Sustainable Trails Conference 2020
Alice Springs,
Northern Territory

Get your boots on for the Sustainable
Trails Conference

Alice Springs,
Northern Territory
October 19-22, 2020


Australia and New Zealand’s premier event for professionals in the business of recreation and tourism trails. From walking to cycling, tramping to trekking the Sustainable Trails Conference brings together leading experts in all aspects of trail development, management and marketing.

New ideas, knowledge and networking in one of the most spectacular trail destinations in the world, Alice Springs. And let’s not forget the field trips. Expect a range of experiences led by leading trails experts to experience first hand what makes a trail world class.

This years themes are:

  • Innovation in governance and funding – case studies 
  • Standing out in a competitive market – positioning your trails for success 
  • Engaging communities and operators in trails
  • Managing the experience 
  • Measuring the triple bottom line 

We are now seeking abstracts of papers for consideration at main conference sessions and for masterclasses. Presentations will be approximately 20 minutes long and need to address innovative and sustainable approaches across the themes of the conference.

Abstracts are to be submitted by email to and received no later than 8th April 2020.

So what are you waiting for? Register your interest and get your abstracts in!

With thanks to our host sponsor 

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What did past attendees think?

The Sustainable Trails Conference provided an excellent opportunity to share best practice across a variety of topics from trail building to governance. Each session was valuable in its own right. Great to see the collaboration between our two countries as we all strive to make the most of this growing community.

Diane Drummond | General Manager | Hauraki Rail Trail Charitable Trust

The sustainable trails conference is a must do for all those involved in the planning, development and marketing of tracks and trails.

Anthony Burton | Principal | Anthony Burton & Associates

A well run and organised conference, excellent speakers who certainly provided a range of information in the topics presented. Took away some key learnings.

Jane Tito | Marlborough

I have been to a lot of conferences before, this was one of the best I have ever attended.

Mick Tucker | Mayor, Break O'Day Council

A fantastic conference. Great speaker line-up with leaders in the field. Learned a lot and made new connections.

Francesca Governali | Conservation & Tourism Fellow | Dartmouth College

The Sustainable Trails Conference provides a unique opportunity to appreciate the importance of trails to local economies and tourism, the amount of work going on in this space, and to share and learn from others working in the field.

Suky Thompson | Trust Manager | Rod Donald Banks Peninsula Trust

See past Sustainable Trails Conferences

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Marlborough, New Zealand 2019

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Thredbo, NSW Australia 2017