Expression of Interest

Host Organisations

24th Scientific Meeting of the International Society of Hypertension
34th Annual Scientific Meeting of the High Blood Pressure Research Council of Australia
9th Congress of the Asian-Pacific Society of Hypertension



Optional Day Tours

Sydney HarbourIntroducing Sydney

Date: Saturday 29 September 2012
Time: 1.00pm – 5.00pm


Date: Sunday 30 September 2012
Time: 9.00am – 1.00pm
Tour cost: A$67.00 per person

Explore the vibrancy and style of cosmopolitan Sydney, one of the world’s most beautiful harbour cities. Discover colonial buildings and cobbled lanes in The Rocks, Sydney’s oldest historical precinct.  Enjoy views of the Harbour Bridge and Opera House from Mrs Macquarie’s Chair, a waterfront seat carved into the rock for the wife of visionary colonial governor, Lachlan Macquarie. Travel through Sydney’s fashionable eastern suburbs, renowned for their elegant homes and harbour vistas, on the way to world-famous Bondi Beach – a haven for surfers and sun lovers.

Blue Mountains

Date: Monday 1 October 2012
Time: 08.00am – 05.30pm
Tour cost:
A$194.00 per person

Blue MountainsEscape the city and travel west to the Blue Mountains - where the spectacular scenery of this majestic World Heritage listed area includes sandstone cliffs, gorges and valleys of eucalyptus trees. Visit one of Sydney’s premier wildlife parks and be photographed with a koala (at your own expense) and hand feed the free-roaming kangaroos. Meet other native animals including emus, wallabies, wombats and echidnas.  Discover the Aboriginal legend of the Three Sisters - giant sandstone rock formations in the Jamison Valley. Descend the world’s steepest railway on a thrilling ride via rock tunnels to the fern-filled forest on the valley floor. The tour includes lunch.

Bridge Climb

Bridge ClimbDate: Saturday 29 September 2012
1.30pm – 5.00pm (or nearest available time to this)
Tour cost:
A$212.00 per person


Date: Tuesday 2 October 2012
1.00pm – 4.30pm (or nearest available time to this)
Tour cost:
A$208.00 per person


Date: Thursday 4 October 2012
9.00am – 12.30pm (or nearest available time to this)
Tour cost:
A$208.00 per person

Climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge is an exhilarating experience. Rendezvous at the BridgeClimb office for a safety briefing and prepare for your three-hour adventure! Accompanied by an experienced leader your small team will cross the catwalk to the pylon and walk up to the summit of the Bridge’s upper arch - 130 metres above sea level.

Harnessed to a static line for the duration of the climb, be treated to spectacular 360-degree views across one of the greatest harbours in the world.

Duration: Approx. 3 hours.
Includes knowledgeable guided tour (non exclusive).
Transport not included, guests are required to make their own way to the BridgeClimb office in the Rocks.
Climbs run every 15 minutes and are subject to availability at the time of booking.

Sydney Opera HouseDiscover Sydney Opera House

Date: Tuesday 2 October 2012
Time: 9.30am – 12.30pm
Tour cost:
A$87.00 per person

No visit to Sydney is complete without a visit to the world renowned Sydney Opera House. Designed by controversial Danish architect, Jørn Utzon, the Opera House is an icon of Australia – not just for its unique design and spectacular setting, but for the world class program of opera, ballet, contemporary dance, theatre and classical music. Tour the auditoriums and halls and discover the myths and magic of the Opera House and the artists who have performed there.


Coffee CruiseCoffee Cruise on Sydney Harbour

Date: Cruise available twice daily
Time: 10.00am and 2.15pm
Tour cost:  
A$51.00 per adult
                   A$29.00 per child (5-14 years)

The Captain Cook Main and Middle Harbour Coffee Cruise departs daily from Sydney’s centrally located Circular Quay at both 10.00hrs and 14.15hrs. On board, take in all the splendid Harbour attractions including the Opera House, Harbour Bridge and Fort Denison. This award-winning cruise also explores the upper reaches of Middle Harbour with its natural parklands, inner harbour beaches, marinas and waterfront homes. Enjoy this cruise on any day or your preference.  Cruise duration: 2 hours. Please note you will need to make your own way to Circular Quay (Circular Quay is walking distance or a short taxi ride from Sydney CBD hotels).


Zoo Express

Date: Cruise available daily
Time: Cruise departures every 45 minutes
Tour cost:   A$50.50 per adult
                   A$25.00 per child (4-15 years)

Zoo Express is the easy way to visit Sydney's renowned Taronga Zoo, with regular departures throughout the day. The Zoo Express pass includes a cruise to Taronga Zoo from Darling Harbour or Circular Quay, entry to Taronga Zoo and Sky Safari cable car. When your visit to the Zoo is complete enjoy a return cruise from Taronga Zoo to Darling Harbour or Circular Quay. Taronga Zoo is open from 9am to 5pm daily.  Enjoy this cruise on any day or your preference.  . Please note you will need to make your own way to Circular Quay (Circular Quay is walking distance or a short taxi ride from Sydney CBD hotels).

Post Conference Tours

The Dramatic Red Centre (4 Days/3 Nights)

Dates: 5 – 8 October 2012
Tour cost:   A$1590.00 per person based on double occupancy
A$2370.00 per person based on single occupancy

Called the Heart of the Nation, the ‘Red Centre’ is arid, dramatic, vast, a land of extremes and home of Uluru (Ayers Rock) Australia’s spectacular monolith. Participants will also discover other geological wonders such as Kata Tjuta (the Olgas), Kings Canyon and more. Explore some of the base of this huge monolith, view a magnificent sunrise and discover its significance to the Aboriginal people.

Includes airport transfers, half day tour of Alice Springs, three days of touring from Alice Springs to Ayers Rock, three nights deluxe accommodation, breakfast daily. Flights to Alice Springs and departing from Ayers Rock are not included in the tour price and should be booked by the delegate.

Reef & Rainforest (4 Days/3 Nights)

Dates: 5 – 8 October 2012
Tour cost:   A$1060.00 per person based on double occupancy
                   A$1610.00 per person based on single occupancy

North of Cairns discover one of the most beautiful regions of Australia. Here, at the meeting point of an ancient rainforest and the Earth’s largest living coral structure, slow to a unique rhythm found only in Tropical North Queensland. Based in the exclusive village of Palm Cove, highlights include swimming and snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef and discovering the beauty of the World Heritage listed Daintree rainforest.

Includes airport transfers, full day Great Barrier Reef cruise including lunch, full day Cape Tribulation tour including lunch, three nights deluxe accommodation and breakfast daily.  Flights to/from Cairns are not included in the tour price and should be booked by the delegate.

General Information

These tours are designed by arinex Destination Management (license No. 2TA001144), for participating delegates and accompanying persons of Hypertension Sydney 2012. Only the best aspects of Sydney and its environs have been incorporated to provide value for money for persons whose time is at a premium.

All sightseeing tours include informative English speaking commentary, all entry & booking fees and meals where specified.

All tours are based on a minimum number of participants. If minimum numbers are not reached, alternative arrangements or a complete refund will be made. Places on all tours are limited and will be allocated strictly in order of receipt of payment. Where participants cancel their tour bookings prior to14 August 2012, payment will be refunded in full. Thereafter, no refund will be made.