Final arrangements are being made for the IFAJ World Congress pre-tour, Hot Tropics in Cairns, northern Australia. Registration opening will coincide with the New Zealand Congress in early April and prospective delegates are encouraged to book early as places will be strictly limited. The four-day tour will give delegates a taste of the main agricultural industries in Far North Queensland and its iconic natural attractions.
Hot Tropics kicks off in Cairns on Thursday, October 8 with a relaxed poolside BBQ featuring the finest beef and seafood. Cairns is the gateway to the tropical north and stepping off point for tours of the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest – both World Heritage listed attractions are on our tour.
On Friday, October 9 delegates head to Australia’s biggest banana producers at Tully south of Cairns, with a visit to the Australian sugar industry’s plant-breeding centre at Gordonvale.
On Saturday, October 10, we plan to head to sea for a day exploring one of the planet’s natural wonders, the Great Barrier Reef. We’ll have time to examine the reef up close and hear from governments, scientists and industry about the effort that’s going into protecting both the reef and the marine life. Saturday evening we’ll sample the delights of Reef Feast 2015 – a chance to taste some of the finest local produce in a delightful open-air street-market setting on the beach at Palm Cove.
On Sunday, October 11, our schedule includes visits to a crocodile farm, a prawn farm, the spectacular Mossman Gorge and rainforests and we’ll meet a remarkable young farming couple who have diversified from sugar cane into chocolate and farm tourism.
The tour then departs for Sydney en route to the World Congress in New Zealand.
Watch out for the opening of registrations at the start of April to avoid disappointment. Visit our website or email your inquiries to ifajcairns2015(at)outlook.com. Or follow us on www.facebook.com/IFAJCairns2015.