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Please carefully note the registration closing dates. Accommodation cannot be guaranteed beyond 200 rooms or after Friday 20 July 2018 at Convention hotels.


Full Delegate Registration includes:
  • Convention satchel and contents
  • Various sponsored items
  • Online access to Convention papers and presentations
  • Attendance at all business sessions listed in the program
  • Complimentary tickets to social functions (some may have limited numbers so register early to make sure you don’t miss out)
  • All luncheons, morning and afternoon teas
  • Entry to the trade exhibition
Partner Registration includes:
  • Attendance at all recreational activities and social functions listed in the program as well as entry to the trade exhibition.
Day Delegate Registration includes:
  • Convention satchel and contents
  • Various sponsored items
  • Online access to Convention papers and presentations
  • Attendance at the business sessions, morning tea, afternoon tea and lunch on the day/s registered
  • Entry to the trade exhibition




Adina Apartment Hotel Darwin Waterfront

7 Kitchener Drive, Darwin

The Adina Apartment Hotel is a 5 minute walk from the Convention Centre and is located just on the waterfront. The hotel provides 24 hour reception shared with Vibe Hotel, an onsite restaurant, free Wi-Fi and room service. All studio rooms are equipped with a kitchenette whilst the apartments come with a fully functioning kitchen and laundry facilities. All rooms are air conditioned with tea and coffee making facilities and pay per view movies.

Studio rooms come with one king or two singles whilst the one-bedroom apartments offer one queen.

  • Studio $260 per night (single/twin/double)
  • Studio View $290 (single/twin/double)
  • 1 Bedroom Apartment $310 (single/double)
  • 1 Bedroom Apartment View $340 (single/double)


Argus Apartments Darwin

6 Cardona Circuit, Darwin

The Argus Apartments are a 10-minute walk from the Convention Centre and are situated in the city centre. The hotel offers a 24-hour reception, luggage storage, room service, dry cleaning services and free Wi-Fi. All rooms come with air conditioning, a fully equipped kitchen with tea and coffee facilities, a separate laundry, cable and satellite television and generous balconies.

One-bedroom apartments come with a king bed and two-bedroom apartments come with either 2 kings or 1 king and 2 singles as a twin option.

1 Bedroom Apartment $264 per night (single/double)
2 Bedroom Apartment $314 per night (two kings/king and two singles)


Hilton Darwin (self rated)

32 Mitchell Street, Darwin
Rebranded as the Hilton in May 2013, the hotel is in a central location in the city and is a 15-minute walk to the Convention Centre. The hotel facilities include 24-hour reception, gym, business centre, laundry services, room service, an onsite restaurant: Mitchell’s Grill (open for breakfast, lunch and dinner), and Mitchell’s Bar (for snacks and light meals throughout the day). Each room is equipped with air conditioning, internet access, and tea and coffee making facilities.

Bedding configuration is one king or two doubles.

Guest Room $255 per night (single/twin/double)
Guest Room with Harbour view $280 per night (single/twin/double)


Oaks Elan Darwin (self rated)

31-33 Woods Street, Darwin

The Oaks Elan, which opened its doors in September 2015, is centrally located in the CBD and a 10-minute walk from the Convention Centre. All rooms come with tea and coffee making facilities, Wi-Fi access, air conditioning and Foxtel. The one and two-bedroom apartments also feature kitchenettes and laundry facilities. The hotel facilities include a 24-hour reception, 24-hour room service and an onsite restaurant that is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Hotel rooms and one-bedroom apartments are one king or two singles. Two-bedroom apartments offer one king and two singles.

Hotel Room $220 per night (single/twin/double)
1 Bedroom Apartment $270 per night (single/twin/double)
2 Bedroom Apartment $440 per night (king and two singles)


Mantra Pandanas (self rated)

43 Knucket Street, Darwin
Located in the centre of the city, The Mantra Pandanus is just over a 10-minute walk to the Convention Centre. The hotel provides a 24-hour reception, room service, onsite dining at Table Forty Three, business services and dry cleaning. Each room come with air conditioning, tea and coffee facilities, internet access and pay per view movies. Apartments also come equipped with a kitchenette and laundry facilities.

All rooms come with one queen bed, while the twin configuration offers two singles (note this is not available in one-bedroom apartments).

Hotel City View Room $220 per night (single/twin/double)
Studio City View $240 per night (single/twin/double)
1 Bedroom Water View Apartment $260 per night (single/double)


Vibe Hotel Darwin

7 Kitchener Drive, Darwin

Located on the waterfront, the Vibe Hotel is a short 5-minute walk to the Convention Centre. With the hotel’s ideal location, you will have easy access to bars, restaurants, shops and the city’s public wave pool. The hotel offers a 24-hour reception shared with Adina Apartments, free in-room Wi-Fi, room service, pay per view movies, as well as air conditioning and tea and coffee facilities in each room. There is also onsite dining, The Curve Restaurant and Bar which provides breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Bedding configuration is one king or two single beds.

Guest room $250 per night (single/twin/double)
Guest room with a water view $280 per night (single/twin/double)


Tours and venue information

Golf Day (Limited to 72 players)

Tickets to golf are available only for full registered delegates and registered partners

7.30am Tee-off
Places always sell out for the Vermeer Golf Classic 18-hole competition which will take place this year at the Palmerston Golf Course. The event will be run as a 4-person, 18-hole Ambrose competition with a light breakfast provided before a shot-gun start and lunch following the game. Teams will be nominated on the day with carts being provided for each player.
NOTE: Participants hiring clubs must pay the hire fee at the same time as the registration fees.

Saturday Welcome Dinner and Show, Pee Wee’s at the Point

This year’s Welcome Dinner will be held at Pee Wee’s at the Point. With stunning water views and newly renovated earlier this year, this heritage listed restaurant offers a relaxing atmosphere perfect for welcoming everyone to Darwin. Our entertainment for tonight will be the hilarious Ben Price, one of Australia's Best Impersonators.

Sunday Outing at Berry Springs Nature Park

During WWII, Berry Springs Nature Park was used as a Rest and Recreation Camp by the military. Numerous huts were built to offer shelter to the 100,000 members serving at the time and the ruins of these huts can still be seen around the pools.

Today it’s a popular leisure spot for locals and tourists. Delegates will have the opportunity to swim in the several natural spring pools, enjoy a bush walk through the monsoon forest and woodlands, and relax around the small waterfall in the top pool. There’s also the chance to watch the local wildlife both in the pools and in the trees if you bring goggles and binoculars.

Sunday Exhibition Cocktail Party and Opening Dinner, Darwin Convention Centre

The launch of the 2018 APGA Convention Exhibition is a key networking opportunity and a chance to discover the highlights of the Exhibition; as always drinks and canapés will be served. The Opening Dinner is one of the largest events of the Convention, so don’t miss out on the food, wine, dancing and atmosphere of this year’s Sunday night dinner.

Monday Partners’ Day Program: Darwin Military History Tour

Partners and guests will spend the day exploring and learning about Darwin’s Military History, especially during WWII. The day will start with a visit to the WWII Oil Storage Tunnels, whose purpose was to protect the city’s oil supplies from the Japanese. We will also visit the Aviation Museum, home to the Southern Hemisphere’s only display of the 72-tonne B52 bomber, an aircraft with the capability of being refueled during flight. In addition, you will see up close some of the smaller aircraft used during the War and marvel at relics such as recovered Warcraft engines and wreckages.

After lunch, a stop will be made at the Bombing of Darwin memorial along The Esplanade before making our way to the Darwin Military Museum. It is here you will get the chance to see military vehicles from through the years, weapons used by soldiers and hear firsthand accounts from the men and women who took part. There will also be the chance to stop at the Bombing of Darwin memorial.

Monday Fancy Dress Party Night

The 2018 Fancy Dress Dinner will be at the Darwin Trailer Boat Club. The Fancy Dress theme is outlined in the poem below:

Tragic, Trashy or Terrific: Travel to the Trailer Boat Club

The location of our fancy dress party is Darwin’s famous trailer boat club
The place where boaties gather, it’s their favourite NT Pub
Trailers conjure up images of people who just roam
Those who own horse trailers, boat trailers or an expensive mobile home
Then there’s Gypsy’s, tramps, thieves,
Those cunning groups of people whose aim is to deceive
In the States we hear of the so-called trailer trash
Eking out their living while trying to protect their stash
Let’s turn to the grey nomads who have lots of dough
Who set off with no idea of where to go in their Winnebago
Then look at movie stars whose trailers cost millions
Whose made up faces can make them several billions
They spend hours in their trailers fitting wigs and applying face putty
But their on-screen performances often drive us nutty
There’s famous families like the Millers who we met or Griswalds on vacation
Making use of their trailers as their homes while on location
So to the importance of trailers we have made our case
It’s a home away from home for those seeking a quieter place
At the APGA Fancy Dress Party at Darwin’s park for boat trailers
Let your imagination run wild, don’t just dress up as a sailor

Tuesday Partners’ Day Program: Territory Wildlife Park

Partners and guests will venture out of the heart of the city to the Territory Wildlife Park, showing one of the world’s finest nature parks. Here you will get the chance to see a variety of animals such as wallabies, eagles, dingoes and the Northern Territory’s famous crocodiles, as well as numerous native plants. You will also have the chance to watch strong birds of prey at work with the daily Flight Deck show before exploring the Park’s dedicated areas. The areas include: the wetlands with lagoons, sandbars and the Park’s own aquarium, the monsoon vine forest where you can take a walk through the shade, and the woodland area complete with a nocturnal house where you will see the animals that normally only come out at night.

Tuesday APGA Annual Dinner Dance

The APGA gala dinner is a magical night of elegance and entertainment. The Darwin Convention Centre will host this year’s dinner with outstanding entertainment, food and wine.


Convention dress

Territorians believe they have the best lifestyle in Australia, and with good reason. The lifestyle in Darwin is casual and this is reflected in what people wear. This calls for what you may hear referred to as the various forms of “Territory Rig”. These are as follows:

Territory Formal: Gentlemen – Dinner suit or dark trousers, long sleeve shirt, bow tie or tuxedo. Ladies – Evening wear

Territory Rig: Gentlemen – Long trousers, long sleeve shirt and tie or Barong or long sleeve Batik shirt. Ladies – Day dress/After five

Territory Informal: Gentlemen – Neat casual trousers, open neck shirt or short sleeve Barong. Ladies – Neat casual


Palmerston Golf Course: Appropriate golf attire, including collared shirt and soft spiked shoes (running shoes will suffice). Denim or elastic waist sport shorts are not permitted.

Welcome Dinner, Pee Wee's at the Point: Territory Informal. Please note that pre-dinner drinks are on the lawns and high heels might be a challenge.

Sunday Outing, Berry Springs Nature Park: Territory Informal and walking shoes. Although lunch is under shade, hats and sunscreen are recommended. There are swimming areas for those who are interested.

Opening Darwin Convention Centre: Territory Rig.

Partners’ Day Outings: Territory Informal and walking shoes suggested.

Fancy Dress Night, Darwin Trailer Boat Club: Fancy dress costumes recommended. This year’s theme is: Tragic, Trashy or Terrific: Travel to the Trailer Boat Club

APGA Annual Dinner, Darwin Convention Centre: Territory Formal.

Business Sessions, Darwin Convention Centre: Territory Rig.


APGA Convention Disclaimer

APGA expressly disclaims any liability to Convention attendees (including but not limited to its members, their employees and agents) for any injury, claim, loss, damage or expense arising out of or in any way connected to the Convention. Attendees assume all risks when attending the APGA Convention. Certain Convention events, dinners, receptions and parties will serve alcoholic beverages and Convention attendees are responsible for their own well-being. APGA expressly disclaims any liability arising out of a Convention attendee’s consumption of alcohol at the Convention.


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