Adventure Queensland

Adventure QLD is the only industry body representing the youth and adventure sector of QLD not only within our state, but also at a federal level. Over the years we have built an extensive network of contacts at all levels of tourism and governments, allowing us a platform to raise issues of importance to our members and also to disseminate and distill information down to our members across accommodation, activities and transport.

Our dedicated committee of volunteers meet on a regular basis, with representatives local to all regions to ensure an equal voice for you, your business and your customers. Your local contact is also your first port of call whether it is to raise a concern you wish to take further, to ask for more information or to find out a bit more about what is happening around the state and beyond.

After a challenging covid era we are looking forward to restarting our networking program, working closer than ever with local organisations alongside our traditional itinerary of larger scale events to afford businesses of all shapes and sizes those invaluable opportunities to connect and form relationships to push their business to the next level.

Our 3 core pillars also include advocacy, and we are proud to have been involved across a wide range of industry specific over the years. Given the value of our sector to QLD we are proud to represent our members and push for positive changes to ease operational concerns and ensure that as many travellers as possible can enjoy the wide range of experiences on offer in the Sunshine State.

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Event Details

Adventure Queensland (AQ) is excited to announce the return of the industry led youth tourism awards ceremony and conference to be held on Thursday 9 November 2023. AQ, who is the peak backpacking and independent travel industry body for Queensland, successfully showcased and recognised outstanding tourism experiences, people, and places within this dynamic and important industry across Australia and New Zealand in previous years through the introduction of the Adventure Tourism Awards and Youth Tourism Conference.

The industry-led Adventure Tourism Awards will make its 2023 comeback in a unique once-off format, themed 'SURVIVOR', and we invite you to join us in celebrating the efforts and achievements of our resilient sector. Along with supporters and sponsors of the youth tourism sector, our goal is to bring the industry together to work towards a stronger future, highlighting the importance of formally recognising and awarding operators and individuals for showing such resilience in recent years.

The Adventure Tourism Awards will provide an opportunity for industry members to stand together and simply celebrate the fact we're still standing – For surviving the most challenging of years, the entire youth and adventure industry deserves recognition.

The Youth Tourism Conference is a dedicated half-day conference solely focused on addressing the challenges and available opportunities in the youth tourism sector in Australia and New Zealand.

The Youth Tourism Conference aims to:

• Provide an annual platform for collaboration on ideas and issues impacting the youth travel sector in Australia and New Zealand.

• Raise the profile and importance of youth travel to all levels of Government.

• Provide a forum for industry members to learn trends and opportunities to help their business grow.

Held on the 9th of November 2023, the conference will include a wide range of presentations designed to inspire the future and inform and educate the industry on the latest trends, tech solutions and new initiatives for a sustainable future. See speakers for full profiles.



  • November 8, 2023

  • November 9, 2023

November 8, 2023

Main Schedule

16:00 - 16:55
17:00 - 22:00
Welcome Drinks @ The Island's Pool Deck

Adventure Tourism Awards

Standard PriceA$195

Youth Tourism Conference

Standard PriceA$175

Adventure Tourism Awards & Youth Travel Conference Bundle

Standard PriceA$355

Adventure Tourism Awards - 5 Ticket Bundle

Standard PriceA$975

Youth Travel Conference - 5 Ticket Bundle

Standard PriceA$875

Adventure Tourism Awards & Youth Travel Conference 5 Ticket Bundle

Standard PriceA$1,775

Adventure Tourism Awards - 10 Ticket Bundle

Standard PriceA$1,950

Youth Travel Conference - 10 Ticket Bundle

Standard PriceA$1,750

Adventure Tourism Awards & Youth Travel Conference 10 Ticket Bundle

Standard PriceA$3,550



The Island Gold Coast
Surfers Paradise Boulevard 3128
Surfers Paradise, Queensland, Australia

Contact us

For additional event or venue information, please email can also reach us at +61 448012400

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Stuart Moore

Stuart Moore

Hailey Brown (Founder and CEO of Vacayit)

Hailey Brown

Founder and CEO of Vacayit

Mike Smith - Keynote (Founder of Zero Co)

Mike Smith - Keynote

Founder of Zero Co

Dr Kaya Barry (Senior Lecturer at Griffith University)

Dr Kaya Barry

Senior Lecturer at Griffith University

Andrew Cowan (YTNSW Chair/Millet Group Sales & Marketing Manager)

Andrew Cowan

YTNSW Chair/Millet Group Sales & Marketing Manager

Alex Hill (Youth Tourism Victoria Chair & Director of Operations at Leisure Accommodation Collective at Leisure Accommodation Collective)

Alex Hill

Youth Tourism Victoria Chair & Director of Operations at Leisure Accommodation Collective at Leisure Accommodation Collective

Chris Atkin (CEO of Rezdy)

Chris Atkin

CEO of Rezdy

Henri Wilson (Sales Manager at FareHarbor)

Henri Wilson

Sales Manager at FareHarbor

Wendi Aylward (Managing Director of AIFS Australia)

Wendi Aylward

Managing Director of AIFS Australia

Peta Zietsch (Director of Sales at Cairns Adventure Group)

Peta Zietsch

Director of Sales at Cairns Adventure Group

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