Family Friendly Conference

We are pleased to announce that the 2019 DAA conference will be family friendly!

The Gold Coast is an excellent destination for family holidays. Theme parks, rainforests, and wildlife attracts are just a few of the activities on offer for kids to enjoy.

Conference Facilities

Breastfeeding is welcomed and encouraged at the conference.

A family room will be available to watch a live stream of plenary sessions on a big screen. The room will be set up for young children to enjoy, and will also act as a meeting place for those who wish to bring their children along.

Family Activities at the Gold Coast

There’s always something to enjoy on the Gold Coast!

Destination Gold Coast ( have helped provide us with this useful info.

The DAA conference will be right in the middle of whale season! This is such a magical time of year to gaze out at the ocean and see fins flying. There are plenty of whale watching charters to take you out closer to where the action is.

To find out what other events, markets, music performances and more are on around the city in August, visit this events page:

Holiday deals including discounts to theme parks, accommodation and some attractions are available here and in the Gold Coast Tourist Magazine. If you wish to access group discounts to theme parks (usually apply when 10+ tickets are booked in one transaction) please contact Gold Coast Tourism on 1300 309 440 (Toll Free Australia).

For the younger kids

  • Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

Get up close and personal with koalas, kangaroos and lots of other furry, scaly and feathery friends at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary.  Children will love hand-feeding kangaroos and this pram-friendly park also has playgrounds, animal encounters, Aboriginal dance shows, serene picnic spots and world-famous lorikeet feeding sessions twice daily.

  • Movieworld

Visit Warner Bros. Movieworld’s Looney Tunes Village where you may run into the likes of Tweety, Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck.  It has toddler-friendly rides (like Yosemite Sam’s Railroad Train), a splash zone, character meet and greets, and a carousel, so there’s lots of fun to be had all round. Movie World has Parents Rooms with private feeding areas and separate changing facilities.  Ask about Parent Swap at guest services.  This is a service offered to parents, friends or guardians who may have a child who is unable or who doesn’t want on a ride. It means that one person can enjoy the ride while the second waits with the child. When the first person has finished their ride the second carer can then go to the front of the queue and enjoy the ride too, minimising time spent apart.  

  • The Craft Parlour

Do you have a creative child who loves arts and craft? A workshop at The Craft Parlour in Palm Beach may be just the thing.  At this art studio, kids can paint, glue, thread and get as messy as they like – and the best bit is that parents don’t have clean up! 

  • Paradise Country

Want to experience life on an authentic Aussie farm? Paradise Country is just the ticket to get away and get back to nature.  Kids can have a go at feeding the animals and milking cows.  You can also learn how to make damper and watch a sheep shearing display.

For the older kids

Kids can launch themselves into the atmosphere connected by a pulsing throttle of water that forms rocket streams. The only restriction is that you need to be 30kg or more to fly.

  • Surfers Paradise

Bend your mind with special effects and illusions at Infinity, or leap into simulated skydiving at iFly – less daunting than the real thing and fun to watch.

An epic indoor Grand Prix Karting track plus 16 indoor rock climbing challenges and laser tag in a 300 square metre post-apocalyptic arena. 

  • Tamborine Mountain

The Treetops Challenge has different levels of climbing courses. You can choose to stay low to the ground or balance on swinging beams among tree canopies.  You can even swing trees on flying foxes. The Canyon Flyer guided zipline tour is Australia’s highest and fastest– 7 Huge Zip Lines that traverse Cedar Creek Canyon multiple times before dropping into the canyon and flying just above the tree top canopy below.

  • Theme Parks

Warner Bros. Movie World, Seaworld, Wet’n’Wild, Outback Spectacular, Paradise Country, and Dreamworld make the Gold Coast home to the biggest collection of thrill rides and slides in the Southern Hemisphere.  Learn more here

Eating Out

Paddock Bakery

Set in restored weatherboard cottage, Paddock Bakery in Miami is a great kid friendly breakfast spot.  The menu includes dippy eggs, creamy porridge and vegemite & cheese toasties. Hot tip: order a coco pop shake and pretend it’s for your toddler. 

Miami Marketta

If your child is a picky eater who loves to dance then Miami Marketta is a good bet, with with food trucks, live music, a safe and well-lit dance area for littlies to bust some moves and epic cocktails and craft beers for parents. 

For more inspiration, here are some blogs created specifically for family travellers;

Getting Around

Getting around

Hire cars are available when you land at Gold Coast Airport –

Alternatively, a Go-Card is recommended. You can purchase a three day go Event card during registration for a low cost of $12.00pp and this allows unlimited travel over the QLD Public Transport Network for three days (excluding Brisbane Airtrain). This can give you access to the Gold Coast G-Link (tram for central Gold Coast and connect to trains for access to Brisbane and Sunshine Coast) as well as buses that operate from northern NSW through to Northern Gold Coast. Visit

Suggestions for family friendly accommodation

The below suggestions are within walking distance to GCCEC and are apartment style accommodation fit for families:

AVANI Broadbeach
2663 Gold Coast Hwy
Broadbeach, QLD 4218
Phone: +1300 110 903
Booking available directly through registration form:

Breakfree Diamond Beach Resort
16 Alexandra Ave
Broadbeach, QLD 4218
Phone: +61 7 5570 0000

Elite Holiday Homes
10/1 Kalimna Drive
Broadbeach Waters, QLD
Phone: + 61 7 55923881

Meriton Suites Broadbeach
2669 Gold Coast Highway
Broadbeach, QLD 4218
Phone: +61 2 9277 1134

Peppers Broadbeach
21 Elizabeth Avenue, The Oracle Tower 2
Broadbeach, QLD 4218
Phone: +61 7 5635 1000

ULTIQA Freshwater Point Resort
33 TE Peters Drive
Broadbeach, QLD 4218
Phone: +61 7 5582 1000

Interested in Attending?

If you are interested in attending the Conference and would like further information and regular updates, please register your interest below.

Sponsorship & Exhibition Expression of Interest

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor or exhibitor for DAA 2019, please express your interest by clicking the link below: 

Sponsorship and Exhibition Expression of Interest Form


Key Dates

Abstract Submission:

Workshop/Seminar Submission:

Early Bird Registration:

Early Bird/Author Registration Deadline:
12 June 2019

Standard Registration Open:
13 June 2019

Conference Dates:
12 – 14 August 2019

Hosted By


Conference Managers

Arinex Pty Ltd
DAA 2019 Conference Managers
Arinex Pty Ltd
ABN 28 000 386 676
Level 10, 51 Druitt Street, Sydney
NSW 2000
Ph: +61 2 9265 0700
Fax: +61 2 9267 5443