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Join us in Kiama in September 2022


Kiama Pavilion, Sunday 11 to Friday 16 September 2022

The Australian Plants Society NSW is delighted to be hosting the Australian Native Plants Society Australia (ANPSA) Biennial Conference at the Kiama Pavilion in September 2022.

These conferences are held every two years and are hosted by each state in turn. The very successful 2019 conference was held in Albany, WA, with around 325 delegates attending.

In 2022, the conference is being hosted by the Australian Plants Society NSW and is being held at the Kiama Pavilion in the beautiful village of Kiama on the pristine south coast. 

To register an expression of interest, click the 'Register your interest' button and we will keep you informed of events as they are confirmed. 

 Register your interest 

Australian flora - past present future: a journey of inspiration

Focusing on ‘Australian flora – past present future’, we will take you on a journey:

  • Travel back to the past to appreciate the land of thousands of years ago
  • Experience the beauty of the current world and the threats it’s facing
  • Project ourselves into the future to design solutions to better protect and enhance our unique floral heritage.

With a series of expert speakers and excursions to surrounding areas, we'll be sharing:

  • The evolutionary history of the Illawarra – its landforms and plants
  • How the land was used and cared for, pre-white settlement
  • Successes in environmental protection, regeneration, horticultural trends and the threats of fire, weeds, feral pests and population growth and development
  • Opportunities with education, plant resilience, collaborations and seed and plant conservation

Focus on solutions - future proofing

There will be many chances to explore new solutions, hear about what our young people think and get out and about with field trips to Minnamurra Rainforest, Fitzroy Falls, Illawarra Grevillea Park and the Australian Botanic Garden – Mt Annan, to name a few. 

We hope at the end of the week, you’ll: 

  • Be amazed at the beautiful south coast plants and environment
  • Renew old friendships and make new ones
  • Be inspired by new ideas, new partnerships and new learning
  • Experience practical hands-on tips and techniques to grow native plants

Together, we can make a difference to the world of today and the one we hand to our children and grandchildren.  

More information on the conference agenda will be added over time. 

Excursions during the conference

Our current plan (which of course may change as we find more information), is to have 2 days set aside for excursions around the local area.

We are planning to offer up to 9 different excursions taking in many of the highlights of the area that can be accessed via a coach in a single day. We want to optimise the time we spend on the ground exploring rather than sitting in a bus! 

More details will be provided closer  to booking time and at that time, you will be asked to nominate your 2 choices. If your chosen excursion has already reached capacity, then we will let you know so you can make an alternate choice. So first in best dressed, as they say.

The current list is:

  • Wattamolla, RNP and Bulli Grevillea Park
  • Barren Grounds, Robertson Rainforest, Minnamurra Rainforest
  • Jamberoo Native Nursery, Minnamurra rainforest and Grevillea Park
  • Joseph Banks Native Plants Reserve, Sutherland Council Nursery, Kamay National Park
  • Sylvan Grove Native Gardens, Joseph Banks Native Reserve
  • Shoalhaven Heads area TBC

We are also planning two half day tours on the Saturday and/or Sunday before the conference starts - these are likely to include Minnamurra Rainforest Reserve and W

ollongong Botanic Gardens. More planning is to occur. 

The sharp eyed among you will have noticed that several of the tours feature the same locations. Due to limits on numbers per bus as well as bus access, we are trying to ensure as many people are able to visit their preferred locations.

Each excursion will have a local leader to provide commentary. There will be toilet  stops, morning/afternoon tea and lunch stops for people to eat their snacks, which will be provided.

Some locations will require only limited walking and others will have longer walks and indeed options for extended walks and be picked up at the other end by the bus.

Watch this space for more details in the months ahead.

Pre- and post-tours 

Tours to extend your stay before and after the conference are being planned. Early indications are that we will arrange several tours, including :

  • World Heritage Blue Mountains
  • Spectacular Lord Howe Island
  • Dramatic Warrumbungles and Pilliga
  • Surprising Sydney sandstone flora
  • Sunny South Coast
See here for more information about tours. 


We are thankful for the support of the local Kiama Council to hold the conference in their beautiful region. 

We’d also like to acknowledge the contribution of Destination NSW, our Strategic Sponsor, whose grant is assisting us to enhance the impact of the conference, while attracting members from all over the country and people new to the Society to this beautiful area of NSW. 

    More information

    Queries about the conference and tours can be directed to: 

    Heather Miles,, 0408 696 356

    Ralph Cartwright,, 0416 030 872

    To register an expression of interest, click the 'Register your interest' button and we will keep you informed of events as they are confirmed. 

     Register your interest 

    More about Kiama - what to see and do, places to stay

    The event will be held at the beautiful Pavilion, right on the beach at Kiama.

    For more inspiration and information on what you can see and do in the Kiama area - see here

    Image above: Nellie's Glen near Carrington Falls, image Heather Miles

    Accommodation in Kiama

    Kiama is spoilt for choice in accommodation options. One of our members has developed the following accommodation guide, at today's prices. Click here to download.

    Additional information on Kiama accommodation found here

    The Visitors Guide with maps for Kiama is located here

    Kiama - what to see and do and where to stay

    Strategic Sponsor

    Images: Ralph Cartwright, Heather Miles, Kiama Council, Cressida McNamara

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