TL - AUS Economic & Business Conference 2024 Tourism: Cultural Discovery Tour

Join a guided sector tour to explore the local area and experience Timorese hospitality.


Dili, Timor-Leste

Meeting Point

From 08:00am
As per itinerary


5+ hrs



Group Size


This tour is only available for delegates attending the TL – AUS Economic & Business Conference 2024.

Discover the rich history and cultural significance of sites nestled in the hills of Dili.

Begin your day with a visit to Dare Memorial Museum and Café, offering panoramic views of the city. Learn about the Australian soldiers and Timorese ‘kriados’ who fought against the Japanese during WWII. Descend to Cristo Rei, where a colossal statue of Jesus stands atop a 590-step staircase, providing breathtaking 360-degree vistas of the city. This iconic landmark is a must-visit. Enjoy a fresh coconut at the bottom of Cristo Rei before heading to Ahi Matan for a traditional Timorese lunch. Return to Dili for your onward flight.

Tourism has emerged as a key program for national development as Timor-Leste seeks to reduce its dependence on petroleum, which accounts for about 70% of GDP and over 80% of annual income. The tourism sector provides 1 in 10 jobs globally and contributes nearly $10 billion to global GDP. Creating a tourist model that benefits the local community and environment is vital for the development of sustainable tourism in Timor-Leste.



  • Itinerary

    08:00 – Pick up Timor Plaza
    08:15 –  Pick up Hotel Timor
    08:30 – Pick up Novo Turismo, activity briefing
    08:45 – Depart for Dare Memorial
    09:15 – Arrive, tour site
    09:45 – Depart for Cristo Rei
    10:30 – Walk to the top of Cristo Rei
    11:45 – Depart Cristo Rei
    12:10 – Arrive at Ahi Matan for lunch
    12:50 – Depart Ahi Matan
    13:00 – Drop off Novo Turismo
    13:10 – Drop off Hotel Timor
    13:30 – Drop off Timor Plaza

  • Inclusions

    • Round-trip transfers to and from the meet up location in Dili
    • Experienced Timorese & Australian guides
    • First aid kit
    • Emergency communication equipment
    • Lunch, water and snacks
    • Fully insured
    • Safety briefing.
  • Exclusions

    • Other personal expenses
    • Travel or medical insurance
    • Personal snacks or drinks.
  • Packing List

    • Small day pack
    • Wear comfortable active wear
    • Closed toe shoes or sneakers
    • A phone or camera for photos
    • Pen and notebook for taking notes
    • Personal medication.
  • Know before you go

    • Do not wear any jewellery or fancy watches as they may get scratched or damaged
    • You must have a reasonable level of fitness to participate
    • If you have back, neck, joint or muscular problems, you should carefully consider whether or not to participate
    • All participants must sign a consent, waiver and medical declaration e-form prior to their tour commencing.

"I can highly recommend a canyoning trip with Maddog Adventures. The scenery, waterfalls and rock formations are amazing and the area feels so untouched and remote. The guides were very professional and safety conscious. Thanks for showing us this stunning hidden slice of Timor."

— Chris | Nationality - Australian