Optional Field Tours

Four coach tours will run on Friday 11th October, offering delegates an opportunity to be guided through various aspects of South Australia’s agricultural and natural environment. Spaces will be limited, so book early to avoid disappointment. In all cases, tours will involve periods outdoors so please ensure you come prepared with a hat, sunscreen, and a waterproof jacket as weather can be changeable. Unless otherwise stated, the only contributions from attendees for the tours is a payment towards lunch and where applicable, a contribution to tasting fees at wineries.

Book during registration or by emailing the secretariat at mail@conferencedesign.com.au.  

TOUR 1: The outback, Burra and the Clare Valley – $60 pp

Full day tour returning to Adelaide approximately 6.30pm

This is a full day tour that will involve travel north east out of Adelaide to the small towns of Gawler and Eudunda before following the World’s End Highway in the rainfall shadow of the northern Mount Lofty Ranges towards the spectacular Red Banks Conservation Park. After a chance to explore the site, we will continue by coach to the town of Burra for lunch and to explore the historic mine workings. We will then travel over the escarpment to the Clare Valley. This area is famed for its wine and agricultural produce, and the tour will be capped off with a visit to the O’Leary Walker winery in Leasingham where there will be an opportunity to taste wines produced in the area after talks by local experts on aspects of production in the area. Return to Adelaide will be ~6.30 pm, dependent upon traffic

Please note that there will be 2-3 km of walking on unsealed roads / paths in this trip so please come prepared with stout shoes and appropriate clothing. We reserve the right to turn away those with inappropriate clothing for health and safety reasons.

TOUR 2: Broadacre cropping organic resources and the River Murray – $40 pp + lunch / tasting at Bremerton Winery (own expense)

Full day tour returning to Adelaide approximately 6.30pm

This diverse trip is a full day excursion leaving Adelaide at 8am. The day will involve travel through the Mt Lofty Ranges to the Northern Fleurieu Peninsula, The Lower Lakes region (Lake Alexandrina), the Murraylands Mallee and the Langhorne Creek Wine region.  The tour will allow attendees to meet entertaining local farmers, see many and varied soil types and farming systems, inspect and review soil pits, the Peats Soils organic recycling site and farm, a large rangeland cattle operation on the lower reaches of the infamous Murray Darling River and enjoy lunch and wine tasting at the famous Bremerton Winery in Langhorne Creek. At each innovative farm visited the farmers/landowners will be involved with local soil systems scientists and Natural Resource Management advisors to discuss soil and water management strategies and carbon management outcomes using open soil pits as visual reference guides. This tour will review many and varied crop types from Brussel sprouts to wine grapes in a variation of soil types and land management systems. The day will be located in a beautiful and picturesque region of South Australia known for its food industry and intensive farm production. Return to Adelaide will be ~6.30 pm, dependent upon local kangaroos.

TOUR 3: Mclaren Vale wineries – $75 pp

Full day tour returning to Adelaide approximately 5pm

Heading south, this tour will first explore the unique geology at Port WIllunga before heading inland. Here, the coach will take a loop around the escarpment overlooking the Willunga Basin before dropping down into the McLaren Vale where we will enjoy lunch at Wirra Wirra winery where staff will discuss their approaches to viticulture and winemaking with an opportunity to taste and purchase. James Hook (local viticulture agronomist) will join us here and provide his insight before, we will then travel to another winery for another talk by James and local staff whilst also sampling wines made here. We will then return to Adelaide by coach, arriving around 5pm.

TOUR 4: Cleland Conservation Park, Wildlife Park and Mt Lofty – $46 pp

Half day tour. Returning approximately 3pm.

A shorter tour for those with limited time, this trip will take in sites in the nearby Mount Lofty Ranges. Here, we will visit a site typical of the horticultural and viticultural industries of the region, followed by a discussion on the unique geology and soil formations of the region. We will then travel to Cleland Conservation Park and its associated Wildlife Park for an overview of the local ecology before entry into the Wildlife Park for a guided tour and free time. Return to Adelaide CBD by 3pm.

This event is supported by the Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges Natural Resources Management Board through funding from the NRM levy.

Healthy natural ecosystems and sustainable primary production systems are fundamental to social, environmental and economic well-being. With more than 50 per cent of the Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges region used for primary production, the Board will continue to partner with industry to increase sustainability in production systems.


7th International Symposium
Soil Organic Matter

6 – 11 October 2019

Hilton Adelaide

Adelaide, South Australia


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