The Master Builders Australia 2017 National Conference ‘Building Australia’ will be held in Hobart at the historic Princes Wharf 1 (PW1). The recently restored heritage building is a first class multi-purpose function and event venue located on the waterfront of the Derwent River in the heart of the Salamanca Precinct. The venue is within close proximity to restaurants, hotels, cafes, retail outlets, major tourist attractions and departure points. Whether it’s a ferry to MONA or a coach to the top of Mount Wellington, PW1 provides a perfect base to explore the best Hobart and surrounds has to offer. As part of your conference experience, delegates will enjoy a river cruise to a special offsite conference dinner at MONA the Museum of Old and New Art. A comprehensive program of high profile speakers will examine the building industry outlook, focussing on topics relevant to today’s building and construction industry. An exciting social program will ensure delegates’ attendance is a rewarding experience.

Exhibitors: An exciting interactive and innovative building and construction exhibition is a key component of the conference, contact Steve Keys at Master Builders Australia to book your stand

Discover Tasmania Attractions and Tours - Maximise your conference experience!

Tasmania is a premier tourist destination and conference delegates are encouraged to extend their stay and experience Tasmania’s rich culture and history, world class food and beverages, exciting adventure tours and inspiring landscapes.

Master Builders Australia has engaged three leading tour operators – GrayLine, Pennicott Wilderness Journeys and Drink Tasmania – to assist delegates with their pre and post conference tours and adventures. When you have completed your conference registration, you will be given access to the 15% delegate’s discount rate when booking your tours.

Master Builders has also negotiated a special rate for delegates who would like to experience the Spirit of Tasmania. Enjoy an evening cruise across the Tasman Sea from Melbourne to Devonport. Bring your own car from $89 each way or hire one when you get to Devonport and enjoy a leisurely self-drive holiday exploring the Tasmanian East Coast line, visit the world famous Bay of Fires as you travel to Hobart.

The tour companies offer a wide variety of tours. Here are just a few suggestions to assist in planning.

History and Culture


A compelling and dramatic reminder of our convict past and the early settlement of the Colony of Van Dieman’s Land, now Tasmania. Bringing to life the harrowing life of convicts.


Experience cool temperate rainforests with unique Tasmanian timbers and wild rivers. Walk the tree tops of pristine forest at Tahune Airwalk after travelling the Huon River Valley, a region of tended fields, superb forest clad rivers and fishing villages set by picturesque inlets.


Enjoy a walk to Russell Falls, located in the Central Highlands within the Mt Field National Park. Experience the tranquility of pristine rainforest, tall tree ferns and majestic waterfalls. The falls themselves are a tiered cascade waterfall and are framed by the striking tree ferns.


Be mesmerized by the dramatic setting and breathtaking views of Hobart Town from majestic Mt Wellington. Crowned by alpine vegetation, dusted by snow in winter, Mt Wellington enables a glimpse of the unfolding panorama of river, fields and the aquatic setting of Hobart town.


Food and Beverage


This Drink Tasmania tour takes you to 3 of southern Tasmania's best craft beverage experiences in the Huon Valley, plus a number of special stop-ins along the way. Included: LOST PIPPIN CIDER/MCHENRY SLOE GIN/HUON WHISKY-CURED SALMON/PAGAN CIDER/HOME HILL WINERY/WILLIE SMITHS ORGANIC CIDER/THE APPLE SHED.


Tasmania has become world-famous for its fresh produce, pristine growing conditions and artisan food industry. Join this tour and tempt your taste buds at Tasmania’s hub of handmade cheese, chocolate, farm-grown berries and fruit.


Spend the day exploring the landscapes and gourmet produce of Bruny Island. Every course on the menu is a stop on your journey, savour oysters, cheeses, wines, seasonal berries, fudge, honey and whisky. See incredible scenery at The Neck Lookout, take a stroll and leave your footprints in the sand of deserted beaches and spot the rare white wallabies on our private bush reserve.


Wilderness Tours


Join Rob Pennicott and his team on an unforgettable three hour wilderness cruise exploring Bruny Island’s rugged coastline. Cruise beneath high sea cliffs, towering crags and drift up close to the 'Breathing Rock' blowhole. Enter deep sea caves, pass through the narrow gap between the coast and 'The Monument' and search for abundant wildlife including seals, dolphins, migrating whales and seabirds.


Spend the day cruising on pristine waterways gathering fresh Tasmanian seafood. Enjoy rock lobster, oysters shucked straight from the water and watch your guide dive for wild abalone and sea urchin.   Explore the calm waterways and deserted beaches surrounding Bruny Island.  Watch your catch turn into a delicious seafood feast accompanied by gourmet local produce and Tasmanian wines, boutique beers, ciders and juices.


Discover Hobart’s coastal beauty and maritime history on a two and a half hour eco cruise exploring its waterways, beaches, cliffs and caves. See iconic landmarks like Mount Wellington, Wrest Point Casino and the Shot Tower. Arrive at the ‘Iron Pot’, Australia’s oldest lighthouse. Circumnavigate Betsey Island which is home to a variety of seabirds including the majestic white bellied sea eagle.