The 2020 biennial National Outdoor Education Conference will be hosted by Outdoors NSW from 28 September – 1 October 2020 at the Fairmont Resort, Blue Mountains, New South Wales.

 “Expanding Our Horizons: Looking Up and Out”


You are invited to examine a broad range of contemporary practices and the vision underpinning the philosophical foundation of your work in the outdoors.

NOEC 2020 is an exciting opportunity to engage and critically reflect on the latest developments across a diverse range of aspects of the outdoor education spectrum. This includes: nature; risk, adventure; skill development; social and interpersonal development; local place-based education; curriculum innovation; environmental education; sustainability education; outdoor play and social justice, equity, diversity and inclusion, to name but a few.

The Blue Mountains is an iconic and spectacular natural environment for interacting with the natural environment. The Fairmont Convention Centre in Leura offers both outstanding conference facilities, close to local village venues and with access to environments with world heritage value.  This location allows the opportunity for a diverse range in our program; and for those with an adventurous spirit to explore the Blue Mountains and surrounding landscapes either prior to the event, or with our selection of post-conference activities.

There will also be a number of social functions to catch up with interstate colleagues and meet delegates attending the conference for the first time.

Further information will be released on this website when it becomes available.

Vice President
Outdoors NSW

Chair Australian Tertiary Outdoor Education Network
School of Education Western Sydney University

Important Dates


Sponsorship & Exhibition Bookings

Call for Abstracts

Program Online

Early Bird Registration CLOSES
1 July 2020

National Outdoor Education Conference
28 September – 1 October 2020

Contact Us

Please contact the team at Conference Design for all conference enquiries.

Keynote Speakers

We have an outstanding selection of Keynote Speakers joining us at the 2020 NOEC Conference in the Blue Mountains, with more to be announced as planning proceeds – For more information and to view full biographies click here.


Ecuador 2017 - credit Brett Danielsen





Who Should Attend?

  • Teachers and educators from the outdoor, sustainability and nature/outdoor play sector
  • Outdoor recreation instructors
  • Commercial operators
  • Tourism guides
  • Nature therapy practitioners
  • Students
  • Commercial operators
  • Government officials e.g. sport, health, education, tourism and environment/ planning
  • Active recreation associations 
  • Advocates for the outdoor industry
  • Practitioners of Outdoor and/or Nature Therapy
  • Advocates of Nature and/or Outdoor Play
  • Sustainability Educators

Master of Ceremonies

Mark Collard is an experiential trainer, speaker & author. As the founding director of playmeo, he is best known for developing the largest online database of experiential & adventure-based activities in the world. Over a career spanning more than 30 years, he has worked with tens of thousands of people using group games & activities to help them play, interact, build trust and connect. Mark is the author of five top-selling books, including No Props No Problem, Count Me In & Serious Fun. Personally, he has been hit by lightning twice, has spent more than 5 months of his life inside a plane crisscrossing the globe and camped on the lawns of Australia’s Parliament House for 3 days as part of a logging protest. He lives in Melbourne with his gorgeous wife and son.

Mark Collard

Venue & Destination

We will be meeting you at the Fairmont Resort & Spa Blue Mountains.  The Blue Mountains is a rugged region west of Sydney in Australia’s New South Wales. Known for dramatic scenery, it encompasses steep cliffs, eucalyptus forests, waterfalls and villages dotted with guesthouses, galleries and gardens. Katoomba, a major town in the area, borders Blue Mountains National Park and its bushwalking trails. Echo Point affords views of the storied Three Sisters sandstone rock formation.

Venue Address

Fairmont Resort & Spa Blue Mountains,
‘MGallery by Sofitel’
1 Sublime Point Road
Leura, New South Wales, 2780

Wayne Cotton

About OEA and Outdoors NSW

Outdoor Education Australia (OEA)  was established in 2006 as a national network of outdoor education associations. The organisation facilitates communication between state and territory outdoor education associations about the practice and delivery of outdoor education; advocates for outdoor education across primary, secondary and tertiary education; and provides policy advice.

Outdoors NSW is the go-to place for all things outdoors in NSW.

The peak body for the outdoors in NSW, the organisation, (formerly known as ORIC), represents the outdoor community, advances outdoor standards, safety and practices, and fosters greater participation in the outdoors.

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