55th Australian National Convention of
Alcoholics Anonymous in Toowoomba
2-5 October 2020
'Outback Sensation' Bush Dinner Dance
Saturday 3 October 2020


2020 National Convention of Alcoholics Anonymous in Toowoomba

  2-5 October 2020

  Downlands College

  72 Ruthven St,  Toowoomba City
        QLD 4350, Australia

  72 Ruthven St, 
          Toowoomba City
          QLD 4350, Australia

  EARLY BIRD Full Registration $100

          Registration $100

  Daily registration $60 per day

  Daily registration
          $60 per day


A Vision for You

You too can experience release from care, boredom and worry; and once more experience joyous intimacy with friends and enjoy a feeling that life is good.This weekend, we hope that you will join us in the Fellowship of the Spirit and meet some of us as we trudge the road of happy destiny together. “Program under development – our program committee are working on an innovative format for a fun filled weekend – check back for details coming in early 2020”

Outback Sensation

Entertainment on the Saturday evening will be a break away from the usual Dinner Dance. We will be holding a bush dance at the heritage-listed Woolshed at Jondaryan. It is the oldest and largest operating woolshed of its kind in the world with over 150 years of history.

Your ticket price INCLUDES a delicious roast buffet, unlimited soft drinks, demonstrations including sheep shearing, working dogs, horsemanship, whip cracking and damper making as well as an authentic Australian bush band as well as bus transfers to and from Toowoomba.

Jondaryan is situated to 45kms west of Toowoomba. Buses will transport guests from Downlands and return to Toowoomba after the event is over. At the request Woolshed staff and convention organisers, ticketholders are REQUIRED to travel to the venue via bus, which is INCLUDED in your ticket price.

Dress is informal – wear your favourite jeans and boots and let your hair down. A fabulous, local bush band, ‘Band-O-Coots’, will entertain us and guide us through bush dancing steps.


Tea and instant coffee are COMPLIMENTARY all weekend at the Convention venue. Coffee vans will be on-site for those after a barista style coffee. Lunch, soft drinks and snacks will be available for purchase at the venue. Lunch items available include wraps, sandwiches, salads, pies, sausages rolls etc. and there are many lovely spots around the College to enjoy a picnic lunch or take a seat in the dining room.

NORTHPOINT SHOPPING CENTRE is within walking distance of the College and includes a Coles Supermarket, Subway, Zarraffa’s Coffee, Big Rooster and other dining options.

Toowoomba has a wide variety of cuisine options for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
CLICK HERE for more info.

Saturday Night – don’t miss out on the Outback Sensation.
CLICK HERE for more info.


Downlands College was opened in 1931 as a boarding school for boys.

The College is situated in North Toowoomba, on the city’s main street, approximately 4 kms from the CBD. It is peacefully nestled in 38 hectares of beautifully landscaped grounds with lovely avenues and gardens, with historic buildings and modern facilities. There are many peaceful places to sit and quietly reflect or meditate. For those who are interested, there is also a chapel where you may go to pray.

As Downlands is an educational facility, Queensland Government mandates that there is STRICTLY NO SMOKING on the property.

PARKING is available at Downlands.


Onsite Dormitories

Downlands College offers dormitory style accommodation with breakfast in the dining hall. There are four beds per room and bathrooms are SHARED. Kitchen and laundry facilities are available. Due to LIMITED space we are offering dorm accommodation only to those staying all three nights of the convention. Ladies stay in the Girl’s Dorm and gentlemen will stay in the Boy’s Dorm, sorry we cannot accommodate co-ed requests.

Registration MUST be made before 20 September 2020.
COST: $250 for three nights’ accommodation and full breakfast daily

The College and its grounds are STRICTLY NON-SMOKING so this accommodation would NOT be suitable for smokers.

Any questions regarding accommodation please email aanatcon2020accomm@gmail.com


Preferred hotels (convention discount + shuttle service available):

Burke & Wills Hotel

(4.5 stars)

554 Ruthven St, Toowoomba

Quest Apartments

(4.5 stars)

33 Margaret St, Toowoomba

Enter Promo/Corporate
Code “AA20” for discount
on Studio and One
Bedroom Apartments

Best Western Ambassador
on Ruthven Motor Inn

(4 stars)

200 Ruthven St, Toowoomba

Enter “AA 2020 Convention
in comment at checkout
for 5% discount

Park Motor Inn

(3 stars)

88 Margaret St, Toowoomba

Use Promo code:
for discount

Caravans, Motorhomes, Cabins, Camping and Pet Friendly

Big4 Toowoomba Garden City Holiday Park

Toowoomba Showgrounds

Getting Here

Wellcamp Airport

Wellcamp Shuttle
Bus Service

Brisbane Airport

Brisbane Airport
Shuttle Services

Bus Services
(Brisbane to
Toowoomba Return)

Car Rentals

In Town
– Local Bus Service,
Taxi, & Uber

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Account Name: 2020 National Convention
BSB: 064433
Account: 11143925  

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  • PO Box 1218, Toowoomba Q 4350

The theme for the 2020 National Convention of Alcoholics Anonymous is A Vision For You,
and we are pleased to welcome you to our Garden City and hope that you will enjoy our rural hospitality.

2020 National Convention of Alcoholics Anonymous in Toowoomba

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