers Halsey’s travels and training throughout the great cheese producing regions of France, Italy, Spain and the UK. They are the cheeses they love to make and eat. Nick and his team are inspired by the artisan cheeses from their travels, but they do not seek to copy them. Instead, they make cheeses that are connected to their environment…cheeses with a distinctly Tasmanian character

Monday 21 January

Modern Hobart City Walking Tour – FULLY SUBSCRIBED, but places are available on Wednesday Modern Hobart City Walk 

Time: 7.00 am – 8.00 am

Cost: $25 per person

A walking exploration of the architecture of Modernism in the city with Paul Johnston. The tour will explore the early development of early modern ideas adopted from Europe and the UK in the 1930’s and the influence of the USA in the immediate post war period, culminating in the civil society of the 1960’s and the development of a distinctively Tasmanian architecture. Paul is a director of small Hobart practice, Paul Johnston Architects. He has broad conservation experience including heritage management and assessment and adaptive reuse design with a National Award for the conversion of an inner-city garage into an internationally recognised restaurant.

Government House Reception – FULLY SUBSCRIBED

Accompanying persons also invited.


5.30 pm – coaches will depart the Hotel Grand Chancellor to take guests to Government House for 6.00 pm.

7.00 pm – coaches will depart Government House and return guests to the Hotel Grand Chancellor.

Dress: Lounge suit / after five

Her Excellency Professor the Honourable Kate Warner AC and Mr Richard Warner have graciously invited conference guests to a reception at Government House.

Designed by colonial architect William Porden Kay, Government House is a fine example of an early Victorian country house in neo-Gothic style and is one of the largest of its type in Australia. The scale, detail and finish of the entrance hall, grand corridor and state rooms together with their furniture are unequalled in Australia.

Outstanding exterior features of the house include exceptional stonework, individually carved sandstone chimney pots and bas-relief sculptures. The main construction was completed in 1857 and on 2 January 1858 Sir Henry Fox Young became the first Governor to take up residence.  Internal finishing was completed over the following two years.

Tasmania’s Government House is today regarded as one of the best Vice-Regal residences in the Commonwealth.

The remainder of the evening is free.  Please check the restaurant guide in your satchel with the local committee recommendations for dining.

Tuesday 22 January

Polar Pathways Walking Tour – FULLY SUBSCRIBED

Time: 7.00 am – 8.30 am

Cost: $25 per person (includes the Polar Pathways booklet)

Join your expert guide, Dr Lorne Kriwoken from the University of Tasmania, on a fascinating walk through the docks, parks and lanes of the Hobart waterfront while learning about the remarkable Antarctic history of this bustling port city.  Adventure, biography, science and whaling have all played their part in 100 years of Tasmanian maritime lore. Discover the hidden monuments and surprising traces of the Heroic Age of polar exploration along this easy-walking tour.

Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) & Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS)

Accompanying persons also invited.

Time: 3.00 pm – 5.00 pm

Cost: Included in registration fee

CSIRO marine and environmental scientists conduct research at the Hobart site which features a deep-water port for access to the Southern Ocean.  Should the Research Investigator be in port there may be the opportunity for a tour of the ship.

CSIRO is the custodian of a number of collections of animal and plant specimens that contribute to national and international biological knowledge. Together, they constitute a vast storehouse of information about Australia’s biodiversity and underpin a significant part of the country’s taxonomic, genetic, agricultural and ecological research – making these vital resources for conservation and the development of sustainable land and marine management systems.

IMAS is a centre of excellence for marine and Antarctic research. The research cuts across traditional scientific and social scientific boundaries. IMAS is dedicated to enhancing environmental understanding and facilitating thoughtful and sustainable development for the benefit of Australia and the world.  IMAS will address their research into Citizen Science and Species on the Move.

The two facilities are situated next to one another. The final selection of tours on offer will depend on staff and facilities available at the time of the conference.

The Hobart Brewing Co. Informal BBQ

Time: 7.00 pm – 10.00 pm

Dress: very casual (short five-minute walk from the conference hotels).  Please note that this event is outside so we suggest you dress warmly/bring a jacket as Hobart evenings can be cool.

Cost: $140 per person

Includes: Food and beverages (beer and Tasmanian wine)

A relaxing, informal evening at Hobart’s best “beer park” with a fire pit, food stalls catered by well known Hobart chef Waji and live music from the Von Diamond Band. Musical instruments welcome!

The central Hobart taproom and brewery is situated at Macquarie Point, behind historic Hunter Street and a stone’s throw from Hobart’s famed Sullivan’s Cove. The brewery is on full view from the taproom in the Red Shed where you will find core beers as well as a range of seasonal brews and beers brewed in collaboration with other breweries.

Wednesday 23 January

Hobart’s Wonderful Waterfront Walk – FULLY SUBSCRIBED

Time: 7.00 am – 8.00 am

Cost: $25 per person

This is the ideal pre-session, 2 km early morning wake-up walk.  It includes all the most interesting locations on Hobart’s beautiful waterfront, covering the indigenous beginnings, British settlement and colonial development.  The walk starts at the waterfront and the guides work their way around the docks to Salamanca and back again – all within the hour.  The tour is full of wonderful stories about the hard-working convicts, explorers, entrepreneurs, villains and heroes of this convict-built city, accompanied by many old and rare photos and images to enhance the story telling.

Conference Dinner at the Museum of Old & New Art (MONA)


5.30 pm – board the ‘camouflaged catamaran’ at the Brooke Street Ferry Terminal.

10.30 pm – the ferry will depart MONA to arrive back at Brooke Street Pier at approximately 11.15 pm

Cost: $295 per person

Dress: smart casual

Includes: Ferry transfers to and from MONA, private museum viewing and fantastic dinner with Moorilla wines at the long-table.

See Hobart from the water on your trip to MONA.  Please note there are 99 relatively steep steps on arrival. (Please let Conference Design know if this presents any issues and we can arrange for someone from MONA to meet you in a motorised golf buggy).

On arrival guests are welcomed into the Museum for a private viewing before  dinner.

The after dinner speaker will be Leigh Sealy SC of the Tasmanian Bar, formerly Solicitor- General for Tasmania, 2008 – 2014

As proud Tasmanians we are excited to show off our beautiful city and surrounds!  We hope you will enjoy taking part in some of the options listed below.

Accompanying persons tours require minimum numbers to proceed. If numbers are not achieved by Friday 14 December 2018 we will advise you and offer an alternative tour or a refund.

All tours will depart from the Registration Desk on the Mezzanine Level of the Hotel Grand Chancellor.  Please arrive 15 minutes prior to the advertised departure time to meet your host.

Walking tours are offered each day, please bring flat shoes, a sun hat and sunscreen.

Some tours have limited numbers, so we do suggest booking early.

Monday 21 January

Official opening followed by morning tea at the Hotel Grand Chancellor

Time: 9.00 am

The following tours will depart the Hotel Grand Chancellor after the official opening and morning tea.

MONA – Museum of Old and New Art

Time: 11.15 am – 4.30 pm

Cost: $125 per person

Includes: Coach transfers to and from MONA, entrance and lunch

Time to explore MONA at your leisure and enjoy a shared platter lunch and a glass of wine.  Your local conference host will assist with directions to some of the most stunning and different displays available at the time of the conference.

It is worth checking out the website MONA!

Café Culture Walking tour 

Time: 11.15 am – 2.15 pm

Cost: $70 per person

Hobart has a secret: its wonderfully rich and varied café scene. This tour is a great way to explore the best of Hobart’s café, street art, history and city culture with enticing bites and delights along the way. Perfect for any caffeine fiend, coffee connoisseur, tea drinker and or chocolate lover.

Agrarian Kitchen Eatery plus The Drill Hall and Flywheel at New Norfolk

Time: 11.15 am – 3.30 pm

Cost: $115 per person

Includes:  lunch, wine, tea and coffee and transport

Agrarian Kitchen Cooking School owners Rodney and Séverine fell in love with a beautiful Bronte building in New Norfolk’s Willow Court – the town’s old mental asylum. With a vast space, large windows and high ceilings lined with the original pressed metal, the building begged to be filled with diners. The Agrarian Kitchen Eatery was born in June 2017.

In the kitchen, under the guidance of Head Chef Ali Currey-Voumard, fresh ingredients meet the fire power of a handcrafted wood-fired oven, grill and hot-smoker, all built from old bricks from the Willow Court site.

The Drill Hall Emporium is more than the usual antique store, it is an experience.  Step within and you can feel the passion and love for antiques that the mother and daughter team share, as owners of The Drill Hall. They live by the philosophy that antiques not only create unique and personal interiors, they are also a pleasure to see in the kitchen, garden and home.

The Drill Hall experience is complemented by a visit to the nearby Flywheel, a vintage office, stationery and letterpress studio, just a two-minute walk from The Drill Hall.

Tuesday 22 January

The Agrarian Experience (cookery class) – FULLY SUBSCRIBED 

Limited to 10 participants.

Time: 8.00 am – 5.30 pm (class time is 9.00 am – 4.30 pm)

Cost: $450 per person

Includes: transport, The Agrarian Experience Cooking Class and lunch accompanied by Tasmanian wines.

Menu description –

The Agrarian Experience is a celebration of the seasons. Each Agrarian Experience class is at least 6 months in the making.  Selecting seeds, planting, watering and nurturing the plants to maturity to be harvested on the day of the class. This ensures that you harvest and cook with the freshest and ripest produce possible from the garden.  Each day’s menu is decided upon the day before by Rodney after a stroll through the garden.

The day begins with everyone in the class donning gumboots and foraging in the garden for the ripest fruit and vegetables.  What cannot be harvested from the garden or farm is sourced from local Tasmanian producers. The extensive tour also gives plenty of opportunity to discuss growing plants and The Agrarian Kitchen’s own gardening philosophy.

Once harvesting is complete you will continue in the kitchen preparing and cooking together, a seasonal feast. The cooking of dishes is shared amongst the group and although you will not individually cook every single dish on the menu Rodney will ensure that you are taught the skills and techniques of each dish.

Dietary restrictions and allergies
In “The Agrarian Experience” class we do our best to cater for guests with dietary restrictions and/or allergies. However, as we source most of our ingredients directly from our garden and farm, this is not always possible. Please contact us if you wish to discuss further. We are unable to cater for those on a Paleo, Vegan or Halal diet”.

Bruny Island Cruise

Time: 7.45 am – 5.30 pm

Coach transport departs Franklin Wharf near the Hotel Grand Chancellor and travels to Kettering to catch the ferry to Bruny Island.  Travel on to Adventure Bay to board the ‘yellow boat’ for the cruise after morning tea.

Cost: $195 per person

Includes: Coach and ferry transport, cruise, morning tea and lunch

Dress: Make sure you dress warmly for the cruise – warm jackets, scarves, beanies and gloves are recommended. And don’t forget your camera!

Bruny Island Cruises is an award-winning 3-hour Wilderness Cruise exploring the rugged coastline of Bruny Island in southern Tasmania.

Cruise alongside some of Australia’s highest sea cliffs, beneath towering crags and drift up close to listen to the awesome ‘Breathing Rock’. Enter deep sea caves, pass through the narrow gap between the coast and ‘The Monument’ and feel the power of nature at the point where the Tasman Sea meets the might of the Southern Ocean.

Join in the search for the abundant coastal wildlife such as seals, dolphins, migrating whales and sea birds. The highly trained interpretive guides love what they do – they work hard to ensure that the experience is fun, enjoyable, entertaining and informative.

The custom-built yellow boats are ideal for viewing the spectacular coastline and wildlife of Bruny Island. Covered open-air tiered seating means an excellent all-round view and connection with the environment. The boats are safe, comfortable and gentle on the environment due to their fuel efficiency, low emission and quiet operation.

Tastes of Hobart

Time: 9.30 am – 12.30 pm

Cost: $140 per person

Includes:  guided tour, tastings and a light lunch

The Gourmania walking tour offers tastings of local pastries and a special outdoor tasting (weather permitting) of premium Tasmanian wines, Bruny Island cheeses & beer, gin, coffee and seafood.

Time and weather permitting, some of the historic sites will include the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, the Royal Tennis Club and St David’s Park. The walk passes through the Supreme Court forecourt area with some specific stories attached and some architectural detail. This could include Jennings Lane which weaves behind the Family Court.

Mary Estcourt will be be joining this tour as a guest guide.

Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery 

Time: 1245 – 1415

Cost: $55 per person

Includes: guided tour and short lecture.

One of the senior curators will walk you through the Colonial Art Gallery.  This will be followed by a short presentation in the Royal Society of Tasmania rooms – Australia’s oldest scientific society, established in 1843.

Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG) is Tasmania’s leading natural, cultural and heritage organisation. It is a combined museum, art gallery and herbarium which safeguards the physical evidence of Tasmania’s natural and cultural heritage, and the cultural identity of Tasmanians.

The TMAG precinct is one of Australia’s most historically significant sites. Included in the precinct is Tasmania’s oldest surviving public building, the 1808-10 Commissariat Store; the Private Secretary’s Cottage, built prior to 1815 and originally adjacent to old Government House; and Tasmania’s first federal building, the 1902 Custom House.

TMAG cares for the State Collections of Tasmania: almost 800,000 objects as diverse as fossils and fine art. The collections represent the essence of Tasmanian society’s values and are a major reference point for Tasmanians to gain a greater appreciation of what it means to be Tasmanian and to understand our place within the global community.

The Henry Hunter Galleries will take you on a journey through significant periods in the history of Tasmanian art and design, from the early 1800s to the present day.  In Dispossessions and Possessions, explore treasures of our Colonial and Arts and Crafts collections, including works by notable artists such as John Glover, Benjamin Duterreau and W C Piguenit.

Wednesday 23 January

Under Down Under bike ride – FULLY SUBSCRIBED

Time: 10.00 am – 1.00 pm

Cost: $85 per person


  • Transfer to kunanyi / Mt Wellington summit
  • Mountain bike, helmet and safety vest
  • Cycle guide and support vehicle
  • Jackets and gloves (if required)

Make sure you bring:

  • Camera & drink bottle
  • Comfortable closed toe shoes
  • Hat, sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Clothes to suit conditions (layers are a good idea)
  • Waterproof jacket (just in case)

Under Down Under’s ultimate bike riding adventure experience from the summit of kunanyi / Mt Wellington to Hobart’s scenic waterfront.

Starting from Hobart’s waterfront head to the summit of kunanyi / Mt Wellington for spectacular views across Southern Tasmania including an elevated look over the beautiful city of Hobart. After soaking in the views, experience Tasmania’s ultimate downhill bicycle ride – 1272 metres to sea level. Along the way, this 21 km guided journey captures contrasting landscapes from sub-alpine and mountain rain forests to the vibrant waterfront of Hobart. For the more adventurous an optional off-road section is available. This tour is suitable for anyone who can confidently ride a bike, is over 8 years old and measures a minimum height of 140 cm.

The Cascades Female Factory incorporating Her Story

Time: 10.30 am – 1.00 pm

Cost: $40 per person

Includes: transport and entry to the Female Factory, the Heritage tour followed by Her Story

Dress: flat shoes required

The Cascades Female Factory is Australia’s most significant historic site associated with female convicts. It was a purpose built, self-contained institution intended to reform female convicts and is the place to discover the stories of Australia’s convict women.

Thousands of women and children were imprisoned here, and many never left, due to high rates of illness and infant mortality.  Visiting the site can be both emotional and rewarding, creating a connection with the stories of female convicts in Australia and their children – stories that are often tragic, but that also inspire hope and resilience.

Part history lesson, part roaming theatre show, Her Story is an accurate and emotional depiction of the harsh life within the Cascades Female Factory in 1833. This exciting and dramatic visitor experience runs approximately 45 minutes and brings to life the extraordinary story of the convict women and their children who were incarcerated at the World Heritage-listed site. Her Story is performed by two actors, one portraying the woman whose story is being told, and the other male actor playing the parts of overseer and a doctor. Women were incarcerated at the Female Factory as punishment, to be reformed, or while waiting to be assigned as servants to free settlers.

Walk back along the Hobart Rivulet to Hamlet Hobart Cafe for a coffee or lunch. Stroll back to the Hotel Grand Chancellor which is a 20 to 30 minute walk.

Private Behind the Scenes Government House Tour

Time: 10.30 am – 1.00 pm

Cost: $20 per person

Includes: Transport, private tour and refreshments

Come along and see what makes Government House tick. Official Secretary, David Owen will host a guided tour that will take in all of those little or never seen before aspects of the House – kitchen, flower room and wine cellar, just to name a few.
Tour duration is approximately 1 hour and concludes with refreshments in the Drawing Room.  Photography is encouraged!.