The organising committee are pleased to offer two different technical tours after the conference. Why not extend your stay in Tasmania and join us on one or even two of the post conference tours? All tours combine technical and sightseeing aspects to give you a truly unique experience.
Sat 28th Oct – Tasmanian West Coast Charter Flight
Take the most picturesque and direct way to explore the West Coast of Tasmania. This tour will fly into the small town and former port on the west coast of Tasmania, Strahan. From here travel by coach to visit Renison Bell Mine and Crotty Dam stopping for lunch in Zeehan where you will be taken on a guided tour of the West Coast Heritage Centre. The tour will conclude in Strahan for dinner before taking the charter flight back to Hobart.
Completed in 1991, this 80m high concrete faced rockfill dam impounding Lake Burbury is notable for having a spillway chute on its downstream face. Very few embankment dams have this feature. Flexible joints in the chute allow it to adjust to the long term movements of the underlying fill without cracking.
Renison Bell Tin Mine
Renison Bell is Australia’s largest operating Tin Mine. The mine is currently in the process of constructing a new tailings dam to extend the life of the mine and allow for planned rentails project to reprocess existing tailings. Located on Tasmania’s West Coast the dam design overcame challenges including highly mountainous terrain in Tasmania’s highest rainfall area, construction onto potentially liquefiable foundations and long term storage of legacy acid forming rock, high sulphur tailings and low sulphur tailings. GHD, the dam designer, will be on site to discuss the technical design of the dam and challenges faced through the design process.
The proposed itinerary includes;
• Return transfers from your hotel to Cambridge Airport
• Return chartered flights from Cambridge to Strahan
• Coach tour of the West Coast of Tasmania (see full details in itinerary)
• 4WD bus tours at Renison Bell Mine site and Crotty Dam
• Lunch in historic Zeehan with a tour of the West Coast Heritage Centre
• Dinner in Strahan before the return flight
• Morning and afternoon refreshments
Full Draft Itinerary available here
Passenger information available here
Bookings close 18 October 2017
Cost: $795 per person
Note: All delegates booking this tour are to ensure that their employer’s company policy allows travel of this kind.
Sat 28th Oct – Lake Gordon
This is your opportunity to see Gordon Dam, the jewel in the crown of Tasmania’s hydroelectric system and Gordon Power Station, situated almost 200m underground with an installed capacity of 450MW. Lake Gordon, at 12,450 million m3 is Australia’s largest man-made lake by volume and is roughly equivalent to 22 times the volume of Sydney Harbour.
The bus trip to Strathgordon, the original construction town and home to current operational staff, will take you through some of the most scenic Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Areas and an accompanying audio guide will point out natural, historical and hydro-electric features along the way.
Delegates will enjoy a memorable day touring the dam and power station with Hydro Tasmania staff, including an opportunity to observe the dam from its toe. Dam Safety Engineer, Oliver Giudici, grandson of one of Gordon Dam’s lead design engineers, Sergio Giudici, will provide a tour of the dam utilising a three-dimensional, digital model giving you remarkable visualisation of internal dam and abutment features such as the galleries, diversion tunnel and instrumentation.
The draft itinerary has departure from your hotel around 7.30am and returning approximately 6:00pm. All meals and entry fees are included in the tour price.
Are you up for a challenge? Then this tour add on is for you! Delegates will have the option to abseil down the Gordon Dam Wall with Aardvark Adventures
The full draft itinerary is available here
Cost: $300 per person
Optional Extra – $210 Abseil with Aardvark Adventures
Each abseil takes around 20 minutes to descend, then 10-20 mins to climb back up the stairs to the top. Participants can have more than one abseil if time allows. Aardvark provide all specialist equipment and safety gear, training and guides, and all participants will be covered by Aardvark’s $20M APRA approved PL insurance. They will also provide 50+ digital photos of the day.
Please note: all tours will only run if minimum numbers are met. In the event of a tour being cancelled paid attendees will be refunded in full.