Photo: Destination NSW

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: Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.

Why attend?

Operators of municipal and private sports and leisure facilities, architects, planners, investors will enjoy this perfect combination of site visits and international networking.

Full agenda

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

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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 Olympic Park (with Melbourne Cricket Ground, Rod Laver Arena, John Cain Arena), AAMI Park (Australia’s premier rectangular venue which hosted the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup), and Brimbank Aquatic & Wellness Centre. Join us for the Architects Forum and the IAKS Network drinks and dinner. 

Experience the intensity and passion of Australian sports culture firsthand at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) by attending a National Rugby League (NRL) State of Origin game.

Price of Melbourne package:
IAKS Members: EUR 390
Non-Members: EUR 490 

Scenic Sydney (29 June - 1 July)

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Kicking off with a Botanic Garden walk, followed by a perfect combination of educational sessions, site visits, and networking opportunities, such as Manly Beach, Coogee to Bondi walk, Heffron Sports Hub, Moore Park (with Sydney Cricket Ground and Allianz Stadium, Howe2Golf, Sydney Olympic Park (with Aquatic Centre, Athletics Centre, Hockey Centre, Archery Centre, and Accor Stadium), Parramatta Aquatic Centre.

Price of Sydney package:
IAKS Members: EUR 500
Non-Members: EUR 625

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 Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane Lions AFLW High Performance Centre, and Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary are further attractions.

Price of Brisbane package:
IAKS Members: EUR 390
Non-Members: EUR 490

Enhance your Australian 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”. 

Don’t miss the NSC industry tours on 26 June. Both convention/expo and industry tours require separate registration at

Study trip packages

The travel package includes:

• A tour by coach with tour guides as indicated in the programme*

• Lunches at identified locations on the tour on 25 June, 29 June, 30 June, 1 July, 2 July, 3 July

• Evening dinner at identified locations on 25 June, 26 June, 27 June, 29 June, 30 June, 2 July

• Attending the NRL Game on 25 June at MCG


*Some of the dates and times of the facility tours or the facilities to be visited may be subject to change.

Flights and hotel accommodation
Registration fees for the IAKS study trip do NOT include hotel accomocation, flights and airport transfers.
Delegates are kindly requested to make their own hotel arrangements to suit their requirements.

IAKS have arranged a contingent with the following hotels:
Melbourne: tbd
Sydney: The View hotel PROMOTIONAL CODE
Brisbane: ibis Styles Brisbane Elizabeth Street (enter promo code ISB15)

We recommend taking out travel cancellation insurance as well as health and accident insurance.

Rod Laver Arena and many more!

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