29th International Horticultural Congress. 17-22nd August 2014
29th International Horticultural Congress - Brisbane

“Horticulture -
Sustaining lives,
livelihoods and


The Australian Society of Horticultural Science The New Zealand Institute of Agricultural and Science INC

Major Sponsors

Griffith University ZESPRI Queensland Government - Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation Horticulture Australia Limited


The “Down Under” experience for travellers


Australia is a land of many opportunities for visitors. It contains a breathtaking diversity of natural landscapes from the snow-capped mountains of the Southern Alps to the lush rainforests of the tropical north, and from the spectacular surf beaches of the coast to the wide open spaces of the Australian Outback. No visit would be complete without exploring some of Australia’s natural heritage icons, such as the Great Barrier Reef, Kakadu National Park and Uluru.

Just as distinct are Australia’s cities, where our laidbacklifestyle and cosmopolitan culture meet. You will find a melting pot of cultures and a medley of theatre, restaurants, nightlife and events. Come, stay and celebrate, then spring into the rest of your Australian holiday. Australia has so much for you to explore, whether you want nature, wildlife, outback adventure, islands, rainforest or reef. Australia’s unique beauty is spread across eight states and territories, so find out more about the distinct attractions within each:


Queensland, the state of Australia that is hosting the congress, offers something for every traveller, with the Islands of the Great Barrier Reef, hundreds of sun-kissed beaches, lush rainforests and the rugged Outback. Nicknamed the Sunshine State, it enjoys warm weather and has a sizeable portion of its state area in the tropics.

Within an easy drive of the congress venue, Brisbane, are the coastal tourist meccas of the Sunshine and Gold Coasts and the spectacular Fraser Island, the largest sand island in the world with its massive sand dunes, lush rainforests and beautiful lakes.

No trip to Queensland would be complete without a visit to Queensland’s tropical north, home of the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef, Daintree Rainforest and Riversleigh Fossil Fields. Few places on earth can boast such unique natural attractions in close proximity with the Great Barrier Reef offering an underwater treasure trove of dazzling coral and sea life, and the superb tropical rainforests stretching down to the ocean shore.

Find out more about its distinct attractions:


Brisbane, host city for the congress, is a modern, dynamic, sophisticated and cosmopolitan city with a friendly and relaxed lifestyle. Australia’s only sub-tropical capital city, Brisbane is the hub of the nation’s premier tourist region, and within an hour of some of the world’s most famous beaches, the legendary Australian Outback and Great Barrier Reef Islands, making it the ideal destination for easy access to pre and post Congress touring.

Brisbane is also widely recognised as the commercial hub of the Asia Pacific and is a truly international destination which is increasing in popularity and prestige.

Find out more about its distinct attractions:

New Zealand

New Zealand, as co-host country for the congress, provides many unique attractions for the traveller. Also known by its indigenous Maori name of Aotearoa, commonly translated as The Land of the Long White Cloud, New Zealand has a mild and temperate climate, and is a compact country for ease of travelling. Similar to Australia, its long isolation from the rest of the world and its island biogeography, New Zealand has an extraordinary array of flora and fauna, unique landscapes and natural resources, and a wonderful cultural history. These qualities make it a haven for many outdoor activities, and a great place to unwind. New Zealand society is diverse, sophisticated, and multicultural, with European, Maori, Pacific and Asian influences. It's a culture that celebrates the many different lifestyles we live and the stories we have to tell. 

Pacific Islands

The Pacific Islands comprise 20,000 to 30,000 smaller islands in the Pacific Ocean. The Pacific islands south of the Tropic of Cancer are traditionally grouped into three divisions: Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia. The islands consist of thousands of coral atolls and volcanic islands, with beautiful landscapes and small human populations. Some of the better known are Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, the Solomon Islands, Fiji, Polynesian Samoa and the Cook Islands. Lesser known are tiny island nations such as Kiribati which is scattered across a stretch of ocean as wide as Australia. All Pacific islands have a tropical climate with fantastic travel packages including fishing, diving, trekking and backpacking. Wherever you go, you are assured of a warm welcome and diverse cultural experiences.  

Find out more about their distinct attractions: