2024 IAKS Study trip to Melbourne / Sydney / Brisbane

Save the date: 25 June to 3 July 2024
Choose your experience of Australia: come to one, two or all three options

A rich and diverse learning experience: This study trip offers three options in the period of 25th June to 3rd July 2024, combining traditional and modern sports facilities, cultural landmarks, and community engagement – plus the flexibility of exploring Australian iconic landscapes and wildlife. Participants will have the opportunity to explore different aspects of sports and recreation in Australia's major cities.


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Melbourne (25-26 June): Discussing architecture, technology use and fan engagement


The site visits in Melbourne will be focusing on a blend of traditional and modern sports stadiums. Participants will delve into the legacy of the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) and the contemporary Melbourne and Olympic Park which includes AAMI Park, Australia’s premier rectangular venue which hosted the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup, and Rod Laver Arena which hosts the annual Australian Open Grand Slam tennis tournament. Participants will gain insights into a variety of sports such as cricket, football, rugby.

The itinerary also includes visits to Brimbank Aquatic Centre, where shower rooms and other facilities are wheelchair-accessible and barrier-free, its adjacent laboratory for competitive prosthetics, and the skate and play park in Prahan.

Enhance your experience with a visit to NSC | IAKS 2024 (Melbourne, 27-28 June)

Perfect match: Add a visit to APAC's largest industry convention and expo to your Australian experience of the 2024 IAKS study trip. Experience the future of community sports, recreation, play, and leisure facilities. This year’s motto of the joint convention by NSC (National Sports & Physical Activity Convention) and IAKS is “Inspire innovation, drive participation”.

Scenic Sydney (29 June - 1 July)

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Kicking off with a coastal walk between two of Sydney’s most iconic beaches, from Coogee to Bondi Icebergs (one of the world's most famous ocean bath pools). The Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) is one of Australia's premier sporting and entertainment venues, boasting an impressive list of credentials, encompassing cricket, Australian Rules football, Rugby League, Rugby Union, football, and even baseball and cycling, as well as major concerts.

Once the venue for the “Best Olympics ever”, Sydney Olympic Park is a 640-hectare residential, commercial, education and entertainment precinct, which has undergone a significant amount of development work to support its conversion to a multipurpose facility with a number of businesses re-locating to the area. Monday itinerary showcases the legacy planning and site use of the original Sydney 2000 Olympic Park, hockey, and athletics facilities as well as the cricket high performance centre; then progressing on to the CommBank Stadium and Parramatta Aquatic Centre.

Brisbane (2-3 July): Host of the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games

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The tour to Brisbane/Gold Coast will include visits to The GABBA Stadium, offering a unique opportunity to explore cutting-edge architectural designs. 

Sleeman Aquatic Centre will be part of the Brisbane 2032 Olympic Games. The Gold Coast Aquatic Centre is renowned for hosting the Commonwealth Games. A visit to a new sports community hub in Pimpama provides insights into innovative community engagement initiatives. Visits of Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, Brisbane theme parks, and Gold Coast beaches are further options.

Study trip packages

The study trip packages include lectures, site tours, daytime transportation, the services of a tour guide, as well as lunch and networking dinners as outlined in the program. Looking forward a wealth of many more options and in-depth knowledge exchange with international experts from the sports and leisure facility industry. 

Stay tuned for more details!